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Economics at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

“It's the ECONOMY, stupid!”, as former US president Bill Clinton famously observed. A proper understanding of the economy is at the heart of an understanding of politics, business and many developments in the environment and our communities.

Most of the stories that dominate the news cannot be understood without a knowledge of Economics. Is Europe, let alone Britain, likely to be a core player on the international stage over the next few years? What is likely to be the impact of BREXIT on our daily lives? With a proper understanding of the issues around BREXIT, would the UK even have voted to leave? How long until a Warburtons loaf costs £3? Is banning petrol engines really the way forward to reduce pollution related breathing prblems?

Then there are the even bigger questions. How will North African countries manage a population of one billion young people living in relative poverty just across the Mediterranean from super rich Europe? And how will how will Europe adapt? How will humanity cope with the huge threats posed by global warming? What opportunities will arise if humans can live to be 500? And at the same time, what will society do when half of the population is not actually needed for production?

This dynamic and exciting course will give you a thorough grounding in Economics and an insight into the issues which affect the world. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and theories at the same time developing the skills of critical analysis and thought required by economists.

Course content

The course starts by considering the relationship between firms and consumers (microeconomics) and how the government intervenes to control the allocation of resources. It then goes on to consider the bigger picture – the macro economy. We look at inflation, trade, unemployment and exchange rates, to name but a few areas. In the second year we revisit micro and macroeconomics in greater depth, building on the first year of study.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 or above. In addition, Level 5 in both English and Maths at GCSE. You do not need to have studied Economics previously.


Three papers: one microeconomics, one macroeconomics and a third that covers the whole course. Papers one and two follow the same format: Section A is a data response set of questions, including an essay (40 marks). Section B consists of essay questions – choice from three (40 marks). Paper three consists of multiple choice questions and a data response. All three papers are equally weighted and two hours in length.

Future opportunities

Many Economics students go into careers in the financial and professional services sectors, as well as teaching, government, the police etc

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2018
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