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I’m in year 11 right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about my a level choices. The only a level I’m certain I’m going to take is maths. I’m also thinking of doing business and economics with maths but I’ve heard that some universities won’t take people if they do both.
My question is if I should do both?
If I shouldn’t then can you guys tell me which one of the 2 to choose and any suggestions for subjects that will go well with business or economics
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Business, economics, and maths sound like a good trio, it just depends on what you want to do when ur older
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@nnth is right, it totally depends what you want ur future to look like. If you want to do economics, then most unis won't take you if you don't do maths so both together work great. I do economics and its v interesting but i've heard from friends that do both business and econ that it gets quite repetitive as the syllabus is very similar. However, you may like that!
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Business, economics, and maths sound like a good trio, it just depends on what you want to do
I would like a job that has something to do with maths and economics. I’m definitely going to choose maths as one of my options since it goes well with a lot of subjects. Thank you for your advise.
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I would like a job that has something to do with maths and economics. I’m definitely going to choose maths as one of my options since it goes well with a lot of subjects. Thank you for your advise.
ur welcome
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Hi,
I’m in year 11 right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about my a level choices. The only a level I’m certain I’m going to take is maths. I’m also thinking of doing business and economics with maths but I’ve heard that some universities won’t take people if they do both.
My question is if I should do both?
If I shouldn’t then can you guys tell me which one of the 2 to choose and any suggestions for subjects that will go well with business or economics
No you should not do both.

You are correct the top universities do not like it when students take both Business and Economics.

If you do not plan to go to a top university then take Business as its only the very selective ones which care more about what subjects you take as it is usually a good way for people to show off how intelligent they are without subjects that are considered easy or to closely related.

HOWEVER it is important to choose subjects which keep your options open. It is very common for people to change their mind and want to do something different. Also be aware for the first month of you starting Sixth Form you should be able to change your subjects if you don't like one in particular

Suggestions for subjects to replace business (reasoning is below)

- Further Maths
- Physics
- Computer Science
- History

I would suggest taking Math's and economics as economics is very similar to business but is much more respected by other universities. As for a good subject to replace Business assuming you meet the requirements you could pick a facilitating subject like Further Maths or physics which will help keep your options open incase you change your mind on what you want to do later on.
Physics will more or less keep your options open for everything apart from medicine and science based jobs but you will be able to go into the Technology industry and Finance industry which are the higher paying industries which will make it very easy for you to aim for a good job.

For whatever reason if you hate the idea of physics and further Math's then I would suggest Computer Science as it is becoming a very lucrative subject with a wide variety of good jobs from preventing cyber attacks to coding games and working on creating AI.

For whatever reason you think you might be interested in becoming a lawyer if you don't want to pursue an industry in finance or technology then I would suggest taking History instead because most people who go to top Law schools have taken:

A level Math's History or English Lit

Considering if you took History you would have 2 facilitating subjects which would help you get in and economics is also a some what common subject for Law students so it would be a decent combination. In addition to this if you wanted you could also take Further math's to have 4 A levels which would help you to stand out even more and demonstrate how well suited you are at a top university.
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No you should not do both.

You are correct the top universities in the do not like it when students take both Business and Economics.

If you do not plan to go to a top university then take Business as its only the very selective ones which care more about what subjects you take as it is usually a good way for people to show off how intelligent they are without subjects that are considered easy or to closely related.

HOWEVER it is important to choose subjects which keep your options open. It is very common for people to change their mind and want to do something different. Also be aware for the first month of you starting Sixth Form you should be able to change your subjects if you don't like one in particular

Suggestions for subjects to replace business (reasoning is below)

- Further Maths
- Physics
- Computer Science
- History

I would suggest taking Math's and economics as economics is very similar to business but is much more respected by other universities. As for a good subject to replace Business assuming you meet the requirements you could pick a facilitating subject like Further Maths or physics which will help keep your options open incase you change your mind on what you want to do later on.
Physics will more or less keep your options open for everything apart from medicine and science based jobs but you will be able to go into the Technology industry and Finance industry which are the higher paying industries which will make it very easy for you to aim for a good job.

For whatever reason if you hate the idea of physics and further Math's then I would suggest Computer Science as it is becoming a very lucrative subject with a wide variety of good jobs from preventing cyber attacks to coding games and working on creating AI.

For whatever reason you think you might be interested in becoming a lawyer if you don't want to pursue an industry in finance or technology then I would suggest taking History instead because most people who go to top Law schools have taken:

A level Math's History or English Lit

Considering if you took History you would have 2 facilitating subjects which would help you get in and economics is also a some what common subject for Law students so it would be a decent combination. In addition to this if you wanted you could also take Further math's to have 4 A levels which would help you to stand out even more and demonstrate how well suited you are at a top university.
Thank you so much for your help. I’ll definitely come back to this later when it’s time for me to finally choose which subjects I’m going to take
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Thank you so much for your help. I’ll definitely come back to this later when it’s time for me to finally choose which subjects I’m going to take
No Problem!

