Top A-Level Combinations Ranked | Votes from 450+ Students

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Your A-Level combination can be so important. It may affect what you can do in the future, whether that’s what you want to study or even what career you want to do. Regardless of this, it is probably the hardest academic decision that you have yet to make.

Having been in your shoes, I want nothing more than to give you a little nudge in the right direction. However, what’s even better than getting advice from one student is getting advice from many different students. In this article, you’ll get exactly that in the form of a ranking of what students consider to be the best A-Level combinations. To have your say make sure you vote in our poll.

Continue reading to learn what students have ranked as the top 5 A-Level combinations. This article will also include recommendations of A-Level combinations based on complementary subjects and prospective degree options.

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What are the best A-Level combinations? (our survey results)

Figuring out which A-Level combination is the best is a difficult task. This is because there are so many different factors that need to be considered as each student will have their own opinion and what is the best A-Level combination.

Due to this, we decided to ask readers what they felt were the best combinations of A-Level subjects. With a total of 456 students voting in our poll, the processed results can be seen below.

*From the 456 votes there were a total of 277 different combinations submitted through polling. Due to the vast amount of possible A-Level combinations, our top spot is taken up with only 14 votes. As the amount of votes increase, this figure should also increase, making the top A-Level combination a more accurate representation of students opinion.

1. Biology, Chemistry, Maths

Based on the votes of 440 students, the top combination of A-Level subjects is A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level Maths. This is with 14 votes, which made up 3.2% of the vote.

This combination is likely considered the top A-Level combination for A-Level students as it allows access into a range of STEM courses for higher level study, including degrees in Medicine and many other science-based subjects. Therefore, students may consider it the best A-Level combination as is a great option for students who want to continue studying these subjects in the future.

Also, the combination of A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level Maths is one of the most popular combinations for A-Level subjects. Due to this, students may consider it one of the best options as it is a combination that seems to work for many students. To learn more about the most popular A-Level combinations, check out this article by FFT Education Lab.

2. Economics, Maths, Physics

According to our poll, the next best combination of A-Levels subjects is A-Level Economics, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics. This is with 12 votes, which made up 2.7% of the vote.

This combination is most likely considered a good A-Level combination as these subjects complement each other quite well. This is because they are all very mathematically based and so there may be some shared knowledge between these subjects. Therefore, students may consider it as one of the best A-Level combinations as it is quite practical to study all three of these subjects together.

Also, the combination of A-Level Economics, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics is quite varied. This is because while they are all very mathematical, A-Level Economics is a social science and looks at governments, people and businesses.

Whereas, A-Level Physics is a science, which covers topics such as space and electronics. Therefore, students may see this as a good combination for A-Level study as students may find it more interesting than if they were to study several science or social science subjects.

As this is such a varied combination, students could go into a wide range of different areas with these A-Levels. This may be another reason why students consider it a good combination as it can keep your options open while still being linked together.

3. Business, Economics, Maths

In 3rd place for the best A-Level combination according to our poll is A-Level Business, A-Level Economics and A-Level Maths. This is with 11 votes, making up 2.5% of the vote.

Students may consider these 3 subjects to be one of the best A-Level combinations due to how they complement each other. This is because A-Level Business and A-Level Economics share some similarities and both require mathematical skills. Therefore, students may see this combination as being one of the best as it is quite a practical combination.

Students, who take this combination, could go into a range of different areas for further study or work. However, this A-Level combination could help to set students up for the areas of business management, economics or finance related areas.

4. Computer Science, Maths, Physics

Ranked 4th based on students’ votes for the best A-Level combination is the combination of A-Level Computer Science, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics. This is with 10 votes, which makes up 2.3% of the vote.

Students likely consider this one of the best A-Level combinations as once again, these subjects all complement each other well. This is because there are some shared characteristics between these subjects with them all being scientific and requiring mathematical skills.

Also, this combination would be a great choice for students who are interested in technology from a more scientific standing. While these A-Levels can allow you to go into a range of science-based fields, I think they would be particularly good for areas such as computing and engineering.

5. Chemistry, Maths, Physics

In 5th place for the best A-Level combination is the combination of A-Level Chemistry, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics. This combination received 1.8% of the vote with 8 students picking this combination as the best.

