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If I apply for economics but my personal statement is geared towards history and economics would this put me at a disadvantage, or lead to an unsuccessful offer or a course change.

I already have my grades which are A*AB
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Very good grades well done. I think you’ll be fine as long as you meet the entry requirements. Unis are aware people apply for different courses so I think you’re fine
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Thanks! Are you sure? I’m very paranoid because I’ll be taking a gap year so don’t want to be missing out.

I’ll just give a quick breakdown:
Grades:
Business Studies-A*
Economics-A
History-B

Desired Undergrad course- Economics/Political Economy

Personal Statement- Geared towards history and economics

Potential Universities:
UCL- HPE- Needs AAA- Was rejected on results day
LSE- Economic History- Needs AAB- Poor social life and very competitive. Exceed the grades but am aware I have a narrow subject path that they look down on.
KCL- History and Political Economy- Needs AAA- Currently firmed and on course to study
KCL-Political Economy- Needs A*AA
Manchester-BAEcon- Needs AAB
Manchester- Modern History with Economics-ABB
St Andrews- MAEconomics- Needs AAA
Edinburgh/Glasgow/Exeter also thinking but not sure

So looking at this I have courses with history to be safe however I do not want to study this. Ideally I would prefer to study pure economics or political economy. Would my personal statement having both put me at a disadvantage?

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Very good grades well done. I think you’ll be fine as long as you meet the entry requirements. Unis are aware people apply for different courses so I think you’re fine
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I’m very impressed. Surprised those unis rejected you. They’re missing out. If the course is totally different I would change your personal statement to be on the safe side. What’s your reason for taking a gap year?
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If I apply for economics but my personal statement is geared towards history and economics would this put me at a disadvantage, or lead to an unsuccessful offer or a course change bearing in mind I already have the grades.

I’ll just give a quick breakdown:
Grades:
Business Studies-A*
Economics-A
History-B

Desired Undergrad course- Economics/Political Economy

Personal Statement- Geared towards history and economics

Potential Universities:
UCL- HPE- Needs AAA- Was rejected on results day
LSE- Economic History- Needs AAB- Poor social life and very competitive. Exceed the grades but am aware I have a narrow subject path that they look down on.
KCL- History and Political Economy- Needs AAA- Currently firmed and on course to study
KCL-Political Economy- Needs A*AA
Manchester-BAEcon- Needs AAB
Manchester- Modern History with Economics-ABB
St Andrews- MAEconomics- Needs AAA
Edinburgh/Glasgow/Exeter also thinking but not sure

So looking at this I have courses with history to be safe however I do not want to study this. Ideally I would prefer to study pure economics or political economy. Would my personal statement having both put me at a disadvantage?
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Hello,

I assume you've gotten your results this year and although having KCL as a firmed choice, you're looking to reapply to another (possibly higher ranked) uni?
Also, please do note that UCL may not accept a higher grade in one subject to make up for a lower grade in another so if you do plan to reapply there, it might be worth to consider a resit in the B subject you've achieved. Now, onto the actual question..
Yes and No. Yes, it will hold you back if you show focus into history because some unis for which you apply for may not have the history component of it within their university modules, so they will consider that both your interests are not aligned together.
But there is a way around this. Incorporate something you know about history into Economics, but show that you're also intrigued by the economics of things, as to any focus with history, Economics at university would require lots of mathematical knowledge and interest, so do include that. You can always merge these 3 topics and come up with a critical reasoning, discussing something you've read about or learnt through an online course. Merge them, bring out a flow and go on with it. That'll really help.
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Hello,

I assume you've gotten your results this year and although having KCL as a firmed choice, you're looking to reapply to another (possibly higher ranked) uni?
Also, please do note that UCL may not accept a higher grade in one subject to make up for a lower grade in another so if you do plan to reapply there, it might be worth to consider a resit in the B subject you've achieved. Now, onto the actual question..
Yes and No. Yes, it will hold you back if you show focus into history because some unis for which you apply for may not have the history component of it within their university modules, so they will consider that both your interests are not aligned together.
But there is a way around this. Incorporate something you know about history into Economics, but show that you're also intrigued by the economics of things, as to any focus with history, Economics at university would require lots of mathematical knowledge and interest, so do include that. You can always merge these 3 topics and come up with a critical reasoning, discussing something you've read about or learnt through an online course. Merge them, bring out a flow and go on with it. That'll really help.
Hi,

So firstly no. UCL was my firm but I was rejected on results day with A*AB. They wanted the last A. KCL was my insurance and they rejected me then gave me back my offer after.

