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    For A level, I'm picking Maths, Economics, RS and Music.

    Degrees I'm considering (my mind will probably have changed soon):
    - Economics
    - Philosophy and Economics
    - Music
    - Business Management
    - International Management
    - Liberal Arts

    I'm picking maths and economics because- self-explanatory. RS because it's so interesting. Music because I like performing and composing, meanwhile it being my strongest subject - plus my music teacher persuaded me to take it. I know most people would advise me to take Further Maths or Physics but lol I hate physics so much and I wouldn't be able to handle so much maths.

    Are these A level options okay to get into a good universities for these degrees, such UCL, KCL, Cambridge (only for music degree), Bristol and Nottingham? And what are the A levels subjects like? What's the workload like and how difficult are they?

    My exam boards are Maths- Edexcel, Economics- Edexcel, RS- AQA, Music- OCR

    I would say they are perfectly fine. And should be fine for any of those degrees you listed. It's important to do what you enjoy so, while physics could potentially be useful (there really isn't that much maths!), don't do it unless you want to because it is a lot of work and doing a subject you don't enjoy doesn't exactly motivate you to work for it. I'm guessing you're about to sit your GCSEs? Focus on those for now and don't worry too much about getting into universities just yet- but to answer your question, it depends on the course and on the uni - different places will require different grades in specific subjects, but again, you should be fine for any of those degrees if you pick those A Levels.

    I'm in year 13 now and out of those 4 I only do maths (+ the 3 sciences) so can't comment on the workload of the other 3. But I have friends who do Economics and Music and they do seem to enjoy them (for the most part anyway). Maths isn't a huge step-up from GCSE at first (C1 is a piece of cake) and then it does get harder, but it's doable and A LOT better than GCSE. The questions are, in my opinion anyway, a lot less pointless - none of this dividing cake batter nonsense or converting currencies for Bob who wants to travel to Canada, or Hannah and her sweets (but you do get the occasional Kate with a camera ). Good luck!
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