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    Hi,

    **I'm in the process of deciding which A-levels to do however I'm a little bit worried over this "soft" and "hard" A level subjects (no inuendo intended). *Ideally I'm aiming to end up at one of the Russel Group Universities or Durham and study law. *I have already decided upon doing the Law A-Level despite the apparent dislike of some universities as it will enable me to do a sixth month stretch at a huge legal firm, thus giving valuable experience and a certain uniqueness and edge over the other applicants. So below I'm going to list what I intended to do as it stands now, I will also add some form of justification as to their purpose.

    I will not even consider taking the following subjects: English Lit, Any form of maths and consequently Physics and finally anythng with studies as a suffix.*

    Law (as mentioned above), Politics, is it a traditional subject? (I have a strong intrest in current affairs, and it is essay based so it would certainly prepare me for law), History (To be brutally honest the same reason stated for politics with the obvious changes), PE (Is it really soft? I mean it's really a more focused version of biology is it not? I am also a national standard athlete) and finally Critical Thinking or Chemistry (I currently do critical thinking course in school which to my suprise has helped an unprecidented amount. *It would also ease my work load, whereas chemistry would add some breadth yet perhaps not be enjoybale nor necessary.

    And just a few FYIs that may help you answer:

    GCSE Predictions: Straght A's and A*'s except fo Music and Re which are B's respectivley. So there are no worries about gaining college places.

    And a quick question; will being a national standard athlete help at all when gaining places at universities?

    Sorry for the short Essay and thanks in advance for any answers.*
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    Law isn't preferable for Law at uni. Politics and law aren't soft subjects, but they're not particularly respected. Out of the two I'd pick Politics. History is brilliant for Law, from what I've heard. I don't think PE would be a great choice because it is considered quite soft, and some unis disregard Critical Thinking. It would be good as a 5th subject, but not as one of your main choices, imo.
    If I was choosing for you, I'd pick Politics, History, Chemistry, Biology. I think it's a good combination for law, and would also leave a ton of other options if you ever changed your mind.
    This is just my opinion though.
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    Yeah the idea would be to drop critical thinking for A2, although I must emphasize Law is a must. Perhaps PE for Chemistry? That would leave two strong subjects and two middling, for A2.
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    Definitely do History. I recommend some science in case you change your mind - and don't think this is impossible, a few months into sixth form I regret not having taken up maths. Why not English Lit?
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    Politics isn't about current affairs, moreover the UK and US voting systems. I don't think anyone took it for A2 in my school.

    Law isn't as respected as English and History, but its still accepted in most of the universities you mentioned -- and even oxbridge as a fourth choice.

    PE isn't fun at all. Human Anatomy class and pseudo-psychology with all the meatheads in your year.

    You seem realistic and good with words -- why don't you chose english?
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    I asked many questions about AS/A2 Politics and from what I remember it is about the voting system, as you said. The EU and the main parties stereotypical views and aims. It also includes debating about current affairs however I doubt that has no influence on your final grade.

    To be brutally honest I haven't considered English; have you had any experience with either of the English courses? At GCSE English I'm a better at language, I am looking to specialise now, I'll still have various options open to myself giving me.

    To reiterate I'm set on doing Law, Politics and History and continuing them for A2 but Critical Thinking would just be AS, although this could change to PE.

    So it's really English or Chemistry. I would prefer not to do Biology as It is a very common subject choice and by far the worst of my Sciences.

    One subject I am yet to consider is Economics is this a strong subject or the same as politics, I assume it involves studying the FTSE and stocks etc. and their resultant implications of success and failure on a countries economy?
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    Economics is a brilliant choice. Take a look here to see what it involves. I'd drop politics (not traditional) for economics if I were you.

    Critical think isn't a real subject. I have one lesson a week, get no homework and the exampaper consists of dissecting newspaper articles and questioning the credibility of them. Useful for law but no where near as intense as any other subject.

    Chemistry is fun at AS. I'd consider taking it as a science to back up your choices.
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    Well economics 'is right up my street' all things considered. It also gives me a 'freebie' A level business studies if I achieve well at As.

    I think chemistry could perhaps be a choice are there any other traditional sciences other than the "big three"? The possible 4th final option would be Chemistry or an English, could anyone tell me what it's about and which one to take. I can do a combined english course.

    As for critical thinking that's the idea easy and it's useful.
 
 
 
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