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Data has been released showing average annual income in 2016/17 for students who took particular A Level subjects in 2010/11. This shows the top 20:



The dot size is proportional to the number of learners for each A level.

This ranks all A Level subjects:

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Qualification titleLearnersLower quartileMedianUpper quartile
GCE A Level Further Mathematics (MEI)1,310£19,400£25,600£31,900
GCE A Level Further Mathematics5,540£19,200£25,500£31,500
GCE A Level Physics B (Advancing Physics)330£16,400£24,100£29,000
GCE A Level Physics B2,900£17,900£24,000£29,300
GCE A Level Economics15,790£18,200£23,900£29,800
GCE A Level Engineering (Single Award)150£18,100£23,900£28,300
GCE A Level Physics3,540£17,200£23,700£28,800
GCE A Level Physics A11,350£16,800£23,000£28,400
GCE A Level Design and Technology: Systems and Control Technology170£16,700£22,700£28,100
GCE A Level Physics B: Physics in Context320£17,200£22,600£29,100
GCE A Level Pure Mathematics190£17,000£22,600£27,500
GCE A Level Computing3,410£16,600£22,500£28,000
GCE A Level Mathematics42,120£16,800£22,500£28,000
GCE A Level Mathematics (MEI)7,940£16,500£22,100£27,900
GCE A Level Economics and Business1,410£17,300£21,900£27,300
GCE A Level Chemistry12,690£15,900£21,600£27,600
GCE A Level Physics (A)160£16,300£21,600£27,700
GCE A Level Chemistry A9,390£15,700£21,400£27,000
GCE A Level Electronics1,080£16,000£21,400£27,800
GCE A Level Physics (Salters Horners)280£15,600£21,400£27,500
GCE A Level Chemistry B3,470£16,100£21,300£26,800
GCE A Level Applied Business (Pilot)40£14,500£21,100£25,400
GCE A Level Chemistry B (Salters)820£15,300£21,100£26,300
GCE A Level Business Studies25,000£16,500£21,000£25,900
GCE A Level Geography19,680£15,800£20,900£25,900
GCE A Level Government and Politics10,580£15,300£20,800£26,000
GCE A Level Biology31,650£15,300£20,600£25,600
GCE A Level Accounting3,940£16,300£20,500£25,600
GCE A Level Physical Education13,600£15,300£20,400£25,100
GCE A Level Information and Communication Technology8,250£15,700£20,300£25,100
GCE A Level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design)3,180£15,200£20,200£25,600
GCE A Level Home Economics50£13,300£20,200£23,400
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism (Pilot)120£15,400£20,200£23,900
GCE A Level Biology (Salters Nuffield)130£14,200£20,100£25,300
GCE A Level Design and Technology5,590£15,300£20,100£25,000
GCE A Level General Studies A14,540£15,200£20,100£24,900
GCE A Level History A7,140£14,700£20,100£25,300
GCE A Level Mathematics (Pilot)60£14,900£20,100£24,700
GCE A Level Geography B1,320£14,900£20,000£24,400
GCE A Level Human Biology1,690£15,100£20,000£24,100
GCE A Level Russian240£12,900£20,000£26,200
GCE A Level Biology and Biology (Human)450£14,800£19,900£24,600
GCE A Level Classics2,060£14,000£19,900£25,400
GCE A Level French7,920£13,800£19,900£24,900
GCE A Level Spanish4,490£14,200£19,900£25,200
GCE A Level Applied ICT470£15,700£19,800£24,600
GCE A Level Leisure Studies (Double Award)90£15,700£19,800£23,500
GCE A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology (Single Award)2,640£15,400£19,700£24,700
GCE A Level Home Economics (Food, Nutrition and Health)260£14,500£19,600£23,800
GCE A Level Panjabi50£15,500£19,600£23,500
GCE A Level Statistics700£15,200£19,600£23,800
GCE A Level Applied Business5,250£15,200£19,500£24,100
GCE A Level General Studies16,470£15,100£19,500£24,000
GCE A Level Geography A1,000£14,700£19,500£24,200
GCE A Level German2,830£14,200£19,500£24,800
GCE A Level Use of Mathematics (Pilot)560£15,200£19,500£24,000
GCE A Level Critical Thinking1,400£14,200£19,400£24,700
GCE A Level Design and Technology: Food Technology660£15,100£19,400£23,300
GCE A Level General Studies B3,820£14,800£19,400£23,800
GCE A Level History28,350£14,400£19,400£24,200
GCE A Level Applied ICT (Double Award)260£15,800£19,300£24,400
GCE A Level Applied Information Communication Technology (Double Award)80£15,800£19,300£25,300
GCE A Level Biology and Human Biology A870£14,500£19,300£23,900
GCE A Level Biology B1,920£14,300£19,300£24,500
GCE A Level Italian410£11,600£19,300£24,100
GCE A Level Applied ICT (Pilot)110£16,300£19,200£23,300
GCE A Level Applied Information Communication Technology760£15,100£19,200£23,500
GCE A Level English Literature14,520£13,800£19,200£24,000
GCE A Level Applied Business (Double Award)1,070£15,000£19,100£23,900
