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Economics AS/A at Ormskirk School

Course description

Economics is a fascinating body of knowledge and investigative tools that allow you to unlock the mysteries of how the world works. Although Economics is at times an abstract and technical discipline it can be applied to virtually every aspect of our everyday experiences. For example, here are some issues that economists have recently been investigating. If you find these interesting, you should consider studying Economics! • How come I can fly to Spain for 1p? • Why is Wayne Rooney worth £100 000 a week? • What impact will the entry of Bulgaria and Romania have on the UK economy? • Does it matter if someone is unemployed? • Why do we work when the alternative is more attractive? • Why is having a coffee in Starbucks one of the most amazing things in the world? • Would you have a better education if all schools were privatised? • Why does half the world starve and what can we do about it? To allow you to answer the types of questions outlined above, you will need to learn the language and concepts of the economist. You will study ‘micro-economics’ (about individuals and firms) and ‘macro-economics’ (about the national and global economy). Successful economists have a combination of skills not often found in other subjects. As the economist JM Keynes said: ‘The economist…..must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher-in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study in the light of the past for the purposes of the future. No part of man’s nature or his institutions must lie entirely outside his regard.’ SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - GCSE Maths at least Grade C.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare foe higher education in areas of Economics, Business Studies, Accounting, Marketing or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to economics, business, marketing, finance and accounting, human resources and public relations. You could also look at doing a trainee management course within a business to gain the skills, understanding and experience that they require so you can progress to working at management level.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormskirk School directly.

Last updated date: 27 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years