#1
Hey guys

im in year 11 (im educated in the UK if u hadn't guessed) and i have to choose 4 subjects to take for A levels at the my schools 6th form (no im not going to college or doing any other qualifications, A LEVEL ONLY). but i need some help on one subject grrr....

I want to do a course involving economics/accountancy at uni. But i need some advice on what A levels to pick. Im going to take Maths, Politics and History, however im stuck on the last choice...

Business Studies Or Economics!

What i wanna know from u guys is:

What subject is more desirable when choosing universities?
What subject is actually worth taking?
Will i even learn anything in business studies?
Is it worth taking business even though im going to get 2 GCSE's out of it

cheers guys!
#2
I'd go for Economics over business studies, it's tougher and apparently looks better on UCAS/CVs. Or you could go for a science, so you've got Maths/science one career path, then politics/history if the Maths/Science side doesn't work out.
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#3
Business Studies isn't a real subject. Most things ending with "studies" are bullshit.
#4
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#5
Good choice with Politics, I'm really enjoying my course.

I'd go for Economics, it fits in well with your Maths. Take up business in A2 as your extra AS when you drop one.
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#6
I do economics, if you're analytically minded not only is it going to be better for your CV but it'll be easier too, it is honestly one of the best subjects I can advise people take.
#7
I dunno about Politics A Levels, they seem a bit like Law A Level, a specialist subject brought made into an A level and really watered down, like Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology. They're pretty redundant A levels, study them at University, I'd say.

If you want to do something with Economics, I'd choose Maths and History definitely, and the others, well, just do two good academic subjects. Maybe Chemistry, or Physics or English. That will set you up better for a decent university much better I think.
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I dunno about Politics A Levels, they seem a bit like Law A Level, a specialist subject brought made into an A level and really watered down, like Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology. They're pretty redundant A levels, study them at University, I'd say.

If you want to do something with Economics, I'd choose Maths and History definitely, and the others, well, just do two good academic subjects. Maybe Chemistry, or Physics or English. That will set you up better for a decent university much better I think.



Politics is actually a pretty well regarded A level; I wouldn't lump it in with sociology and psychology anyway
#9
Psychology and Sociology are really interesting. I would go for that. The irony is that I am in Business Studies myself. Since well they "pay better".
#10
Quote by bassman434
Hey guys

im in year 11 (im educated in the UK if u hadn't guessed) and i have to choose 4 subjects to take for A levels at the my schools 6th form (no im not going to college or doing any other qualifications, A LEVEL ONLY). but i need some help on one subject grrr....

I want to do a course involving economics/accountancy at uni. But i need some advice on what A levels to pick. Im going to take Maths, Politics and History, however im stuck on the last choice...

Business Studies Or Economics!

What i wanna know from u guys is:

What subject is more desirable when choosing universities?
What subject is actually worth taking?
Will i even learn anything in business studies?
Is it worth taking business even though im going to get 2 GCSE's out of it

cheers guys!

If you're looking at a top university (top 10 or better) then I'd sugges against Politics and Business studies strongly... No universities will like you taking those (people may suggest otherwise but it's the truth.)

Consider further maths, it's a lot of work but if you get a A or B grade universities will bite your hand off for economics (and you'll have an absolute doss doing the maths courses for economics at uni as they're around the same level as FM a-level.) Economics isn't really looked on that favourably but will give you a heads up for some of the micro and macroeconomics in the first year of university (and it's not actively discouraged like business is)

Maths, Further Maths, History and Economics would be my suggestion


(NB: this advice is for Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick, Imperial, UCL et al; if you're not intending to go to one of these institutions you needn't worry too much about options)


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I dunno about Politics A Levels, they seem a bit like Law A Level, a specialist subject brought made into an A level and really watered down, like Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology. They're pretty redundant A levels, study them at University, I'd say.

If you want to do something with Economics, I'd choose Maths and History definitely, and the others, well, just do two good academic subjects. Maybe Chemistry, or Physics or English. That will set you up better for a decent university much better I think.