GCE A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology3,430£14,700£19,100£23,700
GCE A Level Geology1,480£14,100£19,100£24,000
GCE A Level Leisure Studies (Single Award)480£14,900£19,100£23,200
GCE A Level Psychology A24,700£14,500£19,100£23,400
GCE A Level Sport & Physical Education1,020£14,600£19,100£23,800
GCE A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology (Double Award)340£16,000£18,900£24,000
GCE A Level Law14,340£14,900£18,900£23,500
GCE A Level Religious Studies13,480£13,700£18,900£23,400
GCE A Level History of Art660£12,100£18,800£24,000
GCE A Level Leisure Studies190£14,600£18,700£22,600
GCE A Level Media: Communication and Production50£14,100£18,700£20,600
GCE A Level Portuguese150£12,300£18,600£22,100
GCE A Level Psychology18,000£14,000£18,600£23,000
GCE A Level Psychology B3,790£14,200£18,600£22,900
GCE A Level English Literature B12,100£13,500£18,500£23,000
GCE A Level Philosophy2,690£12,600£18,500£23,400
GCE A Level Classical Civilisation1,900£13,400£18,400£23,000
GCE A Level English Language A3,940£13,800£18,400£22,700
GCE A Level English Literature A8,630£13,300£18,400£22,800
GCE A Level Communication and Culture1,760£14,300£18,300£22,100
GCE A Level English Language B13,070£14,000£18,300£22,400
GCE A Level Sociology26,100£13,900£18,300£22,700
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism1,220£14,700£18,300£22,400
GCE A Level English Language and Literature6,410£13,400£18,200£22,600
GCE A Level English Language and Literature B4,450£13,400£18,200£22,500
GCE A Level Media: Communication and Production (Single Award)320£14,500£18,200£23,000
GCE A Level Chemistry (Nuffield)40£13,500£18,100£24,000
GCE A Level Citizenship Studies670£13,500£18,100£22,900
GCE A Level English Language5,280£13,700£18,100£22,400
GCE A Level Media Studies23,550£13,500£18,100£22,500
GCE A Level English Language and Literature A4,540£13,600£18,000£22,200
GCE A Level World Development520£12,900£17,900£23,200
GCE A Level Applied Performing Arts700£12,600£17,800£21,800
GCE A Level Applied Science1,960£13,900£17,800£22,700
GCE A Level Communication Studies450£13,200£17,800£22,200
GCE A Level Design and Technology: Product Design (Textiles)1,680£12,900£17,800£21,600
GCE A Level Environmental Studies1,030£13,100£17,800£22,300
GCE A Level Health and Social Care (Pilot)140£14,400£17,800£23,200
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism (Double Award)220£13,700£17,800£21,400
GCE A Level History B780£13,200£17,700£22,000
GCE A Level Health and Social Care4,890£13,100£17,500£21,900
GCE A Level Performing Arts (Single Award)180£12,800£17,500£21,000
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism (Double Award) (Pilot)40£15,900£17,500£24,200
GCE A Level Environmental Science440£12,500£17,400£21,200
GCE A Level Polish320£12,900£17,400£21,100
GCE A Level Science in Society110£12,900£17,400£23,000
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism (Single Award)460£13,500£17,400£20,900
GCE A Level Drama and Theatre Studies11,840£12,100£17,200£22,200
GCE A Level Music3,850£10,500£17,200£22,400
GCE A Level Music Technology2,730£11,400£17,100£21,800
GCE A Level Ancient History180£13,100£17,000£20,900
GCE A Level Applied Science (Double Award)410£12,600£16,900£21,800
GCE A Level Art and Design28,110£12,000£16,900£21,400
GCE A Level Health and Social Care (Double Award) (Pilot)70£14,000£16,900£21,600
GCE A Level Art & Design4,510£12,200£16,800£21,100
GCE A Level Chinese230£8,900£16,800£23,200
GCE A Level Persian50£10,500£16,800£22,500
GCE A Level Applied Science (Pilot)40£14,000£16,700£20,300
GCE A Level Health and Social Care (Double Award)2,260£12,600£16,700£21,700
GCE A Level with GCE AS Level (Additional) in Applied Business50£12,900£16,700£20,300
GCE A Level Applied Art and Design550£12,100£16,500£20,600
GCE A Level Film Studies7,020£12,100£16,500£20,900
GCE A Level Performance Studies1,420£11,200£16,400£21,100
GCE A Level Applied Art and Design (Double Award)450£11,000£16,300£20,700
GCE A Level Dance2,290£11,000£16,300£21,100
GCE A Level Performing Arts380£11,500£16,300£20,400
GCE A Level with GCE AS Level (Additional) in Health and Social Care60£14,400£16,300£20,100
GCE A Level Archaeology440£12,000£16,200£20,200
GCE A Level Japanese80£9,800£16,000£24,800
GCE A Level Dutch50£7,500£15,300£22,000
GCE A Level Turkish180£8,300£15,000£21,400
GCE A Level Greek40£7,900£14,700£21,800
GCE A Level Arabic140£8,800£14,600£19,500
GCE A Level Urdu230£8,000£13,900£19,300


