Choosing my A level subjects?


#1

I need help in selecting the subjects for A levels. What i've decided as yet is that i should go for Accounting, Business studies and Economics. But a friend of mine told me that business studies gets half credit when you have economics as your subject. Can anyone confirm this?

Also someone told me that i should keep Math but i am afraid that it is too hard as i have not studied Further maths in o level.

So i need help in deciding whether i should go for math or not.

P.s: I have a plan to go for BBA --> MBA, inshaAllah.


#2

I heard that rumour about Business Studies back when I was doing A-Level, and to be honest I don't think its true. Business Studies is completely different from Economics and is a full fledged subject, so I don't think it counts for half if you do Economics. Personally I think you need to keep Math, going into Business Management math skills are always handy and usually in the business world a lot of roles are analytical so you do need to be good with numbers, especially stats. I'd say go for Math, Accounting and Economics, these provide a good base for BBA and MBA.


#3

Look if you find maths hard then leave Eco and do BS.

BTW Accounting is much much harder on Alevels, so its imperative that you balance your subjects.

In the end

ACC, MAT, BS

If possible, Finish BS before your final exams. It might make things easier for you.

Also, if oyu feel that you might not get good grades then do inter. There's absolutely nothing wrong with doing Inter (apart from the exam delays), and can get a higher percentage, and get into a good uni. On the other hand if you wanted to do ACCA then just for exempting a couple of papers do A'levels.


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I need help in selecting the subjects for A levels. What i’ve decided as yet is that i should go for Accounting, Business studies and Economics. But a friend of mine told me that business studies gets half credit when you have economics as your subject. Can anyone confirm this?

Also someone told me that i should keep Math but i am afraid that it is too hard as i have not studied Further maths in o level.

So i need help in deciding whether i should go for math or not.

P.s: I have a plan to go for BBA --> MBA, inshaAllah.

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It is true, that bs gets half credit, if you have taken economics as well, i read this on a website of a foriegn uni…but i dont think it matters in pakistan…i know many students from my school, who took bs, ecnomics and accounts, and got admission into lums and lse…but if you can study maths, than its best to take it instead of bs…it has its own advantages and for entry test you will have to study maths…so, its better if you take it in alevel…


#5

Take Maths! It will help you out enormously in the the future even if you don't get a good grade in it. Business Studies is half credit whether you take it with economics or not. The credit system is not applicable in Pakistan so that should not concern you at all.


#6

thanks alot all of you :)

What if i keep acc,eco and bs, and externally i start the SAT preparation(math)?

Based on your replies i guess i hv to check with individual uni's abt the credit.


#7

What grade did you get in O levels in Maths etc.? There's only one person in my A-1 maths class (of about 40) who has done Ad Maths in O levels.


#8

i got 1A*, 6A and 2B(Pakistan studies & Islamiat)


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There’s only one person in my A-1 maths class (of about 40) who has done Ad Maths in O levels.
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Wow…thats dismal…everyone took Add. Maths in O levels when I did it earlier this decade. Apparently things are going downhill.


#10

^^ yes taking Add Maths in Olvls = time waste or class bunks

usually those who do Add Maths in Olvls, bunk most of thel Alevel Maths classes, and still get good grades.... as most of the course is same...

Right after our batch passed out, they don't encourage taking Add Maths in Olevels anymore

My suggestion take four subjects ACC, BS, ECO and maths, and give maths the least priority.

about the half credit thing, yes it used to be true in my time, don't know if they've changed rules now


#11

From what I know, a lot of business and finance programs put a heavy emphasis on mathematics (especially finance). A levels is way too early to drop math since O level math is a joke. In A level math you also take options (if the syllabus is similar to when I took it) and you can take statistics which should help you later on.

Also Econ and BS are supposed to be pretty easy. Might as well take on some more work for the challenge!

And although I wish you the best of luck with your career, I'll take this opportunity to point out that an MBA alone might not be enough. Its just too easy to get and nowadays you'll find people with say an engineering degree AND an MBA. You want to remain competitive in your qualifications...


