Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2015 to July 2016) and are subject to change next year.
All our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 24 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out a 24+ loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This course is for you if you want to look closely at both the theory and application of economics in real world situations. You will focus on how markets co-operate and study the UK in the global economy and further micro-economic topics. You will learn about markets and how they work: balance of payments and the international trade, developing countries and globalisation, economic growth and economic recessions, economics of Europe: single currency zones and the European Union, economics of transport, government economic policy, inflation, the budget, UK economic performance and unemployment.
Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including English Language and Maths. One of these GCSEs should be in an humanities subjects such as Geography or History at grade B or above. All applicants will be interviewed.
The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course.
The A-Level is 100% exam based. Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers.
Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills.
Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework and in-class tests.
Where will this course take you? Students may choose economics for difference reasons. You might wish to pursue a career which requires strong analytical and critical thinking skills; or you may just want to achieve a deeper understanding of government policy, unemployment, inflation or the way in which markets work.
The skills you will learn are in demand from employers and universities, and are also valuable in their own right. Students with an A Level in Economics have a wide range of possible careers and higher educational opportunities. You can progress onto a degree in Economics or combined with subjects such as Accounting, Finance and Politics. Careers for which an A Level in Economics may be useful are: Finance, Banking, Accountancy, Insurance, Consultancy, Journalism, Politics and the Civil Service.
You will learn in dedicated theory classrooms. There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.