Course Title AS/A Level Economics
Level: 3
Code MS017

Overview of the Course

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.

What are the career opportunities?

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.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher. In addition to these entry requirements, you must have GCSE grade maths 9-6 (A*-B) and English grade 9-5 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will sit exams at the end of the first year (AS) and further exams in the second year (A Level).

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

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.

Work experience

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.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

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.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There are no additional costs. You will 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.

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