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Hey guys, I have decided to study Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry for A-Levels. I am thinking of opting for a 5th subject which isn't hardcore like the rest of my choices. I am thinking about Global Perspectives, General Paper or Thinking Skills. I don't know which of these Universities prefer.

Any advice would be appreciated!
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Hey guys, I have decided to study Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry for A-Levels. I am thinking of opting for a 5th subject which isn't hardcore like the rest of my choices. I am thinking about Global Perspectives, General Paper or Thinking Skills. I don't know which of these Universities prefer.

Any advice would be appreciated!
From what I have read/ heard and my own experiences, universities don't really care about any of those options.
Choose the one that looks most interesting to you if you really want to do one
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I would never be able to cope with this amount of a levels!! Sociology is a more relaxed subject but I wouldn’t call it easy as such. I would avoid subjects such as Psychology because they are very full on.
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Hey guys, I have decided to study Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry for A-Levels. I am thinking of opting for a 5th subject which isn't hardcore like the rest of my choices. I am thinking about Global Perspectives, General Paper or Thinking Skills. I don't know which of these Universities prefer.

Any advice would be appreciated!
Honestly you don't need to do 5 A-Levels and the workload is already intense with 4 A-Levels! Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry are fantastic options anyways and most unis don't accept General Studies or Critical Thinking so it would be virtually pointless doing it.
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I do 5 A-Level subjects and believe me, neither Global Perspectives, General Paper, or Thinking Skills, would be of any use to you when applying for university.
Physics, Maths, Further Maths, and Chemistry, alongside a good personal statement, will be absolutely fine to you.
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Hey guys, I have decided to study Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry for A-Levels. I am thinking of opting for a 5th subject which isn't hardcore like the rest of my choices. I am thinking about Global Perspectives, General Paper or Thinking Skills. I don't know which of these Universities prefer.

Any advice would be appreciated!
if you do anything do a relevant EPQ (I did maths physics chemistry and some further maths) and it worked out fine. As someone who is working in industry for a year as well, it helps a lot in job interviews too. It also came up in my imperial interview
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Hey guys, I have decided to study Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry for A-Levels. I am thinking of opting for a 5th subject which isn't hardcore like the rest of my choices. I am thinking about Global Perspectives, General Paper or Thinking Skills. I don't know which of these Universities prefer.

Any advice would be appreciated!
None of those are counted as A Levels by good universities, so just don't bother. 4 A-Levels are more than enough
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Honestly, 3 A-Levels is all any university will ask for. The fact that you’re doing 4 is already more than most, I wouldn’t recommend a 5th!

Not to mention, some entry requirements state that they don’t accept General Studies as an A-Level, so it doesn’t hold much weighting.

Getting AAAAA, or AAA - Won’t change where you get accepted for university, so I’d say stick with the 3 (or 4 as you’ve chosen) and work at those, give yourself the best chance to do as well as possible. ☺️
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why?
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They don't acknowledge any of those three.
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Unless you think that you would really enjoy doing one of those three for yourself, I wouldn't bother, because universities don't care too much, and especially not for those subjects. But as I said, if it's for you, then feel free.
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The Principal at my school recommended me to study a Humanities or Social Science subject when I told her my subject choices. She said that Universities really want a mix of the facilitating subjects together with the Humanities. I don't want to opt for a subject like Sociology or Psychology as they still have coursework and lots of information to memorize. The 3 subjects I shortlisted mainly involve skills without much written work. The total number of subjects is not that much of an issue for me. I managed 12 GCSEs so I hope this won't be much of a problem.
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(Original post by yusyus)
if you do anything do a relevant EPQ (I did maths physics chemistry and some further maths) and it worked out fine. As someone who is working in industry for a year as well, it helps a lot in job interviews too. It also came up in my imperial interview
Thanks for your suggestion. This is the first time I'm hearing about EPQ. I will consider it.
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The Principal at my school recommended me to study a Humanities or Social Science subject when I told her my subject choices. She said that Universities really want a mix of the facilitating subjects together with the Humanities. I don't want to opt for a subject like Sociology or Psychology as they still have coursework and lots of information to memorize. The 3 subjects I shortlisted mainly involve skills without much written work. The total number of subjects is not that much of an issue for me. I managed 12 GCSEs so I hope this won't be much of a problem.
What do you want to apply for at university? Look at the entry requirements. That’s all you need to fulfill.

