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Facilitating subjects

Do top unis care about facilitating subjects at A-level for a degree such as PPE, geography or economics? currently studying Maths, Economics, geography and politics (but may drop maths)
Dropping maths will massively restrict your choices for PPE and economics, particularly at top universities.
Facilitating Subjects is a concept that was dropped by Russell Group Unis about TEN years ago.

As a result of current marketing legislation, Unis now have to be entirely upfront and honest about what their entry requireemnts are - if you check each Uni course page they will state clearly any required or preferred A level subjects and any required GCSEs. No guesswork, No secrets, no 'information that only special people know'.
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Original post by ageshallnot
Dropping maths will massively restrict your choices for PPE and economics, particularly at top universities.

yes, however, I would also swap politics for history so I have geography, history, economics and therefore 2 facilitating subjects
Original post by SAMWAYS-F
yes, however, I would also swap politics for history so I have geography, history, economics and therefore 2 facilitating subjects


There’s no such thing as facilitating subjects anymore. And even when there was economics degrees would still usually require maths A level.
Original post by SAMWAYS-F
yes, however, I would also swap politics for history so I have geography, history, economics and therefore 2 facilitating subjects


The Russell Group were the only people ever to hang on about facilitating subjects and have now withdrawn it. The only RG members who were following it were LSE and I think some Cambridge colleges but not all. Any Economics subject is very Mathematical and nearly all RG universities require A level Maths. Check their entrance requirements. There are some below who dont and I attach a list of those who dont.

Economics without A level Maths

Aberystwyth grade 4
Aston grade 5
Bangor grade 4
East Anglia grade 5
Essex grade 5
Hull grade 4
Kent grade 5
Lancaster grade 6
Leicester grade 5
Loughborough grade 6/7
Nottingham grade 7
Queens Belfast grade A
Reading grade 6
Royal Holloway grade 7
Stirling grade 4
Srathclyde grade 6
Surrey grade 7
Sussex grade 6
Swansea grade 5

Not having Maths will heavily reduce your options. Other than that ALL the subjects you intend taking. Some universities have a list of their preferred subjects and any subject on that list is treated equally other than any subject specific requirement. Here is UCLs list

Preferred A Level subjects
A

Ancient History
Anthropology
Arabic
Archaeology
Art and Design
Art and Design: 3D Design
Art and Design: Art, Craft and Design
Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies
Art and Design: Fine Art
Art and Design: Graphic Communication
Art and Design: Graphic Design
Art and Design: Photography
Art and Design: Textiles
B

Bengali
Biblical Hebrew
Biology
Biology (Salters-Nuffield)
Biology (Human)
Biology B
Business
C

Cantonese
Chemistry
Chemistry (Nuffield)
Chemistry (Salters)
Chinese
Classical Civilisation
Classical Greek
Computer Science
D

Drama (WJEC specification)
Drama and Theatre Studies
Dutch
E

Economics
Economics B
Economics and Business
Economics and Business Studies (Nuffield)
English Language
English Language and Literature
English Literature (specifications A or B where applicable)
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
F

Film Studies
French
G

Geography A
Geography B
Geology
German
Government and Politics
Greek
Gujarati
H

Hindi
History
History of Art
History of Art and Design
I

Information and Communication Technology
Irish
Italian
J

Japanese
L

Latin
Law
M

Mathematics
Mathematics (MEI)
Further Mathematics
Pure Mathematics
Media Studies (2022 entry)
Modern Greek
Modern Hebrew
Moving Image Arts (CCEA specification)
Music
P

Panjabi
Persian
Philosophy
Physics
Physics (Advancing Physics)
Physics (Salters-Horners)
Polish
Politics
Portuguese
Psychology
Psychology A
Psychology B
R

Religious Studies
Russian
S

Sociology
Spanish
Statistics
T

Tamil
Turkish
U

Urdu
W

Welsh
Welsh (Second Language)
Exceptions
Science practical endorsement
Early sittings
Native language A Levels
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
AS, A Level and GCSE curriculum reform
International Baccalaureate Diploma
We accept the full International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) for entry to our programmes. This typically includes:

Three Higher Level subjects
Three Standard Level subjects
Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
Extended Essay
We require at least three subjects at Higher Level. If you are studying more than three Higher Level subjects, we will consider your three highest grades. We will also include any required or preferred subjects as appropriate.

