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    Will history departments at major universities (Oxbridge, Durham, St Andrews, etc.) accept History, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and EPQ for admissions? I know most state they only require History, but is there an unwritten rule where they prefer at least two essay-based subjects like History and English or History and Philosophy?

    I've just started Year 12. Was planning to do Physics or Mechanical Engineering at university when I chose my subjects but I'm starting to think History now. Do you recommend I swap Further Maths with English Literature or Philosophy (even though I don't find any of them interesting)?

    If a uni says that the only specific subject it requires is history then you're free to do any other subjects you want as long as you get the grades. It may be easier to link your subjects in your personal statement if they are more related to each other but having different ones also shows variety! Your best bet if your worried is to contact some unis you may be interested in and ask.

    A big tip I would give is do not do a subject you are not interested in at A Level. The amount of friends I have that hated their first year cause they had to spend a lot of their time doing subjects they couldn't stand is quite big! One friend did law cause she thought it would fit and detested it and another did chemistry cause she got an alright grade at GCSE and had an extra space but ended up stressing so much during the year due to hating it and not wanting to fail. Your time in sixth form will be so much more productive, enjoyable and you'll generally do better if you do subjects you enjoy.

    Hope I helped!
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    You meet the prerequisite entry criterion, and all your subjects are "academic" so you meet the only unwritten entry criterion - to take a full load of (mostly, if not all) "academic" A-level subjects.

    It's likely you'll find initially, after beginning the course, you have to work a bit harder on your essay structure and extended prose writing skills, since you may have less experience than others. But this will quickly even out, so is a non-issue really.
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