You're an idiot.

My friend took Maths History Economics and Politics and has a place at imperial to do Economics, they all fit very nicely together but just make sure if there's a place you want to go that they don't require further maths, some do!

Don't forget this is only your ASs - You can take a subject you enjoy which is irrelevant to your course and drop it at A2!

Goodluck
#13
It does not really matter what your 4th subject is if you do well in the other 3. you can also drop one subject, unless of course your going to apply for Oxford or Cambridge.?
Whatever you choose, good luck with them, Uni is alot of fun as a fresher!
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Maths, Further Maths, History and Economics would be my suggestion

I do Further Maths and it is a lot of Maths so be careful if you were to chose it becuase it is not easy.
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#16
I'm not sure about A Levels, but when I was in IB i took Economics. Great subject, never regretted it. Chose it over Business Studies, and I'm applying for a Business course...

I'm not sure about the UK system, but will you be entering uni in 2011? Cause I'm applying for the Sept/Oct 2011 intake. (Not from UK, currently serving national service)
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#17
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Economics - that's what I plan to do at college

Whereabouts are you and what school?



Im in west london, towns called hounslow and my school is Lampton

and to the person who asked about what uni and what im going to drop....

im kinda set on going to Reading Uni (they have the accountancy economics course) and im thinkin of dropping politics

cheers guy for the help and any other suggestions are welcome
#18
Look at the unis you'd loke to go to and what A levels they want for the course you're interested in.

You'll hate yourself if you find out when you are applying that the course you really want to do actually requires economics or further maths so you can't apply.

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Quote by power freak
If you're looking at a top university (top 10 or better) then I'd sugges against Politics and Business studies strongly... No universities will like you taking those (people may suggest otherwise but it's the truth.)

Top unis (Oxbridge included) don't mind you doing one of "soft" or broadner (eg, a humanity if you are applying for a science) subject as long as you have 3 other A levels suitable for the course. So if you have Maths, Further Maths and Economics they aren't going think any worse of you (or care at all in fact) if you 4th subject is Media or Drama etc.

Quote by power freak
Consider further maths, it's a lot of work but if you get a A or B grade universities will bite your hand off for economics (and you'll have an absolute doss doing the maths courses for economics at uni as they're around the same level as FM a-level.) Economics isn't really looked on that favourably but will give you a heads up for some of the micro and macroeconomics in the first year of university (and it's not actively discouraged like business is)

Further maths is a good suggestion, although Oxbridge or Imperial aren't exactly going to "bite your hand off" if you get a B in further maths.

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(NB: this advice is for Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick, Imperial, UCL et al; if you're not intending to go to one of these institutions you needn't worry too much about options)

Even if TS is not going for one of the top unis, he still has to make sure he picks subjects that are suitable for courses he's interested in taking.
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#19
dude i did Business studies A-level and now im doing business and economics at uni. i strongly suggest you do economics over business studies especially if you want to study economics at uni.

however if you want to study accountancy then you are better off with choosing business studies as that usually has a finance and accounting module.
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#20
Economics or, alternatively and if you're good at it more usefully, Further Maths.
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#22
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Business Studies isn't a real subject. Most things ending with "studies" are bullshit.

Are you fucking serious? I used to always talk to the people doing Business to get a better understanding on things. They do know their stuff.

Economics man as well.
#23
Quote by 12345abcd3
Further maths is a good suggestion, although Oxbridge or Imperial aren't exactly going to "bite your hand off" if you get a B in further maths.

They will if you get AAAB instead of AAAA if that's what they asked. Seriously, it's hard to get into Uni due to demand these days.
#24
business its easy and i heard economics its powerful boring
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#25
Economics obviously. I didnt even have it at GCSE but im finding it alright so far into AS. Eco, Maths and Physics is where its at! Now why the **** did I keep on english lit? I honestly dont know what I was thinking
#26
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business its easy and i heard economics its powerful boring


Business is fairly easy, but economics isn't boring, I quite enjoy it. I done business at GCSE, and have took it at A Level, and the courses are pretty similar really, most of my coursework so far has been similar to my GCSE, except rather than doing a business in the coursework (like in GCSE) we're doing a product for a business.
#27
Mathematics Pure, Stat and Mechanics.

