Head of Department:  Mr J Bignell


Economics is a fascinating subject to study and in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis has never been more relevant. Economics is the study of the way we make choices in a world where resources are scarce. It affects every aspect of our lives and helps us understand the dilemmas faced by individuals, societies and governments when making decisions.

 
Economics is studied in Years 12 and 13. Its compelling subject matter resonates with students through its exploration of the big issues that surround us: unemployment, supply and demand, housing, poverty, the distribution of income and wealth, the environment and pollution, leisure, government spending on services such as health, education and transport, competitiveness, investment, productivity and growth, international trade and finance.
 
Economics students can also participate in The Times/Bank of England Target Two Point Zero Challenge in Year 13 and the Young Enterprise scheme in Year 12.
 
Students with AS or A Level Economics have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. A student of Economics will learn key transferable skills, including the ability to collect and analyse economic data, how to communicate and present the data in relevant and compelling ways, how to problem solve and evaluate complex arguments. 
 
Economics combines well with a range of science, social science and humanities subjects and may lead to university courses and careers in such areas as law, business, accounting, politics and, of course, economics.
 
A significant number of girls go on to study the subject at university. There are girls presently studying Economics at Cambridge, LSE, UCL and a number of other Russell Group universities. Girls also diversify into studying Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Economics & Management at leading universities.