|Course Title||AS/A Level Economics|
This course examines economic and social problems and attempts to offer solutions to them. Problems covered include: congestion and pollution, smoking, global poverty, recession, unemployment and inflation. Possible policies to resolve the problems are then explored, such as taxation and the provision of information by the Government. It is important you have an interest in current affairs and a clear grasp of mathematical concepts.
On completion of this course you may progress onto a degree. Please note that some universities stipulate A Level mathematics as a subject requirement for a degree in economics. Economics can lead to a number of careers such as: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Management, Journalism and Politics.
To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5. This must include GCSE maths and English grades 9-4 (A*-C). Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6. In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths and English combined.
The A Level Study Programme is for usually two years, and starts in September of each year.
You will sit exams at the end of the first year (AS) and further exams in the second year (A Level).
On an A Level Study Programme, you will develop specialist knowledge, skills relevant to the subject you are studying. All A Level Study Programme subjects will develop your English and communication skills. Many will also develop technical and numerical skills. All of these are transferable to any higher education and employment fields. In addition, an A Level Study Programme can develop your critical thinking skills more effectively than any other course of study. You will be exposed to a wide range of complex concepts and ideas to provoke and stimulate you, and you will have high level thinking skills that are valued in all employment fields and that will support your higher education and career goals.
All students on A Level Study Programmes will participate in a week’s work experience in each year of their course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals.
A range of enrichment activities are available at Bury College and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development. In many cases they will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.
You need to be analytical as diagrams are often used to explain and analyse theory. You will also have the opportunity to attend specialist sixth form conferences at local universities for which there may be an additional charge.
Bury College students were given the opportunity to experience working life in the industry of their choice through career-enhancing work experience placements.