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    For my A Levels i was planning to choose English Literature, Sociology and Media Studies and hoping to get into a top uni like Cambridge. However, i’ve been told that I should be picking at least two facilitating subjects if I want to have a better chance and media studies is a definite no-no. But what if I got a really high grade in it, surely it won’t matter if it’s facilitating or not?

    Or would i be better off replacing it with History or Government & Politics (my other two alternatives). History i’m not so keen on though...
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    (Original post by diamondionysx)
    For my A Levels i was planning to choose English Literature, Sociology and Media Studies and hoping to get into a top uni like Cambridge. However, i’ve been told that I should be picking at least two facilitating subjects if I want to have a better chance and media studies is a definite no-no. But what if I got a really high grade in it, surely it won’t matter if it’s facilitating or not?

    Or would i be better off replacing it with History or Government & Politics (my other two alternatives). History i’m not so keen on though...
    What course at Cambridge do you want to apply for?

    There’s regular ask admissions staff threads in the University of Cambridge forum. Asking directly would be better than relying on hearsay.
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    (Original post by diamondionysx)
    For my A Levels i was planning to choose English Literature, Sociology and Media Studies and hoping to get into a top uni like Cambridge. However, i’ve been told that I should be picking at least two facilitating subjects if I want to have a better chance and media studies is a definite no-no. But what if I got a really high grade in it, surely it won’t matter if it’s facilitating or not?

    Or would i be better off replacing it with History or Government & Politics (my other two alternatives). History i’m not so keen on though...
    Which subject(s) do you want to read? Oxford have their subject requirements here. Once those are met, the only 'A' level that isn't accepted is General Studies. IIRC, at the other place, they can vary by college.
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    Which subject(s) do you want to read? Oxford have their subject requirements here. Once those are met, the only 'A' level that isn't accepted is General Studies. IIRC, at the other place, they can vary by college.
    Most likely English and then apply for a journalism/communications postgraduate course. And I know general studies is the only A Level that’s generally not accepted, but apparently media studies is viewed as a ‘soft’ subject so that’s why i was wondering
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    (Original post by diamondionysx)
    Most likely English and then apply for a journalism/communications postgraduate course. And I know general studies is the only A Level that’s generally not accepted, but apparently media studies is viewed as a ‘soft’ subject so that’s why i was wondering
    Oxford give written guidance, and don't single it out. Both Oxford and Cambridge use the ELAT, so you get a chance to show how good you are, as well as submitting written work. Those will carry a lot of weight.

    The best advice is to ask an admissions tutor - that way you'll really know what they think of Media Studies (as a third 'A' level). It does have a bad reputation, but, it's accepted (Oxford) and you have to do what you enjoy.
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    I have no idea where these ideas come from. As long as you meet the subject requirements and the university requirements it does not matter what your third A Level is. I take 2 of these supposely soft subjects and have offers from the four Russell group universities I have applied to.
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    (Original post by xEmilyxx)
    I have no idea where these ideas come from. As long as you meet the subject requirements and the university requirements it does not matter what your third A Level is. I take 2 of these supposely soft subjects and have offers from the four Russell group universities I have applied to.
    Well it's going to be easier to get a good grade in media studies than say physics.
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    Well it's going to be easier to get a good grade in media studies than say physics.
    Depending on how you look at it. But an A in Media Studies is equal to an A in Physics in UCAS points. The only added worth is just how important it is to the course. A science based degree will be much more interested in a student with an A in Physics than an A in Media.
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    (Original post by Charliewiz)
    Well it's going to be easier to get a good grade in media studies than say physics.
    An A in media would be more helpful and relevant to an English application than an A in physics.
 
 
 
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