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Do you need at least one Facilitating A Level to be accepted into a Russell Group university?
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Do you need at least one Facilitating A Level to be accepted into a Russell Group university?
Hello, I believe at least two and three would give you a better chance. However, the actual grade is more of value than the actual subject.

This below maybe of us for you. It is of Cambridge standard. But it can be used to help for any Russell Group university. (Don't listen to people who say the 'soft' subjects are alright because candidate A: with Chemistry, Biology and Maths, is more likely to get in than of Media, Applied ICT and Drama etc.)

A1 - 'Hardest'
C - 'Soft'

LIST A1 Generally Suitable Science A-levels - Biology Chemistry Mathematics Further Mathematics Physics

LIST A2 Generally Suitable Arts A-levels - Art History Chinese Classical Civilisation Economics English Literature French Geography German Greek History Irish Italian Japanese Latin Music Philosophy Religious Studies Russian Spanish Welsh

LIST B A-levels of More Limited Suitability Archaeology - (Arch & Anth) Art & Design (Arts) Business Studies (Economics) Computing (Computer Science) Design & Technology (Architecture) Drama/Theatre Studies (Arts) Electronics (Engineering) English Language (Arts) Film Studies (Arts) Government & Politics (Arts) Law (Land Economy & Law) Media Studies (Arts) Psychology (Arts) Sociology (Arts)

LIST C A-levels Suitable Only As Fourth Subjects - Accounting Applied Science Citizenship Communication Studies Critical Thinking Dance Environmental Science General Studies Health & Social Care Home Economics ICT Leisure Studies Music Technology Performance Studies Performing Arts Perspectives on Science Photography Physical Education Science Science for Public Understanding Sports Studies Travel & Tourism World Development
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Do you need at least one Facilitating A Level to be accepted into a Russell Group university?
Facilitating just means FLEXIBILE. Read the russell group brochure and it's clear. They recommend facilitating subjects to students unsure of what they want to study because 2 facilitating subjects leave a range of courses available.

The list from the post above is for a SINGLE college at Cambridge. The university wide advice from Cambridge is less prescriptive (search on Google for Cambridge subject matters to find the pdf).

Other Russell group universities have much broader lists:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-st...level-subjects (includes law, sociology and psychology A level)

http://www.lse.ac.uk/study/undergrad...rallapplicants (includes sociology and psychology)

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergra...olicies/alevel
(Includes pretty much everything).

Depending on what you want to study and the choices available at your college then facilitating subjects may not be the best choices. Getting a D because you struggle with a subject isn't going to help you get a place at university. Nor will ending up dropping out because you find the subject so boring you can't motivate yourself.
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(Don't listen to people who say the 'soft' subjects are alright because candidate A: with Chemistry, Biology and Maths, is more likely to get in than of Media, Applied ICT and Drama etc.)
And this, I am afraid, demonstrates that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Here we are;

Theatre and Performance Studies at Leeds

http://www.pci.leeds.ac.uk/ug/theatre-and-performance/

Here are the admissions requirements:

"A-level: AAA-ABB
This should normally include at least 2 arts and humanities subjects e.g. Drama, English, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, History. We don’t accept General Studies."

So the candidate with media, applied ICT and drama meets them and the candidate with chemistry, biology and maths doesn't.

Facilitating subjects are best for those with no idea of what they want to do. Those with a strong idea of what they want to do should look on the UCAS site at a range of universities offering those sort of courses and look at the subjects which they favour for that course

However, as people's aspirations often change between ages 15-18 it is still sensible to keep options open if you can.

English, applied ICT and drama would have been a yet better mix of subjects.
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