Course Information

Economics

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE Maths and English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

Economics is a wide ranging subject which touches on every aspect of commercial life.

As a result, study of Economics will broaden your understanding of the business, political and real world, encouraging you to evaluate some of the consequences of business and government decisions. Study of Economics is useful to those intending to enter the business and commercial world since it is included as a core subject in the examinations of all the professional bodies.

Economics is a difficult subject to summarise in a few lines and is probably unlike many of the subjects you will have studied at school. It is an academic subject which provides a good link between science and arts subjects. It is scientific in its investigative nature and requires good logical and analytical skills, together with the ability to produce convincing written argument.

If you study Economics you will discover, as with any subjects concerned with human behaviour, moral issues and that there is often more than one way of interpreting the observed facts. You will study the theories which try to explain economic behaviour, and will be free to weigh up the alternative arguments and draw your own conclusions.

The subject is ideal to study alongside Mathematics, Biology/Physics/Chemistry, Government & Politics, History, Sociology, Geography, Business and English. Economics is a subject that is intertwined with many A-Level subjects.

What you will do

During the Economics course you will consider issues such as:

    • What are the effects of taxation policy?
    • Why do political leaders always mention the economy?
    • Why do exchange rates change and does a trade deficit matter?
    • Is there enough money to go around? Some footballers earn in a week what a doctor, a person who saves lives, does in a year, why?
    • Is it possible to reduce regional differences in unemployment?
    • What influences the purchasing patterns of consumers and can a business predict these?
    • Analysing public transport efficiency and ways to reduce road congestion.
    • How can governments promote better care of the environment?
    • What are the arguments for the cancellation of developing countries’ debt?
    • What is the impact on the Eurozone in light of some member states’ budget deficits?
    • The causes and consequences of globalisation.

Future prospects

Economics students have excellent career opportunities open to them across a range of employment sectors. Some will choose to pursue a career as an economist, but many will enter other graduate roles in private and public sector organisations. Some of our SJC Economics alumni have gone on to become accountants, investment bankers and traders.

Just a few of the roles which can be pursued include:

Certified Accountant, Economist, Management Consultant, Finance & Investment Analyst, Investment Banker, Tax Consultant, Computer Programmer, Advertising and Marketing, Officer in The Armed Forces, Language Assistant.