Here's 2 useful links that I was given when I was picking my options

Information to know before choosing A levels:

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice...-level-choices

Information to know about business related degrees such as economics and accounting:

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice...study-business
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Hi,
I’m in year 11 right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about my a level choices. The only a level I’m certain I’m going to take is maths. I’m also thinking of doing business and economics with maths but I’ve heard that some universities won’t take people if they do both.
My question is if I should do both?
If I shouldn’t then can you guys tell me which one of the 2 to choose and any suggestions for subjects that will go well with business or economics
I am doing maths and econ as well and the 2 subjects are really good if you wanna do economics at uni. I would suggest dropping business cus nearly all unis don't accept. If you wanna go to the top unis like Oxbridge or lse* then further maths is recommended as most ppl who apply there already do FM.
Other options could include whatever you think you will comfortably score an A in..
- geog
-history (however econ is also mostly essay based so u might wanna think about it)
- a science - chem or physics
- sociology
- computer sci


*For LSE they dont allow maths and futher maths as 2/3 of your subjects.. they only allow FM as a 4th subject so just bear that in mind.
Also I don't recommend doing 4 subjects (unless its further maths) its just a waste of time and maths/econ arent easy subject at all - they both have heavy workload so my tip is just choose maths econ + another subject that is interesting, easy for you to get a good grade and relevant (as in don't do biology or something cus say if econ doesnt work out then you cant rlly do much with biology can you) .

Good luck!
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Hi,
I’m in year 11 right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about my a level choices. The only a level I’m certain I’m going to take is maths. I’m also thinking of doing business and economics with maths but I’ve heard that some universities won’t take people if they do both.
My question is if I should do both?
If I shouldn’t then can you guys tell me which one of the 2 to choose and any suggestions for subjects that will go well with business or economics
Hi! RyanPinheiro I'm Elena, a 2nd year Business Management (Marketing) student at Surrey. With those A-Levels, I'd definitely say you can go into any business-related degree. For example, at Surrey you can study Business Management as it is, or choose a pathway to specialise in an area, such as Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Business or Human Resource Management. You can also study business with a language (although you need to demonstrate your language level). Surrey also has Economics, and Accounting and Finance as degrees you could do with your A-Levels.

For Business Management, Surrey asks for BBB at A-Levels but no specific subjects. You can see the full course specifications and requirements here. You can do more degrees, so check out the whole list here for some inspiration.

I'm really enjoying my degree, so if you have any questions please ask.
Hope that helped.
Elena.
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Hi,
I’m in year 11 right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about my a level choices. The only a level I’m certain I’m going to take is maths. I’m also thinking of doing business and economics with maths but I’ve heard that some universities won’t take people if they do both.
My question is if I should do both?
If I shouldn’t then can you guys tell me which one of the 2 to choose and any suggestions for subjects that will go well with business or economics
Universities like Durham, Warwick and LSE have said on their website that they don’t like the overlapping curriculum of both to A2(y13)
I was gonna pick that exact same trio but then I dropped business for politics. Economics is better valued that business btw
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As above there is the issue that some universities don't accept business studies and economics as part of a combination of just three A-levels, due to overlapping content. They then will only count one of the two towards a 3 A-level offer normally. I would pretty strongly recommend not taking A-level Economics alongside A-level Business Studies for this reason. Then you don't need to worry about it.
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I am doing maths and econ as well and the 2 subjects are really good if you wanna do economics at uni. I would suggest dropping business cus nearly all unis don't accept. If you wanna go to the top unis like Oxbridge or lse* then further maths is recommended as most ppl who apply there already do FM.
Other options could include whatever you think you will comfortably score an A in..
- geog
-history (however econ is also mostly essay based so u might wanna think about it)
- a science - chem or physics
- sociology
- computer sci


*For LSE they dont allow maths and futher maths as 2/3 of your subjects.. they only allow FM as a 4th subject so just bear that in mind.
Also I don't recommend doing 4 subjects (unless its further maths) its just a waste of time and maths/econ arent easy subject at all - they both have heavy workload so my tip is just choose maths econ + another subject that is interesting, easy for you to get a good grade and relevant (as in don't do biology or something cus say if econ doesnt work out then you cant rlly do much with biology can you) .

Good luck!
Thank you so much. My third subject was between business and sociology and with all the replies saying that I shouldn’t choose business, I’m most likely going to choose sociology as my third option.
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