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    When I chose what I wanted to do as my a-levels I picked subjects that interested in me rather than those which are facilitating subjects. I ended up choosing biology, psychology, business and law and I know some of those universities don't really like since they're seen as 'soft' options.

    Considering the fact I want to go to a RG university, is this going to (potentially) limit me, or would they prefer for me to do subjects I enjoy (and so am more motivated to do well in) despite being less traditional?
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    If you meet the criteria they wont mind, they only normally have an issue with things like critical thinking. kirstybecs
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    What are you planning to do in Uni may I ask?

    I have picked Psychology, Sociology, English Lit and Politics because i know for a fact i will do well in them. I wish to study Psychology and then MSc in Social Psychology in the future, and so there is no real recommended subjects to take for that route. But obviously i found that Unis favoured Bio and Maths along with Psych which I knew for a fact i would not do well in and simply couldn't risk taking them. At the same time, however, I saw that many Unis didn't state their preferences and just gave desired grades with no specific topic mentioned so I guess it depends on what you're planning to do in university. I always say to pick subjects that you love and will guarantee you an AAA than subjects forced onto you that will get you a BBB, but i do also understand the fact that some of these options would be limiting and may not be very attractive to some universities.
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    (Original post by LenniesRabbit)
    What are you planning to do in Uni may I ask?
    Ideally law with politics however I'd be satisfied doing just law
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    (Original post by kirstybecs)
    Ideally law with politics however I'd be satisfied doing just law
    Hmm, with that then I would have to say that Law Alevel may not be the best idea if you were to study Law in University. It's said to be soft because Universities prefer to teach you law themselves and the things taught in alevel are very...basic and may not be the right choice. I say do a bit more research around Law Alevel and how its viewed especially on this website because there are some very distinct reasons that many have pointed out in opposition to the subject.

    Hope this has helped?
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    (Original post by LenniesRabbit)
    Hmm, with that then I would have to say that Law Alevel may not be the best idea if you were to study Law in University. It's said to be soft because Universities prefer to teach you law themselves and the things taught in alevel are very...basic and may not be the right choice. I say do a bit more research around Law Alevel and how its viewed especially on this website because there are some very distinct reasons that many have pointed out in opposition to the subject.

    Hope this has helped?
    Yeah I know loads of them don't really like it, it was just to find out if I actually liked the subject before going on to do a three/four year degree (but I suppose I could have got rid of this uncertainty by reading around the subject)

    It has, thank you!
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    (Original post by kirstybecs)
    Ideally law with politics however I'd be satisfied doing just law
    Best to check the uni websites that interest you - they usually list "preferred subjects" - just quickly checked U of Manchester and you would be fine their for law with politics.
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    This might help UCL list of preferred subjects

    Preferred A levels A Ancient History
    Anthropology
    Arabic
    Archaeology
    Art and Design
    Art and Design: 3D Design
    Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies
    Art and Design: Fine Art
    Art and Design: Graphic Design
    Art and Design: Photography
    Art and Design: TextilesB Bengali
    Biblical Hebrew
    Biology
    Biology (Salters-Nuffield)
    Biology (Human)
    Biology B
    BusinessC Chemistry
    Chemistry (Nuffield)
    Chemistry (Salters)
    Chinese
    Classical Civilisation
    Classical Greek
    Computer ScienceD Drama (WJEC specification)
    Drama and Theatre Studies
    DutchE Economics
    Economics B
    Economics and Business
    Economics and Business Studies (Nuffield)
    English Language
    English Language and Literature
    English Literature (specifications A or B where applicable)
    Environmental Science
    Environmental StudiesF Film Studies
    FrenchG Geography A
    Geography B
    Geology
    German
    Government and Politics
    GujaratiH History
    History of Art
    History of Art and DesignI Information and Communication Technology
    Irish
    ItalianJ JapaneseL Latin
    LawM Mathematics
    Mathematics (MEI)
    Further Mathematics
    Pure Mathematics
    Modern Greek
    Modern Hebrew
    MusicP Panjabi
    Persian
    Philosophy
    Physics
    Physics (Advancing Physics)
    Physics (Salters-Horners)
    Polish
    Portuguese
    Psychology
    Psychology A
    Psychology BR Religious Studies
    RussianS Sociology Spanish
    StatisticsT TurkishU Urdu W Welsh
    Welsh (Second Language)
 
 
 
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