Is there such a thing as 'respected' a levels?

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Is there any such thing as 'respected' a levels? I think there is a general, shared confusion among a level students where they seem to think that some a levels are somehow better or more respected than others. All a levels are held in the same regard and if some a levels were less 'respected' then sixth form colleges wouldn't waste time offering those subjects in the first place. What do people think on this matter?
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Is there any such thing as 'respected' a levels? I think there is a general, shared confusion among a level students where they seem to think that some a levels are somehow better or more respected than others. All a levels are held in the same regard and if some a levels were less 'respected' then sixth form colleges wouldn't waste time offering those subjects in the first place. What do people think on this matter?
Some a-levels, such as critical thinking, aren't accepted by some unis for some courses. I've never respected one A-level more than the other though, if it works for what you want to do at uni, then it's perfectly respectable since it works for you!
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Is there any such thing as 'respected' a levels? I think there is a general, shared confusion among a level students where they seem to think that some a levels are somehow better or more respected than others. All a levels are held in the same regard and if some a levels were less 'respected' then sixth form colleges wouldn't waste time offering those subjects in the first place. What do people think on this matter?
There are A levels that are classed as facilitating, and those that are harder. So for example, Further Maths or Physics would be more facilitating and respected than Sociology. But that's irrelevant if you are applying to sociology, in which case, Sociology would be valued. Lots of it is down to prejudice.
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Is there any such thing as 'respected' a levels? I think there is a general, shared confusion among a level students where they seem to think that some a levels are somehow better or more respected than others. All a levels are held in the same regard and if some a levels were less 'respected' then sixth form colleges wouldn't waste time offering those subjects in the first place. What do people think on this matter?
As already suggested, it depends what you want to do (with them), so may be more 'valuable' but not 'respected'. People will obviously have their own opinions towards subjects but you have to do what suits you best
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Is there any such thing as 'respected' a levels? I think there is a general, shared confusion among a level students where they seem to think that some a levels are somehow better or more respected than others. All a levels are held in the same regard and if some a levels were less 'respected' then sixth form colleges wouldn't waste time offering those subjects in the first place. What do people think on this matter?
We've been round this ad infinitum, and this should be in educational debate (Sinnoh - could you move it for me )

TSR isn't a good place to examine this really, because its inhabitants have some very fixed ideas about 'soft' and 'non-soft' A levels etc etc. In the real world, all this crap tends to fall away.
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Respected by whom? I'm surprised we haven't had more in this thread so far to show that respect is a subjective thing.

I think it's important to emphasise that 'facilitating' means 'required for admission to a number of university courses' rather than 'difficult'. And the reason why they're required is because they ensure students have essential prior knowledge before starting the degree course, rather than to prove students' mettle against 'the hardest A-levels' or somesuch.
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This is a duplicate of the OP's thread here.
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This is a duplicate of the OP's thread here.
So it's not just déjà vu then? :facepalm:
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So it's not just déjà vu then? :facepalm:
No, it's just seems that the topic gets discussed ad infinitum
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