Please note - We do not accept individual International Baccalaureate certificates.
Standard entry requirements
Subject requirements
Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay
International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)
Other UK qualifications
UCL also accepts the following UK qualifications. Use the drop-down box on each programme’s page to find equivalent grade requirements. Select the relevant qualification and the equivalent grades will appear.

Please check these pages carefully as some programmes require specific subject knowledge. In these cases, the equivalent subject will be required as part of the qualifications you are studying.

Access to HE Diploma
In general, we can consider Access to HE Diploma’s for entry to our programmes. We require 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3.

Please be aware that not all programmes accept Access to HE Diplomas. Please check the relevant programme’s page in the Undergraduate prospectus for further information including entry requirements before you apply.

Undergraduate Prospectus
Where subject-specific requirements are stipulated at A Level, we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject-specific requirements before a final decision is sent.

Please note applicants taking the Access to HE Diploma are still expected to meet the GCSE requirements of the programme.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
In general, only the following BTEC Extended Diplomas are accepted for entry to UCL.

Pre-2010: Edexcel level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (NQF)
Pre-2016: Edexcel level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
Post 2016: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)
However, some programmes do not consider BTEC Extended Diplomas. Please check the programme’s page in our prospectus for further information including entry requirements before you apply.

Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
Our entrance requirements are based on three Pre-U principal subjects. If you are studying more than three Pre-U principal subjects, we will consider your three highest grades. We will also include any required or preferred subjects as appropriate. Any offer will only consist of three Pre-U principal subject grades.

We also accept the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma including three Pre-U principal subjects.

Standard entry requirements
Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
We require either three Advanced Highers OR two Advanced Highers and three Highers in five distinct subjects.

Highers on their own are not acceptable for admission to any of our programmes.

Where a programme has an A Level subject requirement, the equivalent subject is required as an Advanced Higher. Please see the table below for grade equivalencies.

Standard entry requirements
Welsh Baccalaureate
We consider the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus two A Level grades as meeting our requirements. Your grade in the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate is considered as directly equivalent to an A Level grade.

Please note, where a programme has an A Level subject requirement, you must sit this subject as one of your two A Levels.

WJEC Applied Generals
The WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is only accepted for entry to the BSc Crime and Security Science programme. This qualification is not accepted for any other programme at UCL.

All other WJEC Applied Generals are not accepted for any UCL Undergraduate Programme.

T Levels
UCL considers the T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare Level 3 (delivered by NCFE), with an overall mark of Distinction, to meet the entry requirements for the BA Education Studies programme only.

No other UCL undergraduate programmes consider this qualification.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma
UCL considers the UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, with the final overall mark of Distinction, to meet the entry requirements for the Fine Art (BA and BFA) and Architecture programmes only.

The UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology with the final overall mark of Distinction is considered to meet the entry requirements for the BA Education Studies programme only.

No other UCL undergraduate programmes consider these qualifications.

Mixed qualifications
We usually look for all qualifications to be from one suite (e.g., three A Levels, or an IB Diploma). However, we understand that some applicants may offer a combination of level 3 qualifications. We accept a mix of A Levels and Cambridge Pre-U or a mix of A Levels and Advanced Highers for all programmes.

Some programmes are willing to consider a mix of other acceptable qualifications on a case-by case basis. Please contact us for further advice before you apply, stating your qualifications and the programme you are interested in.

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for undergraduate study, when they do not have the qualifications to enter directly.

Find out more about UPCs
UCL guarantees an offer of an undergraduate place for UPC students who meet the entry requirements and have a clearly relevant personal statement, for 161 UCL undergraduate programmes.

See further guidance on programmes that guarantee offers, and equivalent grade requirements
GCSE and equivalent qualifications
All programmes require a grade 5 or higher in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent. Some programmes require higher grades or additional GCSE passes. Please check the requirements of each individual programme carefully.

If you haven’t met the GCSE requirements for the programme you are interested in, please contact us for further advice.

