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Economics IB SL & HL Level 3 Group 3 at Tonbridge Grammar School

Course description

Economics is a subject that changes every day and where we can debate issues that really matter to students, from university fees to why footballers are (perhaps) not overpaid! Economics develops a wide range of skills including structuring an effective argument, cogent writing, quantitative skills, integrating theory and practice and, most of all, a spirit of enquiry about how the world works. Studying Economics will help students understand the issues that lie behind news stories, equip them for debate and help them see aspects of the world in a new – and possibly, more critical – way.

Course content

Diploma 1: Micro and Macroeconomics. Higher Level includes the Theory of the Firm. Diploma 2: International and Development economics. Higher Level includes a quantitative element delivered across the two years of the course. Teaching is practical and makes use of a wide Students participate in a range of activities including competitions, lectures and visits, for example to businesses, factories and museums.

Entry requirements

All candidates should have GCSE Grade 6 or above (or its equivalent) in English, Mathematics, at least one Science and one language where studied. Where equivalence cannot be established the School will set appropriate I/GCSE papers to confirm that the applicant is capable of satisfying the academic profile required for the subjects to be studied and the IB Diploma Programme as a whole


Students are assessed by written examinations (three for Higher Level, two for Standard Level) and an internal assessment comprising of three commentaries on recent news stories about economic issues. 

Future opportunities

Economics is a popular subject for Extended Essays and also makes a suitable subject to include in the new World Studies Extended Essay option. An increasing number of students go on to study Economics and related courses such as Business, International Relations, Politics and Philosophy at university. A recent student gained a place for Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and current students are applying for LSE, Cambridge, Durham, Exeter, Bristol and Leeds, among other destinations. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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