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 Post subject: A-Level confusion?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:25 am 
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Please help !

My Dd is planning on taking A-levels in the Art Subjects, such as Photography, Textiles etc, later on if she decides to go to University and want to engage in a more academic subject such as Law or Medicine, will these A-level subjects jeopordise her chances of being able to apply for degrees such as these?

Or do Universities just look at the grades of the A-levels rather than the subjects? :?


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 Post subject: Re: A-Level confusion?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:28 am 
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they look at the subjects and the grades

Medicine requires Chem, most unis want biol and pref maths and an essay subject.

Law is very much depends on which Uni.

Trinity Cambridge have commented on subjects :
http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/index.php?pageid=604
have a look at the lists lower down the page


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 Post subject: Re: A-Level confusion?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:55 am 
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this will also be helpful

http://russellgroup.org/InformedChoices-latest.pdf


I think that the blunt but honest answer is that the choices your DD is considering are likely to make it very difficult to get a place on an academic course such as Medicine or Law.


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 Post subject: Re: A-Level confusion?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:24 am 
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However, some universities now have foundation courses, etc for such an eventuality. My daughter is in halls with a girl who did art/photography A levels and is doing a pre-vet course and will then go on to do the normal vet degree.

Mind you, she is struggling already and there is, apparently, a 50% drop out rate.


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 Post subject: Re: A-Level confusion?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:53 am 
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Thank you all for your useful comments. I think the consensus is that my Dd needs to have another think about her A-Level options, thanks again.


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 Post subject: Re: A-Level confusion?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:12 am 
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I know someone who is currently doing VetMed who did art A level - I think you can probably get away with one - to AS at least. It sounds like your daughter is more interested in a career in the arts?

In general I would say that if you are able then A levels are not the end of the story. You can do access courses which enable entry to older people without relevant A levels - not everyone has a set career in mind at 16/17. Bear in mind though that if she applies to uni for an arts course and gets a loan etc it may be a case of full fees if she wants to do a more academic degree later on.


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