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Hi all, just wanted to ask if the combination of Maths, Economics, Physics & History A-Levels is good for an Economics degree or PPE, as I've been reading on this forum and more broadly that Further Maths is a very good A Level for my target degrees. How much salt is Physics worth in this regard for top universities, and should I switch it with Further Maths? (GCSE grades are not a problem, 9s) Many thanks for reading - and how manageable will the workload be
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Hey! I'm currently applying to study Economics in university and one thing I noticed is that LSE and Cambridge heavily reccomends FM for Economics, Im not sure about PPE. If you plan to apply to those 2 universities, it would be a good idea to pick up FM (only a very small percentage of their students did not take FM). As for all other universities, they dont ever specify the need of FM but I believe the concepts learnt in FM would more applicable in the study of economics than physics even though physics is still a helpful subject.
I personally wish I'd taken FM and I hope this lil bit of information helps!
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PPE advice here : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni.../ppe-at-oxford
The focus of the article is the Oxford course, but also includes the PPE courses available at lots of other Unis.

Economics advice here : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Economics_Degree

Also look at other subject combos :
Econ/Politics - https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate...-and-politics/
International Development/Econ - https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/under...ith-economics/
Econ/Econ History - https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/U...onomic-History
Econ/Philosophy - https://www.southampton.ac.uk/course...road-degree-ba
Politics, Philosophy and Law - https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergra...hy-and-law-llb
Philosophy, Politics, Ethics - https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/s...s-ba-hons.aspx
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(Original post by homuntan02)
Hey! I'm currently applying to study Economics in university and one thing I noticed is that LSE and Cambridge heavily reccomends FM for Economics, Im not sure about PPE. If you plan to apply to those 2 universities, it would be a good idea to pick up FM (only a very small percentage of their students did not take FM). As for all other universities, they dont ever specify the need of FM but I believe the concepts learnt in FM would more applicable in the study of economics than physics even though physics is still a helpful subject.
I personally wish I'd taken FM and I hope this lil bit of information helps!
So a combo of Maths, FM, Economics and History is a dream team for any econ. degree?
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For single honours economics A-level FM is helpful for when you are on the degree, may be preferred in admissions for some unis, and is practically mandatory for LSE single honours economics, where more than 85% (possibly even nearer 95% these days) of successful applicants will have taken FM.

For PPE degrees it isn't necessary or even potentially that useful, depending on the course. Some PPE degrees (e.g. LSE) will only consider FM as part of a combination of 4 A-levels (whereas single honours economics degrees will be happy maths and FM as a combination of 3 A-levels).

Note that for either of those degrees only 3 A-levels are required and taking 4 A-levels confers no advantage outside of picking up FM as a 4th to give you more options for single honours economics courses.
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Some of the top unis will definitely put a preference on further maths, but it is by no means essential and if you are a good enough candidate, you will still get offers from them without FM. Most unis will recommend it but will not use it to influence decisions on admissions. The biggest reason for taking further maths is that it will really help you to understand the concepts introduced to you in an economics degree. Economics is largely mathematical based and your first year at uni will feel a lot easier if you have further maths under your belt.
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