Here's a link to the study.

A few disclaimers:

- This study does not take into account A Level subject combinations, just individual A Levels
- Obviously taking an A Level just because it "pays well" is silly if you don't have an interest or aptitude for the subject
- The students in this study took their A Levels nearly 10 years ago and a lot could have changed since then!

So while this is interesting data to a lot of people, you shouldn't use it to influence your A Level subject choices.
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Data has been released showing average annual income in 2016/17 for students who took particular A Level subjects in 2010/11:



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Qualification title Learners Lower quartile Median Upper quartile
GCE A Level Further Mathematics (MEI) 1,310 £19,400 £25,600 £31,900
GCE A Level Further Mathematics 5,540 £19,200 £25,500 £31,500
GCE A Level Physics B (Advancing Physics) 330 £16,400 £24,100 £29,000
GCE A Level Physics B 2,900 £17,900 £24,000 £29,300
GCE A Level Economics 15,790 £18,200 £23,900 £29,800
GCE A Level Engineering (Single Award) 150 £18,100 £23,900 £28,300
GCE A Level Physics 3,540 £17,200 £23,700 £28,800
GCE A Level Physics A 11,350 £16,800 £23,000 £28,400
GCE A Level Design and Technology: Systems and Control Technology 170 £16,700 £22,700 £28,100
GCE A Level Physics B: Physics in Context 320 £17,200 £22,600 £29,100
GCE A Level Pure Mathematics 190 £17,000 £22,600 £27,500
GCE A Level Computing 3,410 £16,600 £22,500 £28,000
GCE A Level Mathematics 42,120 £16,800 £22,500 £28,000
GCE A Level Mathematics (MEI) 7,940 £16,500 £22,100 £27,900
GCE A Level Economics and Business 1,410 £17,300 £21,900 £27,300
GCE A Level Chemistry 12,690 £15,900 £21,600 £27,600
GCE A Level Physics (A) 160 £16,300 £21,600 £27,700
GCE A Level Chemistry A 9,390 £15,700 £21,400 £27,000
GCE A Level Electronics 1,080 £16,000 £21,400 £27,800
GCE A Level Physics (Salters Horners) 280 £15,600 £21,400 £27,500
GCE A Level Chemistry B 3,470 £16,100 £21,300 £26,800
GCE A Level Applied Business (Pilot) 40 £14,500 £21,100 £25,400
GCE A Level Chemistry B (Salters) 820 £15,300 £21,100 £26,300
GCE A Level Business Studies 25,000 £16,500 £21,000 £25,900
GCE A Level Geography 19,680 £15,800 £20,900 £25,900
GCE A Level Government and Politics 10,580 £15,300 £20,800 £26,000
GCE A Level Biology 31,650 £15,300 £20,600 £25,600
GCE A Level Accounting 3,940 £16,300 £20,500 £25,600
GCE A Level Physical Education 13,600 £15,300 £20,400 £25,100
GCE A Level Information and Communication Technology 8,250 £15,700 £20,300 £25,100
GCE A Level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) 3,180 £15,200 £20,200 £25,600
GCE A Level Home Economics 50 £13,300 £20,200 £23,400
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism (Pilot) 120 £15,400 £20,200 £23,900
GCE A Level Biology (Salters Nuffield) 130 £14,200 £20,100 £25,300
GCE A Level Design and Technology 5,590 £15,300 £20,100 £25,000
GCE A Level General Studies A 14,540 £15,200 £20,100 £24,900
GCE A Level History A 7,140 £14,700 £20,100 £25,300
GCE A Level Mathematics (Pilot) 60 £14,900 £20,100 £24,700
GCE A Level Geography B 1,320 £14,900 £20,000 £24,400
GCE A Level Human Biology 1,690 £15,100 £20,000 £24,100
