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    (Original post by Rajive)
    What subjects?
    Biology - BChemistry - BMaths - AEconomics - A
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    (Original post by RallySPORT)
    So samiz, would you choose a BA over a BSc? And do you think that a BA reduces your career prospects compared to a BSc? Thanks
    I don't think it will make much difference depending on which career you are looking at. Most grads schemes will be happy with either degree, for Consulting a masters is likely. It will rarely be a big difference, would I would say is the expected level of Mathematical ablity will vary(at least it did at my uni), in that you had to have a minimum of A level Maths to sit a BSc Economics degree compared to GCSE for BA. This could make a difference to students, in that in BSc, you were assumed to have a solid Maths A level foundation.

    I would pick BSc, put that only because I much prefer mathematical modules to long theoretical ones, i.e Why I chose Financial Modules over Law/Management/Environmental Economics. But I would say just look at the course description and decide is that something you would like to study? Do you like the structure? Does it have modules you are likely to do better at? Compared to carreer prospects at this stage as it will be grade not degree that will influence whether you pass the threshold for Grads schemes.
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    Thanks samiz, that was really good advice.
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    (Original post by RallySPORT)
    Thanks samiz, that was really good advice.
    No problem, nice to hear it helped.
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    (Original post by JRKinder)
    Maths content depends on the modules you take and which uni you go to. LSE and UCL, for example, require an A* in A level Maths and like to see Further Maths as their first year is heavily based on statistics and other mathematical methods. Some unis offer a BA so are less Mathematical in nature. As a rule though, degree level Economics is far more mathematical than at A level.
    Thank you! This is very helpful! One more thing ... do you have to have prior knowledge of economics to study the degree? I did not study it at GCSE, AS
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    (Original post by idr335)
    A bit of both really but what surprises a lot of students starting an economics degree is the amount of maths you have to learn throughout your degree. It largely depends on what year your in the amount of essays you write and maths you do tbh.
    Thank you! This is very helpful! One more thing ... do you have to have prior knowledge of economics to study the degree? Never studied the subject at GCSE or AS level
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    (Original post by samiz20891)
    I think I can help you on this. A little background: I did a Bsc Economics degree in 2012 but I don't think the syllabus have changed much since.

    This will depend on whether you degree is BA or BSc tbh. The difference in mine between the two was calculus in BA was a little simpler and taught slower and to a lower level and there was a little Econometrics(i.e. Applied Statistics).
    However, in my degree BSc Economics, each semister there was one Calculus Module(i.e. Differentiation and Optimisation), one Econometrics and one Micro/Macro module and normally I could choose the fourth module. So at the minimum it would be at least 50% mathematical and I tended to pick a financial/mathematical module as a fourth anyway. This structure was throughout all three years tbh.

    If you want mathematical degree, Bsc tends to be more mathematical in my opinion,but if universities will only offer BA it is different in those cases, however if both are offered, BSc will likely be more mathematical but the course description will give you a better Idea.

    Hope that helps.
    Thank you! This is very helpful! One more thing ... do you have to have prior knowledge of economics to study the degree?
    Never studied the subject at GCSE, AS
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    (Original post by Dynamic_Vicz)
    Thank you! This is very helpful! One more thing ... do you have to have prior knowledge of economics to study the degree?
    Never studied the subject at GCSE, AS
    no, micro and macro will start from basics, I.e. Supply and demand and the four key economic policies and then build up. Maths at A level on the other hand is likely to be necessary for Bsc Economics and preferred for BA.
    Normally, the requirements tend to prefer Maths at A level as it really helps with both econometrics as well as optimisation(I.e. Differentiation)*
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    (Original post by Dynamic_Vicz)
    Thank you! This is very helpful! One more thing ... do you have to have prior knowledge of economics to study the degree? I did not study it at GCSE, AS
    No problem! And no, if your school doesn't offer it (like mine) then you'll be fine. If it does they may question as to why you didn't do it, but I honestly doubt they'll have time to filter each applicant based on whether or not your school offers A level economics so you should be fine either way.
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    AS Levels were awful: ABDE (Maths, Economics, English, Computing)
    Prospective Unis:
    1 - UCL
    2 - Nottingham
    3 - QMUL
    4 - Manchester
    5 - City

