A Level Choices for studying Law

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I've finished my GCSEs and I am reconsidering my a level choices for a law degree. I'm trying to aim as high as possible, Ox-bridge, and I was wondering if I should take English Literature in place of Politics or not.
My current A Level Choices:
Politics - No GCSE course in politics
Maths - 8 GCSE
Computer Science - 9 GCSE
Religious Studies and Philosophy - 9 GCSE

(With 9s in English Language and Literature)

Would it be worth swapping politics out for english literature as a choice?
Would Religious Studies and English Literature be too difficult to take together?
(It's worth noting that I am considering computer science as a career also - hence CS and Maths)
Thanks in advance
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Well what would you like to do at Uni exactly?
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University will only ever look at the first 3 grades you get for a level. A good combination of choices for law would encompass at least two facilitating subjects like, English, history, geography, etc.

Me personally, I’m aiming for Cambridge and I do History Geography and Economics.

Focus on the arts subjects and definitely do essay based subjects. History is probably the best a level to do for law as the skills you gain will build the foundations for the skills needed in law.

At the end of the day, you should do the subjects that you want to do and swapping either subject you’ve mentioned for one another wouldn’t do any harm. What would do some harm is dropping English Lit for BTEC Level 3 sport since you’re aiming for Oxbridge.

TL;DR - take 2 facilitating (academic) subjects. Do the subjects you’ll like. PM if you would like to talk more.
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University will only ever look at the first 3 grades you get for a level. A good combination of choices for law would encompass at least two facilitating subjects like, English, history, geography, etc.

Me personally, I’m aiming for Cambridge and I do History Geography and Economics.

Focus on the arts subjects and definitely do essay based subjects. History is probably the best a level to do for law as the skills you gain will build the foundations for the skills needed in geography.

At the end of the day, you should do the subjects that you want to do and swapping either subject you’ve mentioned for one another wouldn’t do any harm. What would do some harm is dropping English Lit for BTEC Level 3 sport since you’re aiming for Oxbridge.

TL;DR - take 2 facilitating (academic) subjects. Do the subjects you’ll like. PM if you would like to talk more.
Thank you for the helpful advice
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(Original post by CWinter703)
I've finished my GCSEs and I am reconsidering my a level choices for a law degree. I'm trying to aim as high as possible, Ox-bridge, and I was wondering if I should take English Literature in place of Politics or not.
My current A Level Choices:
Politics - No GCSE course in politics
Maths - 8 GCSE
Computer Science - 9 GCSE
Religious Studies and Philosophy - 9 GCSE

(With 9s in English Language and Literature)

Would it be worth swapping politics out for english literature as a choice?
Would Religious Studies and English Literature be too difficult to take together?
(It's worth noting that I am considering computer science as a career also - hence CS and Maths)
Thanks in advance
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So typically Universities require an essay subject, and these are usually recommended as History or English Literature.
Looking from afar doing English Literature may benefit you, although i would recommend contacting some Universities admissions teams, and they will advise further on what they typically accept/look for in potential applicants.
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice...d-to-study-law

Hope this helps,
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University will only ever look at the first 3 grades you get for a level. A good combination of choices for law would encompass at least two facilitating subjects like, English, history, geography, etc.

Me personally, I’m aiming for Cambridge and I do History Geography and Economics.

Focus on the arts subjects and definitely do essay based subjects. History is probably the best a level to do for law as the skills you gain will build the foundations for the skills needed in geography.

TL;DR - take 2 facilitating (academic) subjects. Do the subjects you’ll like. PM if you would like to talk more.
The concept of facilitating subjects was dropped a couple of years ago.

There is no need to focus on Arts subjects. At least one Cambridge college has told an applicant at interview that they like candidates to have studied Maths - they got a place having studied Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and French.

The OP's subjects sound fine.
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The concept of facilitating subjects was dropped a couple of years ago.

There is no need to focus on Arts subjects. At least one Cambridge college has told an applicant at interview that they like candidates to have studied Maths - they got a place having studied Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and French.

The OP's subjects sound fine.
In that case, then I agree. At the end of the day do the subject you enjoy and just show the passion you have for it, it goes a long way!
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Hi, I am also reconsidering my a-levels, my first choices were English lit, psychology and biology. I am leaning towards the idea of doing a law degree in the future probably not oxbridge but another Russel group. I don't really know why I chose those a levels and I'm now thinking about doing English lit, sociology and politics, I don't know if they would be more beneficial in the future, is it worth changing bc my first options don't really relate to law? Then again I'm not 100% on doing law. I know that sociology and politics are considered 'easy' a levels so would this affect my chances or ?

Also I did consider history but I didn't take it at GCSE, what is it that you learn from history that prepares you for a law degree?

Sorry this was a bit rambly, thanks!
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