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    Is a Statistics module in A Level Maths highly advisable for studying Economics at Uni?

    I took M1 at AS Level, however when I picked this I had no idea that I would choose to take Economics. Now I am in an annoying position, where I doubt I can take S1 next year

    Having said that, I am signed up to the Finance Baccalaureate starting next year, which should teach me some statistics-based theory.

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    Economics does have a lot of stats in it and doing S1 will be of some benefit. However, in my opinion, S1 doesn't require you to grasp any concepts fully, it's not until you get to around S3 that you have to derive and things get, let's say beneficial if you want to study economics at uni. The stats you study in S1 is so basic compared to what you'll do in an economics degree.

    Uni's are mindful of the fact that many pupils don't get to choose what modules they study in the A-level and so they offer generic modules assuming you have done very little stats. I think they do a similar thing for calculus, except they do expect you to have some prior knowledge.

    My brother is heading to Southampton to read economics and I know they have two compulsory maths modules, one for stats and one for core maths and they both teach you everything you'll need to know.

    Since most people will have done A-level maths and thus four core modules, I'd imagine the core module to move at a pretty fast pace. The stats one not so much, because firstly, most people will have only done A-level maths meaning they can only go up to S2 and secondly, a lot of people won't have done S2 and possibly not even S1 meaning they are not going to move so fast. If you sat S1 as part of your AS, how much would you remember by the time you got to uni? I think many will be in that boat, so don't worry.

    Of course, if you do get the opportunity to sit S1 this year, then doing it would be more advisable than say M2. But arguably, D1 is just as beneficial as game theory is built on D1 concepts and it crops up a lot when looking into the theory of firms.

    I started rambling, sorry. Hope you get the jest
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