I've been lurking on these forums for a while now and still haven't found any good solid answers, probably because all these answers are opinions not facts, but alas i need some more opinions!
Some people say that for A Levels you should choose the subjects that you know you'll get that all important A in, because at the end of the day its the A grade that counts.
But then I found out about the blacklisted subjects and the soft subjects and the less respected subjects, and i saw this thread ranking all the A Levels in order of how respected they are by unis and started to thnk that maybe an C in biology is better than an A in English Language.
So from your experience which is more important; the grade or the subject?
I want to study literature, language, psychology and philosphy, but was wondering whether I should do english combined, biology, psychology and philiosphy to make my self more attractive to unis.The only problem with that is that I'll most probably get a C in biology and then drop it after the first year and then not have a wide enough knowledge of english. It's most likely that I'll study a liberal arts subject at uni (definetly not a scientific/mathematical one) but i want to keep my options open, hence the science subject. Unless, for someone who doesn't want do a scientific/mathematical degree, psychology is scientific enough to have on it's. Advice?
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- Thread Starter
- 09-02-2010 18:27
- 09-02-2010 18:39
The grade! A in English Language is far better than a C in Biology. Unless it was a science based course which specifically requested Biology the admissions tutors wouldn't care that much that you'd done English instead, and if it was then the C probably wouldn't be sufficient.
Only Cambridge/LSE have published a list of blacklisted subjects (which English Language isn't one of, btw), and the rest of the top 10/20 do like to see traditional subjects, but not if you can't get good grades in them.
- 09-02-2010 18:45
The grades are what matters OP, as long as you match the entry requirements for your particular course/university choices with your subjects.
- 09-02-2010 18:47
university course> necessary a-levels > grades
so depends on what you want to study
fyi, if you wana do english i would suggest focus fully on it and not picking biology
- 09-02-2010 18:48
sorry dup post
- 09-02-2010 18:54
My 6 difficult subjects ('cept psychology) with lowish grades got me an offer from a uni that one of my friends got a rejection from despite her As in psychology, drama and sociology. We got the same grade in chemistry which was what we were applying for so i think they do care about the subjects more. They have rather set ideas about how much effort and intellectual capacity each subject requires.
- 09-02-2010 23:26
Exactly what everyone has said so far really. It's the course that matters (at uni), I've applied to Film/TV courses at Uni's, and I am currently doing ICT, Media Studies & English Language. Although these may not be considered "solid" subjects by say, Cambridge. For the places that I have applied, they all have elements that can be applicable and relevant to my degree. I doubt I would have got my offers if I did Biology, Maths and Physics 8-)
So more relevant to your question, I think either can be as important. If you want to do veterinary science, then a B in biology, chemistry and physics, would be a lot more relevant and likely to get you a place than an A* in english, art and maths.Last edited by FTstudies; 09-02-2010 at 23:28.