OK, so I'm going to re-do the year and have decided to do these subjects
Government and politics
Now Trinity college at Cambridge - http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/index.php?pageid=604 show what's acceptable and what's not on this web page, however I couldn't find English Lang/Lit listed, and it says you need to have at least two subjects from A1 and A2. They've got economics listed so that's OK, but I need to know if English Lang/lit is OK to have the two subjects I need.
If you want to study at Cambridge then I'd advise you to take English Literature instead. English Lang & Lit is a bit of a 'niff naff' subject (believe me, I've studied it before). If you're willing to aim for less competitive unis then English Combined is fine.
haha, well Cambridge I believe won't even look at me, because I only have 5 A's 5 B's and 1 C for GCSE, so nothing special, and I heard they emphasise on that. I'd love to go to Cambridge though xD
Instead I'm setting my sights on UCL, (yes I know they're about as hard to get into as Cambridge) but I think it's ok as long as I do well in my A-levels, i.e get all A's
The thing is, I was going to do lit, but there were some complications, and it was just more convenient to do the combined subject, and I've already picked the subjects above and am starting next Monday. Are you sure Uni's, esp UCL, don't think of english lang/lit as suitable?
You should still apply to Cambridge if it's your dream.
English Lang/Lit is still reasonably respected, probably the same level as Psychology and Gov & Politics. I referred it as 'niff naff' because that's just my opinion. Generally, it's quite a decent subject. You have a shot at UCL as long as you do well in your ASs and have high predicted grades. Having thought about it a bit more, people on TSR over emphasize the need to have strong A-levels.
I have a friend who studies Computer Science at UCL and he did Business Studies.
It isn't particularly respected from what i've been told; however, this would only be at the top unis. I would think that only Cambridge, Oxford, LSE and Imperial would look down on the combined A level to the point where it might significantly contribute to rejection. UCL seem to not blaclist many subjects but this doesn't mean that you won't be at a disadvantage if you have 3 'softer' subjects when applying next to people with 4 'hard' subjects. Don't be fooled, they may say that they accept a subject but the admissions tutors know which are harder and softer A levels. If you take 3 of the softer A levels then they'll know this and it may make it harder for you to get in. So it would be better if you took english literature on it's own as you already have 2 subjects that aren't as respected as unis would like you to have.
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See I'm probably screwed then and won't get into Cambridge, hopefully I can get into UCL though. Do you know anyone who has retaken the year and got into a respectable uni?
I know someone who studies Law at East Anglia (very good uni for the subject). She messed up her ASs, so decided to retake the year with different subjects. She achieved AAB in Sociology, Government & Politics and English Literature.
My friend is about to start his Economics degree at Uni of Kent (one of the best Economics departments) and he retook the AS year with the same subjects.
These examples demonstrate that you can still get into some excellent unis.