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Economics A-Level at St Mark's West Essex Catholic School

Course description

Why are policemen paid more than nurses? What is the credit crunch? How can we have inflation and recession at the same time? Why are prices higher in London than Liverpool? Why is the price of oil so high? Studying Economics will help you to develop a critical understanding of the economic world in which you live.

There will be two Units in each year. Units 1 looks at the nature of economics and examines the operation of markets and implications for us of market failure. In Unit 2 we examine how our economy is managed by the Government. In the second year, the remaining 2 units build on this knowledge, looking in detail at industries and competition between businesses. The final unit considers the UK in the context of the world economy and the big issues that affect our lives.

An understanding of economics is essential in a whole range of careers including banking, accountancy, insurance, management, journalism and the Civil Service. At university you can study it as a discrete single subject or combined with others; likely combinations will be Business Studies, Politics and History. Perhaps most importantly, Economics will give you an understanding of the economic factors that affect the quality of life we enjoy.

This subject will prepare you to take your place in society as an informed consumer, producer and citizen. Economics is appealing to students because much of what is studied can be applied directly to real life situations to explain why they happen. You will be expected to organise and present clear arguments, both orally and on paper, through essay work. These will be based upon your own reading as well as the class work. There will be great scope for research and an interest in current affairs, if not already there, should be developed during your studies.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Grade C

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mark's West Essex Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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