Please note you do not need a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE and are not required to take further language study whilst at UCL.

GCSE equivalencies
Applications from 'fast-track' students
Some schools, both in the UK and overseas, fast-track their students and limit the number of examinations they take. As a result, you may not be sitting some GCSE or equivalent qualifications. We will be pleased to consider your application on its individual merits.

English language requirements
All applicants are required to meet UCL’s English language proficiency requirements.

English language proficiency
UCL portico building.
English language requirements
The following information gives English language requirement guidance for undergraduate applicants.

Additional information
Resits
Resits are generally considered for most of our programmes. Any programmes that do not consider resits will outline this on their department webpages. Where resits have been attempted more than once, this may put you at a disadvantage.

Mitigating circumstances
We would advise applicants to speak with their school or exam centre about any mitigating circumstances that may affect their results, so that Exam Boards can apply any special consideration.

We do not have a mitigating circumstances form. UCL's policy is that such mitigating factors are a matter for the Exam Boards and should be considered at the time of the exams rather than retrospectively by the university.

We do not make changes to programme entry requirements in response to mitigating circumstances.

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(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by SAMWAYS-F
yes, however, I would also swap politics for history so I have geography, history, economics and therefore 2 facilitating subjects


As above.

You need to check the entry requirements of the courses and unis that you are interested in before making a decision.
Original post by swanseajack1
The Russell Group were the only people ever to hang on about facilitating subjects and have now withdrawn it. The only RG members who were following it were LSE and I think some Cambridge colleges but not all. Any Economics subject is very Mathematical and nearly all RG universities require A level Maths. Check their entrance requirements. There are some below who dont and I attach a list of those who dont.

Economics without A level Maths

Aberystwyth grade 4
Aston grade 5
Bangor grade 4
East Anglia grade 5
Essex grade 5
Hull grade 4
Kent grade 5
Lancaster grade 6
Leicester grade 5
Loughborough grade 6/7
Nottingham grade 7
Queens Belfast grade A
Reading grade 6
Royal Holloway grade 7
Stirling grade 4
Srathclyde grade 6
Surrey grade 7
Sussex grade 6
Swansea grade 5

Not having Maths will heavily reduce your options. Other than that ALL the subjects you intend taking. Some universities have a list of their preferred subjects and any subject on that list is treated equally other than any subject specific requirement. Here is UCLs list

Preferred A Level subjects
A

Ancient History
Anthropology
Arabic
Archaeology
Art and Design
Art and Design: 3D Design
Art and Design: Art, Craft and Design
Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies
Art and Design: Fine Art
Art and Design: Graphic Communication
Art and Design: Graphic Design
Art and Design: Photography
Art and Design: Textiles
B

Bengali
Biblical Hebrew
Biology
Biology (Salters-Nuffield)
Biology (Human)
Biology B
Business
C

Cantonese
Chemistry
Chemistry (Nuffield)
Chemistry (Salters)
Chinese
Classical Civilisation
Classical Greek
Computer Science
D

Drama (WJEC specification)
Drama and Theatre Studies
Dutch
E

Economics
Economics B
Economics and Business
Economics and Business Studies (Nuffield)
English Language
English Language and Literature
English Literature (specifications A or B where applicable)
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
F

Film Studies
French
G

Geography A
Geography B
Geology
German
Government and Politics
Greek
Gujarati
H

Hindi
History
History of Art
History of Art and Design
I

Information and Communication Technology
Irish
Italian
J

Japanese
L

Latin
Law
M

Mathematics
Mathematics (MEI)
Further Mathematics
Pure Mathematics
Media Studies (2022 entry)
Modern Greek
Modern Hebrew
Moving Image Arts (CCEA specification)
Music
P

Panjabi
Persian
Philosophy
Physics
Physics (Advancing Physics)
Physics (Salters-Horners)
Polish
Politics
Portuguese
Psychology
Psychology A
Psychology B
R

Religious Studies
Russian
S

Sociology
Spanish
Statistics
T

Tamil
Turkish
U

Urdu
W

Welsh
Welsh (Second Language)
Exceptions
Science practical endorsement
Early sittings
Native language A Levels
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
AS, A Level and GCSE curriculum reform
International Baccalaureate Diploma
We accept the full International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) for entry to our programmes. This typically includes:

Three Higher Level subjects
Three Standard Level subjects
Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
Extended Essay
We require at least three subjects at Higher Level. If you are studying more than three Higher Level subjects, we will consider your three highest grades. We will also include any required or preferred subjects as appropriate.

