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    This post may well spark a whole 'soft subjects' debate. If that happens, I would just like to challenge the statistics. Although statistically speaking, "soft subjects" are usually less successful in getting us offers than "hard" ones, have any of you ever considered the sort of people take these "soft" a levels. Perhaps it will be easy-peasy, when in fact it is not? What then happens is, they get ****ty results at AS, and therefore do not satisfy any requirements in terms of grades.

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    This post may well spark a whole 'soft subjects' debate. If that happens, I would just like to challenge the statistics. Although statistically speaking, "soft subjects" are usually less successful in getting us offers than "hard" ones, have any of you ever considered the sort of people take these "soft" a levels. Perhaps it will be easy-peasy, when in fact it is not? What then happens is, they get ****ty results at AS, and therefore do not satisfy any requirements in terms of grades.

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    There is a huge amount of misunderstanding when it comes to these subjects. Universities are not saying that some subjects are harder than others. The reason why, for instance, the Russel Group has said that they want all applicants to be studying a minimum of two, if not three 'accommodating' subjects is because of the breadth of study those subjects offer and the fact that some subjects are more applicable to university work than others. If you take a look at subjects that are defined as 'soft', you will notice that they all fit into one of the following two categories: they're either vocational, or they're very specialised.

    It's pretty obvious why universities do not want students studying vocational subjects if they're applying for academic courses. It's not saying that practical subjects like Drama or Sport are easy, it's the simple fact that they use an entirely different skill set and vocational skills are not as applicable to academic university courses as academic skills. It's also pretty clear why universities don't want students studying subjects that are too specialised. Most university courses have a pretty decent breadth and they want students who are good at a range of academic skills. For instance, for environmental science or geology, Universities would much rather that students have an excellent understanding of chemistry, physics and biology in general than environmental science or geology. They're going to teach you the environmental science or geology, what they want to make sure is that you've got the skills-base to let them teach it. A similar thing goes for Computer Science. You'll learn the computer science at University, they want to make sure that they're recruiting the best mathematicians.

    In the UK, students already specialise ridiculously early. Most other countries force students to take a broad range of subjects all the way up to the end of their secondary education. Universities definitely do not want students making their specialised range of subjects even more specialised.
 
 
 
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