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  • Number of students per year: about five
  • Typical offer: A*A*A, IB 776 or equivalent
  • Essential subjects: A Level Mathematics/ IB Higher Level Mathematics 
  • Useful subjects:  A Level Economics/ IB Higher Level Economics

Jesus College admits about five Economics students each year. With around 15 students in total and three Fellows in Economics, we are a medium sized College as far as Economics is concerned.

We aim to provide the right environment for our students to reach their potential and to flourish. The academic achievement of our Economics students is outstanding. In recent years, the prize for the best performance in the Economics course has been won by a Jesus student three times.

Supervisions are organised by three experienced Fellows in Economics, Dr Aidt, Dr Cavalho, and Dr Elliot. All three hold positions with the Faculty of Economics where they lecture on microeconomics, macroeconomics, political economics, and public finance.

Find out more on the University webpage.


Our typical offer is two A* and one A grade at A-Level or 776 at Higher Level for IB, or equivalent. You don't need to take Economics at A-Level but it may be useful. The broad nature of the Economics course means that both sciences such as Physics and essay based arts subjects such as History can be a good preparation.

A-Level or IB Higher Level Mathematics or an equivalent qualification is essential. This reflects the fact that the Cambridge Economics course is rigorous and uses mathematical models to analyse economic problems. It's important that you are very proficient in mathematics. Taking Further Mathematics at AS or A-Level or IB Higher Level is also very useful, although not required.

We welcome applications from students with other qualifications comparable to A-Level, such as Scottish Certificate of Sixth Year Studies, the International Baccalaureate, and other school leaving examinations. We also welcome applications from affiliated students.

Written assessment

You'll need to complete a written assessment before your interview at an authorised local centre, most likely your school or college. This assessment will take place in early November.

You can find more information about this assessment, and a sample paper, on the University undergraduate Economics pages.


In light of Covid we are currently reviewing whether we shall be holding virtual or College-based interviews and will provide further details in the future.

In order to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff, all 2020 interviews were held online. A typical virtual interview for Economics usually consists of two 30 minute online interviews with the Director of Studies for Economics and subject Fellows. One interview will involve academic discussion of the subject. You'll be given one hour to read a short essay on a contemporary economic or political topic, which will then be discussed in the interview. You don't need any prior knowledge of economics, the purpose of the discussion is to see if you can think analytically, make a coherent argument, and think independently. The second interview will focus on mathematics and reasoning skills. The interviews aim to assess your intellectual ability, enthusiasm, and commitment to the subject. However, this format may change depending on government guidelines for 2021.

We aim to select the most promising students, and are committed to ensuring that our Economics students are among the best in the University. Successful candidates will have a genuine interest in Economics, be able to think and work independently, and possess the necessary diligence and analytical skills to benefit from the course in Economics.

There is the possibility that interviews this year could take place in College or virtually once more. We will provide further details as soon as we are able.

Written work

You don't need to submit any written work.

Deferred and post A-Level entry

We consider applications for deferred entry in Economics. We'll also consider applications from students who have already taken their A-Levels and achieved A*A*A, you'll have to go through the normal competitive process.

Find out how to apply to study at Jesus.


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