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Plymouth College has a reputation for success in business competitions having won 15 national titles, including the UK Young Enterprise title in 2009.

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Economics

This A level enables students to develop skills in both economics and business which they can then use for direct entry into industry or into a spectrum of related university courses.

Within the last five years alone, over sixty of our students have commenced degree courses in economics or business-related subjects including entries to top universities, such as Cambridge, Durham, Bristol and Edinburgh. Others have valued this A level as a complement to their other studies before embarking on courses from the likes of Veterinary Science or Medicine or Chemical Engineering to a Modern Foreign Language or English Literature. Since 2001, there has been a 100% pass rate from the 290 A- level candidates, with about 74% being awarded a grade A*-B.

This A level is designed to be accessible to those brand new to the subject; thus, whilst a significant number have matriculated from our GCSE Business Studies course, nearly half of our students start their voyage of discovery at this point.

In the Lower Sixth (Year 12), units are investigated entitled 'Markets, Consumers and Firms' and 'The Wider Economic Environment'. In the second year, sections named 'The Global Economy' and 'Making Markets Work' are the subject matter. The course involves four-double lessons a week, supported by one or two weekly homework sessions each designed to foster skills essential for exam success. At the end of the course, three separate exam papers are sat.

Students are encouraged to read widely around the subject and to take part in opportunities beyond the classroom. All are automatically enrolled as members of the Entrepreneurial Society at Plymouth College and several take part in business and economics competitions. Just three examples of success include becoming national champions for Young Enterprise; the ifs Student Investor and the Enterprise Challenge.

As well as three classrooms, the Economics Department has a Sixth form study area which is for the exclusive use of Economics Sixth form students and is available for individual or group research work or for small seminars throughout the extended school day.

Plymouth College has a reputation for success in business competitions having won 15 national titles, including the UK Young Enterprise title in 2009.

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