Please note - We do not accept individual International Baccalaureate certificates.
Standard entry requirements
Subject requirements
Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay
International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)
Other UK qualifications
UCL also accepts the following UK qualifications. Use the drop-down box on each programme’s page to find equivalent grade requirements. Select the relevant qualification and the equivalent grades will appear.

Please check these pages carefully as some programmes require specific subject knowledge. In these cases, the equivalent subject will be required as part of the qualifications you are studying.

Access to HE Diploma
In general, we can consider Access to HE Diploma’s for entry to our programmes. We require 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3.

Please be aware that not all programmes accept Access to HE Diplomas. Please check the relevant programme’s page in the Undergraduate prospectus for further information including entry requirements before you apply.

Undergraduate Prospectus
Where subject-specific requirements are stipulated at A Level, we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject-specific requirements before a final decision is sent.

Please note applicants taking the Access to HE Diploma are still expected to meet the GCSE requirements of the programme.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
In general, only the following BTEC Extended Diplomas are accepted for entry to UCL.

Pre-2010: Edexcel level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (NQF)
Pre-2016: Edexcel level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
Post 2016: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)
However, some programmes do not consider BTEC Extended Diplomas. Please check the programme’s page in our prospectus for further information including entry requirements before you apply.

Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
Our entrance requirements are based on three Pre-U principal subjects. If you are studying more than three Pre-U principal subjects, we will consider your three highest grades. We will also include any required or preferred subjects as appropriate. Any offer will only consist of three Pre-U principal subject grades.

We also accept the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma including three Pre-U principal subjects.

Standard entry requirements
Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
We require either three Advanced Highers OR two Advanced Highers and three Highers in five distinct subjects.

Highers on their own are not acceptable for admission to any of our programmes.

Where a programme has an A Level subject requirement, the equivalent subject is required as an Advanced Higher. Please see the table below for grade equivalencies.

Standard entry requirements
Welsh Baccalaureate
We consider the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus two A Level grades as meeting our requirements. Your grade in the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate is considered as directly equivalent to an A Level grade.

Please note, where a programme has an A Level subject requirement, you must sit this subject as one of your two A Levels.

WJEC Applied Generals
The WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is only accepted for entry to the BSc Crime and Security Science programme. This qualification is not accepted for any other programme at UCL.

All other WJEC Applied Generals are not accepted for any UCL Undergraduate Programme.

T Levels
UCL considers the T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare Level 3 (delivered by NCFE), with an overall mark of Distinction, to meet the entry requirements for the BA Education Studies programme only.

No other UCL undergraduate programmes consider this qualification.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma
UCL considers the UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, with the final overall mark of Distinction, to meet the entry requirements for the Fine Art (BA and BFA) and Architecture programmes only.

The UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology with the final overall mark of Distinction is considered to meet the entry requirements for the BA Education Studies programme only.

No other UCL undergraduate programmes consider these qualifications.

Mixed qualifications
We usually look for all qualifications to be from one suite (e.g., three A Levels, or an IB Diploma). However, we understand that some applicants may offer a combination of level 3 qualifications. We accept a mix of A Levels and Cambridge Pre-U or a mix of A Levels and Advanced Highers for all programmes.

Some programmes are willing to consider a mix of other acceptable qualifications on a case-by case basis. Please contact us for further advice before you apply, stating your qualifications and the programme you are interested in.

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for undergraduate study, when they do not have the qualifications to enter directly.

Find out more about UPCs
UCL guarantees an offer of an undergraduate place for UPC students who meet the entry requirements and have a clearly relevant personal statement, for 161 UCL undergraduate programmes.

See further guidance on programmes that guarantee offers, and equivalent grade requirements
GCSE and equivalent qualifications
All programmes require a grade 5 or higher in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent. Some programmes require higher grades or additional GCSE passes. Please check the requirements of each individual programme carefully.

