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How hard is BA economics, i haven't done maths since GCSE, so I would be appplying to BA courses for economics such as Goldsmith, Essex and Hertfordshire, I did economics at A-level. i was wondering how hard is economics at a level is there a lot of maths involved considering it says you only need a B in maths GCSE?
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How hard is BA economics, i haven't done maths since GCSE, so I would be appplying to BA courses for economics such as Goldsmith, Essex and Hertfordshire, I did economics at A-level. i was wondering how hard is economics at a level is there a lot of maths involved considering it says you only need a B in maths GCSE?
There isn't too much maths involved at A-level. You'll be fine with calculating simple percentage changes and maybe some indexing but that's it.

At university level, it can be a different story. A BSc course will generally have more advanced maths, including partial differentiation, statistical testing and econometrics. I don't know what a BA course would be like, but I assume there will at least be some maths of A-Level difficulty involved as well.
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I will put it this way - I am studying Econ at a top UK uni and I can without a doubt say that everyone in my course has gotten an A* equivalent for their A level maths course and we still find it tough.
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Id say you'd be fine with BA economics, think with a BA the economics knowledge will be more important than the maths.

I'm currently studying for a Bsc, which is more mathematical (has quite a lot of A-level calculus), at a Russell Group uni whilst also not having A level maths, on a pretty shoddy AS grade. And whilst it is challenging I'm still on course for a 2:1 in my second year. So I'd expect a BA to definitely be fine.

Finally I did look at some BA's when I applied and I was told the BA option is certainly fine for anyone who doesn't have A-Level maths. Shouldn't be much more than percentages etc like you do at A level.

So to sum it up BA fine, but Bsc (if there's any that take B at gcse, think minimum is usually an A at gcse) I'd probably avoid.
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