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Economics, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Do you keep your finger on the pulse of current economic events? Are you keen to develop your understanding of how the government deals with issues such as unemployment, inflation and markets? Do you want to make sense of Global economic events? As an economics student at OSFC you will learn what drives the economic system by studying two fundamental areas - Micro and Macro Economics. You will debate the economic issues which are inherent in our society today; these range from wealth inequality to globalization, the impacts of climate change to unemployment and inflation. Many issues, whilst they may not seem economic in natural, often have great economic consequences- it is our job as economists to try and solve these problems.    
As an Economics student at OSFC you will get the opportunity to participate in our residential trips to Barcelona, and London. We also offer our students the chance to take part in the University of Manchester Pre-university course, which is an excellent opportunity to experience Economics at a higher level than your A Level. If you want to do an Economics related degree, the 6 week pre-university course with Manchester University is an excellent opportunity to experience Economics at HE level. You’ll have lessons and tutorials with a lecturer from the university who will help you to understand Economics to a standard beyond A Level.  This bridge between A Levels and a Degree helps you when applying to university and you’ll also get to see what the social side and atmosphere of university is like.

Course content

Year 1 

Students will study micro-economics including the market mechanism and market failure, competitive and concentrated markets and costs and revenue.
In macro-economics students will focus on measuring economic performance, government intervention and policy tools and Ad/AS analysis.
Year 2
For the A Level, students will study all of the AS topics plus the following: 
Individual economic decision making, the theory of the firm, labour markets, income distribution, financial markets, fiscal, monetary and supply-side policies and the international economy


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


AS 100% exam

A2 100% exam

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please visit

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • The University of Salford - Business and Management
  • The University of Liverpool - International Business
  • Lancaster University - Accounting and Finance 
  • Sheffield Hallam University - Business Economics

Careers Destinations

  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Statistician
  • Chartered accountant
  • Economist 

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Maths
  • Politics
  • Geography

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: 03 October 2017
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