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would i be disadvantaged doing an economics degree not having studied A Level maths

would i be disadvantaged doing an economics degree not having studied A Level maths or economics. And maths not being my best subject. And what about accounting?

my alevels are bio,chem,psychology, epq
Hi! It is usually the less competitive unis that allow people to do straight economics without maths a level, so my best advice would be a do a joint honours degree at a good university, like politics and economics.
I don't think you'll be disadvantaged - I'm doing PPE without maths a level and have gotten accepted into all the Russell Group unis I applied for.
However, to compensate for my lack of maths I did make sure that I had 3 A* predictions, an impressive personal statement, and I am also being tutored AS maths to get me ready for uni (though i wouldn't say the tutoring is necessary).
Any other questions just let me know :smile:
Original post by autumnal-flag
would i be disadvantaged doing an economics degree not having studied A Level maths or economics. And maths not being my best subject. And what about accounting?

my alevels are bio,chem,psychology, epq

The thing to bear in mind is that at degree level economics is necessarily mathematical. So regardless of whether it's required for admission, you will eventually need to cover A-level standard maths and beyond, and be comfortable using that routinely. If you are not good and do not enjoy maths I don't think economics is a good fit.

Accounting is by all accounts less mathematical than economics in terms of the level of topics used, but I think a fair bit of basic maths is used frequently.

If you aren't good at and/or don't enjoy maths I would suggest choosing a subject which doesn't incorporate that to start with.
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Original post by aloevera4
Hi! It is usually the less competitive unis that allow people to do straight economics without maths a level, so my best advice would be a do a joint honours degree at a good university, like politics and economics.
I don't think you'll be disadvantaged - I'm doing PPE without maths a level and have gotten accepted into all the Russell Group unis I applied for.
However, to compensate for my lack of maths I did make sure that I had 3 A* predictions, an impressive personal statement, and I am also being tutored AS maths to get me ready for uni (though i wouldn't say the tutoring is necessary).
Any other questions just let me know :smile:

Oh!!! This is interesting, I am currently in year 11 and want to go along the PPE route however I am not good enough at maths to do it for alevels (hoping for a 7 at gcse!). What subjects did you do to get these amazing offers!?!? I was told that russel groups wouldn't accept me for PPE if I didn't do maths? I'm currently thinking of doing Economics, geography and then either Religious studies or Politics. Do you think these will be acceptable?
Original post by sloth07
Oh!!! This is interesting, I am currently in year 11 and want to go along the PPE route however I am not good enough at maths to do it for alevels (hoping for a 7 at gcse!). What subjects did you do to get these amazing offers!?!? I was told that russel groups wouldn't accept me for PPE if I didn't do maths? I'm currently thinking of doing Economics, geography and then either Religious studies or Politics. Do you think these will be acceptable?

I'm so pleased you're interested in this degree path!
I also got a 7 at maths which I thought would really limit me, but luckily it hasn't. I do economics, politics and english lit, so i'd say that your a level options are even more useful than mine; the fact that you have geography will be good useful if you're interested in foreign policy or understanding geopolitics, as well as development/growth/ etc.

There are lots of Russell group unis which accept PPE: oxford, warwick (my firm uni), leeds, sheffield, york, manchester, and the list goes on :smile:
I would say that make sure you that in year 13 summer, you help yourself out by learning some differentiation or calculus or something (AS level). These topics are actually really fun, especially when you can apply them to economics!

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