economics course in london

Economics

It’s the world and everything in it
Albert Einstein

Economics is about trying to “square the circle” of unlimited wants and scarce resources.

As a social science, Economics fits neatly between the arts and the sciences and appeals to students from both traditions. There is a strong theoretical component to Economics, but the subject is driven by a need to explain the real world.

Economics splits itself into microeconomics (the study of the individual markets – explaining why oil prices rise or low-cost airlines are so successful – and macroeconomics (the study questions facing the economy as a whole, e.g. Why is unemployment rising?

Economics Courses

The department offers AQA Economics. This is available as a two- or one-year course. (In 2016-17 we will make available both legacy and the new specification.

The nature of the course makes it extremely easy for students to come to us after their first year and complete their A level course, and a number of students do this – encouraged by the quality of teaching and subject expertise we have to offer.

The three exams reflect the natural split in the subject material. Unit 1 focuses on microeconomic elements – how markets work and why they fail, along with a study of different types of market structure. In Unit 2 the focus is on macroeconomics studying the National Economy and the part the UK plays in the global economy. Unit 3 has a mixture of questions testing students’ knowledge of both micro and macroeconomic concepts.

We have the experience to help you achieve a top grade on the one year course even if you have previously studied Edexcel or some other board.

Economics Staff

Ian Parker 

Ian Parker
Ian joined Brampton College in 1998, becoming Head of Department a year later. He previously taught as far a-field as Lincolnshire and Lancashire, as well as a ten-year stint at a leading independent school in Hertfordshire. A Coventrian, he is a member and fanatical supporter of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and is a seasoned cricket umpire.

Ian is the microeconomics enthusiast within the department and has a particular fondness for Transport Economics. He has a BA (Hons) in Economics, a P.G.C.E. and is one of a fairly select bunch to have a MA (Ed) in Economics Education.  He is an experienced GCSE and ‘A’ level examiner having worked with both Edexcel and, for many years, with OCR.

Ruben Torres

Ruben Torres Guardia

Ruben graduated from Warwick University in 2007 and has been teaching Economics since then. He is currently an examiner for AQA, OCR and a team leader for Edexcel.  He is very interested in finding new ways of introducing e-learning when teaching Economics.  He says the best day of the year for him is results day because it is so rewarding to see his students achieve their full potential during their examinations. Outside of work he enjoys football (a Chelsea supporter).

Graham Cook

G Cook
Graham graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Economics and started his teaching career in 1990 at Edmonton County. Since 2003, he has taught Economics and Business Studies A level in Essex schools. For Graham, the highlight of teaching is seeing students achieve at A level and go on to be a sucess in their lives. Specific highlights include working with a business class to organise a talent show to raise money for Children in Need and the Bank of England competition.

David Potts

D Potts
David is the ‘elder statesman’ of the department with four decades of academic training and practical experience behind him. David moved into full time teaching at university level in 1989 and joined us in a part-time capacity in 2001.

David has a BA (Hons), BSc, C Eng, and is a MSI. He has a wealth of experience as a private tutor and he is the first person we turn to when students need to be prepared for papers with other boards. He is the only member of the department with a degree in Engineering (as well as Economics!) and has international experience in the development and management of natural resource projects.

 

Our Students

Economics and business related courses have proved increasingly popular as university choices as the number of students studying them at Brampton College for A level has increased. Students studying Economics A level have, in recent years, gone on to study at some of the country’s most prestigious universities, including Warwick, Manchester, City John Cass Business School, LSE and Cambridge.

Economics and business related courses have proved increasingly popular as university choices as the number of students studying them at Brampton College for A level has increased. Students studying Economics A level have, in recent years, gone on to study at some of the country’s most prestigious universities, including Warwick, Manchester, City John Cass Business School, LSE and Cambridge.

Our Students

Josh Shaffer joined as a AS restart student with an E at AS and finished with an A*. He also obtained A*A in Mathematics and Geography. He achieved a place at UCL to study Economics and Geography.

Kunjing (Acacia) Zhong achieved A*A*AA Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and has continued to study Economics at LSE. ( link to student story)

Dhiren Savani  joined as a restart student with an E at AS and finished with an A. He continued to The University of Birmingham to study Accounting and Finance.

“Economics has become my favourite subject as I feel I can apply what I learn in class to everyday life.”
Piers Buckman (A1 student)

Results

2015

A*/A A*-B Cohort
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