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    (Original post by MiriamButcher)
    They offer French, but I haven’t done it before so that’s not very viable. I guess I could do Welsh 2nd Language since my mother speaks Welsh, but I’m not too keen on that idea.
    *Any* of your 3 subject lists are fine. Indeed it would be better to focus on three subjects, not spreading yourself across four.

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    (Original post by MiriamButcher)
    They offer French, but I haven’t done it before so that’s not very viable. I guess I could do Welsh 2nd Language since my mother speaks Welsh, but I’m not too keen on that idea.
    It would be better to do something that you enjoy and feel you are going to do well in.
    What subjects are you thinking of doing at the moment, now that you cant do german.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    *Any* of your 3 subject lists are fine. Indeed it would be better to focus on three subjects, not spreading yourself across four.

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    I agree, though I don’t think that 4 AS is too much (since I’m only in Year 11 and they don’t even offer German AS).
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    *Any* of your 3 subject lists are fine. Indeed it would be better to focus on three subjects, not spreading yourself across four.

    A*A*A > A*ABB
    It really is an interesting question. It tends to be that the people who get into the very best law courses have more than 3 A-Levels. But is that the reason for their success, or is the reason for their success (i.e. prodigious intellect) why they choose to do more than 3 A-Levels?
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    It would be better to do something that you enjoy and feel you are going to do well in.
    What subjects are you thinking of doing at the moment, now that you cant do german.
    I’m definitely doing Maths and History, and I’m considering RS, English Lit and Chemistry.
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    (Original post by MiriamButcher)
    I’m definitely doing Maths and History, and I’m considering RS, English Lit and Chemistry.
    Id do english lit for your 3rd option.
    That way you have 2 essay subjects (which are useful when going onto to law) and maths, which is always a useful subject to pick anyway.
    They are all respected subjects.
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    Id do english lit for your 3rd option.
    That way you have 2 essay subjects (which are useful when going onto to law) and maths, which is always a useful subject to pick anyway.
    They are all respected subjects.
    I need a fourth option and we’ll because in Wales we do four AS subjects.
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    (Original post by MiriamButcher)
    I need a fourth option and we’ll because in Wales we do four AS subjects.
    Id do something like rs or sociology as your 4th.
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    (Original post by MiriamButcher)
    I agree, though I don’t think that 4 AS is too much (since I’m only in Year 11 and they don’t even offer German AS).
    4 ASs are fine. Or you could do an EPQ, they are pretty good preparation for university writing.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    4 ASs are fine. Or you could do an EPQ, they are pretty good preparation for university writing.
    I’ll have to see if my school allow us to do EPQs. I’m sure I could do one on top of 4 AS. I’ve done a similar thing at GCSE level with the Welsh Baccalaureate.
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    (Original post by Notoriety)
    It really is an interesting question. It tends to be that the people who get into the very best law courses have more than 3 A-Levels. But is that the reason for their success, or is the reason for their success (i.e. prodigious intellect) why they choose to do more than 3 A-Levels?
    I don't think it's that common for humanities students, even at "top" universities, to have 4 A-levels unless they are doing Further Maths.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    I don't think it's that common for humanities students, even at "top" universities, to have 4 A-levels unless they are doing Further Maths.
    Average number of subjects taken for a Cambridge Law offer holder is 3.7.
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    (Original post by Notoriety)
    Average number of subjects taken for a Cambridge Law offer holder is 3.7.
    And what proportion have Maths & FM?
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    (Original post by Notoriety)
    Average number of subjects taken for a Cambridge Law offer holder is 3.7.
    Is that full A Levels (AS + A2)?
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    I don't think it's that common for humanities students, even at "top" universities, to have 4 A-levels unless they are doing Further Maths.
    It's 3.5 for LSE, 3.4 for UCL, 3.7 for Cambridge, and around 3.2-3.6 for Oxford and KCL (depending on the year, there's a lot of fluctuation). Anywhere from 20% to 70% of students studying Law at a top university will have a fourth A-level.

    I think that the more nuanced position would be that the number of A-levels taken by applicants is only slightly lower than the number of A-levels taken by offerholders, meaning that there isn't as much of a weight placed on them as one would think.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    I think that the more nuanced position would be that the number of A-levels taken by applicants is only slightly lower than the number of A-levels taken by offerholders, meaning that there isn't as much of a weight placed on them as one would think.
    Yup.
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    (Original post by MiriamButcher)
    Is that full A Levels (AS + A2)?
    Yes. BUT that doesn't mean you need or are advantaged by having 4 A-levels...
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    (Original post by MiriamButcher)
    Is that full A Levels (AS + A2)?
    Yes. The data Notoriety and I are referring to was calculated when applicants were still doing modular A-levels.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    It's 3.5 for LSE, 3.4 for UCL, 3.7 for Cambridge, and around 3.2-3.6 for Oxford and KCL (depending on the year, there's a lot of fluctuation). Anywhere from 20% to 70% of students studying Law at a top university will have a fourth A-level.

    I think that the more nuanced position would be that the number of A-levels taken by applicants is only slightly lower than the number of A-levels taken by offerholders, meaning that there isn't as much of a weight placed on them as one would think.
    Yep, that's the truly significant point: 3.4 average applicant and 3.7 average offer holder. Was posting as I was leaving.

    The issue is that it doesn't say what percentage take 4 A-Levels and 5. A few 5 or 6ers would greatly skew the average. Nevertheless, there is a bias towards taking more A-Levels.

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    And what proportion have Maths & FM?
    Not sure. From Which Uni, 64% take history and 61% take maths and 48% take Eng lit. Tells us very little other than that FM is less than 48% of those enrolling; might be FOI requests which explained or specific HESA data. Can't find any quickly. I wouldn't be surprised if a good number of non-FM students take 4 A-Levels, going off anecdotal stuff.
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    (Original post by Notoriety)
    Not sure. From Which Uni, 64% take history and 61% take maths and 48% take Eng lit. Tells us very little other than that FM is less than 48% of those enrolling; might be FOI requests which explained or specific HESA data. Can't find any quickly. I wouldn't be surprised if a good number of non-FM students take 4 A-Levels, going off anecdotal stuff.
    And with linear A-levels now even fewer schools (especially state ones) will be allowing students to take 4 unless it includes Further Maths.
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