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    Alright some general advice needed:

    These are my choices for a/s: maths, french, chemistry, history, english lit,

    Are they good choices, if i want to go on to do ppe or law at uni, and also gimme sum general advice about them, which ones can i afford to dos around in, which ones are interesting hard etc


    thanks!
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    if yoy have done additional maths at GCSE and got onok then AS Level isnt that much harder (according 2 my friends)

    i did chemistry at AS and found it the hardest from bio, geog & physics so dropped it for A Level but its interesting enough if you like it.

    i would think history and english lit and french(very gud for law!) would be da most inportant for your cousre at A Level although you could get in with:

    math, chem + history
    math, chem + eng lit
    just in case you change ur mind these subjects would keep ur options open for a "sciency" or engineering based degree
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    my advice for english lit is:

    read the book all the way through before you start lessons on it then when it comes to reading each chapter it is loads easier. DO NOT do what i did which is get really confused and spend months hating the lessons so much that you feel ill because reading the book over and over in a week is stressful!
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    (Original post by sloaney87)
    Alright some general advice needed:

    These are my choices for a/s: maths, french, chemistry, history, english lit,

    Are they good choices, if i want to go on to do ppe or law at uni, and also gimme sum general advice about them, which ones can i afford to dos around in, which ones are interesting hard etc


    thanks!
    Maths is a brilliant choice, and will be extremely useful if you apply for PPE (which I would reccommend over Law, which I consider to be a quite a boring subject.....if you want to go into the Law then do a conversion course...)

    All that I can say about the other subjects is that Chemsitry is the hardest of the three sciences, and with five subjects you will have a massive workload which won't really allow you to specialise to the extent that you perhaps should. It might be worth considering Physics as it compliments Maths (speaking from experience!) As a side note, my cousin went to Oxford to do PPE with A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, so there's no need to agonise over a broad range of subjects.

    Finally, I have never seen the benefit of doing more than three A-Levels, it might look good on paper but I don't believe it gives you an advantage. In fact, there are many admission tutors who are on record as saying that they prefer three A-Levels as students tend to study into much more depth. I dropped a forth A-Level and it was a great move (even though I did an Economics a/s in Yr13).

    If I were you, I would end Yr13 with three A-Levels:

    Maths
    Chemistry (or another science if you changed)
    and just one from your three arts A-Levels.

    Best of luck, tom
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    Having done AS History - I cannot reccomend it enough; it is great - far more interesting than at GCSE and v. useful for a law degree...
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    (Original post by Wise One)
    Having done AS History - I cannot reccomend it enough; it is great - far more interesting than at GCSE and v. useful for a law degree...
    Depends what topic your college covers mind. My best friend at another college done aall about the Russian Revolution and the Bolsheviks while I done the Nazis and stuff. He hated his, I loved mine. Whether that's because of the topics I don't know....
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    Not really, I did both and found it useful - being one of the only subjects in which they actually teach you how to write decent essays.
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    (Original post by Wise One)
    Having done AS History - I cannot reccomend it enough; it is great - far more interesting than at GCSE and v. useful for a law degree...
    i am thinking of taking up History AS when i drop English lit when i am back at school. I think i will enjoy History, i didn't take it at GCSE but that doesn't really matter too much however i am not sure if history is a good enough subject when it comes to Uni as i want to do drama.. :confused:
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    It's just a nice solid essay-based subject that gives you TRANSFERABLE SKILLS.
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    (Original post by tomhitchings)
    Maths is a brilliant choice, and will be extremely useful if you apply for PPE (which I would reccommend over Law, which I consider to be a quite a boring subject.....if you want to go into the Law then do a conversion course...)

    All that I can say about the other subjects is that Chemsitry is the hardest of the three sciences, and with five subjects you will have a massive workload which won't really allow you to specialise to the extent that you perhaps should. It might be worth considering Physics as it compliments Maths (speaking from experience!) As a side note, my cousin went to Oxford to do PPE with A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, so there's no need to agonise over a broad range of subjects.

    Finally, I have never seen the benefit of doing more than three A-Levels, it might look good on paper but I don't believe it gives you an advantage. In fact, there are many admission tutors who are on record as saying that they prefer three A-Levels as students tend to study into much more depth. I dropped a forth A-Level and it was a great move (even though I did an Economics a/s in Yr13).

