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    I have AS Levels in General Studies (B), History (C), Chemistry (D) and Biology (E). I had to drop all but History for various reasons so next year under the advice of staff, parents, members here etc. I am starting over with new A-Levels as I would really struggle with the A2 part of Chemistry and Biology after not doing it for a year.
    So i'm applying to 2 colleges as well as 1 or two others to be safe but what subjects shall I do to keep my options open and get into a good uni in 2 years? I'm def doing English Literature so I need 2-3 others. I can fast track 1 or 2 of them if I want to.

    The list of available options/possibilities is as follows (i deleted ones i hate):

    Accounts
    Mathematics
    Maths (Statistics)
    Business Studies
    Economics
    ICT
    Law
    Film Studies
    Art (Textiles)
    Art (Photography)
    Computing
    Philosophy
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    What are you good at/like can you at least narrow it down to ones you would seriously consider?
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    It depends what you want to do afterwards but maths seems to be really useful and is excepted everywhere as a good Alevel
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    maths and one other sciency thing like accounts/ICT would be really good, maybe do photography or textiles as they might be quite enjoyable.

    Alot of those don't seem very useful. E.g. don't take law, economics, film studies, philosophy, unless you really want to because you can do a degree in those without the A Levels. Then again, if you really are passionate about one of them, take it because you're more likely to do well in it. Just don't think they'll be really easy- they won't.
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    Is business studies seriously any good for top (eg. oxbridge) universities if is taken alongside other traditional subjects?
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    thanks ^ im leaning towards philosophy a bit as its something ive always been kinda interested in and i will probably take maths.

    maths, english literature, philosophy and ??? maybe accounts or textiles.
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    So do you have a full A-level in history and ASs in the 3 others? If so, that's already the equivalent of 2.5 A-levels because some universities accept 2 ASs in place of 1 A-level. You'd only need to do 1 more full A-level, which you could easily do in a year, and you'd have 2 A-levels and 3 ASs. That would be the quickest and easiest way to get to uni, but if you want a completely fresh start with 3/4 new ASs, the most important thing is to choose what you enjoy. Maths, maths with stats and economics, as well as English lit, are the most respected, but there's no point doing any of them if you won't enjoy them.

    Edit: Actually, scrach that, you have enough to go to uni now if you want to...
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    ^ i couldnt get onto a history course with what ive got now. i need another humanities full a-level for the majority of places. i dont know if history is definitely what i want to do so i figure i'd buy myself some time with new a-levels anyway,
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    (Original post by justchar)
    ^ i couldnt get onto a history course with what ive got now. i need another humanities full a-level for the majority of places. i dont know if history is definitely what i want to do so i figure i'd buy myself some time with new a-levels anyway,
    Yeah, makes sense. I think philosophy is a humanities subject, so that, English lit and maths would be a pretty good combination.
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    Im not sure if I understand your problem, am I right in thinking that you have 4 AS levels, and you are in upper sixth/A2, but you've dropped all but history?

    Pick business studies if you want a relatively easy A-grade. Im doing it, and its a really good subject for accumulating UCAS points. Only oxbridge/LSE look down on it. But if you have 2-3 proper traditional subjects, even they wont care.
    I would stay away from Maths, as its really, really hard work, and its a waste of your time if you dont need it for the degree you aspire to. Chances are you will not get a high grade in this.
    I would chose either economics, philosophy or business studies.
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    (Original post by The Colonel)
    Is business studies seriously any good for top (eg. oxbridge) universities if is taken alongside other traditional subjects?
    Even LSE, which I believe is the only university to have compiled a list of 'mickey mouse' subjects, doesn't mind you taking 1 as long as you have at least 2 traditional subjects as well. Have you considered economics instead, if your school offers that? It's basically seen as the more respectable version of business studies.
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    im confused again now. my mom said dont do maths if i struggled with biology, and stick to arts and humanities. so shall i do english literature, philosophy, textiles and photography. because ive still got a history a-level and science as-levels on my application obviously??
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    (Original post by justchar)
    im confused again now. my mom said dont do maths if i struggled with biology, and stick to arts and humanities. so shall i do english literature, philosophy, textiles and photography. because ive still got a history a-level and science as-levels on my application obviously??

