Frequently asked questions

Undergraduate Courses

What is the difference between BSc and BA?
I didn’t get ABB at AS level does this matter?
What do you look for in a personal statement?
What if I don’t achieve AAB in my A-levels?
How will you help with my employability?

What is the difference between BSc and BA?

Our BSc programmes are for students with a background in Maths who want to use it formally within this degree, which is specially designed to take advantage of this background. This would involve further and more rigorous training in Maths and in particularly Statistics (Econometrics).

Our BA programmes are intended for students who wish to follow a rather wider and less quantitative syllabus. Lots of our BA students do in fact have an A level in Maths but have chosen not to take the BSc degree which emphasises the quantitative aspects of the subject.

In both the BA and BSc the core elements of Economics, Business, Finance or Banking and Finance are covered through core modules in these areas in years 2 and 3.

However, as far as employers are concerned, unless graduates are applying for certain specialisms such as actuarial work, they will not mind whether the graduate comes from a BSc programme or a BA programme. The important thing for employers is that the graduate has a very good understanding of fundamental economic principles and has very good class of degree and references.

I didn’t get ABB at AS level does this matter?

When assessing your application we primarily look at your predicted grades, but we do check over your educational history to see if those predicted grades seem fair. So, for example, we would expect to see GCSEs with grades of mostly As and Bs. If your predicted grades and AS levels do not tally then we would look at your reference and personal statement to see reasons why grades are expected to be higher/lower than past performance and base our judgment on this.

What do you look for in a personal statement?

We look for evidence that you understand what degree you are applying for, so there should be some mention of economics. However, we are happy for there to be other subjects mentioned as we understand you may be applying for other areas of study.

We will also turn to your personal statement when there is not enough information in the educational history to make a decision. Then we will be looking for explanations of any anomalies in grades/education history. For example, if the AS level grades were weak but A-level predicted grades are higher we would like to see the student acknowledge why this happened and what has changed to ensure they will meet their predicted grades.

What if I don’t achieve ABB in my A-levels?

When the A-level results are released in August we go through a process called confirmation. All those students that achieve ABB are made unconditional, and then we see how many spaces we have left.  If space is available, points equivalent students, for example, AAC will be taken first, and then we will consider BBB students if we still have places left.  If there are more BBB students than we have places these are ranked by taking into account; other A-levels/AS levels, subjects studied and personal statements.

How will you help with my employability?

The Department of Economics believes that you come to university for more than just a degree and therefore will support you to achieve your potential throughout your studies and beyond. We have a dedicated Student Support Manager within the department who is currently focusing on organising and promoting careers related activities for our students. She is also available for students to book one-to-one career information sessions. Read about about the careers and destinations of our graduates to learn about the different opportunities available to you after university.

There are numerous opportunities, which can help you to develop your career and broaden your horizons. Many of these are fun and rewarding projects that can also have a positive impact on your academic progress. You may be interested in: 

  • volunteering and work experience placements;
  • opportunities to network with local and national employers (including top graduate recruiters);
  • accreditation for your skills developments through our unique Leicester Award for Employability;
  • project work with student societies and employer led organisations;
  • peer mentoring to help you achieve personal, academic and career goals;
  • prizes to acknowledge your achievements;
  • information, advice and guidance through the graduate job application process 

Still have questions? – then please e-mail them to us at economicsug@le.ac.uk or econevents@le.ac.uk and we will do our best to answer them.

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