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Is A-Level Politics a good choice? I plan to take it alongside A-Level Maths, Economics and Further Maths.
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It will make a nice mix - do you know what kind of course/ apprenticeship etc you'd like to go on and study?
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It will make a nice mix - do you know what kind of course/ apprenticeship etc you'd like to go on and study?
I'd ideally like to aim for a highly selective uni, probably studying something like Economics but I'm really not sure yet.
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Do you want to do a fourth A level?

(I was imagining the kind of questions in two years time, such as on the handling of the pandemic, or the arguments for and against the Brexit trade deal).
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Do you want to do a fourth A level?

(I was imagining the kind of questions in two years time, such as on the handling of the pandemic, or the arguments for and against the Brexit trade deal).
Yeah, although I am aware of A-Levels being much more content heavy than GCSEs, I think it would be best for me to do four as I think politics would really interest me. Also, I may do an EPQ as well but I'm not sure yet.
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A levels are VERY content heavy, and universities won't require you to study 4 subjects. Most people end up dropping one after a year due to the workload. I'd suggest just taking an EPQ (worth half an A-level, you could focus this on a politics topic that interests you) rather than A-level politics AND an EPQ. If you want to get into a highly selective university, you will require high grades and it's better maximising those grades in 3 subjects rather than lowering them with 4. I'm just adding my opinion here, it is of course your choice.
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Politics is a good, solid, 'essay based subject' that will go well with Economics.
As above - dont do 4 A levels - AAA will always look better than ABBB.
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A levels are very content heavy, and universities won't require you to study 4 subjects. Most people end up dropping one after a year due to the workload. I'd suggest just taking an EPQ (worth half an a-level, you could focus this on a politics topic that interests you) rather than A-level politics *and* an EPQ as if you want to get into a highly selective university, you will require high grades and it's better maximising those grades in 3 subjects rather than lowering them with 4. I'm just adding my opinion here, it is of course your choice.
Hi, thanks for your input! If I'm being honest, my grades aren't my concern (I'm quite disciplined when it comes to studying and I'm predicted very high grades), but what I am slightly concerned about is extracurriculars (because I literally have no extracurriculars :c).
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but what I am slightly concerned about is extracurriculars (because I literally have no extracurriculars :c).
Dont worry - if you are applying for Economics at RG Unis or Oxbridge they wont care.
They just want to know about why Economics and what about it really fascinates you.
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Politics is a good, solid, 'essay based subject' that will go well with Economics.
As above - dont do 4 A levels - AAA will always look better than ABBB.
Thanks for your input! I have a question though - if I'm slightly unsure what I want to do later on would it not be ideal to keep my options more flexible?
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4 a levels will crush you

I did 5 , dropped to 4 and want to drop to 3

3 a levels is the best choice you'll ever make , trust me.

Don't screw it up
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Dont worry - if you are applying for Economics at RG Unis or Oxbridge they wont care.
They just want to know about why Economics and what about it really fascinates you.
Oh, that's interesting (I'm not 100% sure I'll do Economics by the way, it's just that it seems highly likely). If you don't mind me asking, how will I show my fascination?
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4 a levels will crush you

I did 5 , dropped to 4 and want to drop to 3

3 a levels is the best choice you'll ever make , trust me.

Don't screw it up
Damn, I'm surprised your college even lets you do 5.
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Literally, no reason to do 4 A levels. Universities won't find it impressive and they'll just ignore anything more than 3.

Doing Politics also won't really add to your options considering there's not a single degree that requires A level Politics.
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Thanks for your input! I have a question though - if I'm slightly unsure what I want to do later on would it not be ideal to keep my options more flexible?
Maths and two good social sciences will leave your options wide open.
Those subjects would lead you into, amongst others, Politics/International Relations, Law, International Development, Sociology, Social Policy, Maths, Statistics, Finance, Economics, PPE, Philosophy, Psychology. Etc, etc. And all of those degrees could lead you into a hundred different directions.
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Maths and two good social sciences will leave your options wide open.
Those subjects would lead you into, amongst others, Politics/International Relations, Law, International Development, Sociology, Social Policy, Maths, Statistics, Finance, Economics, PPE, Philosophy, Psychology. Etc, etc. And all of those degrees could lead you into a hundred different directions.
Oh, that's so cool! The thing is, I really enjoy Maths and it comes quite naturally to me (I do very minimal revision for it and have little difficulty understanding complex mathematical concepts), but I would also want something that has the potential to make a difference, so yeah, the half maths, half social sciences combination is probably ideal for me.
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I’ve heard if you don’t already have a genuine interest and appreciation of politics then you will not enjoy it
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I’ve heard if you don’t already have a genuine interest and appreciation of politics then you will not enjoy it
I already do have an interest in politics and try my best to stay up to date with major political affairs.
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