OP note that some 6th forms offer English language as well as English Lit and the Literature is more highly regarded. She might be better choosing a 4th AS in a traditional academic subject and the decision about whether to take 3 or 4 to A level can be made at the end of the first year.
Re: Cambridge - hard, medium or soft subjects There it is
LIST A1 Generally Suitable Science A-levels Biology Chemistry Mathematics Further Mathematics Physics
LIST A2 Generally Suitable Arts A-levels Art History Chinese Classical Civilisation Economics English Literature French Geography German Greek History Irish Italian Japanese Latin Music Philosophy Religious Studies Russian Spanish Welsh
LIST B Limited Suitability Archaeology (Arch & Anth) Art & Design (Architecture/History of Art) Business Studies (Economics) Design & Technology (Architecture) Drama/Theatre Studies (Arts) Electronics (Engineering) English Language (Arts) Film Studies (Arts) Government & Politics (Arts) Law (Law) Media Studies (Arts) Psychology (Arts) Sociology (Arts)
LIST C Unsuitable A-levels Accounting Citizenship Communication Studies Critical Thinking Dance General Studies Health & Social Care Home Economics ICT Leisure Studies Music Technology Performance Studies Performing Arts Photography Physical Education Sports Studies Travel & Tourism
Sorry to be starting so many threads, but we decided just a few days back that we would definitely be sedning our daughter to the UK for Sixth form next year, and since I'm from India, I am completely clueless about the British system and need a lot of help.
My daughter has 2 choose four AS subjects and sit entrance exams in them, so she needs to decide her choices and start preparing ASAP. She wants to do English, Maths and History with a fourth AS in either Art or Drama & Theatre. She's not entirely sure yet what she wants to do at University, but it's probably going to be either Economics or English or some combination of the two.
My questions are:
1. Is English, Economics and Maths a good combination that top universities will look at positively?
2. Would it be better for her to pursue art/ drama as extra-curricular activities- would it be considered too 'soft' a choice by top Universities? Would Classical Civlizations or History of Art be better alternative AS Level?
4. Would doing 4 A Levels instead of 3 give her a significant advantage for university applications?