If you haven’t met the GCSE requirements for the programme you are interested in, please contact us for further advice.

Please note you do not need a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE and are not required to take further language study whilst at UCL.

GCSE equivalencies
Applications from 'fast-track' students
Some schools, both in the UK and overseas, fast-track their students and limit the number of examinations they take. As a result, you may not be sitting some GCSE or equivalent qualifications. We will be pleased to consider your application on its individual merits.

English language requirements
All applicants are required to meet UCL’s English language proficiency requirements.

English language proficiency
UCL portico building.
English language requirements
The following information gives English language requirement guidance for undergraduate applicants.

Additional information
Resits
Resits are generally considered for most of our programmes. Any programmes that do not consider resits will outline this on their department webpages. Where resits have been attempted more than once, this may put you at a disadvantage.

Mitigating circumstances
We would advise applicants to speak with their school or exam centre about any mitigating circumstances that may affect their results, so that Exam Boards can apply any special consideration.

We do not have a mitigating circumstances form. UCL's policy is that such mitigating factors are a matter for the Exam Boards and should be considered at the time of the exams rather than retrospectively by the university.

We do not make changes to programme entry requirements in response to mitigating circumstances.

Further information
How to apply
UCAS explained
Mature students
Stay in touch
Register interest in your chosen subject to receive notice of undergraduate open days, events and more.

Register for updates
Visit us
View upcoming open days
Get the prospectus
Download the prospectus as a PDF
Follow UCL
UCL Twitter UCL Facebook UCL Instagram UCL YouTube UCL SoundCloud UCL Flickr UCL Medium
Information for
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Current students
Staff
Alumni
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Donors
UCL facilities
About UCL
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Library
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UCL Bloomsbury Theatre
UCL Shop
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UCL and London
UCL Global
UCL East
Connect with UCL
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Here is LSEs list of preferred and non preferred subject

The School considers not only the individual qualifications offered by applicants but also the combination of subjects offered. Individual degree programmes may have specific subject requirements or preferences which are listed in the admissions criteria for each individual programme. We also have a number of general policies, listed below.

We consider traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE. We expect applicants to offer at least two full A-levels or IBDP Higher Levels in these subjects (although typically, applicants will apply with three or four); please see the list below for guidance.

Some subjects provide a less effective preparation for study at LSE. We refer to these as non-preferred subjects; please see the list below for guidance. These subjects should only be offered in combination with two traditional academic subjects.

Finally, there are a small number of A-levels which are normally excluded from our standard offer; please see the list below. Applicants should offer three full A-levels or equivalent alongside these subjects.

Common traditional academic/'generally preferred' subjects:

Ancient History
Biology
Classical Civilisation
Chemistry
Computing
Economics
Electronics
English (English Language, English Literature and English Language and Literature)
Further Mathematics*
Geography
Government and Politics
History
Languages: Modern Foreign, Classic and Community**
Law
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Common "non-preferred" subjects:

Any Applied A-level
Accounting****
Art and Design
Business Studies
Citizenship Studies
Communication and Culture
Creative Writing
Design and Technology
Drama/Theatre Studies***
Film Studies
Health and Social Care
Home Economics
Information and Communication Technology
Leisure Studies
Media Studies
Music Technology
Physical Education/Sports Studies
Travel and Tourism
Normally excluded subjects:

Critical Thinking
General Studies
Global Perspectives and Research
Knowledge and Enquiry
Project Work
Thinking Skills
If you would like information about the suitability of a subject which does not appear on these lists, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

* See the Mathematics and Furthe
Original post by SAMWAYS-F
Do top unis care about facilitating subjects at A-level for a degree such as PPE, geography or economics? currently studying Maths, Economics, geography and politics (but may drop maths)

Heya!
All unis list the entry requirements on the website page. They usually want 1 or 2 specific a-levels and 3rd can be optional (depends on uni). Have you looked into the courses and noted down their requirements? I believe for economics maths is needed (and even better if paired with further maths I believe but double check this). The unis aren't hiding the requirements, what's stated on their website is what they are usually looking for in the application :h:

I hope this helps!
Milena G.
UCL PFE
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