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Economics is concerned with the activities of different groups such as consumers, businesses and governments. It examines issues which are increasingly dealt with in the media such as debt, recession, unemployment, inflation, exchange rates, taxation, prices, the euro and much more.

Economics is relevant to the real world and is well regarded as a strong academic subject by universities and employers. It combines well with a range of other subjects and prepares students for a variety of careers.

Qualifications & Assessments

Exam Board Edexcel
Level Level 3
Qualification A Level
Assessment Method 100% Examination
Entry Requirements Entry Requirements

Paper 1: Markets and Business Behaviour
Paper code: 9EC0/01
35% of the total qualification

Paper 2: The National and Global Economy
Paper code: 9EC0/02
35% of the total qualification

Paper 3: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
Paper code: 9EC0/03
30% of the total qualification

Economics opens many doors to degrees not just in Economics but in a wide range of disciplines from Maths, to Business or Politics. Students of Economics are adaptable and can transfer skills to any degree that they choose.

There is a broad range of career paths that Economics students can pursue. For example studying Economics can take you to the civil service, who offer fast track schemes for Economics students. Other career areas include government, business, journalism, teaching and lecturing.

If students are intending to study Economics at University, they are strongly advised to take A Level Maths.

  • Students are encouraged to enter Economics competitions which will be enjoyable and provide useful experience as part of their programme of study as well as seeking work experience placements related to Economics.

    There is also an optional trip to New York for students studying subjects within the business department. For more information about this trip please see the Trips and Travel page

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