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A-level options - maths french spanish??

Is Further Maths, French, Spanish an unusual choice for a-level? Don’t want to do anything language related at uni, perhaps smth more general like business
Also I have to do a 4th option for a year, and the three subjects above are the only ones I like - any suggestions for a not too intensive 4th option that looks good on cv? (thinking about physics/econ)
Reply 1
Original post by flyingdonkey1
Is Further Maths, French, Spanish an unusual choice for a-level? Don’t want to do anything language related at uni, perhaps smth more general like business
Also I have to do a 4th option for a year, and the three subjects above are the only ones I like - any suggestions for a not too intensive 4th option that looks good on cv? (thinking about physics/econ)

I wouldn’t say it’s unusual, but it if you aren’t looking to pursue a modern languages degree of some form, it might be wiser to pick a subject that is more closely related to your ambitions for university. If you are interested in business, you could always look into subjects such as business, economics, politics and sociology. I think having one language may be useful, but in your case, any more than that seems unnecessary. Physics and economics are both intensive subjects and you shouldn’t be picking your A levels based on what will look good on your CV. For most employers, your subjects will be irrelevant (obviously this may vary based on the career). Most employers will look at, if at all, the grades achieved rather than the subjects taken. I wouldn’t advise taking a 4th A level unless you can handle a heavy workload and are confident in your ability to achieve high grades - there is a reason universities only require three. I would do some more research into the subjects and degree you want to study and go from there to choose A levels that are both appropriate and enjoyable.
Reply 2
Original post by bibachu
I wouldn’t say it’s unusual, but it if you aren’t looking to pursue a modern languages degree of some form, it might be wiser to pick a subject that is more closely related to your ambitions for university. If you are interested in business, you could always look into subjects such as business, economics, politics and sociology. I think having one language may be useful, but in your case, any more than that seems unnecessary. Physics and economics are both intensive subjects and you shouldn’t be picking your A levels based on what will look good on your CV. For most employers, your subjects will be irrelevant (obviously this may vary based on the career). Most employers will look at, if at all, the grades achieved rather than the subjects taken. I wouldn’t advise taking a 4th A level unless you can handle a heavy workload and are confident in your ability to achieve high grades - there is a reason universities only require three. I would do some more research into the subjects and degree you want to study and go from there to choose A levels that are both appropriate and enjoyable.

Thanks for replying!

Yeah, I know, but the problem is I like languages but don’t like many other subjects
And my school requires us do an AS-level for a year, not the full A-level. Perhaps I could do the extra language for that and do smth like Further Maths, Econ/Phys, and a Lang?
Just don’t think I’d like physics/econ very much
Reply 3
FM without Maths?
Reply 4
Original post by flyingdonkey1
Thanks for replying!
Yeah, I know, but the problem is I like languages but don’t like many other subjects
And my school requires us do an AS-level for a year, not the full A-level. Perhaps I could do the extra language for that and do smth like Further Maths, Econ/Phys, and a Lang?
Just don’t think I’d like physics/econ very much

Aside from physics and economics are there any other subjects you like that aren’t based in languages? Or, if you haven’t taken them at GCSE, are there any other subjects you may be interested in?
Reply 5
Original post by McGinger
FM without Maths?

Yes with maths ofc
But you can’t do maths, further maths, and just one more can you? Even though it’s an extra a-level? At least I don’t think you can at my school
Reply 6
Original post by bibachu
Aside from physics and economics are there any other subjects you like that aren’t based in languages? Or, if you haven’t taken them at GCSE, are there any other subjects you may be interested in?

I do Maths Bio Chem Physics French Spanish History Computing English and my school also offers Economics, Psychology, Politics at a-level
Looking at that list, asides from Maths French Spanish the only ones that could interest me are Physics, Economics (I do have a real interest in this outside school but don’t like the sound of the a-level course), History (but I’m way too slow a writer and don’t like the idea of so many essays)
Reply 7
Original post by flyingdonkey1
I do Maths Bio Chem Physics French Spanish History Computing English and my school also offers Economics, Psychology, Politics at a-level
Looking at that list, asides from Maths French Spanish the only ones that could interest me are Physics, Economics (I do have a real interest in this outside school but don’t like the sound of the a-level course), History (but I’m way too slow a writer and don’t like the idea of so many essays)

Based on what you’ve said, I think the smart choice would be to stick with French, Spanish and maths as your A level subjects and take further maths as your required AS level. That way you can still study subjects that interest you and your AS level won’t be an entirely new subject, so the workload won’t be as intense as if you were to take, for example, physics or economics as your AS level. You should be note that in modern languages you will still have to write lots of essays. From what I’ve heard, it’s essentially like taking English literature and language but in a different language and with more components making up your final grade (e.g. speaking component). If you’re worried about slow writing, if you haven’t already, I would look into getting extra time or a word processor for your exams in order to maximise your chances of securing a good grade at A level. Best of luck to you in your exams :smile:
Reply 8
Original post by bibachu
Based on what you’ve said, I think the smart choice would be to stick with French, Spanish and maths as your A level subjects and take further maths as your required AS level. That way you can still study subjects that interest you and your AS level won’t be an entirely new subject, so the workload won’t be as intense as if you were to take, for example, physics or economics as your AS level. You should be note that in modern languages you will still have to write lots of essays. From what I’ve heard, it’s essentially like taking English literature and language but in a different language and with more components making up your final grade (e.g. speaking component). If you’re worried about slow writing, if you haven’t already, I would look into getting extra time or a word processor for your exams in order to maximise your chances of securing a good grade at A level. Best of luck to you in your exams :smile:

Thanks a lot for your help :smile:
Reply 9
Original post by flyingdonkey1
Yes with maths ofc
But you can’t do maths, further maths, and just one more can you? Even though it’s an extra a-level? At least I don’t think you can at my school

Yes you can, although most people would do it as a 4th A level as part of STEM A levels.
Original post by flyingdonkey1
Is Further Maths, French, Spanish an unusual choice for a-level? Don’t want to do anything language related at uni, perhaps smth more general like business
Also I have to do a 4th option for a year, and the three subjects above are the only ones I like - any suggestions for a not too intensive 4th option that looks good on cv? (thinking about physics/econ)
They’re good a levels, and further maths/maths is 2 a levels, so you’ve already picked 4.

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