Students may consider this A-Level combination as one of the best due to the fact that all of the subjects complement each other. If you want to go into higher education or a career in science, particularly something to do with engineering, chemistry or physics, then this option of A-Levels could be a great idea.

How were the votes collected for this article?

The data discussed within this article was collected within the period of 22nd of March 2023 to 24th of June 2023.

Between March 2023 and June 2023, we displayed a voting form on this page which prompted readers to vote on which A-Level combination they thought was the ‘best’. Within this timeframe, we collected 456 votes, excluding submissions that were disregarded from the data set due to formatting issues or other errors.

We are constantly trying to improve on our polling methods and as a result we’ve made some adjustments. The most recent of which are listed below. If you have other suggestions, please let us know.

  • Random form defaults: When a reader is presented with the voting form, the default A-Level subject order (how they appear on the form) is now randomly chosen at runtime. This (theoretically) means that every reader gets a random subject order, reducing any bias towards certain A-Level subject choices, which may be at the top or another favourable position on screen. Thank you to those readers who suggested this.

Alongside the adjustments we’ve made, there are also some key limitations of our polling methods that could’ve swayed results:

  • Filtered A-Level subject list: The voting form displays a subset of A-Level subjects. We’ve listed all of the ones that we could, but it is possible we’ve missed a few. If you feel this happened for a subject, please let us know.
  • Potential bad actors: Despite having anti-spam software in place, it is possible repeated entries were made by single individuals. With respect to privacy, we don’t ask for more information than we need and as a result, it is almost impossible to identify submission users to check if they are unique.

*This section is updated simultaneously alongside any voting form updates. We try to keep this section as transparent as possible as we know our vote collection methods are far from perfect.

Top complementary A-Level combinations by subject

Seeing what other students have voted as the top A-Level combinations, hopefully gave you a bit of an idea about what you can pick for your own. However, you may still feel a bit unsure about your whole A-Level combination.

If you have some idea about one or two of the subjects that you want to study, you may want to fit the rest of your options around this. This can be great for various reasons.

As seen with our ranking of the top 5 A-Level combinations, the subjects were generally related to each other in some way. Whether this was due to the subjects allowing you to develop the same kinds of skills or having similar content that can be useful across subjects.

Above, we looked at what students voted as the top 5, but in this section, I will share with you my recommendations of complementary A-Levels for the 10 most popular A-Level subjects. For more information about what these A-Levels are for 2023, check out this Think Student article.

My recommendations for A-Level combinations for the 10 most popular A-Level subjects are as follows.

A-Level subject Recommended complementary subjects
Maths
  • Further maths
  • Physics
  • Computer science
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Psychology
Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Maths
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Business
  • Economics
Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • Further Maths
  • Physics
Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Law
History
  • Politics
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Law
  • Ancient Languages
  • Philosophy
  • History of Art
Art and design
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • History of Art
  • History
  • Business
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Design and Technology
  • Media/ Film
Business studies
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Maths
  • Statistics
  • Politics
  • Accounting
  • Modern Foreign Languages
Physics
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
Economics
  • Business
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Politics

Look below to see these recommendations in more detail and to get an explanation as to why I have chosen them.

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Maths

Based off enrolment data, the most popular A-Level subject for 2023 is A-Level Maths. However, it can be difficult to know which subjects fit best with it.

As a science-based subject, I would recommend putting other scientific subjects with A-Level Maths for your A-Level combination. These may include:

  • Further maths
  • Physics
  • Computer science
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Biology

For a slightly less scientific-focused A-Level combination, students may want to choose social science subjects to complement A-Level Maths. They may include the following.

  • Economics
  • Business
  • Psychology

As a note, all of the top 5 A-Level combinations from our poll mentioned at least one of these complementary subjects alongside A-Level Maths. This suggests that other students have also seen the benefits of choosing subjects like these together.

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Psychology

The next most popular A-Level option for 2023 is A-Level Psychology. As it’s not commonly offered at GCSE level, it can be hard to figure out which A-Levels will complement it well.

As a both a science subject and a social science, A-Level Psychology can be well-matched with both of these types of subjects. These may include:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Maths
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Business
  • Economics

Despite this, it can be quite varied and students may instead find that they want to take it with other essay-based subjects, such as A-Level History or A-Level English, or even an entirely different subject. Remember, these are all just my recommendations for what I feel would suit the subject best.

