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A-Level Economics at Winstanley College

Course description

Course Content
The subject is grouped into three broad areas of study
1.    Microeconomics
2.    Macroeconomics
3.    Trade and Development

You will receive an introduction to economic principles (we assume no previous knowledge) and then discuss things like how markets work, demand and supply, elasticities and market failure.  We will explore economic issues like Brexit, the living wage, inflation, the financial crisis and the credit crunch in the first year and explore economic behaviour, models and policies in the second year.

The course is assessed in three exams at the end of the second year
One 90 minute exam
Two 150 minute exams
The exams are a mixture of essays, multiple choice and data response

Why should I study Economics at Winstanley? 
Attracting a large number of academic students we offer support for those who wish to learn about and discuss the classical economic texts, the economist and those who wish to debate business and economic issues of the day. We have staff who have become experts in helping students gain entry to Oxford and Cambridge University, the L.S.E and prestigious apprenticeship placements from retail to media and investment banking. We are fortunate to have a huge number of former students who wish to support you, whether that be from the Bank of England, Ernst and Young, KPMG,  Deloitte, Rolls Royce, internet start-up entrepreneurs  and other top FSTE 100 firms.  

Learning outside the classroom
In the Business and Economics department we take pride in the number of ways you can access the curriculum, from Moodle, to online custom made videos, to student mentoring and highly specialist exam support. Young Enterprise, Student Investor and a whole host of business speakers ensure the course is fresh, vibrant and exciting. Some students start their own business in the first year, or carry out business ideas decided upon by the group. A number of trips and visits are run and we have former students in prestigious jobs in the Bank of England and Investment Banking in the City of London. There are opportunities to study locally, nationally and internationally. Former students who have become successes in the business and economic environment are frequent visitors. Trips to Jaguar Land Rover and Liverpool docks are part of your curriculum. We pride ourselves in guiding you to your next career step, be it University or a degree equivalent apprenticeship.

We are proud of our highly specialised exam support which covers things like answer structure and  application of theory. We offer a very popular Study Hall system where student attend weekly sessions with their own revision with a specialist tutor on hand to answer questions. We are also developing our A2 mentors, who have proved a big success this year guiding less confident students to high grades.  We realise it’s not all about academic grades and you will have full support adapting to college life, getting a part-time job and also into your progression, either into the workplace, or University.


From school pupil to Winstanley student 
No specific qualifications are necessary (other than meeting the College entry policy) but you must be able to write in good English and have good numeracy skills. A level Maths is only required if you intend studying Economics at University.  We will work with you from scratch and assume you know nothing about Economics when you start. A desire and curiosity to know more about the economic world and an interest in current affairs is a must. Those students who can make judgements about the best course of action or critique others decisions thrive.   In economics opinions and judgements should be backed up with theory and hard evidence, diagrams are important.

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: 15 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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