Lists of ‘soft’ A levels

The Times has an article on what subjects to avoid if you are trying to impress certain top universities. Whether it is tactful for Classics teachers to have these lists on their notice boards, or during Year 9 parents’ evenings, you will have to decide.

I reproduce only the first para and the LSE and Cambridge lists. Refer to the original article for other wise advice.
With GCSE results out tomorrow, teenagers across the country will be
deciding what to study next. But beware, some A levels are not good
bets for some universities, as the Good University Guide’s John O’Leary explains..

See below for the lists of “soft” subjects to beware of at A level.

London School of Economics list

• Accounting
• Art and Design
• Business Studies
• Communication Studies
• Design and Technology
• Drama/Theatre Studies*
• Home Economics
• Information and Communication Technology
• Law
• Media Studies
• Music Technology
• Sports Studies
• Travel and Tourism

Cambridge list

A levels

• Accounting
• Art and Design
• Business Studies
• Communication Studies
• Dance
• Design and Technology
• Drama/Theatre Studies
• Film Studies
• Health and Social Care
• Home Economics
• Information and Communication Technology
• Leisure Studies
• Media Studies
• Music Technology
• Performance Studies
• Performing Arts
• Photography
• Physical Education
• Sports Studies
• Travel and Tourism

IB

• Business and Management
• Design and Technology
• Information Technology in a Global Society
• Theatre Arts
• Visual Arts

General
Studies and Critical Thinking A levels will only be considered as
fourth A level subjects and not as part of a conditional offer.

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3 Responses

  1. There’s a bigger list based upon 12 universities at:

    http://www.whichalevels.org/a-level-league-table

  2. Interesting how the above subjects have more practical use than the academic subjects preferred by LSE and Cambridge (Sciences excepted). Otherwise it is really ‘horses for courses’, and academic snobbery prevails in academia!

  3. The subjects that are so called SOFT subjects are actually the most enjoyable, creative often based on Team work, Initiative, Communication Skills, Artistry (Drama, Performing Arts, Media Studies). Any student considering going to Cambridge probably has a rich Mummy and Daddy, a cottage in France and a Yacht! Give me a break you pompous…………..!

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