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    So im starting my a levels next year and I want to take: Maths, economics and DT (Product design)

    Ive heard universities may look down on this because I havent chosen any essay based subjects.

    Please tell me if these would be fine and tell me if they arnt essay based enough and maybe suggest a topic I could take instead (im not too keen on doing 4 a levels).

    PS. I really want to do maths so im not swapping that one haha thanks though. And plus I hate english so i wouldnt take that

    THANKS!!!
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    depends, what do you want to study?
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    (Original post by jarjarbinkss)
    So im starting my a levels next year and I want to take: Maths, economics and DT (Product design)

    Ive heard universities may look down on this because I havent chosen any essay based subjects.

    Please tell me if these would be fine and tell me if they arnt essay based enough and maybe suggest a topic I could take instead (im not too keen on doing 4 a levels).

    PS. I really want to do maths so im not swapping that one haha thanks though. And plus I hate english so i wouldnt take that

    THANKS!!!
    Economics has longer essay based questions, such as 12 markers. DT might not be looked at as favourably by universities as it's not considered a 'facilitating' subject. Unsure about economics.

    Maths is fine.
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    If you wanted a more respected set of A level subjects you could swap out DT for history.

    Where are you planning on applying to? and for what? It might not be such an issue.
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    A2 Geography includes a 40 mark essay and isn't too much of step up if you've done it in GCSE but be prepared to learn a LOT of case studies. It really depends on what degree you think you might do. If you enjoy maths it might be a good idea to do science subject to show that you can apply what you learn as well as just do calculations.
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    Economics is heavily essay based depending on the exam board. For AQA ther are two 25 mark questions in each test (not sure whether it's changed slightly this year though)
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    (Original post by jarjarbinkss)
    So im starting my a levels next year and I want to take: Maths, economics and DT (Product design)

    Ive heard universities may look down on this because I havent chosen any essay based subjects.

    Please tell me if these would be fine and tell me if they arnt essay based enough and maybe suggest a topic I could take instead (im not too keen on doing 4 a levels).

    PS. I really want to do maths so im not swapping that one haha thanks though. And plus I hate english so i wouldnt take that

    THANKS!!!
    It completely depends on what you want to do at university. Engineering applicants won't be looked down on for lacking essay subjects, but English applicants will be.

    As it stands, your combination of A-levels doesn't look very strong. You don't have enough sciences to do a science, or enough humanities to do a humanity. If you want to do a science at uni, I'd switch DT (and maybe also economics) out for a science. If you want to do a humanity, you can certainly keep maths, but you should swap DT for a subject like history, geography, politics, RE or a language. Product design will not be viewed very well by universities, apart from as a 4th A-level for some subjects.
 
 
 
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