Leadership for a better world

Economics Department

Economics is not about making money; rather, it is about how society uses scarce resources in the most efficient manner. It is a subject that can be applied to a host of different areas, from the financial world to public policies and the world of sport. Students are expected to assess and present arguments on various courses of action, and should have an interest in learning about the roles which businesses and governments play in society. Economics is a subject that combines well with both Science and Humanities subjects.

Curriculum Information

Sixth Form (Years 12-13)
Students prepare for the Edexcel International A-level in Economics and cover both Micro and Macroeconomics each year. AS-level Microeconomics looks at how markets work, why markets sometimes fail and what can be done to correct this, while at A2-level students study Business Economics, including market structure and its impact on business decision-making. In Macroeconomics students look at the workings of an economy: at AS-level the focus is on the key measures of economic performance and how economic policies affect these, while at A2-level these economic models will be applied to global economic issues including trade, poverty and inequality. 

Outside the Classroom

A working knowledge of current events and a willingness to debate these topical issues is essential for prospective economists. A student-led Economics Society including speakers from the financial world will be offered from 2016, which will provide a new forum for discussion.

Students can put their knowledge of costs, supply and demand and business objectives to practical use in the Young Enterprise extra-curricular programme. The department’s enrichment sessions include Oxbridge preparation and interviews, and revision clinics.

Head of Department: Ms C. Tagg