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Hi, I am thinking of taking History, Politics and either Philosophy and Ethics or Psychology for my A-Levels. But I only have one facilitating subject here, would this disadvantage me when applying for a Politics or International Relations degree at top Russel group unis???

I have considered taking French so I have 2 facilitating subjects however the A-Level is so much harder than GCSE and surely it’s better to have an A in something like Philosophy than a B or C in French???
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Hi, I am thinking of taking History, Politics and either Philosophy and Ethics or Psychology for my A-Levels. But I only have one facilitating subject here, would this disadvantage me when applying for a Politics or International Relations degree??

I have considered taking French so I have 2 facilitating subjects however the A-Level is so much harder than GCSE and surely it’s better to have an A in something like Philosophy than a B or C in French???
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English combined or just English lit is good to have and is seen to be a good alevel and is respected by Russel group universities however english is very challenging and is a huge step up from gcse as all alevels are to
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The theory behind facilitating subjects is now beginning to be regarded as antiquated and now the current thinking is a little bit less closed, i think you'd be fine with the combinations you were already looking at before.
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Just take what you enjoy, politics courses don’t tend to care much as long as you have a strong set of essay subjects.
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Also, while I suggested English Literature, please be aware that the other courses you’ve listed are strong subjects. They’re not thought of as weak courses - Philosophy and Ethics in particular is quite a challenging A-Level, as many of us have little experience with it and it forces you to think very abstractly in ways you otherwise probably wouldn’t have.

I wouldn’t get super worried about facilitating A-Levels. I don’t think they really care that much to be frank with you.
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No it wouldnt disadvantage you. You just need the levels required then you pick the A levels you enjoy so you can get high grades in them. No unis really care about facilitating and if they did, they would mention it in their entry requirements. The only uni that would care about subjects is LSE and both philosophy and psychology are listed as a preferred subject. Don't tale an A level just because its "facilitating" and if you don't believe me, research actual uni entry requirements rather what everyone says about "facilitating" subjects. I defo agree an A is better than a B or C in french (Grades > non-required subjects)
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Unless it's listed as an essential or preferred subject, it won't make any dfference.
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