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I can't make up my mind about my A level choices. Ideally I would like to study something creative eg. graphic design, advertising but my backup is modern languages.

So I'm thinking about taking: Art and design (Btec because the A level one is Fine art), German, Media Studies and English Literature.
I'm not sure about the Media studies and English as I've heard that Media studies is not respected and I find english language far more interesting.
Would they be too 'soft' if I did english language?
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Check uni course requirements,

if they are enough to get you to you goal university then how can they be soft?

you will have achieved what you want, you are right about views towards Media studies, however, if you are applying for a related degree I fail to see how it can hinder your application, you will probably find Art and Media the best preparation for uni if you apply for a degree in that area, also the BTEC in Art is actually quite respected, it is accepted by Oxford to study a BA in Fine Art and they even say it could provide better preparation than A levels, most people at my college who did A levels (and wanted to do Art at uni) had to do an Art Foundation course, however the ones that did the BTEC didnt because they already had a substantial enough portfolio to show universities.

in regards to English I believe that Lit is more respected but i wouldnt worry, how respected certain subjects are is such *******s because surely it should all be relative to the area youre studying in? for example if a uni wants to see 'facilitating' subjects and the applicant is applying for Electronic Engineering they could study Maths, English Lit and Geography (3 facilitating subjects) or they could study Maths, Electronics and Computing (1 facilitating subject) but with the same grades who do you think would be more prepared? of course its the latter, the same applies to you Media and Art aren't 'facilitating' subjects but for a degree in something creative like Graphic Design, Digital or Creative Media, Multimedia Production etc. they will certainly provide better preparation than a load of unrelated academic subjects.

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(Original post by InnocentAngel)
I can't make up my mind about my A level choices. Ideally I would like to study something creative eg. graphic design, advertising but my backup is modern languages.

So I'm thinking about taking: Art and design (Btec because the A level one is Fine art), German, Media Studies and English Literature.
I'm not sure about the Media studies and English as I've heard that Media studies is not respected and I find english language far more interesting.
Would they be too 'soft' if I did english language?
English language is less 'soft' but don't hope to do any science based subjects if you go with that. Think carefully based on what degree you would do and your future.
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You shouldn't worry about that, you should just do the subjects you enjoy and are good at. You can either waste your time being miserable doing subjects you aren't passionate about or do the subjects you really enjoy and make a happy career for yourself. Isn't there some sort of statistic that says Russel group universities don't discriminate against a level and btec choices? So it wouldn't matter anyway.
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Isn't there some sort of statistic that says Russel group universities don't discriminate against a level and btec choices?
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Eng Lit and German are very good choices!
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(Original post by Docjones1)
English language is less 'soft' but don't hope to do any science based subjects if you go with that. Think carefully based on what degree you would do and your future.
English language is far softer than English literature.
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English Lit isn't weak and German definitely isn't. If you're wanting to do a BA, you've got a really good set of subjects there
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Isn't there some sort of statistic that says Russel group universities don't discriminate against a level and btec choices? So it wouldn't matter anyway.
Considering RG published a list of what they think are 'facilitating subjects', I find it hard to believe!
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(Original post by InnocentAngel)
I can't make up my mind about my A level choices. Ideally I would like to study something creative eg. graphic design, advertising but my backup is modern languages.

So I'm thinking about taking: Art and design (Btec because the A level one is Fine art), German, Media Studies and English Literature.
I'm not sure about the Media studies and English as I've heard that Media studies is not respected and I find english language far more interesting.
Would they be too 'soft' if I did english language?
As mentioned, German and English are very strong subjects

Have you looked at the English language A-level spec? From what I've heard, it's nothing like it is at GCSE.

To touch on something else: are you sure you'll be able to manage 3 A-levels and a BTEC? That's a lot of work, especially since art and design BTEC has a reputation for being time-consuming.
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(Original post by Jooooshy)
Considering RG published a list of what they think are 'facilitating subjects', I find it hard to believe!

The quote i was talking about was this one taken directly from their website:
What subjects do you think are 'hard' or 'soft'?The Russell Group does not define subjects in this way.
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(Original post by reeceb)
The quote i was talking about was this one taken directly from their website:
What subjects do you think are 'hard' or 'soft'?The Russell Group does not define subjects in this way.
http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/russel...ty-admissions/

EDIT: that is also not a statistic, as you described it..
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(Original post by Jooooshy)
Considering RG published a list of what they think are 'facilitating subjects', I find it hard to believe!
They dont discriminate and for the OP's degree choice the BTEC and more vocational A levels would provide better preparation for that degree

A mix of vocational and academic is a great choice imo

I did a Computing based BTEC a few years ago and people from my class got into some excellent universities (some RG) including: Southampton, Kings College London, Bath, Surrey, Royal Holloway, Manchester, Reading, Cardiff
(this was for Computer Science/Computing/IT though)
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(Original post by Jooooshy)
http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/russel...ty-admissions/

EDIT: that is also not a statistic, as you described it..
I was recalling it from memory and mistyped it as a statistic.
My point remains the same, this person should still follow their passions and even though many universities do like facilitating subjects (ie their english literature choice), it does depend on what type of career they are going for and whether it is relevant as someone on the forum also said.
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(Original post by Jooooshy)
English language is far softer than English literature.
My bad, I misread the OP. Thought he was comparing it to media studies. Although I didn't know that... Thought it was the other way around, huh.
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(Original post by reeceb)
I was recalling it from memory and mistyped it as a statistic.
My point remains the same, this person should still follow their passions and even though many universities do like facilitating subjects (ie their english literature choice), it does depend on what type of career they are going for and whether it is relevant as someone on the forum also said.
I agree with you
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They dont discriminate
Discrimination is the wrong word, but universities can definitely look unfavourably on an applicant's A-level choices.
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I applied for Japanese at 3 Russell Group universities and they all gave me a conditional offer. Just to clarify, I did Travel & Tourism, Leisure Studies and Sociology which most people will probably think is one of the softest subject combinations you can do. In my experience, they don't discriminate as long as you show passion/dedication for the subject with a strong personal statement.

To OP, they don't sound soft to me. If you want my advice, go with whichever subjects you think you'll enjoy/excel in
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(Original post by Jooooshy)
Discrimination is the wrong word, but universities can definitely look unfavourably on an applicant's A-level choices.
Point taken, yeah but ultimately as long as you meet the requirements, most unis will take you, i had friends who wanted to do Engineering so they took Maths, Physics (the required subjects) and then Photography (which they got an A* in) and he is now a top RG uni studying Mechanical Engineering

I also have a friend at Bristol (3rd for engineering) who did a BTEC in Mechanical Engineering
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'soft' a levels??? lmao.
you're better of doing a btec if you're wanting to study something creative.
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