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TheGuy264
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Hi everyone,

I'm new here so I hope I'm posting this in the right place.

I'm a year 11 student currently studying Maths, Physics, Chemsitry, English (lang+lit), Economics, History, German, RS and Poduct Design.

Righ now I'm looking at going into either law or finance. I have high ambitions and I'm looking to get Uni placement at the top universities (Oxbridge, Russel Group etc). However I'm not really sure what A-levels to take. My school offers all of the subjects I am taking for GCSE (except RS) as well as Politics, Philosophy, Sociology and Further Mathematics.

For finance I'd be looking at Maths, Further Maths, Economics and History.
For law I'd be looking at History, English and 2 others.

I am pretty able in these subjects (I am predicted to get A* in all of my GCSE's anyway) so difficulty between subjects shouldn't be an issue for me, excpet maybe F.Maths as I've heard that everyone finds it difficult/particularly hard.

I've got the following questions:
  1. Does F.Maths give a big advantage when applying for finance realted degrees.
  2. For law, to get into the top Universities, can I get away with having just history and economics as my 'essay' subjects? Would there be a big advantage in doing English lit. as well?
  3. Is it worth trying to make a combo of the 2 sets so I can keep both options open or is that for the top Uni's, I really need to focus on one path now? Any advice on subject combo's?
Thanks and any advice will be very much appreciated.
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Maths would be really good for Law, as it helps you learn logic and decision-making.

You can go on to specialise in corporate finance law so understanding economics would be great and business lawyers earn a lot in the City of London.

Another aspect of the economy is sovereign debt restructuring so dealing with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and working with H.M. Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, so you would need: Economics, Law, Mathematics, Politics for this, then studying LL.B. Law and Politics and then M.Sc. Law and Finance at Queen Mary, University of London.

Queen Mary is the best for this specialism of law. http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/news/2015/157136.html

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City advisors like Rothschild would be interested in hiring you after so many years of government experience. https://www.rothschild.com/gfa/debt_advisory/

Sound interesting?
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I am pretty able in these subjects (I am predicted to get A* in all of my GCSE's anyway) so difficulty between subjects shouldn't be an issue for me, except maybe F.Maths as I've heard that everyone finds it difficult/particularly hard.
You should have no problem then with Further Maths (or Maths itself for that matter) which is an absolute breeze if you are decent at maths.
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I think Maths, FM, English lit and History would probably be a good combination, since it will work for either finance or law. They're all very academic subjects that are respected by the top unis too, and it's an interesting combination. Make sure you take subjects that you're enthusiastic about, otherwise not enjoying them just makes them harder at A Level, especially as it's such a step up.
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Maths would be really good for Law, as it helps you learn logic and decision-making.

You can go on to specialise in corporate finance law so understanding economics would be great and business lawyers earn a lot in the City of London.

Another aspect of the economy is sovereign debt restructuring so dealing with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and working with H.M. Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, so you would need: Economics, Law, Mathematics, Politics for this, then studying LL.B. Law and Politics and then M.Sc. Law and Finance at Queen Mary, University of London.

Queen Mary is the best for this specialism of law. http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/news/2015/157136.html

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City advisors like Rothschild would be interested in hiring you after so many years of government experience. https://www.rothschild.com/gfa/debt_advisory/

Sound interesting?
Hi, sorry for getting back to you so late (I've had a busy week).

This definitely does sound interesting and it is something I will definitely look back to later, but I don't want to specify/get too focused on one area at this stage in my education. I'd prefer to have a subject set that allows me to eaily branch off into various different areas, but thank you for this very detailed set of information!
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I think Maths, FM, English lit and History would probably be a good combination, since it will work for either finance or law. They're all very academic subjects that are respected by the top unis too, and it's an interesting combination. Make sure you take subjects that you're enthusiastic about, otherwise not enjoying them just makes them harder at A Level, especially as it's such a step up.
Hi, sorry for replying so late (I've had a busy week),

Thank you for the advice. I was ust wondering, do you not think that not having economics would put me at a disadvantage for doing finance, especially at the top level of universities?
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Hi everyone,

I'm new here so I hope I'm posting this in the right place.

I'm a year 11 student currently studying Maths, Physics, Chemsitry, English (lang+lit), Economics, History, German, RS and Poduct Design.

Righ now I'm looking at going into either law or finance. I have high ambitions and I'm looking to get Uni placement at the top universities (Oxbridge, Russel Group etc). However I'm not really sure what A-levels to take. My school offers all of the subjects I am taking for GCSE (except RS) as well as Politics, Philosophy, Sociology and Further Mathematics.

