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What A-Levels should I take?

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  • History and psychology are fine, but don't do law, especially if you are only doing 3 subjects at a-level. It won't actually help you once you get to uni and some unis go as far as to not even count it when considering your results.

    You need to do another traditional subject such as English, maths, a science or a language.

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  • When I was choosing my a-levels a few years ago and was thinking of law at university I was told by a couple of redbrick universities that I spoke to that they would prefer me not to take a-level law.

    I subsequently didn't do law a-level or a law degree!

    I would definitely agree with the above poster about traditional subjects BUT having come from a non-law background I would say what's important is getting to a very good university on the back of good grades (and good extra-curriculars) to read a subject that you enjoy and will do well in. That doesn't need to be law. Think about possible degree choices and universities .... redbrick universities and Oxbridge will certainly prefer more 'traditional' subjects and they will look better on job applications in the future.

    I would encourage a language - particularly if you want to work as a solicitor in one of the big international firms as it shows a willingness to learn about other cultures and throws up opportunities for travel.

    Well done for thinking seriously about it at this stage! It's never too early, but your ambitions my change as you get older (mine did!) so doing well is probably the best thing to aim for; that way all the options remain open - whatever you choose to do.

    good luck!

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  • As the other posters have said above, if you are aiming at Oxbridge and the Russell Group it is unfortunate but true that you should steer clear of A-level law. The universities will probably say on their websites which A-levels they will not consider and also check the UCAS website for this info. I took English, History and Economics to get into Nottingham Uni. Look towards those subjects that are considered 'tradiational' - single sciences, history, English, Maths, geography, modern languages etc

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  • If you haven't already, do take a look at the report produced by the Russell Group Unis called 'Informed Choices' - http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/media/informed-choices/InformedChoices-latest.pdf. It states which subjects best prepare you for future study; for Law it states History as useful, plus other 'facilitating subjects' (check the guide for what they mean by facilitating subjects!) As mentioned above Languages are highly looked upon, whilst Law as an A-Level is disliked by some Universities (and law firms) If you are going to do General Studies and/or Critical Thinking, ensure these are in addition to three strong subjects as many Unis and firms won't accept them. Your grades will also be important - many firms ask for AAB so go for subjects you enjoy and are good at.

    You may also want to take a look at this - a list of preferred and non-preferred A-Levels by University - http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/feb/01/university-preferred-a-levels.

    Finally, speak to your school's Careers Adviser (if you still have one) who will be able to talk you through all the options.

    Well Done for asking this question - so many students blindly choose their A-Levels with little thought for the future, and Good Luck!

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  • I studied English Language, English Literature, History, Business Studies and (controversially it seems) Law at A-Level before going on to study Law at Newcastle University. I'm now a barrister in a criminal set of chambers in London. Whilst I don't disagree with what's been said above, remember that you need to take subjects which will not only assist you in undertaking your preferred course at your preferred university, but also subjects which you enjoy! Research institutions which you may like to go to and see if they give you any tips as to what they like their students to have studied. My personal opinion about studying law prior to university is that there is no harm in it- perhaps consider doing an AS Level in the subject as an 'extra' just so you get a flavour of what it is all about before committing yourself to a three year degree in a subject you otherwise would never have studied! Best of luck to you.

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  • When I was looking into which A-Levels to study I asked a family friend who is a solicitor and he said not to take Law. He recommended History as it gives you the research skills, English, which will help with assessments and Sociology or Psychology. When I arrived at University I found that a lot of other students had taken A level Law and the lecturers did not like it. I was even friends with someone who loved Law at A-Level but hated it at Degree because it is completely different.

    My advice is to steer clear of A-Level Law and go for the more traditional subjects.

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  • U did A level law and it set me up nicely for university (it confirmed it was a subject i wanted to study). I wouldn't worry too much about oxbridge or russell group uni's not advising you to do law, I git into a russell grouo uni and the firms I was with over aummer seemed to think it was a bit old school that people don't value a law a level and were actually impressed I had done one.

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  • what subjects should i take at a-level which will help me most to achieve my ambition to become a lawyer?

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  • I'm only 14 and I'm considering becoming a lawyer. And I chatting to a family friend and she recommended that you take English Lit, History and Sociology because she said she took Law A level she hated it there was too much assesements set. And when she went on to do the degree she said it was even worse they were too different things. She had to contact a tutor and help her. She is now a lawyer but she said she found that if you take more tradiontial subjects instead of opp, you'll find Uni more easier and it still keeps your choices wider if you ever want to change your mind on what you wanna do. I recommend you do History,English lit and socialogy(: hope your gcse's went well!

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  • Im currently enroling now to do my a levels at six form, I've picked English literature, business studies, history and sociology.. Today I was trying out the lessons and I found that I didn't really like the English literature corse that I had picked. Consequently I don't really want to study something for two years that I'm not going to enjoy, but really what my question is, is; if I drop English literature and keep at the other three would it effect my chances of getting into uni to study law?..

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