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Ok, I've just finished Year 11 and thinking about choosing my A level subjects:

I've come to think about:
English (Language / Literature combination)
History
Mathematics
Economics
and Government & Politics

Are those good choices?

After completion of these A levels, I wish to study Law & Criminology at Cardiff University. I want to become a barrister / lawyer with obvious criminal aspects to my work.

How would I go about my work, if I have around 6 As or above at GCSE could I manage the potential workload at the above stages, and what would I need to do after my 3 Year university course to become a lawyer?

If you reply thank you
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How come you're doing five proper A levels? I'm just saying it'll be a large workload, which might be unneccesary (most people do four and General Studies/Critical Thinking). The choices themselves are all very respectable.

After your course you take a one year course to become a barrister, forgotten the name of it now. I'm assuming the Law & Criminology degree is a qualfying law degree?
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You'd have to do the BVC (Bar Vocational Course). But make sure that degree is 'qualifying', otherwise you'll have to spend more time and money on the GDL converting it.
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Heres my advice-
Only do 3 full A-levels, it is way to much work to do any more than that and tbh it wont give you much of an advantage. So either drop two AS's for A-level or just do 4 AS's and drop the one, the latter is the conventional way of doing things (of course your school may be different!)
If you have a choice at your school only choose English Literature do that instead, as it is more respected than the language or combined language/literature course.

If you want to be a barrister you should be aiming for a 2ii at a very minimum (tbh it should be a 1i) and then join one of 4 inns of court, do the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), and get called to the bar. You then need to do a pupillage where you shadow a barrister for a year.
So in all it takes about 2 years after your degree to become a barrister.

To be come a solicitor you need to do the Legal Practice Course (LPC) which is one year. After that you can start practicing law with a firm.
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oh yeah what where your GCSE results?
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You are awarded one of four classes, much in the same way you would be awarded an A*-F at GCSE. The top students get a first class degree. The next best get a upper second class degree (written 2:1/2i.) Then lower second class degree (2:2/2ii) the there is the third class degree.
Some universities give a unclassified/ordinary degree if they pass, however it will not be an honors degree.
Then of course theres fail!

Around the top 13% get a 1st
73% get 2nd <-- top half would be upper bottom half would be lower
7% 3rd
7% ordinary
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another thing I should also mention is that gaining a pupillage is the hardest par of becoming a barrister. Only around a third of those that start the BVC will obtain a pupillage, so it is highly competitive. Also a high percentage of these come from oxbridge.
the most commonly attended universities for those in pupillage are:
Oxford University - 9.0%
Cambridge University - 8.7%
Kings College, London - 3.1%
University of Bristol - 2.6%

As you can see oxford and Cambridge are well ahead of anywhere else.

That was the top four of a list of 35 uni's last one was:

University of Westminster - 0.9%

And Cardiff weren't even on the list!

p.s.
I also going to be applying to Cardiff to do Law with Politics so that list was quite depressing but KCL was quite a nice surprise as i am also applying there.
However, I know Cardiff is one of the best Law schools in the UK and it was absolutely beautiful when I went on the open day.
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GAH. I just came back from a sixth form evening earlier yesterday. It was to the sixth form i'm planning on going to.

BUT. i wanna study: History, english lang/lit, politics & biology

the sixth form doesn't teach politics and on top of that. general studies is compulsory for the full A2. critical thinking is optional.

so now. i'm thinking of taking:

History, combined english OR english lit, sociology & economics. for the full A level.
BUT i'll have to remove one of them or take one as an AS in order to put general thinking in there for the full 2 years.
i wanna pursue a career in law.

so, what do you think?

thanks!
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