Well, I did French and English Literature too.
In my opinion I feel that these are respected subjects (not in order):
Someone in this thread said that history is a mickey mouse subject - That is the most weird/stupid idea ever, it's extremely well respected!
A lot of people try to tell me music is a mickey mouse subject. That really annoys me. I do 4 A-levels (English literature, French, music and law) and music is the most difficult of the lot. The essay part of the A-level involves just as much written work as any of my other subjects, and then there's the aural, composition and practical. The aural requires high levels of concentration and the ability to pick out the smallest things in the middle of a huge, complex piece of music, as well as being able to immediately say what key it starts in, what key it goes into etc. Compositional techniques are much more like a science than an art, or perhaps a language, because there are so many rules you have to follow and if you get it wrong the piece doesn't work. On top of that.....think how many hours you spend on a piece of coursework worth 30%. You may think you spend a long time on it, but compare that to an hour a day for 8 or 9 months working on your final performance (which lasts 20 minutes and you get one chance to get it right), other subjects seem trivial in terms of effort. In addition to all that, music is actually the only subject which uses both sides of your brain.
So why do people call it a mickey mouse subject?
Answer: because they are retards and don't have a clue what they are talking about.
Unfortunately, so are some admissions tutors.