I want to do Economics at Uni but am stuck on what to take for a levelWatch
.Maths, Biology, Physics and Economics AS
(OR). Maths, Economics, History and Theology AS/Biology AS/ Gov Pol AS
Yet my parents are quite controlling in this and think History would be silly as the Sciences are more respected and open doors if i change my mind. Although i had chose the 1st option with Economics AS during GCSE i did Physics Olympiad and i didnt really like cause although i did end up getting a 9 in physics i didnt like the atmosphere and felt dumb although it could change once i do a level potentially. But im just wondering what would you advice and outside of this what you would recommend to someone to do at a level to do Economics at UNI.
History is not less respected than the sciences, it just depends on what subject you enjoy and what you can get an A*/A in.
I study Maths and Economics at Nottingham and there is a very large variety of A-Levels in the Economics classes, so just pick what you enjoy. And Maths.
Are you looking to apply to LSE in particular? I understand their requirements aren't particularly different to any other top uni, but if you are I would advise the science route, and maybe consider further maths, as it may strengthen your application!
However, I don't think you should rule out your second option of subjects. A level History is very well regarded by universities for Economics- I'm about to study Economics at Sheffield and took A level History. Even though it may be seen that the sciences will 'open more doors' for an economics degree, it will only count if your grades are good. An A at AS History will be much more positively received than say a C at AS chemistry (although you seem to excel at science so I doubt this would be an issue).
If you're undecided, just think about which option combination you enjoy most and would be willing to put 100% into- whatever you choose on top of the maths A level, your application will be very competitive.
Outside of school, I would recommend some relevant work experience and maybe some wider reading on economics, especially if you end up not taking the A level (I didn't). Maybe apply to shadow an economist/politician, subscribe to an Economics magazine, try and get to grips with some degree level economics to show the university admissions you're dedicated to the subject.
I'm sure you will be great whatever you choose- best of luck! X
Whilst it did pay off and I am very pleased with my grades, History was the hardest of the subjects I studied and the one I put the most work into.
At the end of the day, do what you will perform the best at. Humanities subjects such as History, English lit, Geography and Languages are well regarded and will not prevent you from getting offers.
Good luck with your studies!