Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
x Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter

    Hi all! A bit long-winded but please bear with me! I've decided to return to studies but am now agonising over which A level subjects to choose from. Read through some other threads and have gleaned quite a bit from those, but I am wondering, for those who study languages in uni, how most of these degrees are structured? Do all the degrees assume students are starting the language from scratch?

    A little background... I'm from Singapore and would consider myself a native speaker of both English and Mandarin Chinese (it varies from Singaporean to Singaporean), and am currently starting in Italian. This is still quite a long way from now but browsing through the courses at some universities, it seems that most university courses involving language (the joint Italian and Chinese language degree, and Italian and Linguistics) assume students would be beginners in their chosen langauge(s). I understand that some universities do cater to more advanced students but does this mean taking an A level in Chinese or Italian would be pointless (unless I take a language other than these two in uni)?

    I guess I find it confusing because it is after all normal for a native speaker of English from an English-speaking country to take a degree in English Language and in that course, you hardly start from scratch. I will be taking the A levels as a private candidate and while I can 'mix' the subjects from different boards (e.g., CIE, Edexcel) this means my choices are limited to whether the exam centre can provide an examiner for oral exams and if they can accept the coursework, etc. My options would probably be all considered quite 'soft', unfortunately. However, I am still going to have to choose.... besides English Language, the following are the ones that I am quite certain will be available at the exam centre: Classical Studies, Chinese, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, History and Italian.

    I am quite interested in Economics (because looking at the questions I feel like these are things I should know, lol) but am terribly worried that my poor math skills will do me in if I took that subject.

    Here is an example:4 The workers in a factory currently earn $240 for a 40-hour week. The management offers them achoice between either a 10 per cent wage increase or an increase in the weekly wage to $260along with a reduction from 40 to 39 hours.Disregarding the value of leisure time, what is the opportunity cost to each worker of opting forthe 39-hour week?
    A $4 B $6 C $20 D $24

    This is probably chicken poop to many of you, and I know this isn't math per se, but for me, just seeing the numbers without reading the question makes my brain almost shut down, lol. Advice and suggestions?
    •  Official Rep

     Official Rep
    Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get more responses. Hopefully someone will be able to get back to you
    • Thread Starter

    (Original post by TSR Jessica)
    Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get more responses. Hopefully someone will be able to get back to you
    Heh, no worries.
Have you ever experienced racism/sexism at uni?
Help with your A-levels

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni


Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Uni match

Uni match

Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

Study planner

Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

Study planner

Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student doing homework

Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

Study help links and info

Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.