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Economics A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

Do you fancy doing something different? Are you interested in current affairs? Do you ever wonder what all the fuss is about regarding the credit crunch, why Cristiano Ronaldo earns more than the Prime Minister and why food surpluses are not given to the poor? Studying Economics offers a fascinating challenge as it allows you to consider the topical and controversial issues of the day in a lively and analytical way. It is does not solely revolve around wealth creation and the peaks and troughs of the financial markets, but it also gives you the opportunity to make informed judgements about vital real world issues such as the European Union, the environment, poverty and the job market. If any issue involves money or resources and how to use them, it is economics.

Economists are highly sought after – they are the second highest paid graduates. Those who have a good understanding of the economy will find rewarding occupations in banks and financial institutions, manufacturing and service companies, the media, government and international organisations such as the World Bank.

Course content

To achieve AS, you will need to complete two topics: ‘The Operations of Markets and Market Failure’ and the ‘The National Economy in a Global Context’. At A Level, these topics are developed further into: ‘Individuals, Firms, Markets and Market Failure’ and the ‘The National and International Economy’.

Entry requirements

To study this course your average GCSE grades will need to be Cs and Bs or above. You will also need to have an interest in current affairs. During the course you will learn how to distinguish between fact and opinion. Your own skills of judgement and analysis will also be developed. You will discover that economists disagree and that there are groups of economists with different views. The opportunities to debate are endless.

Our minimum entry requirements remain 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, however there are now a number of restrictions on the type/range of programmes you can take at Priestley which will reflect your overall GCSE grade profile.

If you do not have a GCSE Grade 4 or the old Grade C in English Language and/or Mathematics by the time you join Priestley you will be required to continue working to improve in these subjects so you may find your programme options more limited.

Assessment

Your course will be assessed by external examinations. Exams are modular, with two being taken in the summer of the first year to gain the AS qualification. There are three exams to be taken in the summer of the second year which form the basis of the A2 level mark. The exams are assessed via short questions, multiple choice and essays based on case studies using recent economic events.

Future opportunities

Economists are highly sought after – they are the second most highly paid graduates. Those who have a good understanding of the economy will find rewarding occupations in banks and financial institutions, manufacturing and service companies, the media, government and international organisations such as the World Bank.

Further information

Economics students will have the opportunity to go to London and Brussels to visit both the UK and European Parliament and other financial institutions. You will also have the chance to take part in the Bank of England Interest Rate Challenge. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in the national Stock Market Challenge operated by the Institute of Financial Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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