You will study both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is the study of individuals and firms. In microeconomics, you will address issues such as the impact of the rise of the budget supermarkets – Aldi and Lidl. Can global warming be effectively controlled? Is it fair to tax sugary drinks?
Macroeconomics is the study of the national economy and government. In macroeconomics you will address issues such as How is the UK economy affected by emerging markets like China and India? What happens to the economy if people lose their job? Is the UK Government’s borrowing out of control?
If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:
- You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.
Additional entry requirements:
- Althought there is no requirement to have studied this subject at GCSE, if you have done so then you must have achieved at least a grade 5. You must also have achieved at least a grade 5 in Maths.
The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.
All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.
- Examination – Paper 1 (Markets and business behaviour)
- A-level (35%) 2 hours
- Examination – Paper 2 (The national and global economy)
- A-level (35%) 2 hours
- Examination – Paper 3 (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)
- A-level (30%) 2 hours
- Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
Degrees in History, Maths, Politics, Business, Finance, Marketing, Law, Languages, and Philosophy are only some of the options available to you. If university is not your preferred route, you will be well prepared for the world of work.
You will take three subjects over two years.
We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.
It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.