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A Level Choices for Law

I am currently stuck with my A Level choices and would be grateful for anyone’s suggestions please.

I am pretty sure I want to study law at university so I am definitely going to do A Level English Lit as oppose to history as an essay-based subject.

I would also like to setup a law firm business in the future so therefore I thought business studies would be a good choice.

My school only offers 3 a levels so I am stuck between biology and geography for the third one. I find geography easier but believe biology is more well respected.

I have not completely ruled out maths either as I know maths is great to have just in case I change my mind with degrees.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
Original post by alexsmith0
I am currently stuck with my A Level choices and would be grateful for anyone’s suggestions please.
I am pretty sure I want to study law at university so I am definitely going to do A Level English Lit as oppose to history as an essay-based subject.
I would also like to setup a law firm business in the future so therefore I thought business studies would be a good choice.
My school only offers 3 a levels so I am stuck between biology and geography for the third one. I find geography easier but believe biology is more well respected.
I have not completely ruled out maths either as I know maths is great to have just in case I change my mind with degrees.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks

I would say that beyond doing one essay-based subject, it really doesn't matter what you study for law. Additionally, geography definitely isn't less respected than biology, especially in a field like law where geo helps you to develop important legal skills like coming up with good arguments / evaluating. Additionally, it's much better for you to do geography and get an A/A* because you enjoy it more and find it easier, than do bio and get a B.
I haven't really done too much research into loads of uni law courses, but English is definitely a useful one to have; I think that basically having only just one essay-based subject is acceptable for law if you have a good enough predicted grade, although it wouldn't hurt to have history too. For the most part, having STEM subjects like biology or maths show dedication as they are quite difficult subjects, and maths specifically is very versatile in case you decide to change a career path halfway through your A-levels. As for business though I don't really know, but the main goal here is of course to get good grades in the 3 courses you choose, so pick whichever ones interest you most
Original post by alexsmith0
I am currently stuck with my A Level choices and would be grateful for anyone’s suggestions please.
I am pretty sure I want to study law at university so I am definitely going to do A Level English Lit as oppose to history as an essay-based subject.
I would also like to setup a law firm business in the future so therefore I thought business studies would be a good choice.
My school only offers 3 a levels so I am stuck between biology and geography for the third one. I find geography easier but believe biology is more well respected.
I have not completely ruled out maths either as I know maths is great to have just in case I change my mind with degrees.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks

I would say that beyond doing one essay-based subject, it really doesn't matter what you study for law. All Russel Group uni websites confirm this. Additionally, geography definitely isn't less respected than biology, especially in a field like law where geo helps you to develop important legal skills like coming up with good arguments / evaluating. Additionally, it's much better for you to do geography and get an A/A* because you enjoy it more and find it easier, than do bio and get a B.
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I would choose geography over biology personally as geography gives you a greater scope and opportunities to analyse situations much more often than biology
a level biology is also notoriously hard and it is very stressful
However, pick the a levels you'd actually like at the end of the day, as Law is a kind of catch all degree.
Original post by alexsmith0
I am currently stuck with my A Level choices and would be grateful for anyone’s suggestions please.
I am pretty sure I want to study law at university so I am definitely going to do A Level English Lit as oppose to history as an essay-based subject.
I would also like to setup a law firm business in the future so therefore I thought business studies would be a good choice.
My school only offers 3 a levels so I am stuck between biology and geography for the third one. I find geography easier but believe biology is more well respected.
I have not completely ruled out maths either as I know maths is great to have just in case I change my mind with degrees.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks

Hi there

I think having at least one essay based subject for A levels is a good idea, so I think English is a nice choice. 🙂 Other than having an essay based subject, I do not think Universities really mind what other options you take, so business, geography, or biology are all suitable choices. In my opinion, I do not think geography is ranked lower than biology, and law schools tend to consider these subjects equally. Maths may give you the flexibility should you choose to take a different course, so it is not a bad idea either.

I am a final year law student, though I did not take the traditional A level subjects that are associated with law. I took biology and maths, whilst they were interesting subjects, they were definitely a large jump from GCSEs. For a law degree, Universities will look at what grade you achieve. The higher grade you receive, the more likely you are able to get into a higher ranking University, which will subsequently improve your chances of employment in the future. So I think you could consider which subjects you are more likely to achieve highly in.

I hope this helps.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
Reply 6
Original post by poppy2022
I would say that beyond doing one essay-based subject, it really doesn't matter what you study for law. Additionally, geography definitely isn't less respected than biology, especially in a field like law where geo helps you to develop important legal skills like coming up with good arguments / evaluating. Additionally, it's much better for you to do geography and get an A/A* because you enjoy it more and find it easier, than do bio and get a B.


Thank you very much for your advice. I always thought biology was more respected that geography however I am glad to discover it is not. I agree I will definitely find it easier to get an A* in Geography than in Biology so it makes sense to go with Geography.
Reply 7
Original post by University of Kent
Hi there
I think having at least one essay based subject for A levels is a good idea, so I think English is a nice choice. 🙂 Other than having an essay based subject, I do not think Universities really mind what other options you take, so business, geography, or biology are all suitable choices. In my opinion, I do not think geography is ranked lower than biology, and law schools tend to consider these subjects equally. Maths may give you the flexibility should you choose to take a different course, so it is not a bad idea either.
I am a final year law student, though I did not take the traditional A level subjects that are associated with law. I took biology and maths, whilst they were interesting subjects, they were definitely a large jump from GCSEs. For a law degree, Universities will look at what grade you achieve. The higher grade you receive, the more likely you are able to get into a higher ranking University, which will subsequently improve your chances of employment in the future. So I think you could consider which subjects you are more likely to achieve highly in.
I hope this helps.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep


Thank you for your help. I definitely believe I will achieved higher in geography and will enjoy it more so that is a better option overall.
Original post by alexsmith0
I am currently stuck with my A Level choices and would be grateful for anyone’s suggestions please.
I am pretty sure I want to study law at university so I am definitely going to do A Level English Lit as oppose to history as an essay-based subject.
I would also like to setup a law firm business in the future so therefore I thought business studies would be a good choice.
My school only offers 3 a levels so I am stuck between biology and geography for the third one. I find geography easier but believe biology is more well respected.
I have not completely ruled out maths either as I know maths is great to have just in case I change my mind with degrees.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks

hey!!
i chose my alevels a few months ago and had the same problem of whats good to do for law?? but i settled on english lit, geography, maths (and might do politics as a fourth) - ours are pretty similar lol
but i know that both geography and biology are falcilitating subjects, so unis will love them whichever one you choose
id say just choose what you enjoy and are good at because law for sure isnt super specific about the exact subjects you do and if you enjoy a subject, youll spend more time on it and get a better grade.
also we had careers advisor meetings in school and she said people who want to do law can do pretty much anything as long as their grades are good enough!!
anyway i'm sure whatever you choose will be great but i just noticed we had pretty similar choices lol
good luck in gcses!!

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