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Biology

For 2023, Biology is ranked as the 3rd most popular A-Level subject. With A-Level Biology, the complementary A-Levels to choose from for your combination are a lot more straightforward.

This is because A-Level Biology is one of the main science subjects so it can match well with the other sciences. These include the following subjects.

  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • Further Maths
  • Physics

As mentioned above, students ranked the combination of A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level Maths as being the top combination. However, this should only be used as a guide and you may feel that other subjects would better suit you with A-Level Biology.

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Chemistry

A-Level Chemistry is ranked as the 4th most popular A-Level subject. Similarly, to A-Level Biology, the most complementary subjects that you can choose to go with A-Level Chemistry are a lot more obvious.

Once again, these are the science subjects. However, as A-Level Chemistry can be more on the mathematical side, some of the other mathematical options may be more suitable than they would’ve been for A-Level Biology. The most complementary subjects for A-Level Chemistry are as follows.

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Sociology

A-Level Sociology was ranked as the 5th most popular A-Level subject for 2023.  However, complementing this subject with other A-Levels can be tricky if you’re not quite sure what to expect for the course. This can especially be the case as GCSE Sociology isn’t offered by all schools.

In A-Level Sociology, students learn about modern society, how it is structured, and the social issues present within. Due to this, it is a social science subject. This means that it can be complemented quite well with other social sciences subjects, such as the ones below.

  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Economics

Students may also want to take A-Level Sociology with other subjects, such as humanities subjects, that can also have some links. These may be as follows.

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Law

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level History

A-Level History is the 6th most popular A-Level subject for 2023. Unlike the previous subjects, A-Level History is solely a humanities subject rather than being a science or social science, this also reflects in the A-Level subjects that complement it.

For A-Level History, students may want to choose other humanities and essay-based subjects as well as subjects that have links to history. These include the following.

  • Politics
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Law
  • Ancient Languages
  • Philosophy
  • History of Art

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Art and Design

A-Level Art and Design and similar subjects can be hard to match with subjects that complement it. This is because it will depend on if the student is looking to do all creative subjects or if they want to go for a mixture of creative and academic subjects.

Looking at the mixture of creative and academic subjects may be more beneficial as universities often dislike students taking only creative subjects. In fact, as mentioned above, some universities may look down on less academic subjects, such as A-Level PE and A-Level Dance.

If wanting to do a mixture of creative and academic subjects, students may want to incorporate humanities and possibly social science subjects into their A-Level combination. These may include:

  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • History of Art
  • History
  • Business
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

However, if students want to do more creative subjects, they may want to incorporate the following into their combination.

  • Design and Technology
  • Media/ Film

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Business Studies

For 2023, A-Level Business is ranked as the 8th most popular A-Level subject. As a social science, there are a wide range of subjects that can complement A-Level Business well. As seen within our ranking with the likes of A-Level Economics and A-Level Maths.

Students may want to study other social science subjects, humanities or even certain science subjects as well. These may include:

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Maths
  • Statistics
  • Politics
  • Accounting
  • Modern Foreign Languages

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Physics

As another science subject, A-Level Physics can seem to be quite easy to match up with other subjects, However, once again, it is slightly different from A-Level Biology and A-Level Chemistry, primarily due to the differences between them, and so may focus slightly more on mathematical skills. For example, students may choose:

  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science

Despite this, as the votes from students showed, you may want to pair up A-Level Physics with a social science subject, such as A-Level Economics.

Best A-Level combinations for A-Level Economics

A-level Economics isn’t offered at every sixth form or college. Despite this, A-Level Economics still manages to be in 10th place in terms of the most popular A-Level subjects.

As A-Level Economics is often not studied until sixth form or college it can once again, be difficult to figure out which subjects are best to go with it. As A-Level Economics is another social science degree, one choice students have is to add other social science as well as humanities and more scientific subjects. For example:

  • Business
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Politics

Once again, these are just my recommendations and students may find that matching A-Level Economics with other subjects, such as A-Level Physics, is a great match, as this combination was ranked in 2nd place according to our poll.

Top A-Level combinations by prospective degree

Already in this article, we’ve looked at how you can pick your A-Level combination based on how the subjects work together, both in the form of what students consider the best combinations and by focusing on a main subject.

However, if you know what you want to go to university in the future and you know what you want to study, picking your A-Level combination to meet this can be one of the best ways to do it. This is because universities often have preferred subjects for you to study and some may even require you to study certain A-Levels in order to be able to take the course.

