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    Assume you are applying to LSE or cambridge...

    1. Would you be disadvantaged to take three subjects to A2 and four at AS or will the top unis like to see four A2's and five AS's?

    2. If only taking three subjects to A2, is it unwise for these to be maths, economics and further maths as it doesn't provide much diversity.

    3. After maths, fm and economics what would be the best subject to take... History? Chemistry? A language?

    4. What is the IDEAL combination? I'd probably say A2 maths, A2 fm, A2 economics, A2 history and AS physics/chemistry. What do you think?
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    Ideal combination in my opinion would probably be: A2 Maths, FM, Economics, with AS in History/Language
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    (Original post by MalteseMalteser)
    Ideal combination in my opinion would probably be: A2 Maths, FM, Economics, with AS in History/Language
    Not a science? Thanks for your reply
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    Probably maths A2, further maths A2, economics A2 and a language at AS. If you were compelled to take another subject then history would be it
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    (Original post by hexagon999)
    Not a science? Thanks for your reply
    Maths is a science, plus it's not required. As long as you can do the quantitative side to the course (i.e. all the maths) then you don't have to have taken anything else. I don't see why taking a science would be beneficial - if it's for the diversity then the AS history/language and the A2 economics would fit the bill nicely
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    (Original post by hexagon999)
    Assume you are applying to LSE or cambridge...

    1. Would you be disadvantaged to take three subjects to A2 and four at AS or will the top unis like to see four A2's and five AS's?

    2. If only taking three subjects to A2, is it unwise for these to be maths, economics and further maths as it doesn't provide much diversity.

    3. After maths, fm and economics what would be the best subject to take... History? Chemistry? A language?

    4. What is the IDEAL combination? I'd probably say A2 maths, A2 fm, A2 economics, A2 history and AS physics/chemistry. What do you think?
    Hello. I've received an offer from both of these institutions for Economics.

    1) I'm currently doing 3 x A2, I've done 4 x AS having decent UMS average.

    2) I'm doing Maths & Further Maths alongside English language at A2 - yes it is better to have some diversity.

    3) That's really up to you. I've known people taking humanities such as Sociology, History, Politics or language/science. What really counts is what you can achieve in this subject. In my case it was English language.

    4) Well, out of sheer instinct and not any scientific research I would go for Maths, Further Maths, Politics (humanity) and a foreign language such as German/Russian. Of course you can replace it with absolutely anything you wish - so long as your UMS scores are high and you do not feel alienated from the subject. I've known professors very willing to take abstract humanist thinkers onto their course, as I've discovered - inter alia - on my Cambridge interview (both of them).
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    (Original post by Occams Chainsaw)
    Probably maths A2, further maths A2, economics A2 and a language at AS. If you were compelled to take another subject then history would be it
    Would LSE and cambridge want another subject?
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    (Original post by hexagon999)
    Assume you are applying to LSE or cambridge...

    1. Would you be disadvantaged to take three subjects to A2 and four at AS or will the top unis like to see four A2's and five AS's?

    2. If only taking three subjects to A2, is it unwise for these to be maths, economics and further maths as it doesn't provide much diversity.

    3. After maths, fm and economics what would be the best subject to take... History? Chemistry? A language?

    4. What is the IDEAL combination? I'd probably say A2 maths, A2 fm, A2 economics, A2 history and AS physics/chemistry. What do you think?
    Stepping aside from your 4 questions I'll add that if you obtain good grades with decent UMS, the next most important thing is your personal statement and relevant extra curriculum where appropriate. Applying to LSE, being the Progressive [Socialist] HQ of the UK and the home of Fabian Society & Baroness Passfield you do not want to look like you're aiming for Investment Banking @ Goldman Sachs.

    Whatever you're aiming for in life is your private and personal matter. Just be sure not to enrage the admission office with the spirit of fierce capitalism
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    (Original post by hexagon999)
    Would LSE and cambridge want another subject?
    I honestly have no idea what the preferences are! They say that 4ASs and 3A2s will not be a disadvantage to 24ASs and 15 A2s however if you have similar aptitude for economics, grades at A level and GCSE and similar work experience to other applicants then I suppose having an extra A level is something to distinguish you from the other applicants who went for 4ASs and 3 A2s. I doubt it will make a significant difference though.
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    Thanks for all your replies
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    (Original post by hexagon999)
    Thanks for all your replies
    If you want to go into hedge funds, trading or IB i think the best would be Maths, Further maths, Economics , Physics, 5th subject (whatever subject you want to do / will do best in, as long as it is traditional eg history or another science and this will be dropped after AS.
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    (Original post by Sun_Bear)
    If you want to go into hedge funds, trading or IB i think the best would be Maths, Further maths, Economics , Physics, 5th subject (whatever subject you want to do / will do best in, as long as it is traditional eg history or another science and this will be dropped after AS.
    I'd love to go into a hedge fund. Trouble is, I dropped physics at GCSE because none of the teachers could teach would maths, further maths, economics, history and AS chemistry be good. Would I need the AS chemistry and full a level in history or could I ditch chem and do AS in history?
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    Someone I know is going to LSE in September with Maths, Business Studies and Religious Studies with an AS in Economics (at a B). They aren't as strict on your subject choices as you may think - just get your best grades!
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    Do I really need physics a level?
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    (Original post by hexagon999)
    Do I really need physics a level?
    No. The only one you need is maths
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...c_Requirements
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...nking#A_Levels

    I just typed 'economics' and 'investment banking' in the search bar.

    try looking next time!
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    Economics
    History/Physics/Chemistry
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    (Original post by Glen_Nichols)
    Maths
    Further maths
    Economics
    History/Physics/Chemistry
    Would I be preferred with 5?
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    (Original post by hexagon999)
    Would I be preferred with 5?
    Probably but the average person entering doesnt have five, you think now ohh yea lets do 5 then when you get to it you will be dropping it asap.

    Economics is a lot of writing, at as level I can tell you so far its all writing, hardly any calculations.

    Im doing math(like it)
    eco(like it)
    history(like it)
    physics(kill me now pls)

    My combo is good imo instead of phys maybe slap in biology? all my friends doing both physics and biology say its much easier and its a science also it has a good part of writing as far as I know.

    But yeah the main skills are mathematical and analytical.
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    (Original post by Terk)
    Probably but the average person entering doesnt have five, you think now ohh yea lets do 5 then when you get to it you will be dropping it asap.

    Economics is a lot of writing, at as level I can tell you so far its all writing, hardly any calculations.

    Im doing math(like it)
    eco(like it)
    history(like it)
    physics(kill me now pls)

    My combo is good imo instead of phys maybe slap in biology? all my friends doing both physics and biology say its much easier and its a science also it has a good part of writing as far as I know.

    But yeah the main skills are mathematical and analytical.
    So would A2 maths, A2 FM, A2 economics and AS history be good? Or is there no enough diversity with my full a levels?
 
 
 
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