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    I am currently in Year 11 deciding on A Level subjects. I would like to take History, Politics, Maths and Sociology. Many people class Sociology as a 'soft' subject but Oxford recommends it for a History and Politics degree. I would like to know whether it is in fact 'soft' and what other Russel Group universities think of the subject?
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    (Original post by franp2000)
    I am currently in Year 11 deciding on A Level subjects. I would like to take History, Politics, Maths and Sociology. Many people class Sociology as a 'soft' subject but Oxford recommends it for a History and Politics degree. I would like to know whether it is in fact 'soft' and what other Russel Group universities think of the subject?
    Sociology is a 'soft' subject - I generally base it off the Cambridge list of facilitating (hard) subjects that you can get off their website, anything that's not on there is 'soft', then there is some 'soft' subjects that are respected more by admissions tutors (gov. and Politics is one, sociology is generally not in that category however.)

    A more impressive option would probably be English Literature (a 'hard' subject, on the Cambridge list) as someone with very similar interests to yourself, I do English Lit, History, Politics and French.
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    (Original post by Connor27)
    Sociology is a 'soft' subject - I generally base it off the Cambridge list of facilitating (hard) subjects that you can get off their website, anything that's not on there is 'soft', then there is some 'soft' subjects that are respected more by admissions tutors (gov. and Politics is one, sociology is generally not in that category however.)

    A more impressive option would probably be English Literature (a 'hard' subject, on the Cambridge list) as someone with very similar interests to yourself, I do English Lit, History, Politics and French.
    You are possibly thinking of the Trinity College list. Not Cambridge's "The Subject Matters" list.

    Also "hard" does not define a Facilitating Subject. Facilitating Subjects are simply subjects that are commonly asked for across a range of degree courses.

    The RG doesn't by any means require all choices to be "facilitating". They suggest that 1 or 2 should be.

    (Original post by franp2000)
    I am currently in Year 11 deciding on A Level subjects. I would like to take History, Politics, Maths and Sociology. Many people class Sociology as a 'soft' subject but Oxford recommends it for a History and Politics degree. I would like to know whether it is in fact 'soft' and what other Russel Group universities think of the subject?
    Your choices are fine. And, by the way, you only need 3 A-levels, including for Cambridge or Oxford.

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    You are thinking of the Trinity College list. Not Cambridge's "The Subject Matters" list.


    Your choices are fine. And, by the way, you only need 3 A-levels, including for Cambridge or Oxford.

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    That's the one yeah, trinity college list.
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    (Original post by Connor27)
    That's the one yeah, trinity college list.
    You need this one for Cambridge as a whole:
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...ectmatters.pdf

    And note that Trinity is fine with Sociology as a 3rd A-level nevermind as a 4th, for History.
    https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...-combinations/

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