#12

When i did alevels i opted for Acc ,Bus and Maths. All my classmates took economics. Now here the problem with maths it has 4 components, i took 2 nomal maths, 1 mechanics and 1 statistics component and apart from statistics component everything else was totally useless for me. On the other hand economics is really useful. I never felt need for it in ACCA but I had to study it in my CFA examinations so it gave me hard time. I suggest you to study economics for sure, it builds a solid foundation for your business side.

One more thing i don't know why people say business study is easy because if you check it statistics the least amount of A's come in business studies, all other subjects get far more A's. For me i had to study alot more to get A in business instead of maths.


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thanks alot all of you :)

What if i keep acc,eco and bs, and externally i start the SAT preparation(math)?

Based on your replies i guess i hv to check with individual uni’s abt the credit.

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I think you mean Math Level IC and IIC in SAT? Because SAT I has both verbal reasoning and math sections. Taking Math in SAT can’t replace Math in A-level, they’re completely different.

Econ and Math (Stats) really helped me out at uni. I did BSc Hons Business and Management (Accounting pathway). Out of the two I think Math is a must and Econ is your choice, its an interesting subject.


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I’ll take this opportunity to point out that an MBA alone might not be enough. Its just too easy to get and nowadays you’ll find people with say an engineering degree AND an MBA. You want to remain competitive in your qualifications…
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Can you point out any other qualification/specialisation available other than MBA? Should i go for ACCA?

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I think you mean Math Level IC and IIC in SAT? Because SAT I has both verbal reasoning and math sections. Taking Math in SAT can’t replace Math in A-level, they’re completely different.
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I don’t know any components of maths in SAT but i was just wondering if i leave maths and start my preparation for SAT instead, isnt that a better option since i can have a better preparation and maybe i get admitted to a good uni?

p.s. a bunch of helpful people :) :slight_smile:


#15

Isn't SAT just used by US colleges/universities? Do universities in Pakistan also look at SAT results as their admission criteria?


#16

^^ yeah most of the reputable universities in Pakistan use SAT results as their admission criteria..


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Can you point out any other qualification/specialisation available other than MBA? Should i go for ACCA?

[/quote] acca is better than mba, because everyone nowdays is doing mba…and most companies dont employ a person until he has done mba from a good uni…like i read a job ad in newspaper, which stated that you can only apply if you havd done mba from lums, iba or abroad…so, if youn dont get into a good uni…then doing mba is useless…and if you want to do acca, then you can simply do cat and then acca…if you have studied accounts in olevel…alevel would be a waste of time

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i got 1A*, 6A and 2B(Pakistan studies & Islamiat)
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I think you can do Maths if you work hard. Islamiat hurts, I got a B in it too, one that I didn’t expect.

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Wow…thats dismal…everyone took Add. Maths in O levels when I did it earlier this decade. Apparently things are going downhill.

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I’m in Beaconhouse and they didn’t even offer us Add Maths in O levels. We’re studying from an O level Add Maths book right now. I don’t know if we’ll change books or if our A levels syllabus is covered in that book. And 3 or 4 years ago, our sir/professor didn’t teach anyone who hadn’t kept Add Maths in O levels.


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Can you point out any other qualification/specialisation available other than MBA? Should i go for ACCA?

I don’t know any components of maths in SAT but i was just wondering if i leave maths and start my preparation for SAT instead, isnt that a better option since i can have a better preparation and maybe i get admitted to a good uni?

p.s. a bunch of helpful people :) :slight_smile:

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Depends on which uni. American universities take SAT into consideration, in Pakistan I think LUMS and FAST will accept SAT. But its not just about unis its about the knowledge you gain from taking Math at A-level.

As for ACCA, it is definitely better than MBA since ACCA is a professional qualification. Unless you plan to do MBA from a top university, I think following ACCA is better if accounting is your field. Also try not to go for shortcuts like doing CAT and skipping A-level/University. You will be better off doing ACCA after getting a degree. I just feel going to university is an important experience and shouldn’t be missed for anything.


#20

Finally, its accounts, maths and economics!

Thanks alot everyone :)