For finance I'd be looking at Maths, Further Maths, Economics and History.
For law I'd be looking at History, English and 2 others.

I am pretty able in these subjects (I am predicted to get A* in all of my GCSE's anyway) so difficulty between subjects shouldn't be an issue for me, excpet maybe F.Maths as I've heard that everyone finds it difficult/particularly hard.

I've got the following questions:
  1. Does F.Maths give a big advantage when applying for finance realted degrees.
  2. For law, to get into the top Universities, can I get away with having just history and economics as my 'essay' subjects? Would there be a big advantage in doing English lit. as well?
  3. Is it worth trying to make a combo of the 2 sets so I can keep both options open or is that for the top Uni's, I really need to focus on one path now? Any advice on subject combo's?
Thanks and any advice will be very much appreciated.
I've applied to study law and have places at Russel Group unis ( I've firmed Nottingham ). I study History, English Lit and Psychology. History is definitely a good one to take, and many unis-even for finance- like at least 1 essay subject and History is one of the best to do. English Lit, helps a bit I guess however, the current specification at least is very subjective and tough to get a top grade in. So if you're unsure about English Lit, I would say think hard about it as r.e essay writing you learn this in history. Languages are good to take if you're good at them ( a level languages are a huge step up).
My advice overall is to leave your options open at this stage, get work experience in both fields and see what you think. You have a while until you have to decide yet! Law have no specific subjects as such, minus an essay subject so in that sense you are quite free.

Hope this helps.
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Hi, sorry for replying so late (I've had a busy week),

Thank you for the advice. I was ust wondering, do you not think that not having economics would put me at a disadvantage for doing finance, especially at the top level of universities?
Personally I don't think so, I think they'll prefer that you have maths, but I'm not looking to go into finance so not quite sure :/
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The impression I get is that the Unis are looking at different a levels between economics and law. I'm an A2 student with offers from Queen Mary and Birmingham for economics. The understanding I have is that economics at Uni is very mathematical, and is linked to finance. You may even decide you want to do an economics degree with finance modules, typically you have more freedom as to the modules in your later years. They do appreciate further maths, but it's not essential. It sounds like your choices of economics, further maths and history are good subjects, that will probably put you in good stead for finance. But some top Unis have commented that they want to see the candidates are capable in a variety of areas, and therefore if the candidate does maths, further maths, and one other subject, it may not be broad enough. You should also get advice as to whether it is reasonable for you to do all 4 A levels into your second year, but it's hard to say before you've actually done the first year.
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The impression I get is that the Unis are looking at different a levels between economics and law. I'm an A2 student with offers from Queen Mary and Birmingham for economics. The understanding I have is that economics at Uni is very mathematical, and is linked to finance. You may even decide you want to do an economics degree with finance modules, typically you have more freedom as to the modules in your later years. They do appreciate further maths, but it's not essential. It sounds like your choices of economics, further maths and history are good subjects, that will probably put you in good stead for finance. But some top Unis have commented that they want to see the candidates are capable in a variety of areas, and therefore if the candidate does maths, further maths, and one other subject, it may not be broad enough. You should also get advice as to whether it is reasonable for you to do all 4 A levels into your second year, but it's hard to say before you've actually done the first year.
Thank you for your advice, especially on the (non)necessity of further maths .

As for the 4 A-levels issue, I think I should be fine as the majority of people at the sixth form in my school take the full 4 subjects to A2 and I am quite an able student in perspective to the others in my year in these subjects so I shouldn't have an issue.
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Personally I don't think so, I think they'll prefer that you have maths, but I'm not looking to go into finance so not quite sure :/
Ok, thank you again for the valuable advice
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I've applied to study law and have places at Russel Group unis ( I've firmed Nottingham ). I study History, English Lit and Psychology. History is definitely a good one to take, and many unis-even for finance- like at least 1 essay subject and History is one of the best to do. English Lit, helps a bit I guess however, the current specification at least is very subjective and tough to get a top grade in. So if you're unsure about English Lit, I would say think hard about it as r.e essay writing you learn this in history. Languages are good to take if you're good at them ( a level languages are a huge step up).
My advice overall is to leave your options open at this stage, get work experience in both fields and see what you think. You have a while until you have to decide yet! Law have no specific subjects as such, minus an essay subject so in that sense you are quite free.

Hope this helps.
Thanks for the advice.

I was just wondering, do you not think that I would be a little disadvantaged in law by not having 2 essay subjects? Also do you think economics (at a-level) would be considered an essay subject as from GCSE it is mostly that?

Also, in realtion to when I have to decide, my school is special so we have to decide in the next 2 weeks
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