    Interested in Game Theory, Behavioural Economics and Econometrics
    Also taking an extra maths module (S2)
    Any advice on other unis would be appreciated
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    (Original post by JRKinder)
    No problem! And no, if your school doesn't offer it (like mine) then you'll be fine. If it does they may question as to why you didn't do it, but I honestly doubt they'll have time to filter each applicant based on whether or not your school offers A level economics so you should be fine either way.
    Ah great. Maybe one of my 5 choices for Maths could be Maths with Economics.
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    AS Results: ABBD
    Course: Economics and Politics
    Prospective Universities: Manchester, Birmingham, Aston, Leicester and possibly Goldsmiths
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    (Original post by samiz20891)
    no, micro and macro will start from basics, I.e. Supply and demand and the four key economic policies and then build up. Maths at A level on the other hand is likely to be necessary for Bsc Economics and preferred for BA.
    Normally, the requirements tend to prefer Maths at A level as it really helps with both econometrics as well as optimisation(I.e. Differentiation)*
    Nice! I'm going to be doing Maths and Further Maths at A2. Maybe one of my 5 course choices could be Maths with economics instead it being BSC Maths
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    do employers prefer if you do a bsc. Im not planning on taking maths but am taking economics. As levels weren't great for me so i'm dropping maths gonna try really hard this year and if i do well might take a gap year and re apply
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    (Original post by Dynamic_Vicz)
    Ah great. Maybe one of my 5 choices for Maths could be Maths with Economics.
    Sounds great, go for it! I considered doing Maths and Econ actually, but have finally settled for straight Economics
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    Hey everyone, I went through the 2016 economics application process, so feel free to ask me any questions. I ultimately applied to LSE, Warwick, Birmingham, UCL, & Nottingham. I received offers from the latter 2 (withdrew application from Birmingham).
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    (Original post by ChrisP97)
    Hey everyone, I went through the 2016 economics application process, so feel free to ask me any questions. I ultimately applied to LSE, Warwick, Birmingham, UCL, & Nottingham. I received offers from the latter 2 (withdrew application from Birmingham).
    Hi Chris,
    Firstly, did you do any work experience/read any books? If so, please elaborate
    Secondly, did Warwick and LSE give their reasons for rejecting you?
    Thanks
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    (Original post by dakofsta)
    Hi Chris,
    Firstly, did you do any work experience/read any books? If so, please elaborate
    Secondly, did Warwick and LSE give their reasons for rejecting you?
    Thanks
    In terms of work experience, I stated that I had worked with a BoE economist who helped me create an econometric model on Chinese inflation. I will admit this was a huge exaggeration, but it was just close enough to reality that I felt I could include it. I linked this in with a project I had been doing which touched upon econometrics.

    My PS was tailored to the LSE course economics and economic history, so the 2 books I mentioned were both economic history based. They were Japanese Economic Development (P. Francks) & Globalising Capital (B. Eichengreen). If I were applying again, I would scrap the spaces between paragraphs, and instead come up with more opinions on the books I had read, as I think this was a primary factor in my rejection from LSE.

    In terms of my rejections, I'm pretty confident that I would have received an offer from Warwick had I not done so badly in my first year of A Levels (I did my A Levels over 3 years, I originally got DDU). They gave my original A Level grades as the reason for rejection. In relation to LSE, they were honest and just said my PS wasn't as good as other applicants. Be prepared to spend hours on your PS if you do decide to apply there.
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    results:
    gcse: 11a*
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    AAAA (geography history economics maths)
    B (further maths)

    thinking oxford, warwick, bath then choose between durham edinburgh st andrews kings

    I want a good uni or nothing - does everyone apply to a uni with a lower grade offer?
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    (Original post by ChrisP97)
    Hey everyone, I went through the 2016 economics application process, so feel free to ask me any questions. I ultimately applied to LSE, Warwick, Birmingham, UCL, & Nottingham. I received offers from the latter 2 (withdrew application from Birmingham).
    I haven't done Economics at A-level but I have done maths so was wondering, do they introduce you to the basics of Macro/Micro at Russel Unis? And would they discriminate me in the fact that I didn't do Economics at A-level when comparing me with other students? (Didn't do Economics because my school never offered it)

    Also what sort of jobs can it lead to? I was interested in Chartered Accountancy but I might not do A&F as I want a more mathematic/broad financial degree
 
 
 
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