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    Hello, I am currently applying your colleges and choosing my A Levels. I want to do English Literature and Sociology which I really enjoy doing at GCSE. But I need to do one more and I'm really stuck deciding between Philosophy and Law.

    Do any of you have experience with these subjects and recommend me doing them? I really like writing opposed to more practical work so maths and the sciences are a no go.

    Are they respected A Levels in the eyes of universities? I do want to go to university and hopefully one of the Russell group ones. At the moment I am thinking of going into teaching but I always change my mind.

    I need your advice on these subjects! Thank you
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    As far as I am aware, Law is 1; not necessary for a law degree, and 2; not a facilitating subject. Basically it isn't regarded as a good A level choice, you learn the same stuff again at University if you do Law A-level.

    I take philosophy and it is very challenging, in terms of both exam technique and content. However universities recognise this and will accept it as an academically rigorous a level which works in your favour.
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    I do law, its interesting and if your good at remembering and re writing information then I think its a good subject!
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    Don't do law Uni's hate it. Philosophy is my favourite subject as of now (I'm in year 12)
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    Philosophy is more respected, but the grade you get matters more than whether the subject is ‘respected’. Choose whatever interests you the most.
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    I would pick Philosophy if I were you. Only because as a current year 13 student who wants to do Law at university, i think universities don't really see it as worthy A level simply because everything you learn about Law in those two years will simply be all repeated when you do Law at uni. If you think about it, majority of London colleges or sixth forms don't do Law a levels because of this. I'm serious, out of my whole borough not a single school does a level Law. You as a yr12 student will basically be learning the same thing some 19/20 year old will be learning their first year and so at uni.

    YOU GET MY POINT. hopefully.
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    To get into a Russel group university you really need two facilitating subjects at A-level. Sociology, law, nor philosophy are considered facilitating subjects but considered to be "soft" subjects instead.
    English Literature instead is a facilitating subject and will help you get into Russel group universities. You can search the Russel group list of universities online to see which ones are and arent but as a general rule, you should have at least two if you are applying to Russel group universities. Of course, it depends on your degree and the grades you get but this is just what I know.
    I study English lit, biology and sociology but I'm seriously re-thinking biology and I am going to try to switch to law tomorrow.
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    (Original post by conconnie)
    To get into a Russel group university you really need two facilitating subjects at A-level. Sociology, law, nor philosophy are considered facilitating subjects but considered to be "soft" subjects instead.
    English Literature instead is a facilitating subject and will help you get into Russel group universities. You can search the Russel group list of universities online to see which ones are and arent but as a general rule, you should have at least two if you are applying to Russel group universities. Of course, it depends on your degree and the grades you get but this is just what I know.
    I study English lit, biology and sociology but I'm seriously re-thinking biology and I am going to try to switch to law tomorrow.
    I work for a RG university; this is a tiny bit inaccurate. They recommend 2 facilitating subjects in two circumstances - if you know the subject you want to take at university requires them (many do, especially STEM), or if you do not know what you want to do at university and so need to keep your options open.

    Something that isn't a facilitating subject is not then a de facto 'soft' one. They're still useful to you depending on what you want to do come the end of your A-levels. Obviously if you want to be a microbiologist then philosophy is pointless to you (until you need to do your ethics modules, anyway). If you are going into a literate degree, philosophy will prepare you very well.
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    (Original post by gjd800)
    I work for a RG university; this is a tiny bit inaccurate. They recommend 2 facilitating subjects in two circumstances - if you know the subject you want to take at university requires them (many do, especially STEM), or if you do not know what you want to do at university and so need to keep your options open.

    Something that isn't a facilitating subject is not then a de facto 'soft' one. They're still useful to you depending on what you want to do come the end of your A-levels. Obviously if you want to be a microbiologist then philosophy is pointless to you (until you need to do your ethics modules, anyway). If you are going into a literate degree, philosophy will prepare you very well.
    That's why I was saying how it depends on the course she wants but anyways I see now how what I was saying about soft subjects should've been said differently and it was kind of misleading so thank you for saying so.
 
 
 

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