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So I'm posting this on behalf of my brother who after receiving his AS results has no idea what to do. He got ABBC in Law, Business, Economics and Gov. & Politics respectively but feels as though his grades and subject choices are not good enough to get on an economics/politicsy degree and that his subjects are considered 'soft' by 'top' unis. He seems to be veering toward the idea of studying A2 economics with AS English Lit, History and Maths this year, and them doing A2 english lit, history and maths in a third year (discontinuing business, law and gov and politics all together).

At GCSE he got 8 As and 4 Bs if this is of any importance. He is desperate to go to a top 10 Uni and as i say, is just really unsure what to do. The thing is, he changes him mind every minute about what A Levels he thinks he should do....the only thing he is set on is not doing F.Maths because he thinks it will be too hard for him (got A in gcse maths).

Sorry if I've posted this in wrong forum but any advice is greatly appreciated
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(Original post by Gilo98)
So I'm posting this on behalf of my brother who after receiving his AS results has no idea what to do. He got ABBC in Law, Business, Economics and Gov. & Politics respectively but feels as though his grades and subject choices are not good enough to get on an economics/politicsy degree and that his subjects are considered 'soft' by 'top' unis. He seems to be veering toward the idea of studying A2 economics with AS English Lit, History and Maths this year, and them doing A2 english lit, history and maths in a third year (discontinuing business, law and gov and politics all together).

At GCSE he got 8 As and 4 Bs if this is of any importance. He is desperate to go to a top 10 Uni and as i say, is just really unsure what to do. The thing is, he changes him mind every minute about what A Levels he thinks he should do....the only thing he is set on is not doing F.Maths because he thinks it will be too hard for him (got A in gcse maths).

Sorry if I've posted this in wrong forum but any advice is greatly appreciated
I do a Law degree at a Russell Group uni, and originally started with Law with Politics. If he's after a Politics degree he should aim for around AAA/AAB/ABB in his A levels. Economics and Politics aren't considered 'soft subjects' and SOME Russell group universities ask that applicants have at least 2/3 A levels in Traditional subjects. Some universities also don't look favorably on people resitting a year of their AS/A2 Levels, and that should be kept in mind.
His results for first year are really good! I wouldn't think he would have too much to worry about application wise.
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Firstly, the concept of a 'top 10' university is incredibly nebulous, and changes with the wind. Different league tables show different 'top 10' unis, and should be taken with a massive pinch of salt http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1096372

For politics, he will have no problems with regards to subject choice, and so long as he can get grade predictions that meet the requirements of the unis he wants to go to.

For economics, he will have to be more selective about the universities he applies to, purely because he doesn't have a maths A Level. However, there are Russell Group unis that will take him e.g.
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/un...-requirements/
https://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/undergraduate/entry
http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/economics/

He could also consider combined degree programmes, e.g.
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/un...-requirements/
http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergr...xml=degree.php (if he picked up AS maths next year)

However, I see no reason for him to restart sixth form at all, so long as he can find courses that he wants to do which do not explicitly require A2 maths.

FWIW I'm a RG uni politics graduate, and I did politics, psychology and geography A2, and I got offers from all the unis I applied to (3 Russell Group, 2 1994 Group unis)
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I do a Law degree at a Russell Group uni, and originally started with Law with Politics. If he's after a Politics degree he should aim for around AAA/AAB/ABB in his A levels. Economics and Politics aren't considered 'soft subjects' and SOME Russell group universities ask that applicants have at least 2/3 A levels in Traditional subjects. Some universities also don't look favorably on people resitting a year of their AS/A2 Levels, and that should be kept in mind.
His results for first year are really good! I wouldn't think he would have too much to worry about application wise.
(Original post by Origami Bullets)
Firstly, the concept of a 'top 10' university is incredibly nebulous, and changes with the wind. Different league tables show different 'top 10' unis, and should be taken with a massive pinch of salt http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1096372

For politics, he will have no problems with regards to subject choice, and so long as he can get grade predictions that meet the requirements of the unis he wants to go to.

For economics, he will have to be more selective about the universities he applies to, purely because he doesn't have a maths A Level. However, there are Russell Group unis that will take him e.g.
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/un...-requirements/
https://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/undergraduate/entry
http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/economics/

He could also consider combined degree programmes, e.g.
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/un...-requirements/
http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergr...xml=degree.php (if he picked up AS maths next year)

However, I see no reason for him to restart sixth form at all, so long as he can find courses that he wants to do which do not explicitly require A2 maths.

FWIW I'm a RG uni politics graduate, and I did politics, psychology and geography A2, and I got offers from all the unis I applied to (3 Russell Group, 2 1994 Group unis)
Thank you both soo much for your useful info, my brother is really grateful for your responses He doesn't think he is going to restart anymore and is mainly looking at Politics degrees that have opportunities to take economics modules, he was also looking at Manchester's Politics and Business degree as a bit of an alternative.

I honestly can't express my brothers thanks enough for your help!!
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