Economics.

English Literature.


With good grades, you could get into any uni with those.
#28
I've heard nothing but bad news about business studies from friends who have done it, but a better response about economics, I'd go with that.

Also you'll want to take standard maths and choose stat's to go with it.

For the other 2.. well why not do business anyway? And finally something to round you off, maybe a science or English if you're not creative.
#29
Quote by 12345abcd3

A.) Top unis (Oxbridge included) don't mind you doing one of "soft" or broadner (eg, a humanity if you are applying for a science) subject as long as you have 3 other A levels suitable for the course. So if you have Maths, Further Maths and Economics they aren't going think any worse of you (or care at all in fact) if you 4th subject is Media or Drama etc.


B.) Further maths is a good suggestion, although Oxbridge or Imperial aren't exactly going to "bite your hand off" if you get a B in further maths.


C.) Even if TS is not going for one of the top unis, he still has to make sure he picks subjects that are suitable for courses he's interested in taking.

A.) They say this in their literature but in reality they are quite discriminating, especially given the sheer amount of applications there are for a subject like economics. And FWIW I was recommending not taking politics AND business... LSE wouldn't even consider a M,H,P,B application and I severely doubt Imperial would.

B.) That was mainly meant for reserve choices; but a B in further maths would look better than an A in any of the other options suggested. You'll also find by offering FM they are more likely to accept you if you miss your grades.

C.) Yes it's useful, but at non-top10 unis they don't discriminate much with relation to course choices. You would have no trouble getting in most places for economics with maths, history and politics... But the top teir universities will look down on politics as the 3rd option.


However this is all moot as the guy said he's going for Reading (which is a nice uni but not nearly as discriminating as the ones above.) Go for which ever A-Levels you ENJOY, I'm pretty sure you should get an offer with any combination of the subjects mentioned assuming you get good AS grades.


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#30
I know they all say that Maths is great, unis love maths, etc, etc, but you have to make sure that you are an absolute maths whizz if you're going to take it for a level. I did it for AS and it is really freaking hard. The most difficult subject I've ever taken. You really really need to make sure that you want to do maths. I got an A in Maths for GCSE and then I got an E for AS, so I would suggest only doing maths if you get an A* at GCSE.

Anyway, it's a good idea now to figure out what course you want to do at uni, look it up on the UCAS website and see what A Level subjects they want. Oh i'm preaching now Anyway, economics sounds better.
#31
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Are you fucking serious? I used to always talk to the people doing Business to get a better understanding on things. They do know their stuff.

Economics man as well.



I don't know about England, but our exam boards are completely different to yours. Apparently CCEA exams are generally harder, but I had a few friends who did business studies and it seemed like a huge pile of shit. Except for a few of the people who wanted to be like Allan Sugar or whatever who thought it was great.

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They will if you get AAAB instead of AAAA if that's what they asked. Seriously, it's hard to get into Uni due to demand these days.


If you get an offer from Oxford, then as long as you get the baseline of 3 As you get in; unless there are some kind of special conditions. My friend got into Oxford to do law with 3 As and a C, having dropped from 3As and a B at A.s. level.
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If you get an offer from Oxford, then as long as you get the baseline of 3 As you get in; unless there are some kind of special conditions. My friend got into Oxford to do law with 3 As and a C, having dropped from 3As and a B at A.s. level.

Hence my complimentary 'if that's what they asked'.
#33
My maths levels is pretty good (im predicted an A* at GCSE)

A lot of people sayin to take stats, well my school offers a stats unit with Maths A level....


so going by what most people think and have done

Economics seems the better choice

cheers guys and anymore suggestionss would appreciated!