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I know that I want to do a degree in International Relations joint with Political Science at University, and I am hoping to get into one of the Russell Group unis. We chose our A-Levels a couple of months ago (as I have my GCSE's coming up this May), but I'm starting to doubt my choices, as I wasn't sure about what I wanted to do after A-levels (but I now know).

The A-levels that I chose were; Ethics and Philosophy, English Literature, Biology and Geography.
However, I don't know whether to change biology for spanish or maybe history? I am not very good at biology (I am just about scraping A's), but I am better at spanish and history (A*'s). However, I have heard that unis like science A-levels?

I just want to know which A-levels would be best for my desired degree course, and whether I should chose subjects which uni's prefer or subjects that I am best at?

(I am targeted for all A's and A*s by the way, if that helps)
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You will not need Biology or any science for that matter to do IR. Do the subjects you are best at to give yourself the best possible chance

EDIT: you probably already know that Biology isn't needed so I'll re-phrase: doing Biology will not strengthen your application, especially if you get a lower grade than you would in History or Spanish
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(Original post by anonlad)
You will not need Biology or any science for that matter to do IR. Do the subjects you are best at to give yourself the best possible chance

EDIT: you probably already know that Biology isn't needed so I'll re-phrase: doing Biology will not strengthen your application, especially if you get a lower grade than you would in History or Spanish
okay thank you, would spanish or history give me a stronger application, though? Acknowledging the other subjects that I chose?
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Do the subjects you're best at. From experience, I chose English, History, French and Philosophy&Ethics (no sciences!) - I've applied for English at uni this year and got all my offers, all Russell Group unis! It's a much safer bet to go with the subjects you'll get better grades in, because that's what matters at the end of the day and will take pressure off you in the next 2 years.
Good luck!
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(Original post by Sixteeen)
Do the subjects you're best at. From experience, I chose English, History, French and Philosophy&Ethics (no sciences!) - I've applied for English at uni this year and got all my offers, all Russell Group unis! It's a much safer bet to go with the subjects you'll get better grades in, because that's what matters at the end of the day and will take pressure off you in the next 2 years.
Good luck!
Do you mind me asking which grades you achieved at GCSE/A level? And thank you!
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Do you mind me asking which grades you achieved at GCSE/A level? And thank you!
Not at all! I got 8 A*s and 2 As at GCSE, and AAAB at AS level. Oh and just make sure you pick subjects you enjoy because 2 years is a long time! Unis care more about your personal statement, reference and A2 predicted grades than anything else
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If you're choosing between Spanish and history, in my own personal opinion I'd say Spanish would be the better choice for your application, although of course you/others might think the opposite. A language does look good though


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Choose subjects that you enjoy, because you will be studying them for two years. If you enjoy them, there is a higher chance that you will be motivated to work and therefore achieve.
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