Vivienne Durham: Mathematics would be an ideal A-level
As a head, I would always advise parents to take a healthy interest in the A-level options being chosen by their teenagers, but the ultimate decision should be taken by your son.
A-level economics is intellectually demanding. The ability to understand and apply economic theory, explain complex ideas succinctly, write with semantic precision and think analytically in response to data, is also required.
Strong ability in maths GCSE (or IGCSE) can be a good indicator of likely success at economics A-level.
A distinguished university professor of economics once stated that economics is: “the study of emotional chemistry”. That, to me, sums up the fascination of this subject.
A good grasp of logic, plus cause and effect, is at the heart of economics. Understanding of human nature is also essential. All skills that would be valuable in a business/management degree.
Business studies A-level focuses on problem solving, decision-making and developing a range of business skills.