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    Hello,
    I've always been an academic student, never practical but I have always passed exams with minimum grade B. I'm in year eleven and will be picking my A-levels shortly. I would like to know what A-levels are more valuable with top universities like Cambridge and Oxford and their minimum grades.

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by BrendanQuirk)
    Hello,
    I've always been an academic student, never practical but I have always passed exams with minimum grade B. I'm in year eleven and will be picking my A-levels shortly. I would like to know what A-levels are more valuable with top universities like Cambridge and Oxford and their minimum grades.

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    That will depend on which subject you want to study at university.

    Have a look on their websites - they're very clear about where they prefer specific A levels for entry.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    That will depend on which subject you want to study at university.

    Have a look on their websites - they're very clear about where they prefer specific A levels for entry.
    I don't know what I want to study to be honest...
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    Depends on what you're applying for; if e.g. History, related subjects would be English Lit, ancient or modern languages, Politics, Economics, etc. But it's definitely not restricted to this and as long as you have History if you're applying for that, or e.g. French if you're applying for French, it won't make much difference when applying for unis. Check each university webpage as each will say something slightly different, but generally as long as you have 1 or more relevant subjects for arts and humanities it's fine

    for sciences and maths its slightly different-generally you'd be expected to do all science and maths based subjects with maybe one humanities or arts subjects, but there's less flexibility than if it's a humanities or arts subject.
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    Maths + Sciences will probably open most doors if your unsure

    (Though they are probably the hardest set)
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    (Original post by BrendanQuirk)
    I don't know what I want to study to be honest...
    In that case have a read of http://www.russellgroup.org/InformedChoices-latest.pdf

    It's from the russell group (so Oxford & Cambridge plus a bunch of other research focussed universities).

    It gives an idea which A level subject leave your options open as well as the sort of subjects that might be required for different courses (so if you have a rough idea of what you might want to study it should help you pick A levels that will keep your options open).

    FWIW don't JUST pick A levels based on the subjects that are sometimes preferred for entry. A low grade in a preferred subject wont get you entry at all so make sure you pick subjects that you enjoy and can do well at for A level.
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    (Original post by Jkizer)
    Maths + Sciences will probably open most doors if your unsure

    (Though they are probably the hardest set)
    And yet they have the highest # and proportions of people getting top grades. "Hardest" is a relative thing that cannot be applied to A level subjects in general.

    I personally found maths and physics the easiest subject - Art A level would have been hardest for me.
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    (Original post by Jkizer)
    Maths + Sciences will probably open most doors if your unsure

    (Though they are probably the hardest set)
    I was thinking of doing Maths, Chemistry and Literature.
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    (Original post by BrendanQuirk)
    I was thinking of doing Maths, Chemistry and Literature.
    Thats cool.

    If your open to courses like engineering, then physics could be something you could ponder about. Likewise Biology could be added, so courses like Biomed / Biochem are open (Though not all unis require bio)
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    (Original post by Jkizer)
    Thats cool.

    If your open to courses like engineering, then physics could be something you could ponder about. Likewise Biology could be added, so courses like Biomed / Biochem are open (Though not all unis require bio)
    I'm open to anything, except the labour type things. Don't get me wrong, I can design and use CAD but once it gets to physically making something I'm useless unless I have help from a machine.
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    (Original post by BrendanQuirk)
    I was thinking of doing Maths, Chemistry and Literature.
    That's a good mix. Try and pick a fourth subject too though as many universities want an extra AS grade.

    Since you're thinking about Oxford and Cambridge maybe take a look at this list. Is what Trinity College Cambridge think are 'Acceptable Subject Combinations' (bear in mind most universities will not care if you do choose a subject that Trinity lists as not suitable)

    https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/index.php?pageid=604

    Even though you do not know what course you wish to do, do you have any idea what kind of subject area would interest you (as in are you thinking of more a scientific or humanities/social science degree? )
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    I think when you get your GCSE results (or maybe you know already), it will become obvious what subjects you have a particular aptitude for, then go for those ones at A level.
 
 
 
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