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For my fourth AS I need to choose between economics and further maths, but I am not sure which one would benefit me more, I enjoy both subjects and have done both at GCSE level. I am also doing Biology, chemistry and maths.
Further maths would be useful for either a maths degree or engineering.
Economics would make my options more open possibly and is less difficult.
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What is your intended degree subject?
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(Original post by CloverBoo)
For my fourth AS I need to choose between economics and further maths, but I am not sure which one would benefit me more, I enjoy both subjects and have done both at GCSE level. I am also doing Biology, chemistry and maths.
Further maths would be useful for either a maths degree or engineering.
Economics would make my options more open possibly and is less difficult.
The only choice for 4 would be F Maths - I wouldn't advise 4 otherwise.
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The only choice for 4 would be F Maths - I wouldn't advise 4 otherwise.
we have to do 4
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I don't think Economics would open more options than further maths. (I don't think it'd be especially useful unless you wanted to do economics or something closely related) It might be easier than FM for you depending on how good you are at maths.

You wouldn't really be able to do an engineering degree without physics. FM may be worthwhile if you wanted to do a chemistry degree at a top university, and you would make your life more difficult for a maths degree by not taking FM.
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What is your intended degree subject?
I am not sure but possibly maths or medicine
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I am not sure but possibly maths or medicine
If you are considering a maths degree and have the opportunity to take FM, (and would realistically do well) you should take FM.
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I don't think Economics would open more options than further maths. (I don't think it'd be especially useful unless you wanted to do economics or something closely related) It might be easier than FM for you depending on how good you are at maths.

You wouldn't really be able to do an engineering degree without physics. FM may be worthwhile if you wanted to do a chemistry degree at a top university.
That is why I wanted to do further maths because it would be useful for a maths degree if I did one
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That is why I wanted to do further maths because it would be useful for a maths degree if I did one
Definitely. Between that and economics I'd definitely do FM. If you decide to go into medicine instead and went off maths, you could drop FM and just go forward with maths/chemistry/biology.
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Definitely. Between that and economics I'd definitely do FM. If you decide to go into medicine instead and went off maths, you could drop FM and just go forward with maths/chemistry/biology.
okay thanks for the help I really appreciate it
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Do the subject where a) you think you will get the highest grade, and b) that you will enjoy the most.

But remember - no Uni wants more than 3 A levels, and unless you need FM specifically, all the advice is don't do 4 subjects.
Taking 4, you risk getting weak grades in all subjects - and AAA will always look better than ABBB.
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I did Economics A-Level, and I'm studying Economics at University atm. If I had the choice, I would've picked further maths instead of Economics. Alas, my GCSEs weren't high enough for the school rip
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Do the subject where a) you think you will get the highest grade, and b) that you will enjoy the most.

But remember - no Uni wants more than 3 A levels, and unless you need FM specifically, all the advice is don't do 4 subjects.
Taking 4, you risk getting weak grades in all subjects - and AAA will always look better than ABBB.
I would like to do 3 but our school makes us do 4 I enjoy both economics and further maths so it is really hard to make a decision, because if I did further maths I would have to go through with it because in order to do further maths A level in our school you do the whole A level maths in yr 12 and then the further maths A level in yr 13, which is why I have to make a choice now.
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I did Economics A-Level, and I'm studying Economics at University atm. If I had the choice, I would've picked further maths instead of Economics. Alas, my GCSEs weren't high enough for the school rip
Why would you have picked further maths instead of economics?
Do you not like economics?
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Definitely. Between that and economics I'd definitely do FM. If you decide to go into medicine instead and went off maths, you could drop FM and just go forward with maths/chemistry/biology.
Since you're doing it consecutively instead of parallel, I'd add that this might be a bit more difficult. Universities can be funny if you are only sitting 2 A-levels in year 13, so if you were to drop down to 3 you'd have to be careful as to when you did it.
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Since you're doing it consecutively instead of parallel, I'd add that this might be a bit more difficult. Universities can be funny if you are only sitting 2 A-levels in year 13, so if you were to drop down to 3 you'd have to be careful as to when you did it.
Usually this is totally okay if its school practice - and this is explained in the reference.
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Why would you have picked further maths instead of economics?
Do you not like economics?
Further maths would've been so much more useful than Economics. I haven't used my Economics A-Level at all at University. It literally wasn't helpful. Especially Macroeconomics, that was probably the least helpful, and like almost nothing like how it is at University.

I do Economics and Econometrics at York, btw.
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since you are already doing biology, chemistry, maths - what career sector are you thinking of doing?

As you've mentioned economics will definitely give you a better career path as it opens many doors.

Maths and economics compliment each other very well so if you do end up doing economics at degree level it will look fantastic on your application although you may want to be cautious about the content and how to manage your time efficiently.

What exam board is your economics a level?
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since you are already doing biology, chemistry, maths - what career sector are you thinking of doing?

As you've mentioned economics will definitely give you a better career path as it opens many doors.

Maths and economics compliment each other very well so if you do end up doing economics at degree level it will look fantastic on your application although you may want to be cautious about the content and how to manage your time efficiently.

What exam board is your economics a level?
at top universities, maths opens more (lucrative) doors than an economics degree.
Would recommend doing further maths, no good university requires A-level economics for an economics degree, some top ones (LSE, Cambridge, UCL) will softly required you to do further maths.
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Why would you have picked further maths instead of economics?
Do you not like economics?
(Original post by dingdongbtches)
since you are already doing biology, chemistry, maths - what career sector are you thinking of doing?

As you've mentioned economics will definitely give you a better career path as it opens many doors.

Maths and economics compliment each other very well so if you do end up doing economics at degree level it will look fantastic on your application although you may want to be cautious about the content and how to manage your time efficiently.

What exam board is your economics a level?
I think Edexcel
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