A*AA with an A* in Mathematics
Please also see subject combinations regarding Further Mathematics requirements.
We also consider your AS grades, if available.

Contextual admissions A-level grades**
A*AB with an A* in Mathematics

IB Diploma
38 points overall (and above) including 766 in higher level subjects, with 7 in Mathematics.

Contextual admissions IB grades**
37 points overall including 765 in higher level subjects, with 7 in Mathematics.

**For more information about contextual admissions, please read UG Admissions Information.

A-level subject combinations

  • We consider the combination of subjects you have taken, as well as the individual scores.
  • We believe a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE and expect applicants to have at least two full A-levels or equivalent in these subjects.
  • For the BSc Economics we are looking for students with a strong mathematical ability, and A-level Mathematics or equivalent is therefore required.
  • Further Mathematics at A-level is also desirable, and is acceptable for entry in combination with Mathematics and one other A-level. In these cases we would prefer that the third A-level should be an essay-based subject. It is acceptable to take Further Mathematics to AS-level only, in which case you will be required to achieve grade A. If you take four or more full A-levels, you will be expected to achieve A* A A (with A* in Mathematics), and a pass in the fourth A-level. We understand however that not everyone has the opportunity to follow a Further Mathematics programme, and you will not be disadvantaged because of this. Therefore it is helpful if you and/or your referees can indicate whether or not your school or college offers Further Mathematics classes. 
  • For programmes requiring A* in Mathematics A-level, an A* in Further Mathematics in addition to an A grade in Mathematics is an acceptable alternative.
  • In addition to Mathematics, we are looking for subject combinations which indicate that you possess both analytical and writing abilities. Subjects which appear as common post-16 choices are Economics; Physics; History; Chemistry; English and Government and Politics, of which Economics, History, English and Government and Politics are good indicators of writing ability.
  • Although many students on the programme have studied A-level Economics or equivalent it is not required.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your native language, you will need to possess a valid English language qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL. These English proficiency test results should not be older than two years as of October 1st, which is the starting date for your intended program. The minimum score requirements are as follows: for IELTS, an overall score of 7.0 is necessary, with a minimum of 6.0 in both speaking and writing, and 6.5 in listening and reading. Alternatively, for TOEFL, an overall score of 107 is required, with minimum scores of 23 in reading and listening, 22 in writing, and 20 in speaking. Please note that if your previous degree was conducted in English, you may be exempt from this requirement.

London School of Economics and Political Science - Economics
Source: London School of Economics and Political Science – Economics