Adam Caller, founder of the leading global private tutoring company, commented this week that when choosing which A-Levels to take, ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ subjects are not being due consideration.
Research  conducted by the Institute of Education at University College London, concluded that the top British universities were showing favour to those choosing traditional core subjects, such as English, History, and Mathematics, over career-specific ‘soft’ subjects, such as Drama or Psychology.
In his statement, independent education consultant, Adam Caller, offered his own advice for students choosing their A-Level options.
Mr Caller commented: “If you’re serious about an application to Oxbridge or other good universities, you must think about your competition for that place. Even though a university might say they want an AAB, or AAA, it is clear that not all As are equal. Three A-grades in “Facilitating” subjects such as Science or Mathematics, or English Literature or History on the Humanities side, will always be more attractive to an elite university than A grades in two hard subjects and one soft. Think about the university you want to go to right at the start, and check with them as to what A-Levels combinations they recommend for the course you want to pursue.
These observations align with statements made by researchers, who found that students applying to top universities to study Law, Accounting, and business-related degrees were, in fact, less likely to be accepted if they had studied the subjects at secondary level.
Mr Caller, however, went on to stress that passionate students could still study their desired subjects, with some mindful tweaking to their timetable.
“For example, if you wish to do a degree in English, and were planning to study English Literature, Drama, and Maths, swap Drama for English Language. Similarly, choose Economics over Business Studies, Maths over Accounting, and so on. If you’re passionate about a softer subject, by all means, study it at A-Level, but it makes more sense to study it in addition to three hard subjects, rather than replacing a potentially essential grade. If you’re worried about timetable issues and clashes between subjects, another option is to study for that A-Level at home with a private tutor.”
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 Students choosing A-Levels in career specific subjects are less attractive to elite universities, new study suggests. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/08/12/students-choosing-a-levels-career-specific-subjects-less-attractive/amp/ Harry Yorke, The Telegraph, 13 August 2017.