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I'm choosing my A levels and one of the subjects I'm really interested in is Ancient History (rather than Classics ie. literature). I'm thinking of taking Biology or Chemistry, Archaeology, History and Geography. Would this allow me to take Ancient History with the humanities being a strong enough combination? Some university sites don't even mention Classical Civilisation and others (like Durham) say

"Not at all, but you will have to make sure that your personal statement demonstrates clearly why you want to study the classical world and how this desire relates to the rest of your studies. You will also need to convey to us that you are familiar with the subject and the sort of material you will be studying at university. If your interest was piqued by reading or activities outside of school, tell us about them."

So is that 'it doesn't matter' or a 'we may consider you'. Any help?

(I've put this in the university forums but I'm interested to see where I'll get the best response after not getting one in the Classics forum there.)
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The Durham quote means to me that Classical Civ. Isn't neccesary for entry into Ancient History at Uni (im assuming thats the course...?). Neither is Archaeology.
However I believe that it shouldn't harm you taking either of these subjects (as a third A level) provided you have two traditional subjects such as Bio/Chem/History/Geography then thats good. Theres no reason you shouldn't be able to do Ancient History if you do extra reading and show this in your personal statement. Also you could talk about museums/lectures etc you've been to to show interest.
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Having applied for Ancient History and received 3 offers so far, I'm taking History, Drama and German and have an AS-Level in English Literature.

Personally, I think they prefer an interest in the subject as opposed to actually taking the subject themselves. My personal statement just defined my interest, and Liverpool, Reading and Newcastle want me...

But then again that's not the top level universities i.e. Oxbridge & Durham, so I don't really know.
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Thanks for the help, it's useful to know from people who are taking the subject wherever they're taking it. Anyone else know anything?
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Your subjects sound great. The only thing I could suggest is maybe consider a language, if you're unsure about any one of your subject choices.
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I took Biology, German, Maths and Chemistry for AS, dropped Maths and Chemistry to take History in one year. I have 3 offers. No idea why, but I think it shows that History is important (a lot of schools don't offer Ancient History/Classical Civ.). I think the language may have helped, as all the unis I applied to offer ancient language modules.

However, your subject combination sounds even more suitable than mine (I really messed up my subjects, didn't I? :p:), good luck (especially if you take Chemistry :o:)

EDIT: Outside of subject choices, I also mentioned the fact that I run an ancient history club in school. It's really easy to run (or was, until it ended in January like the rest of the clubs!) and I guess it looks good on your PS.
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