As there are such a wide range of degree subjects that you can do, it’s impossible to give recommendations for each one. The following A-Level combination recommendations will just be for the 10 most popular degree subjects for 2023. To learn more about this popularity ranking, check out this Think Student article.

To get a quick overview of my recommendations for A-Level combinations for the top 10 most popular degrees, check out the following table.

Degree subject Recommended A-Level subjects
Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy
Law
  • Law
  • History
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Modern foreign languages
  • Sociology
Business and management
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Modern foreign languages
Adult nursing
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Maths
Computer science
  • Computer science
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Maths
Economics
  • Economics
  • Maths
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Further Maths
  • Psychology
  • Politics
History
  • History
  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Classical Civilisation
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Philosophy
  • Ancient Languages

*Please note that degrees in Business and Management, Business Studies and Management Studies are considered 3 separate entries in the 10 most popular degrees. However, due to their similarity, they have been merged in this article.

Best A-Level combinations for a Psychology degree

Based on enrolment data, Psychology degrees are the most popular degree in the UK for 2023. Due to this, applications can be quite competitive and so picking the right A-Levels when applying to this course is so important.

The subjects that you will need at A-Level to be able to do a Psychology degree will depend on the university you apply to. However, as psychology is one of the sciences, you will often need a science subject at A-Level.

To meet this requirement, you may need one of the following A-Level subjects.

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths

Unlike the other sciences, psychology is much more essay based. This can make having humanities subjects or social science subjects at A-Level useful as well, look at the following list to see which ones are most recommended.

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy

To learn more about this, check out this guide by UCAS.

Due to this, A-Level combinations, such as those in the top 5 ranking as mentioned above could all be great options. Otherwise, you may want to sub out one of the subjects in those combinations for A-Level Psychology or a different subject if you feel that would better suit you.

Best A-Level combinations for a Law degree

A Law degree is another popular and competitive degree option. Unlike for a Psychology degree, students won’t need to take any specific A-Level subjects. However, less academic subjects, such as A-Level Art or A-Level PE may weaken the application.

Due to this, students may want to consider taking strongly academic subjects. Particularly ones that require use of critical thinking and analysis will be useful as universities often look for these qualities in students who apply for Law degree courses. The following subjects are good options as they can allow students to demonstrate this.

  • Law
  • History
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Politics

Law degrees are often combined with other degree types as joint honours degrees. The most join honours degree combinations with a Law degree are Business and Management, Criminology, Accounting, Policing and Modern Languages degrees. Due to this, students may also feel that subjects related to these degree subjects are also complimentary at A-Level.

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Modern foreign languages
  • Sociology

To learn more about Law degrees and their entry requirements, check out this guide by UCAS.

Best A-Level combinations for a Business and Management degree

3 of the top 10 most popular degree subjects for 2023 are Business and Management, Business Studies and Management Studies degrees. While these are separate degrees and exactly what is studied in each will differ, the A-Levels required for them will generally be the same.

Generally, universities won’t ask for specific subjects at A-Level. However, it is always important that you check this with the university as some may do.

If deciding to take a Business degree, students may consider taking A-Levels that are related to it, such as ones from the following list.

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Accounting

Students may also want to consider subjects that aren’t as directly related but may prove to be useful due to certain aspects that they share with Business degrees. These may include:

  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Modern foreign languages

To learn more about this, check out this guide by UCAS.

As students voted in our poll, taking A-Level Business, A-Level Economics and A-Level Maths together could be a great idea. However, as mentioned, Business and Management degrees won’t generally need you to have specific A-Levels and so you may wish to choose completely different subjects.

Best A-Level combinations for an Adult Nursing degree

For 2023, the Adult Nursing degree is ranked as the 5th most popular degree in the UK. In an Adult Nursing degree, students are trained to become fully qualified nurses, who take care of the health and wellbeing of patients.

Due to the medical focus of this degree, it is also very scientific, meaning that you will generally need to study a science subject at A-Level, such as the following ones.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

For any Nursing degree, A-Level Biology will typically be very important and may even be a requirement. Students may also choose to study other science or social science subjects that may relate to the Adult Nursing degree. These may include the following.

