If you are interested in a career in finance, business or accountancy, this would be a good choice of course. You may also consider going into higher education with this qualification.
This course is for you if:
- you want to learn about money
- you want a career in finance, management or accounting
- you want to learn more about real life events which affect you, such as the recession, globalisation, unemployment and inflation.
Economics combines well with a number of other subjects depending on your interests and career goals. These include Mathematics, Business, Accounting, History, Geography, IT, Psychology, Sociology, Law and Modern Languages.
What will I study on this course?
The course examines the world of finance and the interaction between governments, businesses and consumers. It looks at a variety of issues such as the recent recession, unemployment, university tuition fees, inflation, global warming, taxation, exchange rates, the UK’s membership of the European Union and world poverty.
Your knowledge and understanding are then normally further developed through class work assignments which often involve interpreting, analysing and evaluating case study material (for example, a chart, a newspaper article or a video).
You will learn a number of techniques for analysing problems (e.g. supply and demand analysis) and you will be encouraged to develop and express your own views on what should be done to solve economic problems.
Extended opportunities and enrichment
Students who are part of the Business learning area have the opportunity to take part in local work placements, compete in national competitions, visit local schools to do presentations and workshops, as well as attend a variety of other educational visits.
Where can this course lead to?
There is a wide choice of Economics degree courses at virtually all universities. It can be studied alone or in combination with many other subjects. The rigorous analytical approach required in Economics degree courses makes this qualification much sought-after by many employers. Additionally the A Level is highly regarded by universities when applying for a range of other subjects such as Law, Business, History, Geography, Accounting and Mathematics.
If you do not wish to progress to higher education you will find your A Level is a useful qualification for a variety of jobs in management, commerce or administration.