What A-Levels should I take if I want to study international relations and Chinese?

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Hiya, so I’m currently in the process of picking my alevels. I have recently had my taster days and have narrowed my choices down to geography, economics, English lit, sociology and dance. I’m feeling quite sure on geography, economics and dance, however I’m unsure wether to pick lit or sociology. I’m also going to be studying HSK4 (mandarin) at school and hope to get the qualification in lower sixth. I would like to go on to study international relations and Chinese at UCL. Are the subjects I’m confident on a good choice and also which one out of lit and sociology would be more useful? Thanks.
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Hiya, so I’m currently in the process of picking my alevels. I have recently had my taster days and have narrowed my choices down to geography, economics, English lit, sociology and dance. I’m feeling quite sure on geography, economics and dance, however I’m unsure wether to pick lit or sociology. I’m also going to be studying HSK4 (mandarin) at school and hope to get the qualification in lower sixth. I would like to go on to study international relations and Chinese at UCL. Are the subjects I’m confident on a good choice and also which one out of lit and sociology would be more useful? Thanks.
Is there really a degree by that name at UCL? Or are you talking about their Politics and International Relations BSc, here, with Chinese being studied separately?

See UCL's list of "Preferred A Level subjects" here; every subject you've mentioned is listed, except Dance. That doesn't mean you shouldn't choose it, especially as the entry requirements for Politics and International Relations (and presumably other similar courses) says, "No specific subjects. An essay based subject is preferred but not required. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects."

You're proposing studying for four A levels, plus HSK4 - is that right? Why four, just out of interest?
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You apply to 5 UCAS choices - so you need to look wider than just UCL.
Remember that you can do Politcs & IR at numerous Unis 'with study abroad' and this could incude China or Hong Kong etc.
Many Uni also offer study abroad etc as an extra even when its not part of your degree tottle - ie. - https://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/stu...aduate-degree/

For most social science courses you will need at least on 'essay based' subject or possibly one 'social science' subject. So, pick two subjects like Sociology, English etc.- but your 3rd subject is usually just getting agood grade so pick a subject you will enjoy and where you feel confident about an A/A* grade.

UCL has a list of preferred subjects - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-st...y-requirements - they like to think that they are different. For every other Uni they will state clearly on each course page exactly which A level subjects are 'required' or 'preferred'.

Examples
Lancaster - https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/un...-ba-hons-t1l2/
Bristol - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/study/undergraduate/
Manchester - https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/u...s-and-chinese/
Bath - https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/under...nal-relations/
Warwick - https://warwick.ac.uk/study/undergra...tionalchinese/
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