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    I'm in year 11 currently so nearly done with my GCSEs, and it's about the time to choose A Levels. I initially went for English Language, English Literature, Sociology and Psychology, but when I had my interview for my school's sixth form it turns out English Lit and Sociology clash in next year's timetable, so I had to unfortunately choose something else over one of those (as I really want to do Sociology, I had to drop English Lit). And in the block of the timetable I had to choose from were really awful choices for me, I think there was Photography (I'm reaaaally not artistic), Dance (as if), Food Tech, Maths (I know it's an important one but I can barely stand/handle it at GCSE), the sciences (I'm getting Bs at GCSE so was advised not to do it as that translates to at best a D grade stereotypically), Engineering, French, Media Studies (a BTEC, I really don't want to do a BTEC course), History, Geography, Countryside Management, Computer Science and Law. I think that was it To be honest I really don't fancy any of those, Law is the only one I'm vaguely interested in.

    I've read a lot about Law A Level being frowned upon at University, especially if you do a Law degree. I want to do Journalism at Uni so really it's only my English Language that helps, but I suppose the Psychology, Sociology and Law will work to improve my writing further. I just wondered if Law was a good or bad choice as my 4th A Level; it's really my only choice as I really don't want to do something I'm not at all interested in just because it's seen as better.
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    If you like French I'd go for that. It's a strong subject and I'm not sure how advanced it'd make your French but to me being able to speak another language seems amazing. History is also a strong subject and Geography is too, although it's seen as easier imo.
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    I didn't really like French at all, I was good enough at it to pass (my school is a language college and top set is fast tracked in French and finish in year 10 if they pass, then move onto Italian or Mandarin after that, I do Italian) but I only scraped a B and it would be like a fresh start for me as I honestly can't remember most of it
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    If I'm honest

    English Language
    Sociology
    Psychology
    Law

    Is a very weak list of subjects. English Lit would be more useful than English Language for Journalism anyway in terms of university admissions. If you're aiming for a Russell Group university you should try to put at least 1 facilitating subject in there.
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    Law a level is quite boring for the first 6 months but then it gets interesting.
    It will build your essay writing and analytical skills.
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    I do law a level and I absolutely love it. Having researched unis they don't mind you having law a level at all and the rubbish about them not accepting it is a myth. I only know of two unis that are a bit iffy about it but even those will often give you an offer. So I really recommend law a level. Saying that however, sociology law and psychology together doesn't look that great but for journalism they would probably be helpful hope this helps! I really do recommend law


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    For a Journalism degree strong essay writing subjects which improve your ability to reason and argue points would be best like History or maybe even Politics.
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    And it turns out I won't need to do Law now! My head of sixth form was very unhelpful and didn't mention I can do English Lit at another school. I had to drop my Psychology at my school for that but I can do it at another school, thing is I really don't like that school.... Which is a stupid reason but then also I think my combo of A Levels isn't the best, so perhaps it's a blessing in disguise making me not do Psychology!

    This sounds probably quite immature but I really couldn't do History, I'm so so bored by it and I'm concious of doing something that really disinterests me, I wouldn't be able to do well enough at it. That's just who I am.
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    For journalism you'd be better off doing an English degree at the most prestigious university you can get into. Get involved in student journalism or radio asap. Then do a postgraduate practical journalism course.

    Neither sociology nor law are seen as hard A levels. Psychology is becoming more respectable. Add on history or politics and read a lot.
 
 
 
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