arisamalao59
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Hello,

I am about to start studying for my A-levels in September 2020. I have chosen Latin, English and Politics, and I am also thinking of doing a fourth A-levels, but I am unsure whether to pick Classical Civilisation or History. I enjoyed and succeeded in both at GCSE. I initially chose Classics because I found the literature and culture aspects fascinating and I disliked the topics of History we had to study. But I am now discouraged as I don't know whether classics or History is more desirable to Russell Group universities.
Thank You in Advance.
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Hi,
I would chose the one you enjoy more, at the end of the day a higher grade in Classics is better than a lower grade in History if you know what I mean. Also Latin and English are both facilitating subjects so I think you will be fine when it comes to Russell group unis. I am retaking year 12 (I am currently in year 12 atm but will be doing it again so will be in your year) and I initially chose Maths, English and Econ, thinking that Unis will like my choice of options more. However I am retaking with Maths, Econ, Psychology and Sociology and will most likely drop to 3 subjects further down the line. I feel like I will enjoy these subjects more and therefore get better grades, not to mention be a lot happier! A levels are a step up from GCSE so you really have to enjoy the subjects you are doing otherwise you wont survive. Also have a look at any potential uni courses you want to do because some courses require you to take certain A levels. For example for Econ at Uni, you NEED to take maths so bare that in mind.

Hope this helps!
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Just do 3. Many people who do 4 end up spreading themselves too thin. 3 is standard requirement for most unis/jobs/apprenticeships. It’s better to get AAA than AABB.
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(Original post by lsc2002)
Just do 3. Many people who do 4 end up spreading themselves too thin. 3 is standard requirement for most unis/jobs/apprenticeships. It’s better to get AAA than AABB.
I second that.
Also, yes some people manage on 4 but why do 4 when 3 is perfectly fine? I mean you could do 4 and drop one after AS if you really want to or do 3 and do an EPQ but trust me, as a current y12 student, I’d recommend 3.
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As to whether to do either classics or history, as I’m applying to do history at uni this year I’m probably a little biased towards history😅 but in regards to which is more desirable to unis I really doubt it matters. You have English, Politics and Latin that are all facilitating subjects. History is facilitating as well and doing classics definitely won’t put you as a disadvantage. So apply for whichever you enjoy the most!
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