How important are A-level subject choices??

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    I was wondering whether the subjects you take at A-Level will restrict you not only in terms of applying to university, but whether employers will take them into account. The reason I am asking is that I am taking two 'less respected' or 'easier' A-Levels and am currently studying A2. The subjects I am studying are as follows:

    A Level English Language
    A2 Media Studies
    A2 Communication and Culture

    I originally took the latter two A-levels because they sounded interesting and enjoyable, however now I am worrying that I should have taken more'academic' subjects such as philosophy or sociology. Saying that, I am predicted 3 A's for the end of A2 and my parents think I will be fine!

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    They're both super important and not that important.

    From a general look at things they're very important because in many cases they directly affect what courses you can apply for at uni. If a course asks you to have done X at A Level and you didn't then you've immediately affected your chances of getting a place. This is especially true at higher ranked universities where they start requiring grades in specific subject, instead of points or a generic set of grades like BBB.

    However they're not too important because you often have options. In particular if you mess up on your choices it really isn't the end of the world. You'll have chances to take additional A Levels (unrelated but I took effectively 7 A Levels over 4 years, all were free courses) and things like foundation years exist. If you don't get it right first time you usually have the chance to fix things.

    This is somewhat useless now but I think there needs to be more encouragement for people to be thinking about uni during their GCSE's. If you're going to need a specific A Level it's better to know that when you're picking A Levels rather than after you've started and got half way through. Naturally things change but it's good to have ideas early.

    As far as employers go, some will care about A Levels but the vast majority probably aren't going to be all that interested. Degrees will always hold more weight and in many cases your experience is equal or even more important than that. A Levels don't tend to be overly important later on.
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