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Maths

To learn more about Adult Nursing degrees and their entry requirements, check out this UCAS guide. Due to the scientific focus of an Adult Nursing degree, some A-Level combinations that could be a good idea are ones from the students’ ranking above. For example, A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level Maths could be a great choice for students who wish to do an Adult Nursing degree.

Best A-Level combinations for a Computer Science degree

A Computer Science degree is another popular degree subject, being ranked as the 6th most popular degree in the UK for 2023. The required subjects for a Computer Science degree will depend on which university you are applying for.

However, as a scientific degree, taking science subjects at A-Level, such as the following, can be useful.

  • Computer science
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Depending on the university and the specific course, students may find that A-Level Maths is a required subject. To learn more about this, check out this guide by UCAS.

Due to this, the ranked 4th best A-Level combination according to our poll could be a great fit. This combination is A-Level Computer Science, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics and would allow students to meet potential subject requirements that universities may have while also doing other STEM subjects.

Best A-Level combinations for a Criminology degree

Due to being ranked 7th most popular in the UK, a Criminology degree can be fairly competitive. In a Criminology degree, students learn about crimes, criminals and their motivations as well as forms of crime prevention.

As there is no A-Level Criminology, this is not a requirement for study and there will generally be no required A-Level subjects. However, students may find social science and science-based subjects useful as criminology itself fits with these. Some recommended A-Levels are as follows.

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Maths

To learn more about this, check out this UCAS guide.

A-Level combinations for an Economics degree

As the 9th most popular degree subject in the UK for 2023, an Economics degree is still very competitive. However, as economics isn’t always offered by sixth forms or colleges, knowing what to choose for your A-Level combination can often be harder.

A-Level Economics isn’t a requirement to do an Economics degree, although it might be useful if you’re able to study it. While not the case for all courses, A-Level Maths is often a required subject to do an Economics degree.

Other than these 2 subjects, students may find that other social science or mathematically based A-Levels will be the best fit. These may include the following.

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Further Maths
  • Psychology
  • Politics

To learn more about the entry requirements for an Economics degree, check out this guide by UCAS. As the poll suggested, students may find that a combination of A-Level Business, A-Level Economics and A-Level Maths is a good fit.

A-Level combinations for a History degree

The History degree came in 10th place for most popular degrees of 2023, which still makes it on the more competitive side. Unlike the students’ ranking above, a History degree is primarily a humanities subject and the A-Level combination you choose will generally need to reflect this.

In order to take a History degree, students will generally need to have taken the A-Level or a similar A-Level that is directly related. These may include:

  • History
  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology

Students will typically not be able to take these subjects together, especially as they are so similar. Plus, it can look bad to universities so only taking one of these is best.

Other options that they may want to take may include similar essay-based subjects. This may particularly be in subjects that can also allow students to develop critical thinking and analytical skills, as universities often look for this in History degree candidates. These subjects may include the following.

  • Politics
  • Law
  • Classical Civilisation
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Philosophy
  • Ancient Languages

To learn more about History degrees and their entry requirements, check out this guide by UCAS.

Remember that this article has been based off my own opinion and the opinion of various different students. While this has hopefully given you a bit of an idea of what A-Level combinations may work for you, it is only meant to be a guide. Choosing your A-Level combination is ultimately something that you will have to do for yourself based on your own situation.

How to choose a good A-Level combination?

Choosing your A-Level combination can be so difficult as there are so many different things that you may need to consider. However, when picking your A-Level choices, you may want to keep a specific focus.

The main focuses you may want to consider when choosing your A-Level combination are the subjects that link to what you want to do in the future, the subjects that fit well with each other, the subjects that keep your future options open and the subjects you enjoy.

To learn about these focuses in choosing your A-Level combination and to get some recommendations for these, check out the following sections. If you would like to learn more about what you need to consider when picking your A-Levels, check out this Think Student article.

We would also love to hear your opinion. Please take the time to share your A-Level combinations in the poll below.

Which A-Levels combinations do you think work best?
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What are the most common A-Level combinations?

Choosing your own A-Level combination solely based on what other people have picked isn’t a good idea. This is because your combination needs to fit with you, your aspirations and what you enjoy, so that by the end of the 2 years you still feel willing to study these subjects.

However, looking at which A-Level combinations are the most popular can help you have some insight into which ones work well and which ones universities like. This can help you to shape your own combination, even without basing it on someone else’s.

