History is slightly unusual for accounting and finance, but should be OK- put it this way, if you got a C at AS in computing you'd probably get a C or D at A2- comparing say a D in A2 computing vs an A/B in A2 history then you've obviously made the right decision. LSE will probably be indifferent to your decision, as to whether you'll get an offer I have no idea though, they like AS further maths though, especially if you do P4, 5 and 6.
It's a common misconception that LSE give their offers out late. Some people are given them pretty early, but those are in the minority (especially if you don't have your results yet). My offer was ABB btw- I got AABab (Computing, Economics, Maths, Physics AS and Further Maths AS) as well as a merit in the economics AEA. TBH, although they say the standard offer for A&F is ABB nobody gets those results- normally you are looking at AAA or AAB here. It could be worth remembering that if you're predicted ABB.
I've read the prospectus, but that refers to their courses as a whole (for example, Government History- in this case history would obviously be advantageous). I was referring to accounting and finance and the words of Mr C. Noke (senior lecturer, accounting and finance dept)- you'll probably be interviewed by him during the first couple of weeks.
As for history not being as popular (my words were 'History is unusual'- not 'LSE don't like History') on the accounting and finance course- if you spoke to some other A&F students here you'll find that it's not the kind of subject that people doing the course will have studied, certainly there is no way you could apply any of the skills associated with history other than basic problem analysis (bear in mind that pretty much all the course is maths including EC102 and AC100). I know lots more people who have studied computing at A level compared to history at A level. Of course, I cannot comment about the admissions process apart from in a retrospective way- one would however assume that because of this history is at most on a par with computing, as the data doesn't suggest anything else. As for the A/B History vs C/D computing comment, this is a highly competitive course- anything you can do to maximise your grades whilst still doing OK subjects is worthwhile.
Also, regarding further maths, if you don't have it you'll find the maths harder, as a lot of it is further maths but approached from a different angle and in a different context.
In terms of the contradiction- the person who made the original post said that 'i thought they give offers from Jan. onwards'. To me this is a sweeping generalisation that LSE don't give any offers out before January. I was merely pointing out that this is not the case.
Personally, I'm just saying what my personal experience has been and what I've found by speaking to lecturers, other students etc on a day by day basis. It may be inaccurate compared to what LSE officially say, but is 100% accurate from a real world perspective.
I see I see...
So what about LSE as a whole? Would you recommend it?
I'd recommend it- it's the best in the country for a number of courses, at least 50% of the lecturers are world class (the other 50% are acceptable to good). Only problem is that the class teaching quality is vastly inconsistent- some teachers are extremely, extremely good whereas others really don't give a damn.
In terms of a social institution I'd recommend it as well. It's got a far better social scene than Oxbridge (from what I've heard from friends there) and you're on the doorstep of the west end, so if you want to go to a non student place such as Chinawhite or Attica then it's really easy to get there. Also, there is little if no animosity (from my experience) towards LSE students.
Overall it's good, but just remember the main strength and main weakness of LSE- Central London.
well i suppose a student studying the actual course in LSE should probably give a clearer picture...although i very much agree with what the others say as well....esp. gemma1811....i do think it's rather normal to think that computing should be the less traditional subject comparing to my other 3...besides i've got predicted AAB this yr. i'm surprised that computing is actually that common for this course and more respected than history...coz i know someone graduated from the course who did my subjects at A level....so it all sounds a bit confusing, perhaps worried me as well
oh well...maybe that's why they're holding up my application...until when i dunno...probably i'm screwed
besides, i'm a 100% Hong Kong boy...and i dun live here, just for boarding sch...
a lot of ppl in my sch do say i've got some 'guts' to do history A level...not being arrogant but i've been trying really hard to 'gut' it over these years...anyway
I didn't say that, I said that computing is more popular than history.
The main ones they want for accounting and finance are economics and maths- the other one is up to you.
TBH, I wouldn't worry about non traditional subjects etc- I know at least 3 people doing A&F that did Business Studies and Economics at A level. All I think they use the 'non-traditional subject' reason is as a convinient excuse.
hey everyone got an offer for government on monday!!! i was soooooo happy!!!!!!!!! just worried abt costs now!
im w8in for international relations as well. fukin lse. my m8 got in 4 acturial science and I know 2 other people who hav been sent letters saying they've been shortlisted for acturial, and international relations and history respectively. oh welll
Any one recieved offer for Management at LSE????
Does LSE always send u a letter saying "u have been shortlisted" before they make an offer? Do u guys know anyone who got a straight offer without being shortlisted? Can u still get rejected even if u get short listed?
i haven't heard from lse yet
HamaL- Firstly, LSE only send you a letter saying "u have been shortlisted"- it doesn't mean anything other than you've been put on the waiting list (i.e. it doesn't mean you will be rejected or that you will get an offer). Also, if you're still waiting now and haven't heard anything then you probably have been put on the waiting list.
Secondly, you can definately be rejected if you are put on the waiting list. I know 3 people that were rejected this way last year (1 was rejected in March and 2 in April)- it's pretty harsh but that's what happens.
Thirdly, LSE do give out offers without the waiting list. I think there's a couple of people on this board with offers like this. I got my offer last year without being put on the waiting list as well.
Hope this helps.
won't they definitely inform u if u're put on the waiting list? they won't tell u that even if u are ? i haven't heard anything either i want to know whether i'm on the list or sth else...
I found last year that it was 50/50 whether they told you or not. One person applying for management was told, but 2 others applying for accounting and finance weren't. I'd assume that if you haven't heard from them yet that you are on the waiting list, failing that you could always phone them (if you do this be very careful about what you say though- I know a guy who got his mum to phone bath last year demanding where his offer was, needless to say he was rejected by them pretty soon).