At the beginning of the course you will be supplied with a text book, currently this is Economics by Alain Anderton, you are expected to use this to supplement notes and for help in completing homework.
A very useful book to have in addition to your textbook is The Penguin Dictionary of Economics by G Bannock et al.
Up to date reading & watching
Regular coverage of economic issues appears in serious newspapers such as The Times and Sunday Times, The Independent, Financial Times, The Guardian, and of course The Economist. The BBC News website is also an excellent source of relevant contemporary articles. The A Level magazines Economic Review and Economics Today always have up to date articles and analysis of topics as well as exam tips and study skills. Finally, TV programmes such as Panorama or the Money Programme often feature economic related material.
Other textbooks you may wish to consult include:
Lipsey, R First Principles of Economics
Maunder, P etc Economics Explained
Grant, S J Stanlake’s Introductory Economics
More advanced texts…
Begg, D etc Economics,
Sloman, John Economics
Useful revision guides...
Powell, R Letts A Level Economics Study Guide
Geoff Riley, James Keefe The Revision Guide to AS and A2 Level Economics
Henry Hazlitt Economics in One Lesson – The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Economics
Both tutor2u and BIZ/ed are free one‑stop business and economics information gateways for students and teachers. In particular, they contain a considerable amount of economic data relating to a large number of countries as well as extensive theory and revision notes. The website addresses are www.bized.ac.uk and www.tutor2u.com
Other Useful Websites…
The following websites are excellent for up to date articles and economic data.
Organisation Website Address
UK Treasury www.hm‑treasury.gov.uk
The Bank of England www.bankofengland.co.uk
The Office for National www.ons.gov.uk/welcome.htm
There are a number of interesting books that are written in more layman’s terms to relate economics to everyday life. All of these books are relatively new, witty and provide excellent overall background knowledge.
Todd G. Buchholz New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought
Steven D. Levitt Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
John Kay Everlasting Light Bulbs: How Economics Illuminates the World
Charles Wheelan Naked Economics - Undressing the Dismal Science
Stephen E. Landsburg The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life
David Smith Free Lunch
Diane Coyle The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do & Why It Matters
Further reading, only for the hardcore budding economist…
John Maynard Keynes The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Adam Smith Wealth of Nations
Alfred Marshall Principles of Economics
Karl Mark Das Kapital
NB You will only read the above if you are exceptionally keen, you want to seriously impress at a university interview or you have problems sleeping!