Would doing further maths as one of three a-levels put me at a disadvantage?

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I'm in Year 12 currently studying maths, further maths, economics and psychology and was hoping to drop psychology after AS. I hope to study economics at uni and my main concern is if dropping psychology would hurt my chances of getting into a top uni (cambridge, lse, warwick etc.)?
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Guidance from Cambridge's website on number of A-levels:


  • Applicants taking four subjects won't normally be at an advantage compared with those taking three, although competitive applicants for STEM courses often have Further Mathematics as a fourth subject.
  • For courses where A Level Mathematics is required by all Colleges – Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, physical sciences options in Natural Sciences – students taking A Level Mathematics in Year 12, and A Level Further Mathematics and only one other A Level in Year 13 will be considered.
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Guidance from LSE's website on their BSc Economics course:

  • Further Mathematics at A-level is also desirable, and is acceptable for entry in combination with Mathematics and one other A-level. In these cases we would prefer that the third A-level should be an essay-based subject. It is acceptable to take Further Mathematics to AS-level only, in which case you will be required to achieve grade A. If you take four or more full A-levels, you will be expected to achieve A* A A (with A* in Mathematics), and a pass in the fourth A-level. We understand however that not everyone has the opportunity to follow a Further Mathematics programme, and you will not be disadvantaged because of this. Therefore it is helpful if you and/or your referees can indicate whether or not your school or college offers Further Mathematics classes.
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So it seems that generally it is acceptable, however you should be aware that LSE prefers the third subject to be essay-based, and that if you apply to Cambridge, you will be competing with many students who have four A-levels including Further Maths.
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Thank you so much! I'm pretty certain economics qualifies as an essay-based subject. That does seem to be the case - just wondering if there's anyone here who's done further maths as one of 3 and gotten into cambridge for economics?
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