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Economics A-Level at Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Course description

Brief introduction to subject: Economics studies how consumers choose to spend their money and how firms decide what to produce. The roles of the Governments and Bank of England in managing the economy are also investigated. An interest in current economic affairs is essential.

Progression to Career/ University Courses:

Economics is an excellent choice for degrees in Economics, Business Studies, Management and Finance, Politics, Geography, Law and History. It is highly recommended for careers in government, mass media, industrial firms, banks and financial firms in the City, international organisations and trade unions. Economics develops valuable analytical skills in assessing arguments, views and statistical data.

Key Points:

Economics combines well with a wide range of other subjects including languages, science & other humanities.

AS/A2 Mathematics is not necessary for studying A Level Economics but will be advantageous for University Level Economics. At ‘A’ Level you need to be comfortable in reading information from graphs and performing percentage calculations.

At AS Level the following topics will be covered in a British context.

  • How do consumers react when the price of goods changes?
  • Why are some goods e.g. alcohol and tobacco over-consumed?
  • What can be done about this?
  • How can the Government promote economic growth?
  • When should the Bank of England raise interest rates?

At A2 level a European Union and Global context is followed in addition to the British.

  • How do firms compete?
  • Are Monopolies good or bad?
  • Should the minimum wage be raised?
  • Why are wage rates for different workers so varied?
  • Should the government target lowering unemployment or inflation?
  • Does globalisation benefit Britain?

Year 12 students have the opportunities to participate in Aston University Master classes. Year 13 students enter The Times/Bank of England Target 2.0 competition in which WGHS has won through to the Area Final 5 times and the National Final twice (held at the Bank of England) in front of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.

Entry requirements

Students (external and internal) wishing to join the Sixth Form at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School will usually be expected to have achieved a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A*- B, including Mathematics and English Language with a minimum average points score of 48 from her best 6 subjects.  Students should preferably have achieved A* or A in the subjects they wish to study at A Level, but with a minimum of grade B. Subjects which are not GCSEs but deemed to be equivalent to GCSEs are not accepted.  The Headteacher reserves the right to make the final decision on the application of this criteria.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wolverhampton Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years