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im taking computer science, maths, economics, and further math but i want to drop computer science. but i heard that unis (like lse and ucl) dont like further maths as the 3rd alevel subject? would i be at a disadvantage? is it worth dropping computer science and then doing the epq??
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What subject do you want to do at uni? For economics an A* in maths should have you covered (with an AS in further maths being a nice bonus) but a CS or maths degree you really do need further maths.
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What subject do you want to do at uni? For economics an A* in maths should have you covered (with an AS in further maths being a nice bonus) but a CS or maths degree you really do need further maths.
i want to do economics, the main reason why i was thinking about dropping computer science is because i didnt take it for gcse
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im taking computer science, maths, economics, and further math but i want to drop computer science. but i heard that unis (like lse and ucl) dont like further maths as the 3rd alevel subject? would i be at a disadvantage? is it worth dropping computer science and then doing the epq??
Why would unis not like further maths.
I did engineering so not exactly the same but I honestly think it is the best preparation for an analytical degree.
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Why would unis not like further maths.
I did engineering so not exactly the same but I honestly think it is the best preparation for an analytical degree.
idk i read that unis like lse dont like further maths as one of your 3 subjects and i want to do something in economics so im not sure if i should drop CS or FM
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idk i read that unis like lse dont like further maths as one of your 3 subjects and i want to do something in economics so im not sure if i should drop CS or FM
TBH I thought further maths was liked for the more analytical economics degrees. Cambridge recommend taking further maths for economics.
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i want to do economics, the main reason why i was thinking about dropping computer science is because i didnt take it for gcse
Have you thought about doing all 4 to AS and then dropping one? An extra A in an AS will go a long way. here is the guide to 'preferred subjects' at LSE: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/U...ns-Information
On another note, i also want to do economics, have you thought much about uni choices yet?
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Have you thought about doing all 4 to AS and then dropping one? An extra A in an AS will go a long way. here is the guide to 'preferred subjects' at LSE: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/U...ns-Information
On another note, i also want to do economics, have you thought much about uni choices yet?
i think i'll ask my teachers if i can do further maths as an AS..
i have but i need to do more research about their courses, how about you?
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i think i'll ask my teachers if i can do further maths as an AS..
i have but i need to do more research about their courses, how about you?
i have a provisional list of 5 choices but this could change quite drastically after i go to open days once corona is gone.
Oxford E&M, LSE econ, Warwick econ, Liverpool or Manchester econ and then an undecided reserve choice which will be like bcc or something lol. I fully believe i'm capable of an A* in economics but my main worry is maths. it's just so damn hard lol and most really good unis need it for econ. Oxford is an exception (minimum standard is only an A), but when looking at the 6% admission rate, to be competitive you gotta have it really. I think my brain would just implode if i took further maths lol.
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i think i'll ask my teachers if i can do further maths as an AS..
i have but i need to do more research about their courses, how about you?
As I said to you on your other thread, LSE do like FM for Economics.

In fact Maths, FM and Economics would be a very good combination for a degree in Economics at LSE as they also like a subject showing essay writing skills in combination with Maths and FM, and Economics counts for that purpose.
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More mathematical courses are fine with or even require further maths, but computer science has much less relevance to non-CS courses that are still mathematical like physics, engineering, economics etc. You'll have to stray quite a bit away from maths courses to have ones that don't like further maths. One medicine course in a decent university I looked at only takes the higher mark out of maths and further maths, counting that as 1 A level, and you'll still need 3 more. And yeah more humanities-based courses at LSE don't really like maths and further maths given as 2 out of 3 A levels, but I've only seen LSE say that. Anyway further maths is a respected subject and as far as I know competitive computer science courses like oxford don't require computer science A level but strongly prefer further maths.
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More mathematical courses are fine with or even require further maths, but computer science has much less relevance to non-CS courses that are still mathematical like physics, engineering, economics etc. You'll have to stray quite a bit away from maths courses to have ones that don't like further maths. One medicine course in a decent university I looked at only takes the higher mark out of maths and further maths, counting that as 1 A level, and you'll still need 3 more. And yeah more humanities-based courses at LSE don't really like maths and further maths given as 2 out of 3 A levels, but I've only seen LSE say that. Anyway further maths is a respected subject and as far as I know competitive computer science courses like oxford don't require computer science A level but strongly prefer further maths.
But they do like it for Economics degrees which is what OP said he was interested in on another thread

https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/U.../BSc-Economics
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But they do like it for Economics degrees which is what OP said he was interested in on another thread

https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/U.../BSc-Economics
Ehh I haven’t seen their other threads. I did say further maths is useful for many things, which covers economics
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Further maths would be much useful than CS for economics and you'd fine with just those three.
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I emailed several universities (about 20, all of which were top unis inc. Cambridge) and all said that economics, maths and fm were fine for their economics course😊
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I emailed several universities (about 20, all of which were top unis inc. Cambridge) and all said that economics, maths and fm were fine for their economics course😊
Nice one ((:
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My teacher said Further Maths looks good in your CV and if you get UCAS points even better?? No clue tbh.
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My teacher said Further Maths looks good in your CV and if you get UCAS points even better?? No clue tbh.
Im less convinced by this argument.
Its worth the exact same UCAS points as any other A-level, as for CV well most grad employers dont look at A-level subjects, they are likely to want a 2.1 or 1st in an analytical degree.

The best argument for it is if you want to study an analytical degree at uni, you will have more preparation & understanding starting the degree then those who dont have it. Those who dont have further maths then need to learn all the content at triple speed at uni with much larger cohorts (you might have 300 students to 1 lecturer Vs 5-10 students to 1 school teacher). And at top unis it might help make a more competitive application.
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