    You really have to make this about YOU.

    If YOU think you will struggle with sciences then just don't take them.

    I recommend maths. Maths is not a science and doesn't commit you very much in terms of options, it can serve just to be a demonstration of intelligence.

    Sticking to arts and humatities is fine, but, to be frank about it, photography and textiles may be seen as very 'soft' subjects. If, however, you're not worried about this then so be it. History, Eng lit. and philosophy are all highly commendable though.
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    If you had problems with Biology and Chemistry, then maths would not seem to be an option unless you have a natural flair for it. It is ten times harder than biology and a few times harder than chemistry too in my opinion (hence i only passed it at AS level!). It is however in many peoples opinions, THE most respected subject you can do, as it separates the intelligent people from the very intelligent people if you can get a good grade in it. As said above, English Lit, Economics, Philosophy (and Law and Computing to a lesser extent) are well respected subjects that the majority of universities would value. Goodluck in your choices!
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    (Original post by justchar)
    I have AS Levels in General Studies (B), History (C), Chemistry (D) and Biology (E). I had to drop all but History for various reasons so next year under the advice of staff, parents, members here etc. I am starting over with new A-Levels as I would really struggle with the A2 part of Chemistry and Biology after not doing it for a year.
    So i'm applying to 2 colleges as well as 1 or two others to be safe but what subjects shall I do to keep my options open and get into a good uni in 2 years? I'm def doing English Literature so I need 2-3 others. I can fast track 1 or 2 of them if I want to.

    The list of available options/possibilities is as follows (i deleted ones i hate):

    Accounts
    Mathematics
    Maths (Statistics)
    Business Studies
    Economics
    ICT
    Law
    Film Studies
    Art (Textiles)
    Art (Photography)
    Computing
    Philosophy
    Philosophy is a really interesting subject to take and you'll have some really interesting debates however it is hell to revise. I took R.S - Philosopy of Religion and Ethics which was a really interesting course and debating the existence of God is very interesting in a room of devout Christians and atheists but sitting down and learning the work before the exam is a different matter. It's one of those things that's interesting to find out about in general but not sit an exam in.
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    I can highly recommend you study Computing. It's a really enjoyable course, and it's quite fascinating, and at the same time, not that hard. You study almost everything from hardware to software to binary (and binary calculations) to networks to databases - a really solid knowledge base. Heck, for the past two years I've had an EXTREMELY boring teacher and it hasn't changed my opinion that Computing is the best A level I took and that's why I'm going on to study it at Reading in the Autumn!

    ~Ian
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    Along with English Literature, you could try these 3 subjects: Computing, Philosophy, and Ecnomics.

    It depends what you want to do at university as well.
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    (Original post by justchar)
    I have AS Levels in General Studies (B), History (C), Chemistry (D) and Biology (E). I had to drop all but History for various reasons so next year under the advice of staff, parents, members here etc. I am starting over with new A-Levels as I would really struggle with the A2 part of Chemistry and Biology after not doing it for a year.
    So i'm applying to 2 colleges as well as 1 or two others to be safe but what subjects shall I do to keep my options open and get into a good uni in 2 years? I'm def doing English Literature so I need 2-3 others. I can fast track 1 or 2 of them if I want to.

    The list of available options/possibilities is as follows (i deleted ones i hate):

    Accounts
    Mathematics
    Maths (Statistics)
    Business Studies
    Economics
    ICT
    Law
    Film Studies
    Art (Textiles)
    Art (Photography)
    Computing
    Philosophy
    I would do Economics, Film Studies and Art or Philosophy, but that's just me. Just do whatever you think you'd enjoy the most. :flowers:
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    I deleted the ones i hate from your list and i'd choose from:

    Mathematics
    Maths (Statistics)
    Economics
    Computing
    Philosophy
 
 
 
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