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Economics AS/A level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

Economics is a social science that is well suited to those students who would like to gain an academic qualification relating to the world of business, finance and international trade. It will interest those who want to know more about economic events which dominate the news.

This course is suitable for those students who do not wish to commit themselves entirely to Arts, Humanities or Science subjects. Students should be interested in Economics news and may be thinking of a career linked to a particular business or industry. They should also be well-motivated and keen to learn a new subject.

Course content

Economics is not very mathematical at this level, but demands an ability to think clearly and logically. Students will gain knowledge of theories and methods that economists use to study the world in which we live.

A Level Economics is a very successful course with students consistently achieving excellent results. There is no best combination of subjects to take with Economics. In fact, students study a wide variety of A Levels, including Mathematics, English, History, Languages, Media Studies, Geography, Psychology and the Sciences.

Occasionally, one Economics student is selected to go to Villiers Park to participate in a wide ranging study course.

Students will be expected to keep up-to-date with current economic events and occasionally help with a presentation of news items to the rest of the class. They will be shown how to access Economic data on the Internet and use Economics-related websites to improve their understanding of the subject.

As an extra-curricular activity, students have the opportunity to participate in The Student Investor Challenge – a stocks and shares investment game, as well as other Economics related competitions.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least B grades in English and Mathematics at GCSE level.

Future opportunities

It is a particularly useful subject for careers in accountancy, politics, banking, financial services, business management, journalism and the civil service.

A good proportion of students continue Economics at degree level (including Oxford and Cambridge).

Some students have progressed to joint degrees in subjects such as Economic History, Economic Geography and Mathematical Economics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016

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