The NLCS Economics Department aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the economic world in which they live, by applying theoretical concepts to real world problems and situations. We aim to develop our students' personal effectiveness through an understanding of contemporary economic issues and by helping them to think like an economist.
Economics can be studied through either the IB or A-level pathway in the Sixth Form. Regardless of curriculum choice, there are units of work on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international trade and economic development. Students are afforded the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics such as cost-benefit analysis, market allocation, taxation, business cycles, financial markets and global inequality. Economics is a popular subject which many go on to study at university, and girls have recently gone to study Economics (Cambridge, LSE), PPE (Oxford) and Economics & Management (Oxford, Bristol). Girls have a comprehensive programme of university preparation, including wider reading, support with entrance examinations, and mock interviews with Harrow School and Merchant Taylors'.
For girls with particular interest in Economics, the department offers a wealth of extracurricular activities. The Economics Society hosts a number of high profile speakers each year, with recent guests being Steve Keen, Martin Wolf, and Sir Jon Cunliffe. Girls in the Sixth Form also produce a termly academic journal Capital, which explores current economic issues, centred on themes such as "Productivity" and "Globalisation". Girls compete in a number of national competitions, including the Bank of England 2.0 Competition, the BASE accounting competition, and the Investor Challenge. In 2016-17, one of our Investor Challenge teams finished 13th out of over 10,000 teams.