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    I have just done my GCSEs and got 10 A*s and an A (in history).
    my current AS choices are:
    1. Maths
    2. Economics
    3. English Literature
    4. Chemistry/Physics
    5. German/French

    My aspiration/dream is to go to Cambridge to do Economics (obviously i'll see how the A-level goes first though!)

    I am leaning towards Chemistry over Physics (what do you think?), but im not sure which language to take. (Is German seen as a better language as Germany is more business orientated?)
    Would Further Maths also be something to consider? i was told that some universities don't even accept further maths, unless you're doing maths specifically.
    Please help!!
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    (Original post by Astrid92)
    I have just done my GCSEs and got 10 A*s and an A (in history).
    my current AS choices are:
    1. Maths
    2. Economics
    3. English Literature
    4. Chemistry/Physics
    5. German/French

    My aspiration/dream is to go to Cambridge to do Economics (obviously i'll see how the A-level goes first though!)

    I am leaning towards Chemistry over Physics (what do you think?), but im not sure which language to take. (Is German seen as a better language as Germany is more business orientated?)
    Would Further Maths also be something to consider? i was told that some universities don't even accept further maths, unless you're doing maths specifically.
    Please help!!
    Ok, well done with your results by the way.

    That's a good range of subjects you've got there, when it comes down to the ones you're not sure about, I'd personally say chemistry over physics, i only say this because of the fact you're aspiring to go to Cambridge (Others please correct me if i'm wrong! ) but Cambridge may see it has a higher achievement than say, doing Physics, because it's "harder."
    As for the languages, which do you prefer/better at?
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    don't do economics, you won't need it for anything at uni. do chemistry and french becuase i think they are easier and as respectable as german and physics (i saw it on bbc news that physics is the hardest subject). don't do 5 AS levels. there is no point at all!! do IB if you want to study a lot of subjects! do 4 and then 3/4 the year after.
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    ^^Physics is now considered harder? ooh interesting!

    Erm, to add to what i said, Further Maths is also a good thing to take into consideration, but of course make sure you're doing Maths at A Level as well! :rolleyes:
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    i will definitely do maths at a-level because its my favourite subject.
    im probably equal at french and german, which doesn't really help, i was just wondering which is seen as better (if any).
    it says on the Cambridge website that economics A-level is seen as good-grounding(i can't remember the precise wording) for the degree course. it also says further maths is seen as useful by some colleges, but if i took further-maths, wouldn't my choices be a bit narrow and maths-based?
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    Maths, Further Maths, Economics, <other>, <second other if you're insane> [Physics/History/good essay writing subjects go well]

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    If it were me, I would do
    Maths, Further maths, English literature, French, German
    This is because I think economics is one of those subjects where they prefer you not to have done the A-level, and having further maths and two languages would look very impressive.
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    (Original post by ffrann)
    If it were me, I would do
    Maths, Further maths, English literature, French, German
    This is because I think economics is one of those subjects where they prefer you not to have done the A-level, and having further maths and two languages would look very impressive.
    It's not. Economics is a well respected A-level, it's not like Law. Many universities like you to have Economics A-level if it's offered at your school (but it's by no means necessary).
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    If you're stuck between a language and only want to do one, i advise German as less and less people take it at A level as it's considered more difficult of the two.

    But doing both languages sounds good, hell - doing a language at all sounds good. But at the end of the day - you've got to pick what you enjoy the most otherwise you won't do as well. I find that the people who picked the subjects they enjoyed got into Oxbridge this year (of the people i know, lol) as they have so much passion for what they are studying (mainly languages to be fair).

    Either way - you've done brilliantly at GCSE so far =]
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    (Original post by Draconis)
    It's not. Economics is a well respected A-level, it's not like Law. Many universities like you to have Economics A-level if it's offered at your school (but it's by no means necessary).
    Oh, sorry, my mistake!
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    I have chosen to do:
    Maths
    Further Maths
    Economics
    Chemistry
    English Literature

    Does anyone think this is a stupid selection?
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    (Original post by Astrid92)
    I have chosen to do:
    Maths
    Further Maths
    Economics
    Chemistry
    English Literature

    Does anyone think this is a stupid selection?
    I think it's great, but I would have chosen physics because it would go better with the maths as it's very maths-based.
 
 
 

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