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    (Original post by Latched)
    Yet if I ''stuff what other people think'' won't I later regret this; when universities don't accept me on the basis of my subjects. A combination of maths and further maths is highly desirable, or english and history in many of the courses, shouldn't I be picking what the universities desire?

    This is so confusing...with the combination of subjects I have chosen, what courses would I be able to take?
    Who is telling you that these combinations are what "universities desire".

    Seriously - if you want to know what universities desire look on their websites and see what they're asking for for the subjects you want to study...don't listen to a bunch of A level students on here telling you what they "think" universities desire.

    Speaking as someone who works for a university, regularly in contact with roughly 100 admissions tutors I can guarantee you that maths+further maths is only desirable if you want to study maths (and maybe engineering or physics), english and history are desirable if you want to study english or history (or many essay based courses - but for non-english/history courses pretty much any essay based A level is desirable).
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    I have been looking at their websites, this is another reason why i've become slightly worried.
    I did want to study either maths or english in university...
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    fair point PQ but i think it is interesting that there is such a wide concensus on this matter on these boards with regards to alevel subjects (i.e. regardless of what uni's think of the subjects)
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    (Original post by stoney)
    fair point PQ but i think it is interesting that there is such a wide concensus on this matter on these boards with regards to alevel subjects (i.e. regardless of what uni's think of the subjects)
    This is because people hear it through the media and believe it. The idea of mickey mouse courses is coming from the media, students and schools. Universities haven't said anything about mickey mouse courses as far as I'm aware, bar LSE's list.
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    yeah but alot of people take maths etc because they do actually enjoy it, its not like everyone doing maths + f.maths is doing it just to make themselves look clever
    I know - I took maths, physics and chemistry because they were my favourite subjects

    as for the consensus I prefer to believe my own ears as to what subjects admissions tutors like rather than hearsay and misinformation being perpetuated by year after year of A level students

    Latched - if you want to study english at uni then having english A level is the only ESSENTIAL, likewise for maths - maths is the only ESSENTIAL a level. Other subjects might be useful (psychology would be useful to both IMO) - but that doesn't mean the subjects you enjoy are worth sacrificing for. If you find yourself veering towards maths as the year goes on then maybe look to take further maths AS in your own time, on top of your other A levels or during your second year of sixth form...if you find yourself veering towards english then get your extra curriculars that help with an english application up (visit theatres, help on school newsletters/local papers, do extra reading etc etc) as well as concentrating on getting top notch grades in english and your other subjects. The subjects you've chosen will not rule you off any admissions tutors list (apart from medicine, chemistry, physics, engineering and the like).
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    You don't know how much of a relief that is to hear

    I'm afraid I could have done something terrible on the 7th. Like, changing my subjects :eek:

    Thank You to everyone who responded.
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    Is Religious Studies and ethics mickey mouse or not?
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    I highly doubt it. What does Mickey Mouse really mean? It's a load of crap really. I found English easy, because I enjoyed it and didn't mind doing work, and yet that's not Mickey Mouse. Just go with what you want, and if you're really worried about what Unis want, then look into it.
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    Latched - if you want to study english at uni then having english A level is the only ESSENTIAL, likewise for maths - maths is the only ESSENTIAL a level. Other subjects might be useful (psychology would be useful to both IMO)
    The subjects chosen should be fine but while it can be used to meet the offer requirements I don't understand why you think psychology will be useful when doing a maths degree.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    I can guarantee you that maths+further maths is only desirable if you want to study maths (and maybe engineering or physics)
    It is also desirable for Economics - there are a few colleges at Cambridge that require Double Maths in order to study Economics there.

    May I inquire what University you work at?
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    Would the subjects I have chosen meet the offer requirements for english or maths degrees in top-league universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial....etc? :confused:
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    yay somebody put imperial in with oxford and cambridge
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    Accounting is a MICKEY MOUSE SUBJECT? i cant believe this. its tough.
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    i dont think its really if the course is tough for it to get the label of micky mouse, i think its how useful it really it is. its like you dont know if "hotel and hospitality managment" is hard but you know it is micky mouse
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    Accounting is a MICKEY MOUSE SUBJECT? i cant believe this. its tough.
    I think the reason people call it mickey mouse is the fact its very technical and it gets quite complex. However the people who call them mickey mouse probably don't have a clue about double entry book keeping or balance sheets.
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    (Original post by GandalfdaGoblin)
    Accounting is a MICKEY MOUSE SUBJECT? i cant believe this. its tough.
    I don't think subjects are labeled "micky mouse" based on their respective difficulty. I think it's because some subjects "cut corners" and become "watered down".
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    and in response to the only one a level is required i do physics and it was required i do maths and physics at least, thats 2/3 rd's of the offer, and people with another science or further maths tend to get the place over others
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    yay somebody put imperial in with oxford and cambridge
    lol :rolleyes:
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    I agree with what others have said on here; if you enjoy Media Studies, work hard and get an A alongiside a glowing reference from your teacher surely this will be much more valuable than someone taking Maths because they feel they 'should' even if they don't enjoy it, getting an average grade and an averaege reference because they weren't nearly as motivated. Most university courses only require one specific A-level and then want you to get as high as possible in other subjects, so surely you should do the ones you're likely to work hard in and enjoy to get the good grades in?
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    I've been told Psychology and Sociology are MM subjects. I enjoy Sociology and hopefully I'll enjoy Psychology too. It all depends on what you want to do for university - many, MANY universities I've looked at for Occupational Therapy say they want something along the lines of a Science or a Social Science at A Level. I'm doing Sociology, Psychology and Human Biology, so it should be okay.
 
 
 

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