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    I'm currently in the process of selecting my subjects for A-Level. I am pretty certain I want to take Government + Politics, History and English Lang/Lit, however as a fourth option I am undecided. I really enjoy Performing Arts and think I could do well in it, however, I also want to go to a decent university post-Sixth Form and I'm wondering how studying Performing Arts will affect my chances.

    I want to do a good course at uni too, maybe Politics or a related subject or even Law.

    My question is basically, are Applied A-Levels accepted as full A-Levels? Also, is it possible to get onto one of the previously mentioned courses with Performing Arts as an A-Level?

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    Hi,
    I chose to do a performing arts BTEC (even worse than an applied A Level in the opinion of Universities) and I really regret it. Universities don't want it so I am transferring to college to start some new AS Levels because of it and I font want you to make that mistake so here is my advice. Universities value an applied A Level (although perhaps not as much as a traditional
    one) if it related to your course. As you want to study Law or Politics inwould suggest not taking it as it would not help your chances of getting in, especially as it is regarded as a " soft" subject. I would advise you to take English Lit definatly and if you can't decide on your fourth split up the lit/lang and take Eng Lang as well, or maybe a science as Universities like those.
    Hope I have helped,
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    Hi, sorry about the spelling mistakes - l am on my iPhone and it keeps correcting them, but not with the right words!
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    If you enjoy it then take it for AS and drop it after A2 :yep: you could always pick up another AS in your A2 year if it's that much of a worry for you. The most important thing about A levels is to take something you ENJOY, not just something that's relevant to your career path/because you think you'll do well in it. Your other 3 subjects are absolutely fine so unis won't care about it.
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    I did Performing Arts A level and it was a load of balls, the teacher would come into the lesson, tell us to get on with it and then leave for the next two hours.

    The problem with Performing Arts is that no matter how hard you work the attitudes of others in your group will always affect your grade. Even though I worked extremely hard over the two years getting a high average grade I was stuck in a group that couldn't get on and where half the people didn't care what they got (and the teachers wouldn't let me change groups) Therefore I was stuck in an awful last play which really pulled my overall grade down.

    Performing arts is great fun, but if you want to be completely in control of your grades it's not the best A-level to take.
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    Don't take english language!
    It's regarded as a soft a-level as well
    Have you ever thought of economics instead?
    It goes really well with government and politics
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    No I'm not planning on doing English Language, I want to do the combined Language and Literature A-Level.
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    I have taken A-Level Performing Arts and found it to be great, my teachers aren't the best but I've still managed to gain an A grade at AS-Level. Most of the people in my group are rubbish and do it as a "doss" subject but It hasn't affected my grade whatsoever. If you love the performing arts and maybe want to do it after you leave school, then I would totally say go for it! It gives you confidence, it isn't a soft subject as people suggest (for an A you have to work just as hard - if not harder than other subjects and I've done Chemistry and English combined alongside it). If you have any more questions about the course I'd be happy to answer them!
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    (Original post by msw91)
    I have taken A-Level Performing Arts and found it to be great, my teachers aren't the best but I've still managed to gain an A grade at AS-Level. Most of the people in my group are rubbish and do it as a "doss" subject but It hasn't affected my grade whatsoever. If you love the performing arts and maybe want to do it after you leave school, then I would totally say go for it! It gives you confidence, it isn't a soft subject as people suggest (for an A you have to work just as hard - if not harder than other subjects and I've done Chemistry and English combined alongside it). If you have any more questions about the course I'd be happy to answer them!
    I completley agree. I've just finished AS performing arts and have hopefully gained my A grade. My class is full of varitey people who love it and people who do it for a "doss". I'd also completley agree if you love it take it you will really enjoy it. I've done it alongside Sociology, Applied Health and social and English combined. Its something i enjoy and something im good at. I'd recomend it!
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    I've taken A-level Performing Arts and really been lucky in that my school seems to have pioneered it in our local area, and as such I've got great teachers, which really does help because it's such an area-specific subject.
    The people in your class also "make or break" it, however, as it's so reliant on teamwork. The dossers haven't been too much of a problem at AS, and fortunately my A2 class for the coming year is only the people who take it seriously, ao it should be a lot smoother!
    Not sure about the applied course but my main issue has been the portfolio, which is 70% of the grade, so really make sure you keep on top of that!
 
 
 
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