Secondly the Economics/Political Economy courses I have chosen do not require maths as they are BA’s.

Thirdly, I have more things to write about history in a personal statement however can incorporate some economics. I’ll need to make it 50/50. This year it had a small part of economics. I’ll need to find things to add in, one being should I take a gap year my school have said I can come back as a volunteer and help teach in the department.

lastly I would apply to some with history to guarantee but ideally want to do pure econ. So maybe 2 courses with history and Econ and 3 just econ/Political Economy. The kcl offer I have to study from this month is history and Political Economy but Political Economy is the course I want to actually study but they can’t switch it now but maybe at the start of the year once teaching starts. However if I wait till then I’ll be tied down to this so I’ll be doing something I don’t particularly want to do, I’ll prefer without history or if I drop out I’d waste time and have to pay a lot of money still for whether they make me pay for the semester or year
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Thanks! Are you sure? I’m very paranoid because I’ll be taking a gap year so don’t want to be missing out.

I’ll just give a quick breakdown:
Grades:
Business Studies-A*
Economics-A
History-B

Desired Undergrad course- Economics/Political Economy

Personal Statement- Geared towards history and economics

Potential Universities:
UCL- HPE- Needs AAA- Was rejected on results day
LSE- Economic History- Needs AAB- Poor social life and very competitive. Exceed the grades but am aware I have a narrow subject path that they look down on.
KCL- History and Political Economy- Needs AAA- Currently firmed and on course to study
KCL-Political Economy- Needs A*AA
Manchester-BAEcon- Needs AAB
Manchester- Modern History with Economics-ABB
St Andrews- MAEconomics- Needs AAA
Edinburgh/Glasgow/Exeter also thinking but not sure

So looking at this I have courses with history to be safe however I do not want to study this. Ideally I would prefer to study pure economics or political economy. Would my personal statement having both put me at a disadvantage?
A PS is one part of your application. It's best to have a PS focused on your course choice and not go too wide/varied
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(Original post by INEEDHELP.PLEASE)
Thanks! Are you sure? I’m very paranoid because I’ll be taking a gap year so don’t want to be missing out.

I’ll just give a quick breakdown:
Grades:
Business Studies-A*
Economics-A
History-B

Desired Undergrad course- Economics/Political Economy

Personal Statement- Geared towards history and economics

Potential Universities:
UCL- HPE- Needs AAA- Was rejected on results day
LSE- Economic History- Needs AAB- Poor social life and very competitive. Exceed the grades but am aware I have a narrow subject path that they look down on.
KCL- History and Political Economy- Needs AAA- Currently firmed and on course to study
KCL-Political Economy- Needs A*AA
Manchester-BAEcon- Needs AAB
Manchester- Modern History with Economics-ABB
St Andrews- MAEconomics- Needs AAA
Edinburgh/Glasgow/Exeter also thinking but not sure

So looking at this I have courses with history to be safe however I do not want to study this. Ideally I would prefer to study pure economics or political economy. Would my personal statement having both put me at a disadvantage?
Just curious, wdym by “LSE poor social life”?
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From what I’ve read from people and 3 cousins who went to LSE said that the social life at LSE is so poor and that student satisfaction is so poor. As well as going for a degree I would also like to have a good balance with my social life
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Just curious, wdym by “LSE poor social life”?
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A PS is one part of your application. It's best to have a PS focused on your course choice and not go too wide/varied
So would it be damaging to me if I apply for Economics but had a PS geared towards history and economics. This is because some of my courses has history.

LSE- Economic History
UCL-HPE
KCL-Political Economy
Manchester-Economics

So because I have some with and without history would it hurt me in terms of getting an offer bearing in mind I’ve already got the grades
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So would it be damaging to me if I apply for Economics but had a PS geared towards history and economics. This is because some of my courses has history.

LSE- Economic History
UCL-HPE
KCL-Political Economy
Manchester-Economics

So because I have some with and without history would it hurt me in terms of getting an offer bearing in mind I’ve already got the grades
It certainly could be tricky for the unis where you only apply for economics, and could impact on you getting an offer. It's not clear-cut though
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From what I’ve read from people and 3 cousins who went to LSE said that the social life at LSE is so poor and that student satisfaction is so poor. As well as going for a degree I would also like to have a good balance with my social life
I’ve heard it feels more like a ‘business’ than a university
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