    If I were you, I would end Yr13 with three A-Levels:

    Maths
    Chemistry (or another science if you changed)
    and just one from your three arts A-Levels.

    Best of luck, tom

    Keep up the languages- if you go for law you could spend a year abroad, which is great to enhance yourself over literally hords of other applicants for training contracts. If you go for PPE, the course lets you look at immigration (my gf tells me) which will be useful and going for law from a non-law course is very tough, and so you need the strongest application possible
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    (Original post by sparklyteacosie)
    i am thinking of taking up History AS when i drop English lit when i am back at school. I think i will enjoy History, i didn't take it at GCSE but that doesn't really matter too much however i am not sure if history is a good enough subject when it comes to Uni as i want to do drama.. :confused:
    doesn't matter as long as you have enough subjects to take to A2 which are relevant-i didn't need Lit but still did it and loved every minute of it (ok apart from bits of waterland)
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    (Original post by priya)
    doesn't matter as long as you have enough subjects to take to A2 which are relevant-i didn't need Lit but still did it and loved every minute of it (ok apart from bits of waterland)
    i don't think and i am hoping that i won't actually need to carry on with Lit because i do theatre studies but some places have told me they prefer more academic subjects
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    (Original post by sloaney87)
    Alright some general advice needed:

    These are my choices for a/s: maths, french, chemistry, history, english lit,

    Are they good choices, if i want to go on to do ppe or law at uni, and also gimme sum general advice about them, which ones can i afford to dos around in, which ones are interesting hard etc


    thanks!
    i think they are really good choices. you must be clever taking on 5 AS's, but i recommend you do 3 A2's. i took 4 and it is so hard.
    i think for A2 you should carry on maths,chem and eng lit, but the decision is yours!
    good luck for the 26th
    neha
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    Hmm...I don't know whether its because it seems that UKL is full of clever people, or just a rumour but I thought that hardly anyone did 5 AS subjects. I'm the only person that I know whose going for 5. But anyawy, sounds like you've got some good subjects there. Maths and Chem will make you scientifically logical, while History and English will make you good with words, and French will do both because its logical with all the rules and stuff, but it'll make you good with words and communicating. Some nice subjects. Personally I'm doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Philosophy - but I might do Biology instead of Further Maths - we'll see on the 26th :rolleyes: Good luck for your results!
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    (Original post by distortedgav)
    Hmm...I don't know whether its because it seems that UKL is full of clever people, or just a rumour but I thought that hardly anyone did 5 AS subjects. I'm the only person that I know whose going for 5. But anyawy, sounds like you've got some good subjects there. Maths and Chem will make you scientifically logical, while History and English will make you good with words, and French will do both because its logical with all the rules and stuff, but it'll make you good with words and communicating. Some nice subjects. Personally I'm doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Philosophy - but I might do Biology instead of Further Maths - we'll see on the 26th :rolleyes: Good luck for your results!
    most people only do 3...
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    Yeh your choices seem brilliant! You must be pretty much an all-rounder to do them though . Personally, I could never handle that.

    I'm reading Law come October this year, and I took English Literature and History too. Both are excellent subjects, although I slacked off majorly in English Lit to study harder for History. I didn't even read one of my books, not even before the exam, but I read lots of online notes and looked at the major themes. I got an A for my A2s!

    But History was far more difficult for me.. I studied harder for it than any other subject. I'm guessing that Chem is going to be a toughie too. Other than that, if you're good at Maths, aim for 100%s for the easy modules such as M1, S1 and P1, then you can take it easy on the rest.

    Good Luck!
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    (Original post by distortedgav)
    Hmm...I don't know whether its because it seems that UKL is full of clever people, or just a rumour but I thought that hardly anyone did 5 AS subjects. I'm the only person that I know whose going for 5.
    I know plenty of people, who did 5 AS subjects (and a few more than 3 A-levels as well). Speaking from personal experience I would like to defuse the rumour that doing more than 3 A-levels means no life and very hard work as I did more and found it all fairly enjoyable and had a great social life during Sixth Form. There are always people saying that doing more than 3 is stupid and pointless, but if you like the subjects you shouldn't drop many because that's what others think is right.
 
 
 
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