good intro books:
the world we're in/the state we're in by Will Hutton. - very argumentative, lots of facts, readable, good intro to politics and economics
The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heibroner. More a biography/life and times of various economists and groups. good background though and readable.
The Philosopher at the end of the universe (titles some thing like this anyway). it explains sci-fi films like the matrix, minority report in terms of the philosophical ideas behind them. its quite funny, gives an overview of kant, mill, descartes, nietschze(spell?) and some others as well. not the most intellectual of books but its got a lot of basic philosophy.
otherwise check deianra's economics reading list - lots on there, you can pick and choose the ones you're interested in. dont read ones youre not, not worth it really. and if youre not interested in any of them after reading them, you're applying for the wrong thing!
Yes It is, but you may find it difficult getting into very popular places like oxford, because you are not doing A-level Mathematics. History A-level is also desirable but your doing English Lit so thats fine.
If i were you i'd declare that i will be doing AS Maths in year 13 and start working on it now. You done Physics AS which covers 90% of M1, you just need to learn P1 and P2, Ur offer may not even include AS maths anyway but its nice to have it because Economics at degree level requires a good knowlege of stuff like calculus which u learn in A-level Maths.
I think if u do AS MAths u 'd have a good chance of getting into a top place.
Whats M!, P1 and P2?????
Sorry I know this post is a bit old. But with ABB predicted grades, is there any chance I can get in for PPE? (surely not for Oxford and Warwick I suppose)
Whats M!, P1 and P2?????
As somebody has mentioned not that many unis do PPE. Oxford obviously does, York, Warwick, Durham, Nottingham as people have mentioned, check on the UCAS directory.
The thing with Maths is so complex, and I'd strongly advise as somebody has done checking with every university individually what the requirements are for maths. Many require a full A Level now and don't even accept AS Maths which is quite harsh Often maths is just a trip criteria to reduce the number of possible applicants, and once you are on the course you can do as much/as little maths, within reason, as you want.
Some good books on philosophy that are basic introductions are written by a guy called Nigel Warburton. Free Lunch is an economics book by David Smith, writer in the Times, which also includes sort of philosophoical and political ideas in a way, so thats quite a nice one. Amazon marketplace is where people sell old text books and you can pick up some good value stuff there