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Economics - career implications of the BA and BSc

Most universities offer the choice between a BA or a BSc in Economics. The choice at this stage seems to be largely based on whether or not the candidate has a good grade at A level maths.

Please could you tell me what would be the implications for future career paths of taking a BA in Economics?

Which careers would be definitely closed and are there any for which it would be an advantage?
Answered by Alison Patterson
Universities ask for A level Maths because they believe that without it students will not manage the course content. They also realise that students without a high level of Maths are interested in Economics; hence the BA course.

There are hundreds of courses to choose from. You should check the entry requirements for each course and investigate those for which you are qualified. It is important to be realistic. Go to:


As far as a BA (rather than a BSc) in Economics is concerned, remember that most graduate jobs do not specify a degree subject at all, let alone a BSc or BA. For employability, a good degree classification is what employers are looking for, in general. I'd recommend you'd research further though and make sure all decisions are well informed.

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