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Original post by Loobydoo2
Hello :smile:
I am currently in year 11 and thinking about taking economics for a level next year. I am not very familiar with the subject and I was wondering if it is a maths heavy subject as maths is one of my weaker subjects.
In the future I hope to do a business management degree so think economics would be a useful subject, so any more information on the subject would be useful.
Thank you :smile:

Hi there

Currently I am in year 12 studying a levels in maths economics history and politics.

At A level economics is not highly mathematical. You’d be fine with a grade 5 at GCSE. However, it is uni level econ that is more mathematical and a number of unis will ask that you do a level maths.

If your looking to do business management, it might be worth looking at doing business a level instead because it is much easier. Furthermore make sure you look at the courses entry requirements because I know a number of universities require a grade 6 at gcse to study business management.

If you wanna find out about econ further I would recommend u read some books such as the undercover economist.
Original post by proudmonkey
Hi there

Currently I am in year 12 studying a levels in maths economics history and politics.

At A level economics is not highly mathematical. You’d be fine with a grade 5 at GCSE. However, it is uni level econ that is more mathematical and a number of unis will ask that you do a level maths.

If your looking to do business management, it might be worth looking at doing business a level instead because it is much easier. Furthermore make sure you look at the courses entry requirements because I know a number of universities require a grade 6 at gcse to study business management.

If you wanna find out about econ further I would recommend u read some books such as the undercover economist.

BTW not all unis require u to do a level maths to study econ at uni.
Hi I did my Economics A Level last year and did really well. I do advise not taking both A Level Economics and Business Studies together because Universities consider them as 'one subject', however Economics is the better of the two. In terms of Mathematics it majorly percentage changes and being able to read a graph so nothing more than what you have studied at GCSE level.
I do Economics at A-level and really it's far more about concepts than maths. All you really have to do is be able to + - × and ÷. And don't worry about A-level maths if you don't want to do it. As people have already said, there are plenty of unis where it's not needed, even some very high ranking places like St. Andrews.

There are a lot of graphs though but that's generally more as a visual representation than a mathematical device.
Original post by proudmonkey
Currently I am in year 12 studying a levels in maths economics history and politics.

Sorry for being a bit irrelevant in this thread :biggrin: but I'm also choosing my a levels. How is politics a level like? is it interesting?how much does it link with economics? is it worth it? thanks x
Original post by hallaluliah
Sorry for being a bit irrelevant in this thread :biggrin: but I'm also choosing my a levels. How is politics a level like? is it interesting?how much does it link with economics? is it worth it? thanks x

There isn’t any university course that requires you to do a level politics so it is not essential for anything in particular. However from my experience so far it has been quite interesting especially the stuff on voting behaviour. And if their are people in your class with strong political views it can be very fun. With regards to links with economics, the strongest links come about in the politics ideas unit in which you will learn about different ideologies eg. Socialism. People who believe in these different ideologies will have differing views on how the economy should be run.
Original post by hallaluliah
Sorry for being a bit irrelevant in this thread :biggrin: but I'm also choosing my a levels. How is politics a level like? is it interesting?how much does it link with economics? is it worth it? thanks x

I'm in year 12, doing both and they're both very interesting. Politics is very opinion-based and the emphasis is placed on a mixture of persuasive arguments and social, political and historical knowledge. Very enjoyable and accessible whether or not you're already knowledgeable on the subject. There's not that much of a link, only really in different ideologies beliefs in how economies should be run. I would personally say it is worth it. Definitely the most interesting and often most fun of my 4 subjects.
Original post by Possibly this
I'm in year 12, doing both and they're both very interesting. Politics is very opinion-based and the emphasis is placed on a mixture of persuasive arguments and social, political and historical knowledge. Very enjoyable and accessible whether or not you're already knowledgeable on the subject. There's not that much of a link, only really in different ideologies beliefs in how economies should be run. I would personally say it is worth it. Definitely the most interesting and often most fun of my 4 subjects.

thank you!
Original post by Loobydoo2
Hello :smile:
I am currently in year 11 and thinking about taking economics for a level next year. I am not very familiar with the subject and I was wondering if it is a maths heavy subject as maths is one of my weaker subjects.
In the future I hope to do a business management degree so think economics would be a useful subject, so any more information on the subject would be useful.
Thank you :smile:

you've had some good but pretty wordy answer so far. There is a much quicker way to help you understand the A level: google image search "supply and demand graphs" and see if you'd be comfortable interpreting, drawing and writing about those
Original post by proudmonkey
There isn’t any university course that requires you to do a level politics so it is not essential for anything in particular. However from my experience so far it has been quite interesting especially the stuff on voting behaviour. And if their are people in your class with strong political views it can be very fun. With regards to links with economics, the strongest links come about in the politics ideas unit in which you will learn about different ideologies eg. Socialism. People who believe in these different ideologies will have differing views on how the economy should be run.

thanks!!!
Original post by username4406810
Hi there

Currently I am in year 12 studying a levels in maths economics history and politics.

At A level economics is not highly mathematical. You’d be fine with a grade 5 at GCSE. However, it is uni level econ that is more mathematical and a number of unis will ask that you do a level maths.

If your looking to do business management, it might be worth looking at doing business a level instead because it is much easier. Furthermore make sure you look at the courses entry requirements because I know a number of universities require a grade 6 at gcse to study business management.

If you wanna find out about econ further I would recommend u read some books such as the undercover economist.

Did you do Business Studies at GCSE? If so what grade did you get in that? Because in my school it says you need a 6 in business studies to do Economics A level and I got a grade 3 in the last mock

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