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    Hi guys,

    I am planning on self-studying for A levels next year and am wondering how many subjects are compulsory?Is it 3 or 4?Which subjects are easy for self-study?Is accounting and economics do able subjects?Lastly,is General Studies compulsory?

    Thank you soo much for your help
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    The standard amount is 4 AS Levels and then 3 A2s. Some unis require 3.5 A-Levels which is 3 A-Levels and 1 AS-Level so it is probably best to work with that number. And no, I don't think General Studies is compulsory because my school doesn't offer it.
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    (Original post by Lassy96)
    Hi guys,

    I am planning on self-studying for A levels next year and am wondering how many subjects are compulsory?Is it 3 or 4?Which subjects are easy for self-study?Is accounting and economics do able subjects?Lastly,is General Studies compulsory?

    Thank you soo much for your help
    There's no compulsory subject number, but the majority of people take 4 AS levels and then drop down to 3 A2s the year after.

    As for what subjects are easiest for self-study, it all depends on your interests, of course. However, subjects that require practical coursework assessments, such as chemistry, might be a little trickier (on a purely logistical basis).

    Yes, accounting and economics are certainly do-able.

    And no, general studies isn't compulsory. It's offered at some schools, but for certain universities, it isn't accepted as a subject, so don't feel pressured to take it unless you've got a burning interest in it.
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    No A Level subject is compulsory. The only exception being if your school makes you take one or two particular ones, such as General Studies or Critical Thinking. The minimum number for most (if not all) UK universities is 3, but it is somewhat advisable to take four if you can.
    As for which subjects are easier and which not, it's really down to your strengths and weaknesses... Perhaps look around a few specifications and past exam papers of the subjects you're interested in to get a feel before you make a decision.
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    Firstly,thank you soo much for replying and clearing my doubts.
    So,therefore I take 4 subjects for AS level(Psychology,Accounting,Econ omics,Maths) and then for A2 level(Psychology,Accounting and Math),is that correct?
    Furthermore,which exam board is easier?Edexcel or Cambridge?

    Thanks once again
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    (Original post by Lassy96)
    Firstly,thank you soo much for replying and clearing my doubts.
    So,therefore I take 4 subjects for AS level(Psychology,Accounting,Econ omics,Maths) and then for A2 level(Psychology,Accounting and Math),is that correct?
    Furthermore,which exam board is easier?Edexcel or Cambridge?

    Thanks once again
    There are more exam boards than just Edexcel and Cambridge and which is 'easier' will depend on the subject, your strengths and your interests. You probably won't have much of a choice in the matter if you're doing distance learning for all of the subjects at just the one institution though.

    If you're planning on applying to university with your A-levels you may want to check whether Accounting and Economics are considered to overlap. I'd also check whether Accounting is accepted by universities you're interested in. I've never heard of it being taught at a school, it just sounds far too vocational. Most universities want academic subjects (by which I do not necessarily mean those subjects traditionally seen as difficult and 'strong' - even Media Studies and Sociology etc are probably more academic than Accounting, at least on first glance).
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    (Original post by AeroPlane04)
    No A Level subject is compulsory. The only exception being if your school makes you take one or two particular ones, such as General Studies or Critical Thinking. The minimum number for most (if not all) UK universities is 3, but it is somewhat advisable to take four if you can.
    As for which subjects are easier and which not, it's really down to your strengths and weaknesses... Perhaps look around a few specifications and past exam papers of the subjects you're interested in to get a feel before you make a decision.
    This is true. When I was in 6th form, we had to choose between either General Studies, Philosophy or Further Maths as an extra 4th or 5th AS Level, and even then it wasn't compulsory to do them at A2.
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    (Original post by Ronove)
    There are more exam boards than just Edexcel and Cambridge and which is 'easier' will depend on the subject, your strengths and your interests. You probably won't have much of a choice in the matter if you're doing distance learning for all of the subjects at just the one institution though.

    If you're planning on applying to university with your A-levels you may want to check whether Accounting and Economics are considered to overlap. I'd also check whether Accounting is accepted by universities you're interested in. I've never heard of it being taught at a school, it just sounds far too vocational. Most universities want academic subjects (by which I do not necessarily mean those subjects traditionally seen as difficult and 'strong' - even Media Studies and Sociology etc are probably more academic than Accounting, at least on first glance).
    Hi,thank you so much for your detailed reply.Apparently,apart from the ones mentioned above,no other exam board is available. I want to become a chartered accountant and thus thought accounting would be a logical choice.Which other subject would you recommend for self-study?
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    (Original post by Lassy96)
    Hi,thank you so much for your detailed reply.Apparently,apart from the ones mentioned above,no other exam board is available. I want to become a chartered accountant and thus thought accounting would be a logical choice.Which other subject would you recommend for self-study?
    Look at the specifications for each subject on the two boards and do whichever you prefer the look of. Though I'm not sure Cambridge is a commonly used exam board in the UK - someone else might know better though. I was under the impression that they specialised in international A-levels. Not that that would necessarily matter.

    Will you be going to university to become a chartered accountant? If so, look at the courses on UCAS and university websites to see whether they accept/want A-level Accounting. If it's some other qualification you get after A-levels, check what's required for that.

    Edit: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/chartered...quirements.htm
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    Yes, general studies and critical thinking are the two most important subjects you can possibly do.
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    (Original post by SheldonWannabe)
    Yes, general studies and critical thinking are the two most important subjects you can possibly do.
    Oh you stop trollin
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    (Original post by Ronove)
    Look at the specifications for each subject on the two boards and do whichever you prefer the look of. Though I'm not sure Cambridge is a commonly used exam board in the UK - someone else might know better though. I was under the impression that they specialised in international A-levels. Not that that would necessarily matter.Will you be going to university to become a chartered accountant? If so, look at the courses on UCAS and university websites to see whether they accept/want A-level Accounting. If it's some other qualification you get after A-levels, check what's required for that.Edit: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/chartered...quirements.htm
    I will be going to a university,but that would be in Canada.Their requirement is 3 A2 subjects in which Mathematics A2 is compulsory.
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    (Original post by Lassy96)
    I will be going to a university,but that would be in Canada.Their requirement is 3 A2 subjects in which Mathematics A2 is compulsory.
    Well then providing they don't say anything about not accepting certain subjects I guess you're fine. Though depending on the admissions process, you might want to contact them and ask whether you'd be putting yourself at a disadvantage by doing A-level Accounting. There's no point not asking now and regretting your choices later.
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    Im currently at sir john deanes college in cheshire at AS level. We have to take 4 subjects aswell as general studies. Going into A2 we can drop a subject so that were left with 3 (general studies we complete within one year)
    Hope this helps


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