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What A-levels do you need to study economics?

Find out what courses you may need or may help you when it comes to studying an economics degree.

You don’t necessarily need A-level economics to study an economics degree, although it could be an advantage.

Some courses specify maths as a must-have A-level.

Take a look at individual economics courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending.

A-level subjects for economics

What A-levels are essential if you want to study economics?

Maths is sometimes considered an essential on certain courses. 

What A-levels are useful to have for studying economics?

Economics, although not essential, might give you an edge over the competition.

Generally – if you just want to do an undergraduate degree in economics, you don't have to be a maths genius to follow standard undergraduate level micro and macro courses. If you are serious about wanting to do an MSc, then it will help you down the line to do a more mathematical programme at undergrad.
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Other typical A-levels taken by current economics students

  • further maths
  • history
  • statistics

Search for a course to see its full entry requirements, modules and topics you’ll cover, plus lots more.

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    Examples of economics degree requirements

    Below is a range of economics courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 15 January 2018):

    University of Cambridge: ‘A-levels: A*A*A*. Must have A-level in Higher Maths and also pass an admissions test.’

    University of Sheffield: ‘A-levels: AAB. GCSE: Must have minimum Grade B/6 in Maths.’

    University of East Anglia: ‘A-levels: ABB excluding General Studies.’

    Watch now: How to choose your A-levels

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    What subjects can I study that are similar to economics?

    Not sure you want to study economics, but know you’re on the right track? Here are some potential alternatives you could consider. 

    • maths: studying maths could open up other accountancy-related subjects and careers
    • business studies: broaden your understanding of business organisations
    • management science: problem-solving and decision making in organisations

    Bear in mind that similar subjects may still have slightly different A-level requirements to economics. To keep your degree options open, do some homework on what different subjects ask for in their entry requirements across a few different universities, so you can choose your A-levels wisely.

    Search for a subject or course now to see what universities ask for in their entry requirements and more.

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