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Economics A Level at New Mills School and Sixth Form

Course description

Economics is about choice and the way our choices impact on each other. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. The economic way of thinking can help us make better choices.

AS and A-Level Economics aim to give an insight into key issues in the news affecting everyday life; issues such as Govemment debt — how does it build up, does it matter and what should be done? Unemployment: why has it risen so sharply in recent years? Why do exchange rates vary so much? Why are prices always rising and how do businesses compete.

This is an excellent subject for those students who want a more challenging A-Level. An ability to understand graphs and correlation is essential as well as an interest in current affairs. Students take Economics in combination with a very wide array of other subjects — everything ranging from Art and English Literature at one end to Further Maths and Physics at the other. 

Course content

The subject is split into two main sections, microeconomics and macroeconomics Whereas macro looks at the big issues affecting the economy as a whole (unemployment, inflation, growth and so on), micro looks at a smaller scale; the pricing of individual products like oil or gold; the salaries paid to different people, and the reasons for any differences. 

Future opportunities

Economics can form the basis of many different university courses or careers. It is a qualification respected by university admissions tutors as an indication of analytical ability. It can be a complement to other A-Levels in the Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities, and may lead to degree courses in any discipline. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New Mills School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017

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