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You only have to read a newspaper or watch TV to realise how the economic system affects our existence and future. In Economics you will investigate how markets work, how individuals and firms make decisions, and you will look at markets that don’t work, for example the markets for tobacco and alcohol. You will look at how we can solve problems like unemployment, inflation, low growth and poor standards of living. You will also look at international issues like why some countries are poorer than others, what determines exchange rates and the costs and benefits associated with globalisation. A large part of economics is about problem solving, you will learn tools and models to help you understand these problems and arrive at solutions to them. Economics is a constantly changing subject, there are always issues that arise, for example what will we gain or lose from having left the EU? How can economists help when there is an external shock like a pandemic?

Year 1

  • Measures of economic performance
  • Management of the economy
  • Conflicts in economics
  • How markets work (supply & demand)
  • Market failure
  • Solutions to market failure (eg taxation & nationalisation)

Year 2

  • Further study on management
  • International trade
  • Exchange rate systems
  • Growth & development
  • The theory of the firm
  • Labour markets
  • In depth study of market failure
  • Financial markets & monetary policy
  • Commercial banks & investment banks
  • Central banks & monetary policy
  • Regulation of the financial system
Daniel Francis

Daniel Francis

Studied: Economics, Computer Science, Applied Law, Physics

Progression: Economics, University of Sheffield

After overcoming years of adversity during his time at secondary school, Daniel came to Varndean College in 2016 after having been part home educated and part educated at Hove Park School. He initially studied A Levels in Computer Science, Physics and Maths, but after his first year dropped Maths and picked up A Level Economics instead. After originally wanting a career in Computer Science, thanks to the enthusiasm given to him by his Economics tutors, Daniel soon discovered that this was where his real interest lay and from very early on decided he wanted to continue his studies in Economics instead at university.

Daniel says: "I am most thankful for the great time I had at Varndean College, it was three years of my life which hold fond memories for me. I owe a lot to my two Economics tutors, Alrik and Will, who gave me the inspiration to succeed and Jo, my Law tutor, who was an absolute joy to be taught by. I am proud to have achieved an A grade in my A Level Economics (only 1 mark off an A) and am now enjoying studying a BA in Economics at the University of Sheffield."*

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

PLUS
Grade 5 in GCSE Maths
How The Course is Assessed
100% exam
Career Pathways
Students go on to degree courses in Economics, Business Studies, Politics and many other subjects. Economics can lead to careers in journalism, business and law.
Transferable Skills
Reasoning and analytical skills; the ability to abstract important information from material, both written and numerical; evaluative skills; the ability to critically analyse situations.
Other Information
Trips are arranged, for example to the Bank of England, New York, Zambia, The Economist, City College London and car auctions.
Enquiries To
Alrik Green: agg@varndean.ac.uk