This is especially as many students across the country choose their A-Level subjects in order to help them get into university, whether this is done by picking subjects to suit the degree itself or if it’s done in any other way.

For 2019, the most common A-Level combination was A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level Maths. As these subjects can be great for a range of scientific subjects, it’s no wonder that this combination is so popular.

For 2019, the 2nd most common A-Level combination is A-Level Chemistry, A-Level Physics and A-Level Mathematics. Once again, being a science subject, this A-Level combination can be great, especially if you’re looking at furthering your education into very scientific subjects.

Top 10 most popular A-Level combinations

  1. A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level Maths.
  2. A-Level Chemistry, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics
  3. A-Level Biology, A-Level Psychology and A-Level Chemistry
  4. A-Level Maths, A-Level Further Maths,
  5. A-Level Computing, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics
  6. A-Level Chemistry, A-Level Maths, A-Level Further Maths and A-Level Physics
  7. A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level Geography
  8. A-Level Economics, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics
  9. A-Level English Literature, A-Level History and A-Level Psychology
  10. A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level History

To learn more about these, check out this article by FFT Education Data Lab.

*Please note that some information included in this article is taken from this governmental guide.

I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration on potential A-Level combinations for you. Good luck in your A-Levels!

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Ahmed
Ahmed
4 years ago

Can I take computer science, physics and media sciences in a levels is this good for my future

Archie
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Reply to  Ahmed
4 years ago

A-Level Computer Science and Physics are fantastic together! However, Media Sciences stuck out a bit for me… I’m not certain that it works well with the other A-Levels. What would you like to do after A-Levels?

Aditya
Aditya
Reply to  Archie
4 years ago

Is Physics, Math, Economics and ICT a good combination of subjects at a collegiate level

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Aditya
4 years ago

Yes it is!

Mo
Mo
Reply to  Archie
4 years ago

Is finance history and biology good

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Mo
4 years ago

Finance and History together is ok… Biology is a bit of an oddball as it doesn’t really go well with the other two.

Zaib
Zaib
Reply to  Archie
4 years ago

Is it possible for a student to take half credit maths and half credit statistics along with psychology and business students? One of my students is not able to do P3 of Maths. Please reply

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Zaib
4 years ago

Really sorry but I’m actually not sure:/

Cheatcode Chidodzi
Cheatcode Chidodzi
Reply to  Archie
4 years ago

beans

Asa
Asa
Reply to  Cheatcode Chidodzi
3 years ago

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anesu
Anesu
Reply to  Archie
2 years ago

Is business studies, economics and accounting a good A level combination?

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Anesu
2 years ago

no its trash combo u need to be using a PUMP shooty and a eagle

Tyrone
Tyrone
Reply to  Joe
1 year ago

XDDDDD

Abdullah Zahid
Abdullah Zahid
Reply to  Archie
3 years ago

Hi Archie , Is Maths , IT and Computer Science a good combination …
do u know any other field dat links directly to computer science without taking math (Im not sure about Alevel Maths atm) could u help me out !!

thanks In Advance

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Ahmed
4 years ago

It would help me if I knew what you were looking to do after A-Levels, however, A-Level Physics and A-Level Computer Science are really good together. Media Sciences is a bit of an outlier, but I need to know your path after A-Levels to make a decision.

Christine
Christine
Reply to  Ahmed
3 years ago

is Psychology, English, Chemistry and Biology a good combination

chanelle
chanelle
Reply to  Christine
3 years ago

this is what Im doing 🙂

Yash
Yash
Reply to  Ahmed
3 years ago

Hi is A-level computer science, maths and economics a good combination or should I replace economics for physics?

Joseph
Joseph
Reply to  Yash
3 years ago

Who old are you, i think i know you

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Ahmed
3 years ago

Is psychology, chemistry, biology and physics good a levels?

levella
levella
Reply to  Ahmed
2 years ago

which combinations can one do with maths, english and geography any science related suggestions?

Danny
Danny
Reply to  Ahmed
2 years ago

Is Geography, Computer Science, Maths and Physics a good combination

Hazel
Hazel
Reply to  Ahmed
1 year ago

Is Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology a good combination?

