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    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    90% of people who do Economics at uni have it at a level
    But it's still not a requirement for entry. LSE even have a course (Economics A) on their Economics course aimed at students who haven't studied economics before.
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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    Good question, it's the same with Law w/ Anthropology, which is also AAB (whereas the LLB is A*AA). I imagine that it may be under subscribed (by LSE standards), and as such they may want to draw more people who perhaps have a slightly worse academic background towards it.

    You get a higher maintenance loan for London, which may or may not cover the additional cost of accommodation and day-to-day costs. You can calculate how much you'd be up for if you studied in London here.
    Yeah I suppose so that seems like a good reason. Nevertheless, does this make it an easier course to get into, and do you think my GCSEs are good enough for LSE: 4A* 5A? Also, are they good enough for Oxford History and Economics course? <-- and why is this course have so little people studying it? What are you looking to study?
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    (Original post by tommyprice5)
    But it's still not a requirement for entry. LSE even have a course (Economics A) on their Economics course aimed at students who haven't studied economics before.
    Yeah i guess, but certainly you would be at a disadvantage since you would lack that background. I think the 'Economics A' is also more aimed towards international students.
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    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    Yeah i guess, but certainly you would be at a disadvantage since you would lack that background. I think the 'Economics A' is also more aimed towards international students.
    http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calen...2015_EC100.htm

    'No previous knowledge of economics is assumed'
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    (Original post by maoism123)
    Yeah I suppose so that seems like a good reason. Nevertheless, does this make it an easier course to get into, and do you think my GCSEs are good enough for LSE: 4A* 5A? Also, are they good enough for Oxford History and Economics course? <-- and why is this course have so little people studying it? What are you looking to study?
    It has a 28% offer rate according to http://university.which.co.uk/london...ears-8500-v300

    It's still a good course, although I would probably advise going for Economics and Economic History rather than straight economic history if you want to go for IB
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    do you care about career prospects or your own personal happiness though? if you don't get happiness from a career, you won't be very good at it.
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    (Original post by tommyprice5)
    http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calen...2015_EC100.htm

    'No previous knowledge of economics is assumed'
    These courses are very competitive and you will ultimately be at a massive disadvantage without A level economics. So many people would have the A level in economics and have thorough knowledge of economics prior to the course.

    If you think you can get into a top uni like LSE for economics by scraping through and having a weak application without any knowledge in economics, much weaker than other applicants then i'm afraid you are mistaken.
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    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    These courses are very competitive and you will ultimately be at a massive disadvantage without A level economics. So many people would have the A level in economics and have thorough knowledge of economics prior to the course.

    If you think you can get into a top uni like LSE for economics by scraping through and having a weak application without any knowledge in economics, much weaker than other applicants then i'm afraid you are mistaken.
    This is really quite silly a lot of people who go on to study economics have not studied it before, economics is not a facilitating subject so you might even say that it is better overall to have maths and further maths. Economics is effectively an applied form of mathematics and statistics. There are near no courses that are not facilitating at A level that require that subject to gain entrance to university. If you read in you free time and express an interest in a field with some evidence of reading you will be fine!
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    (Original post by maoism123)
    Yeah I suppose so that seems like a good reason. Nevertheless, does this make it an easier course to get into, and do you think my GCSEs are good enough for LSE: 4A* 5A? Also, are they good enough for Oxford History and Economics course?
    Probably not for Oxford to be honest - make the assumption that most applicants will be applying with near-full A*. There will be exceptions, with some people with worse grades getting offers, but these people tend to have severe extenuating circumstances that are mentioned in the academic reference. I've got no idea about LSE - they say they want "excellent" grades at GCSE, with a "majority at A*/A level", but they also consider what subjects you got them in.

    (Original post by maoism123)
    <-- and why is this course have so little people studying it? What are you looking to study?
    As for Econ and History, I have no idea, even though I heard that it was a pretty tough course even for Oxford's standards. As for why there are so few people studying it, well, consider the fact that you need both a good grounding in maths/further maths for the econ side and a solid grasp of history/essay subjects for the history side, and most students tend to specialise in either humanities or sciences by the time they get to A-level. Besides, they may not have more places available for it because of internal admin/teaching issues that put a cap on the amount of students they can take in.
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    (Original post by James_mc)
    This is really quite silly a lot of people who go on to study economics have not studied it before, economics is not a facilitating subject so you might even say that it is better overall to have maths and further maths. Economics is effectively an applied form of mathematics and statistics. There are near no courses that are not facilitating at A level that require that subject to gain entrance to university. If you read in you free time and express an interest in a field with some evidence of reading you will be fine!
    I think Cambridge do state they would like applicants to have A level Economics. With LSE, Further maths is only seen as a fourth subject.

    If you express interest you would be all fine but I would be wary of the fact that many competitive applicants would also have A level economics and in that way have a greater chance in showing their interest in a subject with solid prior background.
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    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    I think Cambridge do state they would like applicants to have A level Economics. With LSE, Further maths is only seen as a fourth subject.

    If you express interest you would be all fine but I would be wary of the fact that many competitive applicants would also have A level economics and in that way have a greater chance in showing their interest in a subject with solid prior background.
    Fair enough. I mean it'll never be a disadvantage to have it, however I think if you go toward behavioural economics and other quite newish things it's easy to read up In a few months and write a solid personal statement. I'll be going to LSE in September for PPE having studied chemistry biology maths and German
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    (Original post by James_mc)
    Fair enough. I mean it'll never be a disadvantage to have it, however I think if you go toward behavioural economics and other quite newish things it's easy to read up In a few months and write a solid personal statement. I'll be going to LSE in September for PPE having studied chemistry biology maths and German
    Wow, that's impressive well done!, did you have to do a lot of preparation for your PS??
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    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    Wow, that's impressive well done!, did you have to do a lot of preparation for your PS??
    Thank you well I just read maybe two-three books relating to each subject, tending to be quite broad then just wrote about what is was interested in! My friends told me I'm really good at the personal statement writing style so maybe that got me in xD
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    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    These courses are very competitive and you will ultimately be at a massive disadvantage without A level economics. So many people would have the A level in economics and have thorough knowledge of economics prior to the course.

    If you think you can get into a top uni like LSE for economics by scraping through and having a weak application without any knowledge in economics, much weaker than other applicants then i'm afraid you are mistaken.
    Explains my offer then
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    (Original post by tommyprice5)
    Explains my offer then
    Did I not say 10%? And where did you get an offer from?
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    (Original post by James_mc)
    Thank you well I just read maybe two-three books relating to each subject, tending to be quite broad then just wrote about what is was interested in! My friends told me I'm really good at the personal statement writing style so maybe that got me in xD
    Clearly you proved yourself to be a strong candidate to get in to such a prestigious uni, well done!
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    (Original post by maoism123)
    I think at LSE I am interested in Economic History, and at UCL there is a course of History, Politics and Economics which looks good too. I have also looked at History and Econ at Oxford, but I don't know how tough it is to get in to. My GCSEs are below average for Oxford average: 4A* 5A
    Remember, HPE at UCL focuses on Soviet/Russian history/politics/economics
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    (Original post by AlmightyJesus)
    do you care about career prospects or your own personal happiness though? if you don't get happiness from a career, you won't be very good at it.
    The vast majority of people don't get happiness from their career
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    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    Wow, that's impressive well done!, did you have to do a lot of preparation for your PS??
    Aye, he was clearly disadvantaged then wasn't he?
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Aye, he was clearly disadvantaged then wasn't he?
    He applied for PPE though?

    Besides, im just stating facts and inferring from it. 90% is pretty high number and suggests a preference for econ at a level
 
 
 
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