What other A Levels to choose with Music?

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I'm very keen to pursue a career in music and as such choose music as a degree. I am therefore wanting to do A-Level music but still unsure of the what other 2 A Levels to choose alongside!
I don't really enjoy English Lit, despite knowing this is likely an obvious choice.
I am considering doing Psychology and Economics but as I've not studied either of these before it's difficult to know if they are right choices.
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pick subjects you enjoy. i did psychology a level and really enjoyed it, i didn't find it too difficult but there's a lot of content to remember!
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pick subjects you enjoy. i did psychology a level and really enjoyed it, i didn't find it too difficult but there's a lot of content to remember!
That’s part of the problem because a lot of A - Level options are things never studied before so difficult making an informed decision
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That’s part of the problem because a lot of A - Level options are things never studied before so difficult making an informed decision
read up on specifications and look at some practice papers to see if they appeal to you
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I'm very keen to pursue a career in music and as such choose music as a degree. I am therefore wanting to do A-Level music but still unsure of the what other 2 A Levels to choose alongside!
I don't really enjoy English Lit, despite knowing this is likely an obvious choice.
I am considering doing Psychology and Economics but as I've not studied either of these before it's difficult to know if they are right choices.
Which GCSE subjects are you doing?
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Business could be a good option to go alongside music! Maybe drama as well? English lit would be a good option but if you don’t enjoy it there’s no point!

If you’re really stuck speak to your school/college careers advisor or find an independent career advisor (although this would come with a fee)
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I'm very keen to pursue a career in music and as such choose music as a degree. I am therefore wanting to do A-Level music but still unsure of the what other 2 A Levels to choose alongside!
I don't really enjoy English Lit, despite knowing this is likely an obvious choice.
I am considering doing Psychology and Economics but as I've not studied either of these before it's difficult to know if they are right choices.
Hi! I’m a current yr 12 studying Music, English lit and French (for pre-U but it’s very similar) so I might be able to help!

Okay, firstly some thoughts on music. For my exam board there is a fair bit of essay writing and the Bach chorale section as well on top of other parts like Composition (which you can definitely look forward to!) so I get set lots of work for it. That being said, I have survived so far balancing the subject with other essay subjects so you do have lots of freedom in choosing your other subjects.

Now on to English lit. I’d be interested to know why you view this as ‘the obvious choice’ to go with music - while I have definitely found there are parallels to be drawn between the two, they are not essential for each other! While I absolutely love English lit and am tempted to tell everyone to take it, I’ll be honest - it’s not a subject to enter into lightly. I found that people who took the subject but weren’t particularly interested in the content quickly dropped it because it’s definitely time-consuming. That being said, I’m pretty sure I want to study it at uni so I do probably put more time into it than others who are taking as a third or fourth subject. Also bear in mind that English might grow on you - the GCSE course isn’t as stimulating as the a level/pre U. Overall, I wouldn’t really recommend it unless you think that you’ll enjoy it, but if you do decide to take the subject I can assure you that you will cover a lot of interesting material.

While I haven’t taken new subjects in sixth form, I have friends who have really enjoyed them so I’d suggest reading the specifications and seeing if you like the sound of the subjects.

Best of luck for the music career as well!
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Which GCSE subjects are you doing?
Music, History, R.E, English, Maths, physics, biology and Chemistry
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I'm very keen to pursue a career in music and as such choose music as a degree. I am therefore wanting to do A-Level music but still unsure of the what other 2 A Levels to choose alongside!
I don't really enjoy English Lit, despite knowing this is likely an obvious choice.
I am considering doing Psychology and Economics but as I've not studied either of these before it's difficult to know if they are right choices.
Business studies may be a good idea.
If you are worried about subjects you have never studied before, read up on them and the specification etc on the internet.
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https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/a-level-explorer
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Music, History, R.E, English, Maths, physics, biology and Chemistry
Out of these, which lessons do you look forward to most? Music will be one, of course. Which of these are you not so keen on?

PS Where would you like to read Music?
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Do you have specific unis/conservatoires/specialist music institutes in mind for beyond A Levels? Generally one can pair music with anything really, be it sciences, social sciences, or other arts/humanities! If you're thinking of aiming for Oxford or Cambridge, I'd recommend doing at least one essay-based A Level subject, but otherwise, anything goes and you should go for what you enjoy/are interested in
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I'm very keen to pursue a career in music and as such choose music as a degree. I am therefore wanting to do A-Level music but still unsure of the what other 2 A Levels to choose alongside!
I don't really enjoy English Lit, despite knowing this is likely an obvious choice.
I am considering doing Psychology and Economics but as I've not studied either of these before it's difficult to know if they are right choices.
Hi! I'm currently studying Music at uni and I did Music, Psychology and Textiles A Levels as they were just things I enjoyed and were interested in. Happy to answer any questions you may have!

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- 3rd Year, BMus
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Hi! I'm currently studying Music at uni and I did Music, Psychology and Textiles A Levels as they were just things I enjoyed and were interested in. Happy to answer any questions you may have!

Emily
- 3rd Year, BMus
That’s really good to hear, we don’t have a huge amount of choice in terms of options as staying on at the 6th at school and so it’s very small. Having spoken to the head again last night, I’ve gone with Music, Psychology and Economics.
Hoping that it keeps my options a lot wider.
What do you think of Sheffield Uni and more particularly Music?
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That’s really good to hear, we don’t have a huge amount of choice in terms of options as staying on at the 6th at school and so it’s very small. Having spoken to the head again last night, I’ve gone with Music, Psychology and Economics.
Hoping that it keeps my options a lot wider.
What do you think of Sheffield Uni and more particularly Music?
Sounds like you've made great choices. Obviously I cannot speak for Economics but I really really enjoyed Music and Psychology so I'm sure you'll love them!

I love Sheffield, it's a really friendly city and feels very safe even when walking around alone. I don't think it feels as daunting as other bigger cities. Sheffield is also very green as there are loads of parks in and around the city and it's only a 15 minute drive into the Peaks. So if you're into walking/hiking/sailing etc. it would be ideal for you. The University it's self is great, our Students Union has been voted number 1 in the UK 12 years running! There are over 250 societies and clubs, especially involving music (I think there's around 35 music groups). We have the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Big Band, and Brass Band just to name a few. I am President of the Music Society which is a departmental society for all of the Music Students at Sheffield. We hold socials such as bar crawls, themed nights out, meals, Peaks walks, and charity events, as well as our Christmas Cabaret event and Summer Ball.

The actual Music course itself is amazing as it allows you to focus on areas of music that you specifically enjoy. There are 7 pathways which are; Musicology, Performance, Composition, Music Industries, Music Technology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Psychology. One of the reasons I picked Sheffield is because I couldn't decide between doing a Music Degree or a Psychology Degree and I saw that Sheffield had the option of taking Music Psychology modules so it seemed the perfect choice.

Sorry, I realise that's a lot to read haha! Do let me know if you have any other questions

Emily
- 3rd Year, BMus
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Hi I do Music and also do Psychology and Media studies. Tbh Music is it's own subject almost and there's not a set subjects which are frequently done in conjunction with Music, therefore, do what you like! Music A-level is quite mathsy therefore if you like Maths that could be a shout, but no pressure. Best of luck for whatever you choose!
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My only advice would be to avoid subjects with large coursework demands, because you will probably need to commit a lot of coursework to music so it may be easier for you to only have to focus on one set of major coursework at a time. Other than that, I think any subject you enjoy will be fine. At my sixth form only one person did music and she did English language and maths alongside it, but choose whatever you think you can do well in.
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How about maths and further maths?
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