Facilitating subjects

27 September 2013

Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said:

“Our consistent advice is that taking two facilitating subjects will keep a wide range of degree courses and career options open to you. This is because these are the subjects most commonly required by our universities and hundreds of courses require one or more facilitating subjects.

“Clearly many students will study a combination of facilitating and non-facilitating subjects. It is impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions from looking at individual subjects in isolation without knowing the range of subjects a student has taken or what grades they achieved. The author herself acknowledges that the figures do not allow her to see combinations of A-levels and her analysis ignores achievement which is clearly a hugely important factor in admissions to selective institutions.”

Notes to Editors

  1. Informed Choices has been put together in collaboration with the Heads of Admissions at Russell Group universities. It includes advice on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as advice on the best choices if you don’t know what you want to study after school and need to keep your options open. It can be read here.

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