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    Hello,

    After spending all my life studiying in the French system, I joined this year a very well respected international high school that uses the cambridge A level system. When I came here, I didn't know at all how does the system work, what are the facilitator subjects etc... Then, listening to the advices of my peers, I have choosen Maths AS, Business studies AS and French A level (since I'm fluent in French they allowed me to directly go to A level). We can only choose 3 A level because the school has it own mandatories subjects. After approximately two months, I realised that I hated business studies as it is a too basic subject that doesn't require any skills except learning by heart. Moreover, the two courses that I dream to get into are ESPS at UCL and PPE and Oxford and I feel like business studies doesn't fit this kind of courses as I have heared that it wasn't a really well respected subject (too late unfortunately), and I'm scared being defered because of having a non relevant subject that is also considered as soft. Thus, I spoke to the History teacher of my school to ask him if it was still possible to switch to his subject, he told me that even if it is possible I'm going to struggle a lot since they have already done 2 months of class and that as a non native english speaker I may not be able to complete what he asks for in class (an essay of 3 pages in 30 minutes).


    So, I was wondering if sticking to business studies would really affect my chances for the university courses that I mentioned before and if insisting to go to History would be the best thing to do even if I may have low grades at the beginning ? Note also that in the mandatory subjects that my school requires, two are essay based, but I don't know if we also send the predictions for them or if it is only the electives courses that are concerned by that.

    Thank you very much in advance to those willing to help me.
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    Hello,

    After spending all my life studiying in the French system, I joined this year a very well respected international high school that uses the cambridge A level system. When I came here, I didn't know at all how does the system work, what are the facilitator subjects etc... Then, listening to the advices of my peers, I have choosen Maths AS, Business studies AS and French A level (since I'm fluent in French they allowed me to directly go to A level). We can only choose 3 A level because the school has it own mandatories subjects. After approximately two months, I realised that I hated business studies as it is a too basic subject that doesn't require any skills except learning by heart. Moreover, the two courses that I dream to get into are ESPS at UCL and PPE and Oxford and I feel like business studies doesn't fit this kind of courses as I have heared that it wasn't a really well respected subject (too late unfortunately), and I'm scared being defered because of having a non relevant subject that is also considered as soft. Thus, I spoke to the History teacher of my school to ask him if it was still possible to switch to his subject, he told me that even if it is possible I'm going to struggle a lot since they have already done 2 months of class and that as a non native english speaker I may not be able to complete what he asks for in class (an essay of 3 pages in 30 minutes).


    So, I was wondering if sticking to business studies would really affect my chances for the university courses that I mentioned before and if insisting to go to History would be the best thing to do even if I may have low grades at the beginning ? Note also that in the mandatory subjects that my school requires, two are essay based, but I don't know if we also send the predictions for them or if it is only the electives courses that are concerned by that.

    Thank you very much in advance to those willing to help me.
    Which two mandatory subjects and are they A levels?
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    African studies (it's a multidisciplinary course that involves politics, philosophy, diaspora, history...) and writing and rhetorics. These are not A levels since I think they are specific to our school.
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    Please I really need advices today since the History teacher told me that even if he wouldn't recommend me to do the change, I have until this week end to decide.
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    (Original post by kaiser544)
    Please I really need advices today since the History teacher told me that even if he wouldn't recommend me to do the change, I have until this week end to decide.
    You can only do a pros and cons.


    Business?

    Boring v Easy

    History
    English requirements + hard. Facilitating, but you already have two. Extra work on catch up.

    Its your call. You can catch up if you work hard. You jsut have to guess which one most suits you.

    Is it viewed as less favourably? Its not a facilitating subject, but you have two of those in Physics and French, so thats usually enough.

    Both courses have some requirements on Entrance, which you meet those whether you took Business or History.

    They dont show any disadvantage to Business.

    https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...onomics?wssl=1

    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/esps/study/euro...udies-ba/entry

    I think grade is more important , so do the one you enjoy and will get the highest grade in. History is slightly more traditional, but if you are going to struggle then a B in History is much inferior to an A or A* in Business.

    You should also be aware and check if they have a dim view on people taking a modern language A level where they are native speakers. The contact details and criteria are on the links.
 
 
 
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