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    For A Level English (Probably literature) would it be better to take another very much essay based subject or would it be good to go for something a bit more different like French to avoid repetition. Thank you in advance

    I wouldn't really think about how subjects compliment each other , its meaningless to think about. Rather just focus on what you enjoy and what potentially opens doors for your future.

    Also, in most cases "repetition" doesn't really matter. For example, despite both being essay subjects English and History are very different, I do 3 essay subjects and have never thought about repetition.
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    Complementary subjects are fine (arguably "good"). Overlapping subjects are not usually - hence universities tending to dislike the combination of Business Studies and Economics for example.

    It's quite common for students applying to STEM degrees to have a full set of such subjects at A-level, it's fairly common for students applying to humanities/social sciences to predominantly have such subjects in turn.

    "Mixed portfolios" of e.g. 1 STEM subject and 2 essay subjects and similar tend to confer no particular advantage for most "arts" (i.e. humanities/social sciences/etc) degrees, and are usually disadvantageous for STEM degrees by comparison. There are a few subjects they may be moderately useful for (Human Sciences/Psychology/Archaeology/similar, and in the specific case of Maths, most Economics and many Business courses) but it's rarely a requirement in any case (with the exception of Economics, where Maths is very common requirement).

    If you know you aren't applying to a STEM degree, then it's best to take the subjects you are strongest in, to maximise your grades. These are usually the subjects you have the most interest in as well, and the ones you're most likely to want to pursue a degree in (or perhaps a degree in a related area that isn't available at A-level, such as Anthropology or Linguistics).

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