Can't decide my choices for a level?!

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I really cant decide what to choose! I'm more inclined towards essay based subjects:
English lit (almost definite)
Gov&Pol (almost definite)
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Philosophy (Or RS - I didnt do the GCSE but have been told I can take it if I want)
Economics
History (Modern or Early modern?!)

I'm predicted good grades in all my GCSEs, and want to maybe go into law. Obviously I'd have to go to a good uni, which of these will give me the best chance?
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If you want to go to a good university to do law, then definitely do English lit and History as they are facilitating subjects. Politics, Philosophy and Economics are seen as "softer" choices, as they aren't up there with the 'traditional' subjects (although Trinity College cambridge favour econ + RS over politics).
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How many of your a levels are supposed to be facilitating, out of interest??
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(Original post by Катя)
If you want to go to a good university to do law, then definitely do English lit and History as they are facilitating subjects. Politics, Philosophy and Economics are seen as "softer" choices, as they aren't up there with the 'traditional' subjects (although Trinity College cambridge favour econ + RS over politics).
I'd just like to disagree about Philosophy being a soft subject; it isn't at all. It is actually a facilitating one, it's just not a very common choice. AQA Philosophy is facilitating and very traditional considering it led to the establishment of most traditional subjects today. The 'soft' philosophy subject is Philosophy and Ethics, which is quite similar to RS.

To the OP, I would definitely advise you to take English and History, and I'd advise you to take Philosophy if it is the AQA version; the Ethics course of (I think) OCR is not facilitating. That being said, as long as you have two facilitating subjects there's no harm in taking soft/less traditional subjects when applying to unis with high entry requirements (if that's your wish) provided you only carry on one to A2.


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How many of your a levels are supposed to be facilitating, out of interest??
Depends where you're applying. If you're going for a top 5 uni then preferably all of them. Cambridge ask for at least 2. Sheffield ask for at least 2, but their list of "acceptable" subjects is a LOT bigger than the Cambridge one. (for instance it includes english language and drama and psychology and such)

If what's most important to you is a very strong uni application for law, then in an ideal world you'd do english, history, maths and a language, get 4 As at AS with average UMS of over 93, and then be predicted A*AA minimum. + relevant work experience, a glowing reference and a strong PS.

My advice would be to try to compromise between that and what you genuinely want to do, so you end up with a strong application to a good uni and you don't want to kill yourself in the process. You said politics is an almost definite, then yes, do that + English, but also I'd really strongly suggest history to even out the balance. For your 4th I'd say economics purely because it's nice to have a bit of a mix between the more numerate subjects and the essay-writing subjects, but by all means do RS if you strongly prefer that to econ.

But seriously, English and history.
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I'd just like to disagree about Philosophy being a soft subject; it isn't at all. It is actually a facilitating one, it's just not a very common choice. AQA Philosophy is facilitating and very traditional considering it led to the establishment of most traditional subjects today. The 'soft' philosophy subject is Philosophy and Ethics, which is quite similar to RS.

To the OP, I would definitely advise you to take English and History, and I'd advise you to take Philosophy if it is the AQA version; the Ethics course of (I think) OCR is not facilitating. That being said, as long as you have two facilitating subjects there's no harm in taking soft/less traditional subjects when applying to unis with high entry requirements (if that's your wish) provided you only carry on one to A2.
Oh yes, of course, I should have specified; AQA philosophy is different to (and better than, IMO) Philosophy and ethics / RS. It honestly is insanely interesting, and I say this as someone who hasn't even done the course but has just read the textbooks (for both the AQA philosophy and the ethics / RS ones).

OP do you know which exam boards you'll be working with?
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I presume it will be AQA philosophy
Also, I'm doing additional maths; does that make doing maths less important (for me maths is like having teeth pulled out, i cant stand it, but i can do it)
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