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    I just want to understand why vocational a levels (e.g. business studies, law, accounting) are less valued by universities apart from the fact that they are easier. Why does 'vocational' make an a level less academic and less suitable for academic study, when some of these (e.g. business studies) are completely exam paper assed?

    Does it being vocational make it easier? If so, how?

    I'd really just like someone to explain this to me because i am baffled.

    One reason may be that vocational A levels are very specific and if the vocational A level is not related to the course that you are applying to then it will not of any help. Also, it is generally less rigorous - for example, business studies or accounting is much less rigorous than economics - it is a negative if one takes both economics and business studies or accounting as it will appear to be like 'double counting'. It is also easier for universities to compare, rank and evaluate the ability of different applicants to complete the course satisfactorily. You should ask yourself why you would want to take a vocational A level too, is it because it is easy or is it because it is related to your future career choice? And, why wouldn't you take the preferred subjects? I may not be answering your question specifically but the preferred facilitating subjects actually allow you to have more choices in courses too. Not uncommon for students to change their minds and apply for other courses, so it is an advantage not to choose more than one vocational A level.

    This link may have more info about preferred subject choices

    And, this may be more relevant to your question
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