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Economics Pre-U Cambridge at The Petchey Academy

Course description


  • Rational choice and human behaviour
  • Supply and demand in the economy
  • Market failure and government failure to solve these problems
  • The theory of the firm and how different businesses make decisions


  • Unemployment and inflation
  • Interest rates and exchange rates
  • Budget deficits, recession and booms
  • Economic growth

Development economics

Entry requirements

The Pre-U course will require students to write essay-based answers and use conceptual analysis and data interpretation. As a result we recommend that students have a good standard of both English and Maths at GCSE and recommend a grade B in both subjects.


At the end of the two year course students sit 3 papers:

Paper 1: Multiple choice, short answers and data response

Paper 2 – 3: extended essays

Paper 3: An economic investigation on poverty and economic growth

Future opportunities

Economics is a very well respected subject amongst employers because of its application of theory to the real world. Some typical jobs include:

  • Banking and finance
  • Politics and public policy
  • International development
  • Law and business

Becoming a professional economist at a business or for the government

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Petchey Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2017
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