GCE A Level Russian 240 £12,900 £20,000 £26,200
GCE A Level Biology and Biology (Human) 450 £14,800 £19,900 £24,600
GCE A Level Classics 2,060 £14,000 £19,900 £25,400
GCE A Level French 7,920 £13,800 £19,900 £24,900
GCE A Level Spanish 4,490 £14,200 £19,900 £25,200
GCE A Level Applied ICT 470 £15,700 £19,800 £24,600
GCE A Level Leisure Studies (Double Award) 90 £15,700 £19,800 £23,500
GCE A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology (Single Award) 2,640 £15,400 £19,700 £24,700
GCE A Level Home Economics (Food, Nutrition and Health) 260 £14,500 £19,600 £23,800
GCE A Level Panjabi 50 £15,500 £19,600 £23,500
GCE A Level Statistics 700 £15,200 £19,600 £23,800
GCE A Level Applied Business 5,250 £15,200 £19,500 £24,100
GCE A Level General Studies 16,470 £15,100 £19,500 £24,000
GCE A Level Geography A 1,000 £14,700 £19,500 £24,200
GCE A Level German 2,830 £14,200 £19,500 £24,800
GCE A Level Use of Mathematics (Pilot) 560 £15,200 £19,500 £24,000
GCE A Level Critical Thinking 1,400 £14,200 £19,400 £24,700
GCE A Level Design and Technology: Food Technology 660 £15,100 £19,400 £23,300
GCE A Level General Studies B 3,820 £14,800 £19,400 £23,800
GCE A Level History 28,350 £14,400 £19,400 £24,200
GCE A Level Applied ICT (Double Award) 260 £15,800 £19,300 £24,400
GCE A Level Applied Information Communication Technology (Double Award) 80 £15,800 £19,300 £25,300
GCE A Level Biology and Human Biology A 870 £14,500 £19,300 £23,900
GCE A Level Biology B 1,920 £14,300 £19,300 £24,500
GCE A Level Italian 410 £11,600 £19,300 £24,100
GCE A Level Applied ICT (Pilot) 110 £16,300 £19,200 £23,300
GCE A Level Applied Information Communication Technology 760 £15,100 £19,200 £23,500
GCE A Level English Literature 14,520 £13,800 £19,200 £24,000
GCE A Level Applied Business (Double Award) 1,070 £15,000 £19,100 £23,900
GCE A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology 3,430 £14,700 £19,100 £23,700
GCE A Level Geology 1,480 £14,100 £19,100 £24,000
GCE A Level Leisure Studies (Single Award) 480 £14,900 £19,100 £23,200
GCE A Level Psychology A 24,700 £14,500 £19,100 £23,400
GCE A Level Sport & Physical Education 1,020 £14,600 £19,100 £23,800
GCE A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology (Double Award) 340 £16,000 £18,900 £24,000
GCE A Level Law 14,340 £14,900 £18,900 £23,500
GCE A Level Religious Studies 13,480 £13,700 £18,900 £23,400
GCE A Level History of Art 660 £12,100 £18,800 £24,000
GCE A Level Leisure Studies 190 £14,600 £18,700 £22,600
GCE A Level Media: Communication and Production 50 £14,100 £18,700 £20,600
GCE A Level Portuguese 150 £12,300 £18,600 £22,100
GCE A Level Psychology 18,000 £14,000 £18,600 £23,000
GCE A Level Psychology B 3,790 £14,200 £18,600 £22,900
GCE A Level English Literature B 12,100 £13,500 £18,500 £23,000
GCE A Level Philosophy 2,690 £12,600 £18,500 £23,400
GCE A Level Classical Civilisation 1,900 £13,400 £18,400 £23,000
GCE A Level English Language A 3,940 £13,800 £18,400 £22,700
GCE A Level English Literature A 8,630 £13,300 £18,400 £22,800
GCE A Level Communication and Culture 1,760 £14,300 £18,300 £22,100
GCE A Level English Language B 13,070 £14,000 £18,300 £22,400
GCE A Level Sociology 26,100 £13,900 £18,300 £22,700
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism 1,220 £14,700 £18,300 £22,400
