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I am considering applying for 2024 entry (a-levels maths, economic and geography). I was wondering what extra-curricula or super-curricula activities you would recommend undertaking in year 12 to assist with writing the personal statement.
Also do you think that the a-level maths, economics + geography (A*A*A) would be a competitive offer (is it worth applying?).
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Original post by Ameliaxowens
I am considering applying for 2024 entry (a-levels maths, economic and geography). I was wondering what extra-curricula or super-curricula activities you would recommend undertaking in year 12 to assist with writing the personal statement.
Also do you think that the a-level maths, economics + geography (A*A*A) would be a competitive offer (is it worth applying?).


Hi, anyone could share their experiences? I am also considering applying Land economy....
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Original post by jobb11
Hi, anyone could share their experiences? I am also considering applying Land economy....


I do Maths, Further Maths, Geo and Econ at A Level and just got an offer for 2023! For other unis I applied for:
UCL Urban Planning
LSE Geo with Econ
LSE Environment and Sustainable Development
Warwick Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development

Supercurricular stuff I did some relevant internships and entered several essay competitions - feel free to pm me as well!
Hi! I'm a second-year land economist at Cambridge and have mentored students to get in for two years. Please DM me if you're interested in hearing more :smile:
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Original post by chart37
I do Maths, Further Maths, Geo and Econ at A Level and just got an offer for 2023! For other unis I applied for:
UCL Urban Planning
LSE Geo with Econ
LSE Environment and Sustainable Development
Warwick Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development

Supercurricular stuff I did some relevant internships and entered several essay competitions - feel free to pm me as well!

Hi there, thank you. What sort of internships did you do? Also do you think further maths is a must for applying for land economy?
Original post by Ameliaxowens
Also do you think further maths is a must for applying for land economy?


I don't think so at all - as I recall even A-level Maths isn't strictly required. My understanding is that it's not an especially mathematical course (unlike the economics course at Cambridge, although it does incorporate some mathematical elements so A-level Maths is well regarded) so I suspect FM might even be overkill really.

They do get quite a few applicants taking FM though, but I think this is more due to people taking it because they know they might want to do something economics related later (where it might be more useful or sometimes expected) and then opting for the much more specialised land economy course (where I gather it's less essential).

So I suspect more of just a (somewhat) arbitrary correlation rather than something with a causal relationship...
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You have a great a level combination! The Land Economy degree at Cambridge is a mixture of Economics, Law, Geography and Environmental Planning / Management. From the website, a lot of the course is aimed at environmental management, environmental and developmental economics, political ecology, town and urban planning. To demonstrate your super curricular awareness, you could watch you tube lecture video recordings online, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyB3CIq2Wk0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tl2I8phJEY&t=2423s about Agrarian Change, Environmental Development and Climate Change Resilience in Bangladesh by Kasia Paprocki, a political ecologist and geographer who researches environmental development and climate change adaptation issues in coastal Bangladesh. Such graduate schemes you could work on may be large Built Environment and Constuction Services companies such as Arup or Arcadis, like https://careers.arup.com/earlycareers/vacancy/graduate-opportunities-in-cities-planning--design-2996/3022/description/ or https://careers.arcadis.com/job/7844/Graduate-Environmental-Social-Governance-Consultant
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Original post by Ðeggs
You have a great a level combination! The Land Economy degree at Cambridge is a mixture of Economics, Law, Geography and Environmental Planning / Management. From the website, a lot of the course is aimed at environmental management, environmental and developmental economics, political ecology, town and urban planning. To demonstrate your super curricular awareness, you could watch you tube lecture video recordings online, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyB3CIq2Wk0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tl2I8phJEY&t=2423s about Agrarian Change, Environmental Development and Climate Change Resilience in Bangladesh by Kasia Paprocki, a political ecologist and geographer who researches environmental development and climate change adaptation issues in coastal Bangladesh. Such graduate schemes you could work on may be large Built Environment and Constuction Services companies such as Arup or Arcadis, like https://careers.arup.com/earlycareers/vacancy/graduate-opportunities-in-cities-planning--design-2996/3022/description/ or https://careers.arcadis.com/job/7844/Graduate-Environmental-Social-Governance-Consultant

Thank you for this advice and resources, are there any particular books or other super curricular tasks which would be relevant to land economy which you would recommend?
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Original post by Ameliaxowens
Thank you for this advice and resources, are there any particular books or other super curricular tasks which would be relevant to land economy which you would recommend?


I am quite a fan of Kasia Papocki's work, so her book here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Threatening-Dystopias-Perspectives-Development-Environment/dp/1501759167 could be a good one if you wanted to read it, but instead of reading whole books (which takes a very long time) I think you could focus on reading academic articles from related journals, such as from Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, https://journals.sagepub.com/home/epn , Climate and Development, https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tcld20/current, Journal of Agrarian Change https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14710366, Journal of Political Ecology https://journals.librarypublishing.arizona.edu/jpe/and so on.
Some potential articles that I found interesting just from scrolling through:

https://journals.librarypublishing.arizona.edu/jpe/article/id/2924/ , https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/joac.12462 , https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0308518X221128588

The other option is the Land Economy Department Reading List here https://www.landecon.cam.ac.uk/Undergraduate-study/suggested-reading/reading-for-new-students, most of these books are published in the 1990s and the 2000s.

If you cant access the academic articles directly you should be able to paste them into scihub at access them! Is there a particular area of the land economy course that could interest you, some readings about a particular region, case study, group of workers, environmental policy, a specific law, or an activist such as Rachel Carson, or whatever it might be. Online lectures I think are great (and free on you tube), but if you live near London you could look at lectures from the Royal Geographical / Geological Society or similar or in person events they are running. In my opinion and to get to the interview stage, keep reading and be critical with your reading, analysing different arguments and placing authors in conversation with each other. Being descriptive in your analysis is not what you want to do!
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Reply 9
HI. All. Do you think it is suitable to put LAW in the other 4 UCAS choices?

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