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    I have chosen History, Politics, French and Latin for my A Levels (starting in September).

    I would like to apply to Cambridge in a couple of years' time to study either History or History and Politics.

    Do you think that Politics as an A Level is seen as a 'soft' subject by Cambridge - should I reconsider my options?

    P.S. Before anyone suggests English, I do not want to study this!!
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    You'd keep all four to A2? You'd be with government and politics really. You have three respected facilitating subjects alongside it.

    I don't know if soft is the right term but it's generally a middle band A-Level. Not as respected as your other three but more respected than Media, Film and stuff like that. I dare say more respected than the likes of sociology and psychology too.

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    (Original post by Banana00)
    I have chosen History, Politics, French and Latin for my A Levels (starting in September).

    I would like to apply to Cambridge in a couple of years' time to study either History or History and Politics.

    Do you think that Politics as an A Level is seen as a 'soft' subject by Cambridge - should I reconsider my options?

    P.S. Before anyone suggests English, I do not want to study this!!
    Politics is absolutely fine as a 3rd (or 4th) subject.

    And 3 A-levels is fine too. You don't need 4.

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    You'd keep all four to A2? You'd be with government and politics really. You have three respected facilitating subjects alongside it.I don't know if soft is the right term but it's generally a middle band A-Level. Not as respected as your other three but more respected than Media, Film and stuff like that. I dare say more respected than the likes of sociology and psychology too.Posted from TSR Mobile
    Trinity (a relatively fussy college) views Sociology, Psychology and Media Studies as of similar suitability to Politics. (And all are suitable as a 3rd A-level for arts/humanities).
    http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/admissions...l-combinations

    Refer to this for a less "strict" view:
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...ectmatters.pdf
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    (Original post by Banana00)
    I have chosen History, Politics, French and Latin for my A Levels (starting in September).

    I would like to apply to Cambridge in a couple of years' time to study either History or History and Politics.

    Do you think that Politics as an A Level is seen as a 'soft' subject by Cambridge - should I reconsider my options?

    P.S. Before anyone suggests English, I do not want to study this!!
    Politics isn't regarded as soft. It may not be on their A list, but that's reserved for the facilitating subjects. Politics isn't facilitating, but it's held in high regard and is good prep for a wide variety of courses from law to geography to economics.
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    Politics is absolutely fine as a 3rd (or 4th) subject.

    And 3 A-levels is fine too. You don't need 4.



    Trinity (a relatively fussy college) views Sociology, Psychology and Media Studies as of similar suitability to Politics. (And all are suitable as a 3rd A-level for arts/humanities).
    http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/admissions...l-combinations

    Refer to this for a less "strict" view:
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...ectmatters.pdf
    Yeah I'm aware that politics is in the same band as sociology and psychology (wasn't aware that media was in with that...), but I mean in general sociology has a poor reputation as an A-Level, mainly because it is seen as easy. Students at my college frequently get weird grades like ACCC with the A being in Sociology and the teachers admit it's easy. Psychology is kinda soft too. Really any of the middle band A-Levels like Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Business, English Language etc can be argued to be soft by different people, especially those who are big on facilitating subjects. They just look down on all the rest.

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Yeah I'm aware that politics is in the same band as sociology and psychology (wasn't aware that media was in with that...), but I mean in general sociology has a poor reputation as an A-Level, mainly because it is seen as easy. Students at my college frequently get weird grades like ACCC with the A being in Sociology and the teachers admit it's easy. Psychology is kinda soft too. Really any of the middle band A-Levels like Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Business, English Language etc can be argued to be soft by different people, especially those who are big on facilitating subjects. They just look down on all the rest.

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    They aren't that soft:
    % achieving A* or A at A-level (2015 data)

    Psychology 4.4 12.7
    Sociology 4.1 13.6

    compare with

    History 6.1 18.1
    Maths 17.7 24.0
    French 8.1 29.2

    http://www.bstubbs.co.uk/a-lev.htm
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Yeah I'm aware that politics is in the same band as sociology and psychology (wasn't aware that media was in with that...), but I mean in general sociology has a poor reputation as an A-Level, mainly because it is seen as easy. Students at my college frequently get weird grades like ACCC with the A being in Sociology and the teachers admit it's easy. Psychology is kinda soft too. Really any of the middle band A-Levels like Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Business, English Language etc can be argued to be soft by different people, especially those who are big on facilitating subjects. They just look down on all the rest.

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    I would class A-levels with a list like...

    Top Subjects: BiologyChemistryMathematicsFurth er MathematicsPhysics Chinese EconomicsEnglish LiteratureFrenchGeographyGermanG reekHistoryIrishItalianJapaneseL atinMusicPhilosophy RussianSpanishWelsh

    Decent Subjects: Archaeology Art & Design Art History Computing Design & Technology Electronics Government & Politics Psychology Classical Civilisation Religious Studies Philosophy

    Mediocre: Business Studies English Language Law Media Studies Sociology

    Avoid at all costs: AccountingApplied ScienceCitizenshipCommunication StudiesCritical ThinkingDanceEnvironmental ScienceGeneral StudiesHealth & Social CareHome EconomicsICTLeisure StudiesMusic TechnologyPerformance StudiesPerforming ArtsPerspectives on SciencePhotographyPhysical EducationScienceScience for Public UnderstandingSports StudiesTravel & TourismWorld Development
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    I would class A-levels with a list like...

    Top Subjects: BiologyChemistryMathematicsFurth er MathematicsPhysics Chinese EconomicsEnglish LiteratureFrenchGeographyGermanG reekHistoryIrishItalianJapaneseL atinMusicPhilosophy RussianSpanishWelsh

    Decent Subjects: Archaeology Art & Design Art History Computing Design & Technology Electronics Government & Politics Psychology Classical Civilisation Religious Studies Philosophy

    Mediocre: Business Studies English Language Law Media Studies Sociology

    Avoid at all costs: AccountingApplied ScienceCitizenshipCommunication StudiesCritical ThinkingDanceEnvironmental ScienceGeneral StudiesHealth & Social CareHome EconomicsICTLeisure StudiesMusic TechnologyPerformance StudiesPerforming ArtsPerspectives on SciencePhotographyPhysical EducationScienceScience for Public UnderstandingSports StudiesTravel & TourismWorld Development
    I was going off the same list as posted above

    http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/admissions...l-combinations
    (Original post by jneill)
    They aren't that soft:
    % achieving A* or A at A-level (2015 data)

    Psychology 4.4 12.7
    Sociology 4.1 13.6

    compare with

    History 6.1 18.1
    Maths 17.7 24.0
    French 8.1 29.2

    http://www.bstubbs.co.uk/a-lev.htm
    Well that surprises me but the students can be better in facilitating subjects. My experiences in three colleges has been that sociology pass rates are ridiculously high compared to other subjects. Maybe I was just at colleges that were really good at teaching sociology? But it doesn't change the reputation that it has.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I was going off the same list as posted above

    http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/admissions...l-combinations


    Well that surprises me but the students can be better in facilitating subjects. My experiences in three colleges has been that sociology pass rates are ridiculously high compared to other subjects. Maybe I was just at colleges that were really good at teaching sociology? But it doesn't change the reputation that it has.
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    As I say, they are fine as 3rd subjects and "even" 2nd subjects at most Cambridge colleges for many courses

    Trinity <> Cambridge

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    As I say, they are fine as 3rd subjects and "even" 2nd subjects at most Cambridge colleges for many courses

    Trinity <> Cambridge

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    Oh yeah definitely I'm not disputing that.

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    Thanks for all the useful input
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    jneill jamestg Airfairy

    Thanks for all the useful input
    No problem.

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