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I am considering taking these A-Levels:
Business
Sociology
Psychology

My dream university is Durham to study Social Sciences - Would these A-levels allow me to do this?
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From the Durham social sciences site: these are the only a level subject requirements.
“If you would like to study:

Economics, an A in A level Mathematics is required.
English Literature, History or Music a grade A at A level (or equivalent) is required in the subject.
Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian or Spanish at an advanced level, a grade A at A level (or equivalent) in the language is required.
Arabic, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish ab initio, a grade A at A level (or equivalent) in any modern foreign language is required.
Chinese or Japanese ab initio, a grade A at A level (or equivalent) in a modern foreign language is desirable but not essential.”


However, you are also not studying any facilitating subjects. As Durham is a very high ranking university, you may need to take one or two of the following subjects to improve your chances of getting in: (from the Russell Group site)

biology
chemistry
English
geography
history
maths
modern and classical languages
physics
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(Original post by Baabaabinks)
From the Durham social sciences site: these are the only a level subject requirements.
“If you would like to study:

Economics, an A in A level Mathematics is required.
English Literature, History or Music a grade A at A level (or equivalent) is required in the subject.
Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian or Spanish at an advanced level, a grade A at A level (or equivalent) in the language is required.
Arabic, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish ab initio, a grade A at A level (or equivalent) in any modern foreign language is required.
Chinese or Japanese ab initio, a grade A at A level (or equivalent) in a modern foreign language is desirable but not essential.”


However, you are also not studying any facilitating subjects. As Durham is a very high ranking university, you may need to take one or two of the following subjects to improve your chances of getting in: (from the Russell Group site)

biology
chemistry
English
geography
history
maths
modern and classical languages
physics
Would A-level:

English Literature
Psychology or sociology
Business

Give me a better chance of getting in?
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Would A-level:

English Literature
Psychology or sociology
Business

Give me a better chance of getting in?
Which courses do you want to choose within the social sciences?
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Which courses do you want to choose within the social sciences?
Business
Sociology and criminology
anthropology
politics and international relations
Philosophy
Religion
possibly Literature
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Business
Sociology and criminology
anthropology
politics and international relations
Philosophy
Religion
possibly Literature
You need different a levels for those different uni courses. Each one has specific requirements. Just choose subjects that you will enjoy if you don't know which uni course to choose.
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Business
Sociology and criminology
anthropology
politics and international relations
Philosophy
Religion
possibly Literature
If you’re talking about Durham, all you need is English Literature + two others to be able to do any of those. Can you do politics or philosophy at your school? If not, psychology is always a better choice than sociology in terms of respect.
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(Original post by WB15)
I am considering taking these A-Levels:
Business
Sociology
Psychology

My dream university is Durham to study Social Sciences - Would these A-levels allow me to do this?
WB15
I have a degree in Sociology and my MSc is in Psychology so I know a little about this. This sounds like a good mix of subjects (I did English, Sociology, and Media Studies). I would say that studying Psychology gives you a few more options employability wise - culturally in the UK, people seem to have a better grasp of what Psychology is when they look at CV's. If you did want to do a Sociology degree I suggest doing some post graduate study afterward for a particular career such as Social Work or Teaching

Have you considered a social science degree at Arden University? You can do the course online or at a blended learning centre in Manchester, Birmingham or London? I did my MSc there and had a really good time. Have a look at some of the courses available - https://arden.ac.uk/our-courses/subj...logy-sociology

Marc
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