Economics A Level

Course Description

Arguably one of the most important subjects of all, economics helps you understand more about how we need to make the best possible use of the world’s scarce resources and how the government can try to make sure that we are all as well off as possible. It’s a subject that will make you think and is well thought of by employers and universities. Many people with a degree in economics move on to work in banking, insurance and the law or begin work as a professional economist, advising big companies about their chances of success in the future! All of us come into contact with economics every day of our lives.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

Economics has two major components: microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics looks at decisions that affect the individual, such as how much they earn and how they choose to spend it. Macroeconomics looks at what governments can do to help generate more money in the economy, to reduce the number of people unemployed and to encourage international trade. Some of the following topics are covered: • Should Wayne Rooney be allowed to earn £250 000 per week whilst the poor in developing countries often live on less than $1 per day? • Should the High Speed Link project go ahead or could the money be better spent on other things. • Should the government raise the tax on petrol to help cut pollution and global warming? • Why is China the fastest growing economy in the world and how will it affect me? • Why is child poverty on the increase in the UK? Links with other subjects: Economics can be studied with many other subjects. It goes particular well with subjects like Politics, History and Business Studies Those considering Economics at degree level often study Mathematics. Although percentage calculations are about as hard as it gets at A level, for degree level, a high standard of mathematics is required.

Future Career Opportunities

Future career opportunities are many and varied. The top Russell Group Universities recognise Economics as an ‘academic’ subject and therefore welcome A level Economics on an application form. Most employers see Economics as a good general degree and recognise that it is a subject that makes you think and challenges your ideas. “If all economists were laid end to end, they would still not reach a conclusion” (George Bernard Shaw). It can lead to a variety of finance- based careers. Past BSFC Economics students have gone on to work in financial consultancy, investment banking, the legal profession, management consultancy, retail & distribution and journalism.

Why Study at BSFC?

At Bolton Sixth Form College you will receive a top quality learning experience in Economics. Results in A level Economics are consistently excellent. There has been a 100% pass rate at A Level every year since 1997 and many students who take the subject go on and study it in some form at university, including Oxford and Cambridge.