Economics is available from A-Level and the department invariably has the largest number of candidates, with more than 80 students studying the subject in each academic year. This popularity reflects the curiosity of our students in the workings of the local and national economy.
The study of Economics enables students to understand better the current economic issues that affect their lives. The subject matter ranges from the environment to the labour market, from unemployment to multinational companies, from inflation to the exchange rate. These issues are examined primarily in terms of the UK economy, but also encompass the UK’s rights and responsibilities as a member of both the EU and the global economy.
The course is delivered by highly experienced examiners in spacious classrooms and class sizes are limited to allow for a discursive approach to the subject. The department’s examination results are consistently well above the national average and a large number of our students pursue Economics and business-based courses at university as a consequence of exposure to the A-Level course.
Each summer a prize essay competition is held for the Lower Sixth, with the winning entries funded by sponsorship from Investec. The department’s links with local and national businesses have led to visits from keynote speakers from the world of finance and students have been able to sit for professional financial qualifications while enrolled on the A-Level course.