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Physics or English Lit out of those options.
Physics or English lit though?


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Definitely take Geography, it's an essay based subject that will definitely help you in Econ, and the jump from Gcse geog to A level geog is not that big so getting +90% in it is not too hard and getting the A* prediction in it shouldn't be too challenging. I got an A in it at Gcse and at AS I ended up getting 98% in my AS for geography so it's not a hard subject. A girl in my school did Maths, Econ, further maths and Geography and got an offer from Cambridge. Do not take history if you haven't done it at Gcse it's just too risky and you don't need that added uncertainty of how you'll find it at A level. Taking physics is not very wise, it's very hard and may drain your efforts from the important maths subjects ( unless you're naturally talented at Physics)

Remember the most important thing is getting the A* prediction for Maths LSE, Cambridge all look for that as well as A's in the others.

Apply to Cambridge - if you have over 90% average in your AS levels (preferably 93% and over so you get automatically pooled by them)
Apply to LSE - if you have 10A*s + cause they prefer candidates with 10 A*s + at Gcse
Apply to Oxford - if you have at least 9-10 A*s at Gcse because they give preference to people who have a high A* percentage at GCSE

If you have excellent GCSE's and AS results than you're at a luxury!
Know a person who got an offer from Oxford last week and he only had 3A* at GCSE? Guessing that's a rare case?


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Further Maths and Economics is fine. Bath, Bristol, UCL, Warwick etc will ask for the A* in Maths or Economics.
So you're saying the fourth option doesn't matter as long as I've got the others?


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Know a person who got an offer from Oxford last week and he only had 3A* at GCSE? Guessing that's a rare case?


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Was this for E&M? If so, yes that's rare, unfortunately
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Physics or English lit though?


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Doesn't matter imo. If you apply to more quantitative courses or even econ&maths then do physics. Less quantitative or even econ&politics or whatever then Eng Lit.

Other than that I would advise taking the one where you are more certain of scoring A*/A.
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Was this for E&M? If so, yes that's rare, unfortunately
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Which college? I'm assuming they had a pretty good TSA/ went to a pretty bad school, because yes that's very rare
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So you're saying the fourth option doesn't matter as long as I've got the others?


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It's not that it doesn't matter, but it is less important.
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Geography and Economics are doss subjects.

Do:

Maths
Further Maths
Physics
Chemistry
History
Do not listen to this guy he is an idiot. If you want to do Economics at university obviously you should do Economics at A-Level. Also further maths is not needed, I don't know why this guy is saying you should do it - you are doing an Economics degree not a Maths one lol. Don't do Physics or Chemistry as again you are doing Economics degree not a science one! Geography is a good subject as well a lot of my friends who took it like it. I think maybe you should also do a language as then you can do a year abroad on your degree. (Also languages are the easiest A-Levels :P). So do something like:

Maths
Geography
Economics
Spanish(Or whatever language you like)

I do Economics at Plymouth so know a lot about what subjects are the best to take.
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Which college? I'm assuming they had a pretty good TSA/ went to a pretty bad school, because yes that's very rare
public boarding school
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Do not listen to this guy he is an idiot. If you want to do Economics at university obviously you should do Economics at A-Level. Also further maths is not needed, I don't know why this guy is saying you should do it - you are doing an Economics degree not a Maths one lol. Don't do Physics or Chemistry as again you are doing Economics degree not a science one! Geography is a good subject as well a lot of my friends who took it like it. I think maybe you should also do a language as then you can do a year abroad on your degree. (Also languages are the easiest A-Levels :P). So do something like:

Maths
Geography
Economics
Spanish(Or whatever language you like)

I do Economics at Plymouth so know a lot about what subjects are the best to take.
is geography essay based?
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It's not that it doesn't matter, but it is less important.
So its most likely be the one i should drop for A2. But you still think i should avoid softer subjects such as sociology?
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public boarding school
Were his gcses poor for his school? If so I can only imagine he had a good TSA and then stood out at Interview, which oxford college?


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Yes everyone is saying completely different things. Languages are an option because I do take 2 for gcse and should get an a* in both but is that better than history/English lit? My fourth subject is just to compliment the other three.



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Which do you prefer from History/ English lit/ each language? Which one are you most likely to get a high A in at AS? Bear in mind that history and English lit are VERY essay based - you'll and up with loads of homework and I heard one of my friends complaining that their English lit exam was 'closed book' - i.e. they did not have the book they were meant to be writing the essay about with them in the exam. Not sure a good choice if you are bad at memorising quotes! Also, if you do lots of extra-curricular stuff outside of school or think you may struggle slightly with the workload, then these subjects may not be right for you. But if you are likely to get an A* in either at GCSE (did you do GCSE History? I can't remember which one you said you didn't do...) then that probably indicates you have a good chance of getting a good grade at AS.
If you are less keen on English lit/ History, then languages is the way to go. Pick your favourite and take it. The only issue I've found wit languages is that AS students (at least at my college) tend to do badly in the first year, as the grade boundaries are pulled up by all the A2 students who generally re-take the AS exams in the second year simply because they have better knowledge and understanding of the language and so will perform so much better. Not so good if you are looking for Cambridge's high AS UMS marks. However, if you work fairly hard and have good language skills (as suggested by your predicted A* at GCSE) you still have a good chance of getting an A. As it isn't the most relevant subject for an economics degree, I would think they are less concerned about your grade in it, as long as you get an A (I got an offer for Natural Sciences at Cambridge with only 82% in AS French, they were far more interested in my science AS levels). However, if you are only just scraping an A* at GCSE languages may not be the best option...
Basically, look at what you're good at, what you will have the time and dedication to study, and what you actually enjoy.
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I wouldn't listen to dragonkeepper999. He's giving you advice on what subject to choose based on the possibly that you might end up with loads of homework, that other people tend to do badly in their first year and that you are only just scraping an A* in a GCSE language. I'm doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics, English Lit and Economics and managed to get 5As at AS but at GCSE I had no A*s and got AAB in Maths, Physics and English Lit. I would recommend doing Physics, English/History or a Language; which ever one you enjoy the most as they would all go well with Economics.
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Maths further maths, economics and physics is one hell of a combo, ties in nicely together. I'm doing it and in my offer letters from bath and Exeter they said that the subject combination was a factor in lowering my offer conditions.
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Maths further maths, economics and physics is one hell of a combo, ties in nicely together. I'm doing it and in my offer letters from bath and Exeter they said that the subject combination was a factor in lowering my offer conditions.
Do you do the four for A2? Out of interest what was the offer and for what course?


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I wouldn't listen to dragonkeepper999. He's giving you advice on what subject to choose based on the possibly that you might end up with loads of homework, that other people tend to do badly in their first year and that you are only just scraping an A* in a GCSE language. I'm doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics, English Lit and Economics and managed to get 5As at AS but at GCSE I had no A*s and got AAB in Maths, Physics and English Lit. I would recommend doing Physics, English/History or a Language; which ever one you enjoy the most as they would all go well with Economics.
Doesn't geography tie in well with economics and I've heard the step up to a level isn't big?


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Doesn't geography tie in well with economics and I've heard the step up to a level isn't big?


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Do you do the four for A2? Out of interest what was the offer and for what course?


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Yeah do them for A2 and both were AAB for economics and finance
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