To say that “Universities prefer a mix of science and humanities” is vague, and not really good advice, as it’s not really true. Don’t get me wrong, it keeps your options open studying a variety of subjects. But any of the ones you’ve listed as a 5th really don’t benefit you at all, I’m afraid.
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The Principal at my school recommended me to study a Humanities or Social Science subject when I told her my subject choices. She said that Universities really want a mix of the facilitating subjects together with the Humanities. I don't want to opt for a subject like Sociology or Psychology as they still have coursework and lots of information to memorize. The 3 subjects I shortlisted mainly involve skills without much written work. The total number of subjects is not that much of an issue for me. I managed 12 GCSEs so I hope this won't be much of a problem.
Just because you coped with 12 GCSEs doesn't necessarily mean you'll cope with 5 A-levels. But if you're a high-flyer you might cope fine still.

You'll be fine with no humanities if you don't want to take one. If you do, look at the one you most enjoyed at GCSE. The ones you listed are universally considered to be a waste of time unfortunately, you'd be better off focusing on your other 4 if they're your options.
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The Principal at my school recommended me to study a Humanities or Social Science subject when I told her my subject choices. She said that Universities really want a mix of the facilitating subjects together with the Humanities. I don't want to opt for a subject like Sociology or Psychology as they still have coursework and lots of information to memorize. The 3 subjects I shortlisted mainly involve skills without much written work. The total number of subjects is not that much of an issue for me. I managed 12 GCSEs so I hope this won't be much of a problem.
The subjects you have already, if you're going down the science route, are perfectly fine. If you have a Humanities/Social Sciences subject, whilst it might be alright, will not be as important if it's not relevant to your chosen degree course. And those 3 potential subjects are neither facilitating subjects nor humanities. I did an excessive number of GCSEs and 4 A-Levels + EPQ, which is doable. 5 A Levels might be doable, but don't take a subject that becomes pointless just because you can.
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The Principal at my school recommended me to study a Humanities or Social Science subject when I told her my subject choices. She said that Universities really want a mix of the facilitating subjects together with the Humanities. I don't want to opt for a subject like Sociology or Psychology as they still have coursework and lots of information to memorize. The 3 subjects I shortlisted mainly involve skills without much written work. The total number of subjects is not that much of an issue for me. I managed 12 GCSEs so I hope this won't be much of a problem.
I’m rather perplexed about doing 5 A-Level subjects and the max I know is 4 A-Level subjects. A humanities/social science subject is helpful but I wouldn’t say it’s necessary - check the requirements for your course. Need further help tag me and I’ll try to respond ASAP.
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The Principal at my school recommended me to study a Humanities or Social Science subject when I told her my subject choices. She said that Universities really want a mix of the facilitating subjects together with the Humanities. I don't want to opt for a subject like Sociology or Psychology as they still have coursework and lots of information to memorize. The 3 subjects I shortlisted mainly involve skills without much written work. The total number of subjects is not that much of an issue for me. I managed 12 GCSEs so I hope this won't be much of a problem.
your principal is a crackhead.

also, 12 gcses is nothing compared to 5 a levels. you could easily cover a whole gcse in a week, with an a level you'd be f8cked if you tried that
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The Principal at my school recommended me to study a Humanities or Social Science subject when I told her my subject choices. She said that Universities really want a mix of the facilitating subjects together with the Humanities. I don't want to opt for a subject like Sociology or Psychology as they still have coursework and lots of information to memorize. The 3 subjects I shortlisted mainly involve skills without much written work. The total number of subjects is not that much of an issue for me. I managed 12 GCSEs so I hope this won't be much of a problem.
Not gonna lie I wouldn’t bother with a fifth subject if you don’t have one you really want to do. 4 subjects is already plenty of work
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Hey guys, I have decided to study Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry for A-Levels. I am thinking of opting for a 5th subject which isn't hardcore like the rest of my choices. I am thinking about Global Perspectives, General Paper or Thinking Skills. I don't know which of these Universities prefer.

Any advice would be appreciated!
One word - don't. They'll ignore these anyway - focus on your 4 'real' ones.
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