do i drop a btec and focus on a levels?

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im currently in a situation where i am doing a btec level 3 media in sixth form and additional three a levels as a private candidate.

i started a btec based on career goals of going into marketing, however with a change of future career plans and realising one btec wont be enough to get far, I took two a levels in jan 2017 as a private candidate because the sixth form didn't offer those particular subjects at a level, and now i am starting another one which I am fast tracking.

being confident i dont want to go into marketing, how useful is it to stay and finish the btec (5 more months) when i could focus on the a levels and most importantly, how much do universities care about qualifications not relating to the undergraduate course that you are applying to? im hoping to go into economics but im worried whether i should continue with a btec or will it be a waste of time staying, based on the idea unis won't care about it.

all help is much appreciated, thanks
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what kind of grades are you looking at getting for the BTEC/ A levels? Obviously it's all very well saying alevels are better, but in some cases it may be better to just do a btec and achieve a higher grade than you would have with just alevels. If you have good expected grades for your alevel subjects I would definitely drop the btec because you dont want to be doing coursework when you should be revising, and you could potentially **** up all your subjects due to not enough time.
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what kind of grades are you looking at getting for the BTEC/ A levels? Obviously it's all very well saying alevels are better, but in some cases it may be better to just do a btec and achieve a higher grade than you would have with just alevels. If you have good expected grades for your alevel subjects I would definitely drop the btec because you dont want to be doing coursework when you should be revising, and you could potentially **** up all your subjects due to not enough time.
for the btec i could safely get distinction but its all coursework that gets rounded up at the end of the year. however it is becoming increasingly boring in comparison to al levels which is another reason i feel for leaving and also what could possibly be the cause for a lower grade. with a levels its difficult to get a predicted grade as a private candidate as ive been told to leave the spaces blank on ucas and use the tutors as a reference. but with past work and feedback i would vary around a b overall in my current situation.

the most worrying thing i find is whether unis will even look at the media in my application for a completely different course making all the work in media worthless.
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for the btec i could safely get distinction but its all coursework that gets rounded up at the end of the year. however it is becoming increasingly boring in comparison to al levels which is another reason i feel for leaving and also what could possibly be the cause for a lower grade. with a levels its difficult to get a predicted grade as a private candidate as ive been told to leave the spaces blank on ucas and use the tutors as a reference. but with past work and feedback i would vary around a b overall in my current situation.

the most worrying thing i find is whether unis will even look at the media in my application for a completely different course making all the work in media worthless.
have you checked out entry requirements for economics at a bunch of different unis? I dont know anything about it really but it seems like something that might need a maths alevel?
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have you checked out entry requirements for economics at a bunch of different unis? I dont know anything about it really but it seems like something that might need a maths alevel?
yeah, the majority of unis im hoping to go want around aab-abb for economics regardless the university, so i understand the importance of having to work hard to meet the entry requirements. i do maths economics and just starting geography, so with these three subjects media just seems odds and I'm wondering as to how unis will perceive it during application
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