What qualifications does LSE look for?
The study of modern Economics requires a broad range of knowledge and skills, with maths, in particular, being a necessary tool for analysis. A level Mathematics (or equivalent) is therefore a compulsory requirement for all programmes within the Economics Department at LSE.
In addition to Maths, the selectors prefer to see subject combinations which indicate that you possess both analytical and writing abilities. Subjects which appear as common post-16 choices are Economics (although not a required subject); Physics; History; Chemistry; English and Government and Politics.
An additional qualification in Further Maths, at any level, if offered, is highly preferred as an indication of mathematical ability. However we are aware that not everyone has the opportunity to follow a Further Maths programme and find it helpful if applicants and/or their referees can indicate whether or not the applicant's school or college offers Further Maths classes. Please note, however, that Further Maths, if taken as a full A level, is generally seen as an 'additional' or fourth subject, rather than a substitute for one of your three main subjects. Thus a combination of Maths, Further Maths and one other subject is not seen as providing the required breadth of knowledge and skills.
Subjects where the content is deemed to overlap, such as Economics and Business Studies, or English and Media Studies, should not be taken together, and as with all degrees at LSE, traditional subjects are preferred.
Please note: The information regarding subject combinations given above is for guidance purposes only, except for the Maths requirement. Candidates who are taking alternative traditional subjects to those listed will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process and will not necessarily be rejected on the basis of their subject combinations. Further information about A level (or equivalent) subject combinations is available in the Entry requirements section.