Jaiden Patel
Jaiden Patel
4 years ago

I have heard that business and economics is not always liked by universities as they are too similar , however I love these subjects and am passionate about them. Should I still take them for a level with English language or maths

Archie
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Reply to  Jaiden Patel
4 years ago

If you’re passionate about Business / Economics, I think a great A-Level combination would be: A-Level Maths, A-Level Economics and A-Level Business. Don’t worry about the fact that they are similar, they go hand in hand. If you are taking a fourth A-Level, I would look into taking A-Level Further Maths, as some universities (LSE is one of them) like to see an additional Further Maths A-Level. As for English Language, it’s certainly not required, however, it could help you with writing techniques for both A-Level Business and Economics. That being said, I do not recommend picking A-Level English Language… Read more »

Lancaster
Lancaster
Reply to  Jaiden Patel
2 years ago

I wouldn’t take both economics and business studies, they overlap too much.

Ronald
Ronald
4 years ago

Can I take chemistry, physics an geology??

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Ronald
4 years ago

You sure can! However, I would recommend possibly swapping one of them with A-Level Maths, as they are all very maths heavy.

lads
lads
4 years ago

hi i would like to take chemistry government and politics and english literature would that be a good combination

Archie
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Reply to  lads
4 years ago

It’s a perfectly ok combination. However, I would specialise a bit more towards a particular subject as right now you have three very different A-Levels. Maybe swap English Literature for English Language, or swap Chemistry for Economics.

mary
mary
Reply to  Archie
3 years ago

is biology, psychology, maths and political sciences a good a levels combo

Sam
Sam
4 years ago

Is business, maths and physics and good combination? If so then why? I look forward from hearing from you.

Bilal
Bilal
Reply to  Sam
4 years ago

Hi Archie, I think you may have missed this one. My son has taken up Maths , Physics and Geography but now considering dropping Geography and pick Business Studies as it would probably give him room to focus more on the other 2. He intends to go into Engineering. Would the Maths, Physics and Business combination ok for his plans?

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Bilal
4 years ago

Sorry the delay Sam. I would say that Maths, Physics and Business is a better combination than the original one with Geography – especially if he intends to go into engineering. I also think that if he wasn’t massively keen on business, A-Level Further Maths would be the absolute best subject to take. However, if it stays as Maths, Physics and Business, the combination will set him up well for Engineering:)

Gopi
Gopi
4 years ago

I am thinking of doing A level, chemistry, biology and English literature. What are your thoughts ?

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Gopi
4 years ago

I think A-Level Chemistry and Biology go very well together. Also, I am seeing English Literature as the one that is a bit different. This combination could work very well for you, however, if you are wanting to pursue a science career, I would probably suggest swapping out English Literature with Maths.

Faith
Faith
Reply to  Archie
4 years ago

Hi
I’m doing English Lit,Psychology and Politics is that a goodbye combination

Faith
Faith
Reply to  Faith
4 years ago

Meant good ?

Miriam E
Miriam E
Reply to  Faith
1 year ago

OMG I wanna do the same but with Sociology also. I’m so curious to know how it went for you as it’s already been years! Or how is it going?

noori
noori
Reply to  Archie
3 years ago

i wanna take the same subjects but i hate math what do i do?

Lydia
Lydia
Reply to  Gopi
2 years ago

Hi Gopi! I am doing english literature, fillm studies, maths and biology as I have no idea what I want to do when I am older. I feel sad because this is a bit of a weird combination and no one else is in the same position as I am. I was wondering where you are at now and if you acutlaly chose to stick to those a levels? I’d really appreciate a reply!

Ali
Ali
4 years ago

Is it okay if u take any humanity subject together with business economics maths.. e.g. sociology? Do universities like this combination or is it useless?

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Ali
4 years ago

In my opinion, Business, Economics and Maths is a great combination and there is no need to add a humanity to it. If you are wanting to go for a subject that is a bit different, perhaps you could pick something such as A-Level English Language, as the writing skills you learn can go a long way.

simba
simba
Reply to  Archie
3 years ago

guys what jobs can you get from taking business,economics and maths

Dan
Dan
Reply to  simba
3 years ago

Hey simba,
The best jobs you can get from business, economics, and maths are usually things to do with money. Accounting could be a potential route for you, as could being an economist. The great thing about maths is that it’s completely versatile, so you’d be free to do most any job you wanted!
Dan

Tasnim ali
Tasnim ali
4 years ago

I have chosen biology, chemistry and psychology. But I’m considering to swap chemsitry with english literature as I’m not confident with chemistry. What would you reccomend and what career paths would they open? Thank you

izabela
izabela
Reply to  Tasnim ali
1 year ago

I’m doing the same combination as you but taking ART instead of Chemistry because Im not confident with chemistry either (though im still considering because it would technically make more sense). Im also wondering whether its an ok combination.

