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    I thought I'd make a thread here to get some opinions and experience from you guys. I have a few options with regard to what I continue to study or start to study next year.

    I'm currently doing AS levels in Maths, History, English Lit and Politics. I want to study PPE or Philosophy and Economics at uni. I was planning on taking all four subjects that I'm studying atm to A2. However, I could also pick up AS Further Maths. I also want to do an Extended Project. I suppose that doing 4 A2s, AS Further Maths and an Extended Project would be too much work. That being the case, what would you recommend I drop, or should I disregard one of Further Maths or Extended Project? How beneficial would AS Further Maths be to an application for PPE?

    Any advice would be appreciated... cheers!
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    (Original post by milkytea)
    I thought I'd make a thread here to get some opinions and experience from you guys. I have a few options with regard to what I continue to study or start to study next year.

    I'm currently doing AS levels in Maths, History, English Lit and Politics. I want to study PPE or Philosophy and Economics at uni. I was planning on taking all four subjects that I'm studying atm to A2. However, I could also pick up AS Further Maths. I also want to do an Extended Project. I suppose that doing 4 A2s, AS Further Maths and an Extended Project would be too much work. That being the case, what would you recommend I drop, or should I disregard one of Further Maths or Extended Project? How beneficial would AS Further Maths be to an application for PPE?

    Any advice would be appreciated... cheers!
    Hi,

    I do the same A levels as you and I've got a place for PPE at Oxford (2011 entry) so hopefully I can help a bit.

    My offer is AAA but my college (St Hilda's) has specified that this must be achieved in Maths, History and Politics. I think that English Literature is clearly the least relevant A-level for PPE, so if you're thinking of dropping something I would suggest that this would be the ideal choice. In many ways I wish I had dropped English Lit - especially around November, when I was thinking about potentially having an interview, I would have liked to have been able to have spent my time on something more relevant to PPE than my English coursework. It all depends on how much you like English I suppose - don't just carry on because 4 A2s looks better than 3 though, it really doesn't matter.

    If you are going to carry on all 4, in my opinion it would probably be a bit too much to do both AS FM and the Extended Project, but maybe I'm wrong. I was thinking about doing them as well, but in the end I decided not to because I already had a lot of commitments inside and outside of school. I think that doing one of them, along with 4 A2s would be manageable, as long as you are willing to work hard! They are both looked on favourably by PPE tutors, but weighing them up, I think a strong grade in further maths would be slightly more beneficial than the Extended Project. This is because maths really is vital to so many aspects of the PPE course, and they always emphasise how they need people who are confident in this respect. A level maths is almost an unofficial requirement now (although there are of course still those who get in without it), but if you have further maths you really do stand out, and it will stand you in good stead for the economics and logic sections of the course. On the other hand, whilst the EP shows you have good writing and research abilities, this is already shown by your A level essay subjects, and it is something that is (arguably?) easier to teach anyway. Also, even if you write about a PPE-related issue, in my interviews everyone got asked the same, very specific questions, which included no scope to discuss things you were personally interested in, or even why you want to study the subject (but maybe that was just my college). Anyway, overall, the impression I got throughout the process was that they were more interested in people's maths ability rather than the writing side of things.

    Hope that helps!
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    i'd drop history and the extended programe tbf and pick up futher maths it'd help just in case ppe doesnt work out as a back up

    hope that help good luck
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    Hi,

    I do the same A levels as you and I've got a place for PPE at Oxford (2011 entry) so hopefully I can help a bit.

    My offer is AAA but my college (St Hilda's) has specified that this must be achieved in Maths, History and Politics. I think that English Literature is clearly the least relevant A-level for PPE, so if you're thinking of dropping something I would suggest that this would be the ideal choice. In many ways I wish I had dropped English Lit - especially around November, when I was thinking about potentially having an interview, I would have liked to have been able to have spent my time on something more relevant to PPE than my English coursework. It all depends on how much you like English I suppose - don't just carry on because 4 A2s looks better than 3 though, it really doesn't matter.

    If you are going to carry on all 4, in my opinion it would probably be a bit too much to do both AS FM and the Extended Project, but maybe I'm wrong. I was thinking about doing them as well, but in the end I decided not to because I already had a lot of commitments inside and outside of school. I think that doing one of them, along with 4 A2s would be manageable, as long as you are willing to work hard! They are both looked on favourably by PPE tutors, but weighing them up, I think a strong grade in further maths would be slightly more beneficial than the Extended Project. This is because maths really is vital to so many aspects of the PPE course, and they always emphasise how they need people who are confident in this respect. A level maths is almost an unofficial requirement now (although there are of course still those who get in without it), but if you have further maths you really do stand out, and it will stand you in good stead for the economics and logic sections of the course. On the other hand, whilst the EP shows you have good writing and research abilities, this is already shown by your A level essay subjects, and it is something that is (arguably?) easier to teach anyway. Also, even if you write about a PPE-related issue, in my interviews everyone got asked the same, very specific questions, which included no scope to discuss things you were personally interested in, or even why you want to study the subject (but maybe that was just my college). Anyway, overall, the impression I got throughout the process was that they were more interested in people's maths ability rather than the writing side of things.

    Hope that helps!
    That's a great help. Thanks very much.
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    i'd drop history and the extended programe tbf and pick up futher maths it'd help just in case ppe doesnt work out as a back up

    hope that help good luck
    History is probably the most relevant out of all of his subjects for that course.
    OP, drop lit, take up further maths AS and do the EP if you feel you are handling your workload and it won't compromise your grades
 
 
 
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