When it comes to applying for Economics at university, everyone should hit upon the question "What extra curricular activities have I done, that are related to Economics?".
Well this article is going to give you some answers if you are struggling to rack up some ideas on how to answer the question above.
1) Set up an Economics Society
A fantastic way to show an admission tutor that you are committed to the subject, and then you can develop it from there on. So you might have economics debates weekly, or you have done a group economic project and so on.
Of course if there is an Economics society already in place - well simply get involved and try and undertake as much responsibility as you can.
Another great way to show off what you know indirectly - if you have happen to mention the name of your blog in your personal statement or reference and the admission tutor happens to come across it.
Then Great! You have an excellent opportunity to show them you really know what you are talking about. You can direct it into a certain field of economics also, showing you have a particular interest in certain aspects of Economics and not just as a whole.
For more information about setting up an Economics Blog, please click here.
3) Economics Online Short Courses
There are quite a few online courses for Economics all if you look in the right places. Try going to the Open University and see what they have to offer such as 'understanding society', there is a cost involved however, but usually your school will subsidise you.
I believe the University of Oxford also do a couple of online short courses surrounding economics like 'Globalization and the New Economic Powers'.
4) Economics Competitions
Try and look for some Economics competitions and prizes to try and get involved and win! Does your school have an Economist of the Year award, try and look for regional competitions if not? There is a national competition called the Young Economist of The Year, have a go with that.
Then if you don't succeed try submitting it to local news agents, or bigger and see if they will publish your article/essay for you.
5) Shadow an Economist
But how? Try and send some emails, letters and do some ringing at local universities to try and see if they will let you shadow an economics lecturer or even go for the big companies who employ full time economists.
This could be dream stuff. But it will be difficult to get hold of someone, so keep at it. Start trying to get in touch as early as you can.
6) Economics Extended Project
Not only can gain you gain extra UCAS points but you can direct a project towards the degree you wish to study. So do a Economics Extended Project that you can implement into your UCAS application, obviously make sure you give this time and effort, as it could against you if you haven't got the best of marks for it.
But it will give extra indication that Economics is a subject you enjoy and wish to study further.