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Economics without Econ A level

What are the chances, realistically, of getting an offer for BSc/BA Economics without Econ A level? Potentially looking at Warwick, Bristol, Exeter, Durham, Nottingam. A levels Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History. GCSEs 99999999998. Would Oxbridge be out of the question?
Original post by Lozzaks
What are the chances, realistically, of getting an offer for BSc/BA Economics without Econ A level? Potentially looking at Warwick, Bristol, Exeter, Durham, Nottingam. A levels Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History. GCSEs 99999999998. Would Oxbridge be out of the question?

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing/economics-and-management
the requirments stated on the website is just and a start and a in maths and further maths they dont recommend or say they prefer econ a level only require a level maths so for oxford you should be good
Original post by Lozzaks
What are the chances, realistically, of getting an offer for BSc/BA Economics without Econ A level? Potentially looking at Warwick, Bristol, Exeter, Durham, Nottingam. A levels Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History. GCSEs 99999999998. Would Oxbridge be out of the question?

Well... we don't know what your predicted grades are/will be, and this is the/one of the most fundamental thing to getting offers.

I think if you're potentially looking at A*'s in maths and further maths (or A* maths and A in FM), with at least A's in the rest, then this should provide you with a a good chance at the vast majority of top unis. UK uni won't really look less favourably at you because you haven't done economics before - it's not even offered at some schools. But I would make sure to take extra care in your personal statement. The vast majority of the unis listed you'll have a very good shot at provided you get at least A*AA predicted.

Places like LSE place a very big emphasis on personal statements so it's hard to judge to probability of offers. Oxbridge offers will obviously depend a lot on their own admission exams and interview process, so again it's difficult to determine how probable offers are from these courses. But they certainly wouldn't be out of the question at all, provided you meet the standard in a levels/interviews/tests/personal statement - if you get rejected, it won't be because you haven't done economics a-level, unless you can't come up with a decent reason as to why you want to study it at degree level now.
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Original post by BenRyan99
Well... we don't know what your predicted grades are/will be, and this is the/one of the most fundamental thing to getting offers.

I think if you're potentially looking at A's in maths and further maths (or A maths and A in FM), with at least A's in the rest, then this should provide you with a a good chance at the vast majority of top unis. UK uni won't really look less favourably at you because you haven't done economics before - it's not even offered at some schools. But I would make sure to take extra care in your personal statement. The vast majority of the unis listed you'll have a very good shot at provided you get at least A*AA predicted.

Places like LSE place a very big emphasis on personal statements so it's hard to judge to probability of offers. Oxbridge offers will obviously depend a lot on their own admission exams and interview process, so again it's difficult to determine how probable offers are from these courses. But they certainly wouldn't be out of the question at all, provided you meet the standard in a levels/interviews/tests/personal statement - if you get rejected, it won't be because you haven't done economics a-level, unless you can't come up with a decent reason as to why you want to study it at degree level now.

Thank you ever so much.

No predicted grades until later this year but currently working at A*A*AB level, so hopefully will get good enough predictions for top Econ unis.

Would it be advisable to tackle the reasons for lack of Econ A level on the personal statement? School offers A level Econ but decided not to take it due to lack of firm decision on uni course at the time, and Physics and History kept more doors open. The school offers strong supercurricular support for Econ/Maths and plans are in place to capitalise on this, alongside a MOOC, an academic enrichment course and two already-completed Econ-related work experience placements which cemented interest in an Econ degree.

Thoughts gratefully appreciated.
Reply 4
Original post by Lozzaks
Original post by BenRyan99
Well... we don't know what your predicted grades are/will be, and this is the/one of the most fundamental thing to getting offers.

I think if you're potentially looking at A's in maths and further maths (or A maths and A in FM), with at least A's in the rest, then this should provide you with a a good chance at the vast majority of top unis. UK uni won't really look less favourably at you because you haven't done economics before - it's not even offered at some schools. But I would make sure to take extra care in your personal statement. The vast majority of the unis listed you'll have a very good shot at provided you get at least A*AA predicted.

Places like LSE place a very big emphasis on personal statements so it's hard to judge to probability of offers. Oxbridge offers will obviously depend a lot on their own admission exams and interview process, so again it's difficult to determine how probable offers are from these courses. But they certainly wouldn't be out of the question at all, provided you meet the standard in a levels/interviews/tests/personal statement - if you get rejected, it won't be because you haven't done economics a-level, unless you can't come up with a decent reason as to why you want to study it at degree level now.

Thank you ever so much.

No predicted grades until later this year but currently working at A*A*AB level, so hopefully will get good enough predictions for top Econ unis.

Would it be advisable to tackle the reasons for lack of Econ A level on the personal statement? School offers A level Econ but decided not to take it due to lack of firm decision on uni course at the time, and Physics and History kept more doors open. The school offers strong supercurricular support for Econ/Maths and plans are in place to capitalise on this, alongside a MOOC, an academic enrichment course and two already-completed Econ-related work experience placements which cemented interest in an Econ degree.

Thoughts gratefully appreciated.


Focus on why you want to study econ, not why you didn’t pick it at A-level. That would just give you less opportunity to talk about the things that matter to the uni on your statement.

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