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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 students 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. 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, many students, including most new entrants to the College, start their voyage of discovery at this point.

Teaching is based in a dedicated Sixth Form classroom, with appropriate interactive whiteboard facilities. In the Lower Sixth, 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. 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. Since 2001, there has been a 100% pass rate from the 276 candidates, with about 75% being awarded a grade A*-B.

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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