How good does your maths have to be for most Business Degrees?

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I want to study Business because it would give me transferable skills in marketing (I'd like to work in marketing for a charity upon graduation), and a lot of public sector/NGOs require business acumen.

However, my maths isn't great. I got 8 A*s at GCSE and yet just scraped a B in Maths. I didn't take it at A-level for this reason. I excel in a lot of things - but maths definitely isn't one of them.

My preferred subject to study is Political Science, but given the harsh employment climate graduates are facing now and I really need to get a job on graduation (no parents to go and live with if I can't) I'm feeling pressured to take business.

Any thoughts please.
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(Original post by J_89)
I want to study Business because it would give me transferable skills in marketing (I'd like to work in marketing for a charity upon graduation), and a lot of public sector/NGOs require business acumen.

However, my maths isn't great. I got 8 A*s at GCSE and yet just scraped a B in Maths. I didn't take it at A-level for this reason. I excel in a lot of things - but maths definitely isn't one of them.

My preferred subject to study is Political Science, but given the harsh employment climate graduates are facing now and I really need to get a job on graduation (no parents to go and live with if I can't) I'm feeling pressured to take business.

Any thoughts please.
Business generally doesnt require any extraordinary maths competency depending on the University where you go ofcouse. Im in a similar situation where im hopefully going to study economics which has tons of maths but didnt do A level maths. Only scraped an A at GCSE. But a B should be alright for a business course but do look at the specific modules that your course has as thatll be more accurate
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(Original post by J_89)
I want to study Business because it would give me transferable skills in marketing (I'd like to work in marketing for a charity upon graduation), and a lot of public sector/NGOs require business acumen.

However, my maths isn't great. I got 8 A*s at GCSE and yet just scraped a B in Maths. I didn't take it at A-level for this reason. I excel in a lot of things - but maths definitely isn't one of them.

My preferred subject to study is Political Science, but given the harsh employment climate graduates are facing now and I really need to get a job on graduation (no parents to go and live with if I can't) I'm feeling pressured to take business.

Any thoughts please.

Hahaha you have no worries my friend! I wholeheartedly recommend studying at Pearson College London. It's a new institution, but its the only establishment in the UK that's part of a FTSE-100 company. I'm studying Business Management with Finance (there is with Marketing too) and throughly enjoy studying as part of this truly entrepreneurial, dynamic and engaging establishment. It does work you hard, but your engagement with industry is remarkably high. We regularly have industry days, and have visited large organisations for British American Tobacco to Unilever. The amount of contacts i've made has surpassed my wildest expectations.

Now, back to your question. With grades like that you'll probably be fine at most Uni's. I dare to say my maths grade was nowhere near as good as yours. Whilst PCL does look at grades, it also makes you go through a competency test (critical reasoning, logic etc) which enables those with sometimes poorer grades to prove themselves as potential candidates for business.

I now happily live in Tufnell Park Halls of Residence (Prodigy Living) on PCL's recommendation, and can honestly say coming here was one of the best decision i've made. Nice area of London to live in, whilst studying at Pearson's majestic headquarters of 80 Strand, you couldn't be anymore immersed in business if you tried.

Anyway, hope this helps! Good luck with your uni research......and really don't worry about those grades! :P
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