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Economics - A Level at Backwell School

Course description

Do you want to understand how the world really works? Then Economics is the subject for you. Economists face one central dilemma: the needs and desires of humans are near limitless whilst the resources available to them are finite. This means that humans must make choices about their consumption. Economics is the study of these choices: What should we produce? How should we produce it? For whom should it be produced?

Economics is the perfect subject for those with an interest in current affairs. You’ll learn economic theory at micro and macro levels that will give you insights into individual and social behaviour. It is impossible to understand global events without a grasp of economics. You’ll learn why countries lurch between booms and busts; why the global economy collapsed in 2008; how prices in markets determine the supply of and demand for products.

Economics is the perfect subject for humanities students wishing to demonstrate and maintain their maths skills and for maths and science students that wish to develop their essay writing skills. You’ll be required to analyse and interpret data, but also to present logical, coherent arguments concerning economic policy at an individual and governmental level. You will leave the course a more rounded, worldly person, with a deep understanding of human behaviour in a world of scarcity.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in Mathematics and 6/B in an essay-writing subject (English, History, Sociology or Religious Studies).

Future opportunities

Economics is regarded as an entry qualification for courses at elite universities in such areas as PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), Accounting, MORSE (Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics and Economics), Management Science, Business Administration, and International Business Economics. Many of our A level students go on to study for degrees at Russell Group Universities in related subjects and then progress into careers in accountancy, actuarial science, financial analysis, investment analysis and the like. Economics is a well-respected A Level that appeals to many employers in both the public and private sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September