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    I was reading my friend's personal statement and just realised that many people actually mention their A Level subjects in it. I just thought that it somewhat lacks sophistication and wastes your character space unless you have nothing else to discuss (like extended books and relevant work experience). Should I give my friend such an advice?

    I'm sorry about the stupid grammar in the thread title - I don't know how to fix it.
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    (Original post by randomguyonline)
    I was reading my friend's personal statement and just realised that many people actually mention their A Level subjects in it. I just thought that it somewhat lacks sophistication and wastes your character space unless you have nothing else to discuss (like extended books and relevant work experience). Should I give my friend such an advice?
    It's a massive waste of space and should be avoided unless talking about specific topics/work that are directly relevant to the degree applied for (eg "I loved learning about x. It was interesting to me to see how it brought together y and z." = fine "maths A level improved my maths skills" = nonononono!)
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    (Original post by randomguyonline)
    I was reading my friend's personal statement and just realised that many people actually mention their A Level subjects in it. I just thought that it somewhat lacks sophistication and wastes your character space unless you have nothing else to discuss (like extended books and relevant work experience). Should I give my friend such an advice?

    I'm sorry about the stupid grammar in the thread title - I don't know how to fix it.
    Best not to. The University can see perfectly well what A Level subjects you take and to mention them is a waste. Adding a brief sentence regarding what you learnt from taking the subject is a better idea although best not to overdo it. For example you could write "The study of macroeconomics helped me realise British international dependence, I was keep to link this to the state of the German economic following the collapse of the Reichsbank so I decided to read the book "International economics in the Weimar Republic" or something along those lines would be the best idea.
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    It's good to tie in your a-level choices to the degree you want to do.
    For example, if you wanted to do psychology at uni and do psychology and sociology at a-level, you could say that sociology ties in with psychology as it also gives insight to research methods.
    Things like that
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    (Original post by MooCowMilkshake)
    It's good to tie in your a-level choices to the degree you want to do.
    For example, if you wanted to do psychology at uni and do psychology and sociology at a-level, you could say that sociology ties in with psychology as it also gives insight to research methods.
    Things like that
    But unis either already know (like in the example you stated) or it's so far fetched that it's ridiculous
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    I felt the same. My school encouraged me to dedicate a whole paragraph to my A level subjects which i also thought was unsophisticated - in certain contexts I think it's fine to mention perhaps one, if it links REALLY well, but I personally think it should be nicely integrated and shouldn't be a whole paragraph on its own.
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    (Original post by ions)
    I felt the same. My school encouraged me to dedicate a whole paragraph to my A level subjects which i also thought was unsophisticated - in certain contexts I think it's fine to mention perhaps one, if it links REALLY well, but I personally think it should be nicely integrated and shouldn't be a whole paragraph on its own.
    It's similar in my friend's case, which is why I was not sure about my advice, although personally, I did submit mine without mentioning any of my subjects and it has been fine so far.
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    (Original post by randomguyonline)
    It's similar in my friend's case, which is why I was not sure about my advice, although personally, I did submit mine without mentioning any of my subjects and it has been fine so far.
    I did too and have seen plenty of examples without it, but I guess it works either way. I just think it sounds a little too reaching, like you're struggling for things to fill up the space?
 
 
 
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