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Economics A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

Many of the most fundamental issues facing our country stem from economic theories and practices. Whether we’re talking about banks, businesses or the environment, the study of economics will have played a part. This course would suit students who have an interest in current economic, business and financial issues and institutions, and are interested in discovering more about their roles and responsibilities.

Over the two years you’ll gain an informed perspective on economic policies in the UK and abroad, take part in lively debates about the key economic issues of the day, such as the strategies to do with our national debt, youth unemployment, house price ‘bubbles’ and interest rates. As you explore the subject you’ll develop an interest in the subject allowing you to better understand and question what you see in the news.

Course content

This course will give students an opportunity to explore how markets work, how an economy deals with scarce resources and the choices which firms and individuals make (micro economics). Students will also learn about how the government deal with issues such as unemployment, inflation, debt, etc. (macro economics) and to question policies and solutions to these economic problems.

You’ll learn the key skills needed to be a successful economist – those of understanding the fundamental theories and principles, knowing how to de-construct, analyse and debate them, and then demonstrating the ability to apply them in order to bring about change. To do this we combine class exercises with independent study, content from YouTube and other social media channels, timed essays, class activities and games, lively debate and regular mock exams. You’ll learn to write clear, well-explained essays (backed up with diagrammatic illustration) and have plenty of opportunities to air your points of view and get peer feedback.

Entry requirements

At least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade B in Mathematics.


Awarding Body - WJEC

Future opportunities

Many students go on to related degrees in business, management and finance, as well as economics.

Further information

The course also includes a programme of speakers from finance and industry including a regular schedule of presenters from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) who will help with the delivery of selected topics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodhouse College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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