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Course Overview

Economics has been described as the study of the ways in which society allocates scarce resources between competing ends. 'Macroeconomics' includes theories about the level and growth of a nation's economic activity. 'Microeconomics' studies the behaviour of individuals making economic choices in a variety of roles. Find out more about the course here.

The Benefits of Economics at Fitzwilliam College

As economics is one of the larger subjects in Fitzwilliam, the college’s economics students form a varied and supportive peer group, which is essential for lively and successful studies. The College offers a great deal of support for students in economics, not only from the College Fellows who teach the subject, but also from students working together, both within and between years. The College Economics Society puts on social events and informal talks, and gives an opportunity for undergraduates, postgraduates and Fellows to socialise.

Facts and Figures

Average intake each year: 7-9

Typical A Level offer: A*A*A. It is usual for Fitzwilliam to require an A* in Mathematics.

Typical IB offer: 41 – 42 points with 776 at Higher Level

Essential subjects: A Level/IB Higher Level Mathematics.

Useful Subjects: A Level Further Mathematics, A Level/IB Higher Level Economics

If you’re studying IB, we ask for Analysis and Approaches for this course. If this isn’t an option at your school, please contact us for advice. 

We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.

Application Process

Applicants are required to sit the Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA) prior to being called for interview.  More information can be found on the University website.

Candidates may be given pre-interview reading and should normally expect two interviews. Applicants are not expected to have any standard background in Economics; the interviewers are interested in your ability to analyse and solve simple real-life problems by using logical and critical approaches. The interview is also aimed at assessing your motivation, enthusiasm and potential for future development.

Director of Studies

Dr Anna Watson

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Dr Anna Watson

Find Out More

Every year the College runs The Gerald O’Connell Essay Competition in Economics for Home students in Year 12 (or equivalent) attending a state school in the UK. Essay questions are posted in November so check back on the link below to enter!

If you want to find out about our open days or visiting the College, see here.

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