Economics at Christ’s Hospital

There could not be a better time to study A level economics. All of the recent major events, be they covid lockdowns or cost of living crises, can only be properly understood in the context of their economic causes and consequences. Studying economics will help you understand many of these real-world events. Perhaps unsurprisingly it is one of the most popular A level choices for Christ’s Hospital students.

We have four classrooms, a suite of computers and a discussion room, used for Harkness style class-led discussions and student-led actives.

We also provide a free online subscription to the Financial Times.


Course content and skills

Studying economics will involve:

  • Learning about the fundamental economic theories. Developing an understanding of the key economics diagrams, such as supply and demand, is vital. Students will also be expected to think critically about these models.
  • Investigating real world economic issues such as business decision making, world poverty and climate change. Students will have to develop their own knowledge of these through their own independent research.
  • Developing a range of key skills that will enable you to achieve success at A level, university and in a future career. You will improve your ability to research information, interpret data, write essays and reports and presentational skills, as well as softer skills such as identify problems, assessing solutions and working with others.


Future prospects

The prospects for students are excellent as economics is held in very high regard by universities and employers. It is a ‘traditional academic subject’, and the top universities like to offer places to students who are taking economics as part of their academic programme. Oxbridge rightly has a high regard for economics.

Students who take economics at A level go into a wide range of related careers including financial markets, business management, politics, accountancy, consultancy and property. However, the critical and analytical skills make it attractive for careers as diverse as law and engineering. Economics is a social science, so it bridges the gap between arts and sciences and so gives breadth to students who are otherwise entirely science or humanities oriented. Economics is also a great complement to a foreign language and is often the gateway to business on an international scale.