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Economics

Economics is the study of how resources are allocated and how economic theories have an enormous impact on society.
Why choose Economics?

Economics is the study of how resources are allocated and how economic theories have an enormous impact on society. For example, the decisions past and present of the Greek Government have led to serious social unrest and doubts about the future of the Euro. In addition to these macroeconomic issues, the subject considers simple decisions by firms such as whether or not to raise their prices. The subject is highly respected by universities as it offers students the opportunity to improve their analytical and evaluative skills and helps them develop an ability to work with Mathematics and to show excellent written analysis.

What is Economics at DLD?

Part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, an A Level in Economics at DLD College allows learners to develop tools that can be applied to a wide range of real-world situations rather than simply focusing on a fact-based approach. We offer a course that focuses on key economic concepts that will stay contemporary, thus equipping students with ability to make informed decisions in a range of contexts. The focus is very much on why the economic world works in the way it does and what can be done by economic agents to influence this.

What do I need?

As an A Level Economics students you will be expected to keep abreast of the latest economic news and you should be willing to discuss such matters in the classroom. The interpretation of numerical and graphical data forms a key part of analysis so you should want to develop these skills. Prior study of the subject is not a requirement.

Good subject combinations

A Level Economics can complement any subject at A Level. It works well with Science courses as it uses similar processes but adds sophisticated analytical skills to your essay writing technique. It also works well with Humanities like History but develops a more scientific approach. Economics could also be a good fourth subject for a student trying to build a broad portfolio of subjects.
 
If you think that you might want to continue to study Economics at university, you will almost certainly need to take Mathematics at A level. For the most selective courses Further Mathematics is desirable.

18 Month A-Level

This subject can be studied over 18 Months starting in January (minuimum 5.5 IELTS score is required).

After DLD

Most students who have studied A Level Economics at DLD go on to read degrees in variety of disciplines. Undergraduate study of Economics is one of the most popular options at university and will equip you for a career in the public and private sector, including financial services, business management and the government economic service.
 
Students may also choose to study for a joint honours degrees that combines Economics with another subject.

Questions

Q: Can the course be done in one year?
A: Yes.
 
Q: Which exam board do you follow?
A: Students will be working towards public examinations that are based on the Eduqas A Level Economics specification.
 
Q: Can I use the A Level to apply for a gap year internship?
A: Yes.

Entry Requirements for international students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.
 
At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.
 
If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

The small-class sizes and the relaxed yet friendly ambience are what make DLD unique. Learning in a small class environment makes the process of transmitting knowledge more effective and has also inspired me to do better – concepts are easily absorbed and the tutors are always there to be questioned. The central London location of DLD also acts as a front-row ticket to see the financial and economic events that are happening around me and understand the world of economics through real world case-studies. DLD not only prepared me for university, it also helped transform me into a fully-fledged adult, bringing out the potential one has. Tutors at DLD always provide the right advice.

Caroline San Kyi – DLD Graduate
Caroline is at LSE reading Economics

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