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Economics A Level at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

The emphasis of this course is to the UK economy, including topics such as economic growth, inflation, unemployment and the labour market.
You will also study the international perspectives including the European Union, globalisation, poverty, international trade and the environment.

Course content

You will learn how to apply economic theory to the analysis of “real world” economic issues such as:

  • How are prices determined?
  • Why have energy prices risen?
  • What effect does economic downturn or recovery in Europe have on the UK economy?
  • What economic policies can be followed to help create jobs or reduce inflation?
  • How can we control the negative aspects of economic growth such as rising inequality or increased pollution?

Entry requirements

You are not expected to have any previous experience of Economics, however, as a minimum, you will need:

  • Grade 5 or B in GCSE Mathematics
  • Grade 5 or B in GCSE English

You must also:

  • Be comfortable working with graphs and numbers.
  • Be able to produce good written English.
  • Have good analytical skills.
  • Be interested in the economic issues that feature constantly in the news.


There are three written exams at the end of Year 2. These have a mixture of short questions to test your analytical skills and essay questions which ask you to discuss economic issues in greater depth.

Future opportunities

Economics is a highly regarded academic subject which will support your application for a wide range of higher education courses.
Students often go on to study economics, accountancy or other courses relating to business management.

Economics graduates are amongst the most highly paid and the subject is useful for many careers including finance, banking and retail.

Further information

There are visits to lectures and external events relating to the exam topics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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