GCE A Level English Language and Literature 6,410 £13,400 £18,200 £22,600
GCE A Level English Language and Literature B 4,450 £13,400 £18,200 £22,500
GCE A Level Media: Communication and Production (Single Award) 320 £14,500 £18,200 £23,000
GCE A Level Chemistry (Nuffield) 40 £13,500 £18,100 £24,000
GCE A Level Citizenship Studies 670 £13,500 £18,100 £22,900
GCE A Level English Language 5,280 £13,700 £18,100 £22,400
GCE A Level Media Studies 23,550 £13,500 £18,100 £22,500
GCE A Level English Language and Literature A 4,540 £13,600 £18,000 £22,200
GCE A Level World Development 520 £12,900 £17,900 £23,200
GCE A Level Applied Performing Arts 700 £12,600 £17,800 £21,800
GCE A Level Applied Science 1,960 £13,900 £17,800 £22,700
GCE A Level Communication Studies 450 £13,200 £17,800 £22,200
GCE A Level Design and Technology: Product Design (Textiles) 1,680 £12,900 £17,800 £21,600
GCE A Level Environmental Studies 1,030 £13,100 £17,800 £22,300
GCE A Level Health and Social Care (Pilot) 140 £14,400 £17,800 £23,200
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism (Double Award) 220 £13,700 £17,800 £21,400
GCE A Level History B 780 £13,200 £17,700 £22,000
GCE A Level Health and Social Care 4,890 £13,100 £17,500 £21,900
GCE A Level Performing Arts (Single Award) 180 £12,800 £17,500 £21,000
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism (Double Award) (Pilot) 40 £15,900 £17,500 £24,200
GCE A Level Environmental Science 440 £12,500 £17,400 £21,200
GCE A Level Polish 320 £12,900 £17,400 £21,100
GCE A Level Science in Society 110 £12,900 £17,400 £23,000
GCE A Level Travel and Tourism (Single Award) 460 £13,500 £17,400 £20,900
GCE A Level Drama and Theatre Studies 11,840 £12,100 £17,200 £22,200
GCE A Level Music 3,850 £10,500 £17,200 £22,400
GCE A Level Music Technology 2,730 £11,400 £17,100 £21,800
GCE A Level Ancient History 180 £13,100 £17,000 £20,900
GCE A Level Applied Science (Double Award) 410 £12,600 £16,900 £21,800
GCE A Level Art and Design 28,110 £12,000 £16,900 £21,400
GCE A Level Health and Social Care (Double Award) (Pilot) 70 £14,000 £16,900 £21,600
GCE A Level Art & Design 4,510 £12,200 £16,800 £21,100
GCE A Level Chinese 230 £8,900 £16,800 £23,200
GCE A Level Persian 50 £10,500 £16,800 £22,500
GCE A Level Applied Science (Pilot) 40 £14,000 £16,700 £20,300
GCE A Level Health and Social Care (Double Award) 2,260 £12,600 £16,700 £21,700
GCE A Level with GCE AS Level (Additional) in Applied Business 50 £12,900 £16,700 £20,300
GCE A Level Applied Art and Design 550 £12,100 £16,500 £20,600
GCE A Level Film Studies 7,020 £12,100 £16,500 £20,900
GCE A Level Performance Studies 1,420 £11,200 £16,400 £21,100
GCE A Level Applied Art and Design (Double Award) 450 £11,000 £16,300 £20,700
GCE A Level Dance 2,290 £11,000 £16,300 £21,100
GCE A Level Performing Arts 380 £11,500 £16,300 £20,400
GCE A Level with GCE AS Level (Additional) in Health and Social Care 60 £14,400 £16,300 £20,100
GCE A Level Archaeology 440 £12,000 £16,200 £20,200
GCE A Level Japanese 80 £9,800 £16,000 £24,800
GCE A Level Dutch 50 £7,500 £15,300 £22,000
GCE A Level Turkish 180 £8,300 £15,000 £21,400
GCE A Level Greek 40 £7,900 £14,700 £21,800
GCE A Level Arabic 140 £8,800 £14,600 £19,500
GCE A Level Urdu 230 £8,000 £13,900 £19,300



