Oxford and Cambridge Examining Board
Why on earth do Oxbridge hate the Law AS/A2 course which there exam boar offer surely there own syllabus is changing.
What I find funny is MOST OF ALL THE WISH WASHY AS/A2 LEVEL subjects are all OCR courses.
I wonder how much the university has to do with the examination board if any thing?
In my own opinion I think its always better to study Law at As level/A2 I’m sure many students see it was a easy ride but if you take the time to read around the subject properly and develop un knowledge it will help you on university in subjects like politics and law far more than Math’s or one of the other unrelated subjects would.
I’m sure when you apply to Oxbridge and you have a Law AS level they will use the opportunity to try and trip you up…but if you actually know your subject and prove them wrong then I’m sure the offer is as good as yours?
And to be honest if you want to do Law or Politics I have become aware that there are a few other university’s who are just as good and better. Many of who have students on far higher starting salaries I suppose I should have done a lil research before hand.
Kings LSE Warwick …
LAW is a good Alevel to take ...if you do the work the problem is to many students don't...
Umm, not convinced OCR is that connected with Oxbridge - it just happens to be based in Cambridge. And most of the courses aren't just offered by OCR, anyway.
To be honest, reading around any subject will mean it's more helpful at university. History is the obvious one for politics. The fact that the subject is useful doesn't mean the A-level is.
And can people please stop saying maths is useless for politics? It really isn't, for a whole bunch of elements you could explore.
Finally, the universities that have higher starting salaries than Oxbridge are all based in London, so it's not really that surprising, given that lots of their graduates will stay in London, and so get London weighting.
Exam boards do sometimes matter in ****** subjects...
OCR critical thinking is much harder than AQA's.
OCR Psychology is a more difficult subject than some of the other boards.
and its the same in many subjects.
OCR is in my opinion the most difficult in any subject. Edecel is a joke in my opinion!
depends what you want from the subject. for example, the majority of people i came across at application, had read some foreign literature as part of their course. thus they had complemented any english/history alevels they were taking by writing essays on the novels (albeit in a foreign language) but they therefore had something else to talk about at interview, not just their love of the subjunctive or whatever. my exam board didn't offer literature- any books i read were a) usually in translation (apart from a couple) and b) recommended by the teacher. but they knew this, and still quizzed me on the literature i'd read, to see what i'd thought of it, taking my circumstances into account
Well also what do we think of Human Biology versus ordinary Biology? And also Maths with stats, versus Maths with application and Maths with mechanics?
Personally I think, if you wanna apply to Oxbridge don't do the obvious doss subjects like Film and Media and vocational ones like Business, Law and Accounting.
I managed to get an offer doing A2 Psych, Human Bio and Maths with stats, and AS chem. So I wouldnt worry too much.
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you are entitled to your opinion, but i have to ask, how do you define an 'obvious' doss subject? what makes pyschology any less of a doss subject that business or Law? people have already said on here that a subject they would consider 'easy' may not be easy for others.
as for human bio/biology proper, i don't see any discrepancy between the two, regular biology alevels are heavily geared towards human biology anyway- the ecology section is tiny. as long as basic core biological priniciples are taught that's what should matter; and these are taught in both syllabi.
To say A Level Economics is difficult is wrong: as A-Levels go, it doesn't challenge.
Good advice; people might not like the reality, but it's generally true.
So does getting a top mark in the so-called "Mickey Mouse" subjects mean anything at all to universities? Or was my Law AS a complete waste of time from that point of view? Even if I'd known it wasn't respected (I took it because I thought it would be a challenge...), I would've taken it and I've really enjoyed it and will carry it on next year- I think that's the most important thing. *But*, if I'd known it was seen as non traditional or whatever I might have done a 5th AS.