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So I'm starting Y12 soon and I'm planning to do biology and chemistry since I'm considering vet med and human med, possibly even Biochemistry as a uni course. My 3rd option was geography since it was the only other topic I liked and I was good at it but recently my school has added film studies as an a level option. I'm really interested in this but I'm not sure if this could affect my chances at receiving offers from certain universities. If anyone could tell me their experience of film studies I would appreciate it. But what option to you think I should pick?
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(Original post by Dinosaur Jess)
So I'm starting Y12 soon and I'm planning to do biology and chemistry since I'm considering vet med and human med, possibly even Biochemistry as a uni course. My 3rd option was geography since it was the only other topic I liked and I was good at it but recently my school has added film studies as an a level option. I'm really interested in this but I'm not sure if this could affect my chances at receiving offers from certain universities. If anyone could tell me their experience of film studies I would appreciate it. But what option to you think I should pick?
I would choose geography, solely because many of the top universities do not recognise Film studies as a 'preferred subject.'
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I would personally go with 'Film Studies'. :yes:
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I would personally go with 'Film Studies'. :yes:
Why? You didn't give a reason...
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film studies is way more interesting and enjoyable

i think most unis know that the amount of effort and skill that goes into film analysis is comparable to doing english lit, the technical side is also impressive - so you should be fine
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You can check with the universities to be sure if they accept Film. Typically, even for med, they accept anything other than General Studies and Critical Thinking (excepting Cambridge)
Pick what you'll enjoy most! Maybe ask your school if they can give you more info about Film, or some example study to do to see if you enjoy it more than Geography. You might also want to check how easily you could swap if you started Film and didn't like it.
My only potential qualm would be that if your college is offering Film for the first time, the teaching quality may not be certain.
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Deffo choose geography. In particular for vet med they’ll want an academic subject for your third subject not film studies sadly.... just saying if you’re thinking of vet med and that’s what you want to do commit to it now! You’ll need to get work experience in over the summer (depends on the corona situation) to fulfill the universities requirements. This will give you a head start instead of cramming it all in in year 12
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film studies is way more interesting and enjoyable

i think most unis know that the amount of effort and skill that goes into film analysis is comparable to doing english lit, the technical side is also impressive - so you should be fine
I agree with you about it being interesting but what's to say geography isn't. Also, I really don't think that universities regard Film Studies (FS) as being on the same level as English Literature as many do not list FS as a "preferred subject", e.g. LSE who actually list it as a "non-preferred" subject, whereas they list English Literature as the opposite.
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I wouldn't do Film Studies simply because it is seen as a subject people choose because they don't know what else to do. Contrary to above comments, it is not seen as particularly difficult. Not that this is necessarily true, just that you should be aware of this when it comes to applying for uni. If you are good at Geography and you like it then that is a very good option. However, if you are good at Maths/Physics I would advise you to do one of these as your third subject considering you are looking at medicine/vet science
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I agree with you about it being interesting but what's to say geography isn't. Also, I really don't think that universities regard Film Studies (FS) as being on the same level as English Literature as many top universities do not list FS as a "preferred subject", e.g. LSE who actually list it as a "non-proffered" subject, whereas they list English Literature as the opposite.
LSE have a list but what are all these other top universities that don't list FS as a 'preferred subject'. Could you link us to all these lists? I believe certain universities even mention that as long as you have 2 'preferred' subjects, the third can be 'non-preferred'.

Dinosaur Jess Practically every single university, apart from LSE, has scrapped the notion of 'facilitating' or 'preferred' subject list. As long as you have Chemistry and Biology, FS will be a perfectly fine subject to study. If you're genuinely anxious about this, feel free to email the admission tutors of universities you're interested in. Ask elite universities like Oxbridge, Durham, UCL, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Warwick etc if you want. They'll tell you for certain whether FS will have an adverse impact on your application (which I highly doubt it will).
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However, if you are good at Maths/Physics I would advise you to do one of these as your third subject considering you are looking at medicine/vet science
You don't need Maths or Physics to do Medicine. I think it's literally like 1 university (Cambridge?) that prefers a third subject in a STEM subject. Otherwise, you're free to do whatever and it won't adversely affect your application. I believe ecolier might be able to chime in on this.
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Chen and Bio are two a levels that unis obviously like - film studies is one of those subjects where most top unis would put it under the “candidate should only be doing one of these subjects” if u get me. So say if you wanted to do drama, film studies and chemistry, that would be classed as too many “weak subjects”. I was sort of in your situation last year, I was stuck between film studies and English Literature. I chose English lit as I did really well at gcse and I did enjoy it, but I honestly really wish I went for film now as I’m pretty certain I would be having a better time rn😅 in the end go for what YOU want to do. You’re the one that’s gonna have to put the hard work in to get good grades. If you don’t enjoy the subject you’re doing, it’s gonna be so much harder to get those higher grades. An A* in film studies is gonna be much more preferred by unis than a B in geography imo....worth to keep that in mind.
Good luck, hope I made sense!
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As said - only a few colleges in Cambridge for Medicine needs your third A-Level to be Maths or Physics.

In fact, a few med schools encourage non-Science third subjects. Newcastle for example has absolutely no A-Level subject requires for their Medicine course.

Just to add: there are no top or bottom medical schools. (I don't know if it's the same for Vet but I'd assume the same).

You do not get disadvantaged if you studied at Keele and not Cambridge. All med schools in the UK are GMC accredited and for specialty training no one cares where you graduated from (the interviewers don't know anyway).
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(Original post by Dinosaur Jess)
So I'm starting Y12 soon and I'm planning to do biology and chemistry since I'm considering vet med and human med, possibly even Biochemistry as a uni course. My 3rd option was geography since it was the only other topic I liked and I was good at it but recently my school has added film studies as an a level option. I'm really interested in this but I'm not sure if this could affect my chances at receiving offers from certain universities. If anyone could tell me their experience of film studies I would appreciate it. But what option to you think I should pick?
I’m in year 12 doing film and I really enjoy it, it’s pretty easy to follow and I like the essays. I’d say do whatever you think you will enjoy more because you don’t want to be stuck doing an alevel you don’t enjoy👍
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