And a link to the study.
I'll read with fascination. Looks really interesting.
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Oh no!

I did A2 (normal) Maths, Biology and Chemistry; and dropped Physics at AS :cry2:
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Good to know my subjects are towards the upper end.
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Where is biology on the charts?
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Where is biology on the charts?
In my post I showed all of the subjects if you look down a bit. The image just shows the top 20.
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In my post I showed all of the subjects if you look down a bit. The image just shows the top 20.
Many thanks.
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I guess Russian got all the stem students that year
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That data is so meaningless; it suggests it's better to take Home Economics or General Studies rather than English Lit :rolleyes:
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That data is so meaningless; it suggests it's better to take Home Economics or General Studies rather than English Lit :rolleyes:
It’s best to ignore subjects that have a very low cohort e.g. home economics had 50 students taking it.

Also it’s silly to use this data to say which subjects are “better”. I’m sure that a lot of people are going to be annoyed by this data (and me for posting it) because it is extremely pro-STEM. I know a lot of teachers are talking about this data and I hadn’t seen it posted on TSR yet so I thought I may as well post it.
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It’s best to ignore subjects that have a very low cohort e.g. home economics had 50 students taking it.

Also it’s silly to use this data to say which subjects are “better”. I’m sure that a lot of people are going to be annoyed by this data (and me for posting it) because it is extremely pro-STEM. I know a lot of teachers are talking about this data and I hadn’t seen it posted on TSR yet so I thought I may as well post it.
Home Economics is listed twice - once with 50 students taking it and once with 260 under Home Economics: Food, Nutrition and Health. General Studies has over 14.500 students taking it and scores highly, but most top unis won't accept it.

The study has triggered me slightly tbh; there's so much opportunity for 16 year olds to take it the wrong way and use it as the basis for an A level choice that may not be the best fit for them.
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Home Economics is listed twice - once with 50 students taking it and once with 260 under Home Economics: Food, Nutrition and Health. General Studies has over 14.500 students taking it and scores highly, but most top unis won't accept it.

The study has triggered me slightly tbh; there's so much opportunity for 16 year olds to take it the wrong way and use it as the basis for an A level choice that may not be the best fit for them.
Yes sorry you're right - I didn't see them listed again. General Studies doesn't exist anymore though.
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i thought that the average was a single figure ? here there are long bars.....

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Yes sorry you're right - I didn't see them listed again. General Studies doesn't exist anymore though.
What about Accounting and PE? Are they more sensible subjects to choose than English Lit and History if you want a well paid career?
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What about Accounting and PE? Are they more sensible subjects to choose than English Lit and History if you want a well paid career?
No. These stats show average salary for students taking one particular A Level but it ignores the other A Levels that the student has chosen. Also it would be very silly for a student to take e.g. economics just because it is high in the list. Taking a subject doesn't automatically mean you'll be successful - you have to have an interest and aptitude for the subject.

Personally I don't think students should use this data to influence their A Level decisions.
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What about Accounting and PE? Are they more sensible subjects to choose than English Lit and History if you want a well paid career?
Depends on the career surely? Every situation is different and the appropriate advice is different every time. If someone is completely unsure of what to do in the future then I would advocate history as a student of it myself if they are interested even slightly.

However if somebody else is already taking Maths and tells me they don't like essay based subjects then pointing them towards accounting if it's available to them wouldn't be bad advice either.
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However if somebody else is already taking Maths and tells me they don't like essay based subjects then pointing them towards accounting if it's available to them wouldn't be bad advice either.
It could be bad advice if they didn't check with the unis they are interested in first as some competitive unis don't rate Accounting as an academic subject and even list it as a "non preferred" subject.

http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Un...ns-Information

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-st...level-subjects

Naturally it depends on the career and the person but that is my whole issue with this study - it seems to be suggesting that taking certain A levels will help you to get a better paid job but it is not as clear cut as that. Students should not be taking this data too seriously and I hope they don't
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It could be bad advice if they didn't check with the unis they are interested in first as some competitive unis don't rate Accounting as an academic subject and even list it as a "non preferred" subject.

http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Un...ns-Information

Naturally it depends on the career and the person but that is my whole issue with this study - it seems to be suggesting that taking certain A levels will help you to get a better paid job but it is not as clear cut as that. Students should not be taking this data too seriously and I hope they don't
Also it's important for students to note that the students in this study took their A Levels nearly 10 years ago and a lot will have changed since then.

EDIT : I've added a few disclaimers to the OP.
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