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Economics A Level at Highfields School

Course description

Economics is a social science which studies how scarce resources are allocated within an economy in relation to unlimited wants. The subject often leade to opportunities in the business and public sector and is well though of by leading universities.

The staff at Highfields are vastly experienced in the teaching of Economics at AS and A Level. This leads to stron results and achievements of the students. Students also have access to electronic journals, the department's own subject webpages and links with previous students whom have succeeded at University.

Course content

A fascinating subject which helps you to look moredeeply at the world around you. Economic decisions and activities impact on many different areas of society and our everyday lives – interestrate fluctuations, taxation, and unemployment;even footballers wages can all be explained byeconomists! The subject helps you develop advanced decision making skills by effectively weighing up choices.

A level Economics is a two year course, however students will still be able to study for the new AS Level as a separate stand-alone qualification will enable students to prepare for the new A level qualification in 2017.

Economics allows you to learn about the importance of choice and decision making in an economy. You will discover the role of the different economic actos within individual markets and the macro and global economy.

Entry requirements

In addition to the normal Sixth Form entrance requirements to study A level Economics you must have a grade minimum of a grade B in GCSE English and Mathematics, and at least a grade B if you have studied a relevant GCSE such as Business Studies.


Students learn through a range of different methods including group tasks, independent study, presentations, essays and case analysis. The nature of the subject offer challenge and promotes interest for all students.

Future opportunities

TH study of Economics leads to a wide range of professions in finance, the Civil Service or in business. Economists are valued for their precise analytical thinking, the ability to evaluate arguments and decisions and their skills in assessing the reliability of information. Many students choose to follow their A Level studies with degrees in Economics which is highly valued by the vast majority of organisations.

Further information

Economics combines well with Mathematics and most social sciences including History, Geography or Law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 July 2015
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Key information

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