Program 3 (Scholar): Economics

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Dates: Mon 7th August - Sun 20th August

Ages: 14 - 18

Price: £2995

Anybody wishing to tackle the important questions of the modern world has to consider economics. Political, social and even religious issues can all be illuminated through the study of this most consequential discipline. By studying economics in Cambridge you will be following in the footsteps of Malthus, Keynes, Sen & Stiglitz – to name just a few.

The Reach Cambridge economics program aims to provide a broad introduction to the subject, perfect for those interested in studying it at University, or just those who are curious about the modern economic world. Topics covered in the course include development, globalisation, the place of the firm in the economy, inequality and macroeconomic management. In addition, students will be introduced to political economy – the intersections of power and economics.

Academic economics is today dominated by one school of thought, generally termed ‘neoclassical’, but the Reach Cambridge economics course is designed to allow students to make their own judgements about the most appropriate approaches to economic problems. Whilst providing a firm grounding in neoclassical economics, the program also allows students to compare this perspective with alternative, heterodox approaches. Students are thus left not only understanding a lot more about the economic forces and systems which operate in the modern world, but also knowing more about the different perspectives within economics as an academic discipline.

This challenging course will offer students a stimulating flavour of the nature of economics at university level and will encourage students to think imaginatively about the real life applications of this important subject.

All Reach Cambridge courses are open to students aged between 14-18 years old.

All courses are taught in English. In order to get the most out of the learning experience, students are advised to have a level of English conducive to understanding sophisticated academic language and to converse with other students and staff in English at all times.

We do offer English as Second Language courses if you, or we, feel that this is more appropriate. Your personal statement will help indicate to us your level of English. We will also ask for a copy of your latest school transcript to help us assess the teaching level of the courses.

The course was fun and educating. I hope I get to join a course like this another time.

Economics & Business Management Student, 2014

I enjoyed the variety of topics and teachers

Economics & Business Management Student, 2014

A typical Scholar Program Subject Class Day

Time Activity
8am Breakfast – in College Dining Hall
9am Subject classes
1pm Lunch – plenty of time to explore Cambridge
2.30pm – 4.30pm Afternoon Subject classes
6pm Dinner – in College Dining Hall
7pm Evening lecture
8pm Evening activities
11pm Curfew – an hour on your corridor before lights out

A typical Scholar Program Excursion Day

Time Activity
8am Breakfast – in College Dining Hall
9am Full Day Excursion

Previous excursions have included:

London, Brighton, Oxford, Theatre trips, Stratford-upon-Avon & Warwick Castle

6pm Dinner – own arrangements
8pm Evening activities
11pm Curfew – an hour on your corridor before lights out

Please note, these are meant as a rough guide only and are subject to change.

Want to make your trip even more special? Why not choose one of our exciting Add-Ons?

Please note, there is a limit of 2 Add-Ons per Program (excluding Single Room Guarantee, which can be added as a third where available). Click on the relevant item for more details:


Community Outreach (£150)

Reach Cambridge is proud of its excellent links with UK based charities. Through this exciting add-on you could earn 10 community outreach hours, learn valuable skills in teamwork and project management, and take part in a project that really makes a difference. In 2014 Reach Cambridge worked with SABRE, a charity that helps build schools for children in rural Ghana. Community outreach students organised some excellent events and we raised over £2400 for the charity! This add-on takes place outside of class time across the course.


University Advance (£250)

One reason why you might join us in Cambridge is an interest in applying to university in one of the cities we visit. The university advance add-on will involve one day trip, either to the colleges of Oxford or to London universities (for example University College London, Imperial College, and the London School of Economics). Reach Cambridge will organise an accompanied tour of the university buildings and facilities, giving you the opportunity to explore your prospective campuses! Please note that this add-on will require you to miss one full day of classes.


Single Room Guarantee (£395)

Typically, students on Reach Cambridge share a room with someone of the same gender and a similar age. Whilst many find this to be a great way to make a lifelong friend, we understand that some people enjoy their personal space after a long day of exciting classes and activities. As such, we offer the single room upgrade, which guarantees that you will have your own private room.

Price: £2995

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