A high proportion of Clifton College Sixth Formers take Economics at A Level. This reflects national and international interest in the subject, arising from recent economic turmoil as well as national and international issues from poverty to financial stability. Many Clifton leavers go on to study economics-related courses at the best universities in the UK and abroad and go on to benefit from the broad range of skills they have gained throughout their working lives.


The study of economics helps pupils to develop clear, logical thinking and an analytical approach to problem-solving. They learn data-analysis skills and are encouraged to think through the wider implications of events. An ability to write fluently in essays is important, although no prior study of economics is necessary.

Economics provides an analytical framework with which to address questions such as:

  • Why do some nations grow faster than others?
  • Is the value of the Euro against the US Dollar a matter for concern?
  • Is the taxation of petrol a good way to address global climate change?
  • What are the advantages of mergers between companies?
  • Will the government’s spending cuts help or hinder the UK’s economic recovery?
  • Are there any drawbacks to increasing global interconnectedness?


Why Study at Clifton?

At Clifton College, each pupil’s interest in current and economic affairs plays a critical factor in the successful enjoyment of their course. They come to class brimming with news and views, topical examples of the theories under consideration, and questions about the things they have read in their own time, all of which makes for stimulating discussions in lessons.

Clifton also offers the new option of IGCSE Economics, which provides Fourth and Fifth Form pupils with early exposure to economic theory, terminology and principles, and acts as an excellent foundation for study of economics at A level.