Last edited 1 year ago by izabela
Nammmm
Nammmm
4 years ago

I want to opt for
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology
Law
( I do not want to take math as I am bad at it and want to pursue a science career is this a bad option?)

Luke Coupland
Luke Coupland
Reply to  Nammmm
4 years ago

I would highly recommend swapping chemistry and physics as they are very maths based especially physics, these subjects unfortunately are a dead end without maths I’m afraid

Anna
Anna
4 years ago

What courses could I do with Biology, RS and Economics?

Abi
Abi
4 years ago

What is your opinion of the combination of A Levels Business studies, Art and Psychology. What courses can I do with this. I’m being advised to pick from English, Eng Literature and History which I got 7,8, 8 respectively in GCSE’s but it was extremely brain draining for me and I heard it only gets worse for A levels. How Is business studies and Psychology compared to this. I was also told Economics is a stronger subject than business studies which top Universities prefer but I’m not too keen on Maths which I hear is an important component in Economics.… Read more »

Josinho
Josinho
Reply to  Abi
4 years ago

Yeah in all honesty i’m facing the same problem as you as my teachers want me to pursue in english lit but that’s just to much after gcse’s and i want to bus studies music technology media studies and french. However yes i also heard that economics does focus on maths as-well.

Zainab
Zainab
4 years ago

How good is psychology, sociology, business, accounting as a combination?

SUSHMA SHARMA
SUSHMA SHARMA
4 years ago

Are Physics , Chemistry and Maths acceptable?

Archie
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Reply to  SUSHMA SHARMA
4 years ago

Absolutely!

Laiba zahid
Laiba zahid
4 years ago

Hey. I’ve taken Physics, Maths, Economics as my combination for Alevels but I’m not sure.

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Laiba zahid
4 years ago

Don’t worry. That’s a fantastic A-Level combination!

sud mah
sud mah
Reply to  Laiba zahid
2 years ago

thats what im doing aswell haha

Precious
Precious
4 years ago

I want to take chemistry biology and psychology as my a level choices. Is this a good idea?

Archie
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Reply to  Precious
4 years ago

I say it a lot, but I really do think that science subjects need to be accompanied by an A-Level in maths! So, I would probably swap out Psychology with Maths. But don’t worry, if you don’t get a chance to swap, your combination is still good.

Ester
Ester
Reply to  Archie
4 years ago

Hey currently I’m doing History, English literature and Religious studies but I wanted to drop Religious studies because I’m not as passionate about it. I was going to drop Religious studies for an Art a level but I’m scared it will hinder my application when I apply to University. Do you recommend that I take Religious studies or Art?
Thank you.

Kevin Allen
Kevin Allen
4 years ago

Hi .. my son has just started his A-Levels, a combination of Computer Science, Physics and Maths, no.1 in your list! However, and it’s a big however… despite gaining a grade 8 in Maths at GCSE he scored low (34) in his A-level diagnostics and after the first week of A-level lessons he really is not getting on with A-level Maths and wants to drop Maths. He is struggling to know what alternate course to take. Is it really that important? We have talked about Law as an alternative that doesn’t complement his other choices but may give him a… Read more »

Archie
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Reply to  Kevin Allen
4 years ago

Great to hear that he did so well at GCSE Maths! Shame about him struggling with the A-Level. The short answer is that if he wants to pursue Computer Science and Physics, A-Level Maths is (unfortunately) very important. Universities regard A-Level Maths highly and they always look for it in either Physics or Computer Science applicants. In my opinion, I think he shouldn’t drop A-Level Maths and that he should fight through it. Besides, if he got an 8 in GCSE Maths, he is more than capable of getting a good grade in the A-Level. Hope this helped. If you… Read more »

Mursal Ahmed
Mursal Ahmed
4 years ago

Hi I have taken business studies and economics but I am confused about the third subject so please recommend me some subjects to go to finance field but I don’t wanna take accounts or maths because I am not good at them

Archie
Admin
Reply to  Mursal Ahmed
4 years ago

Well, my first two suggestions were going to be A-Level Maths or A-Level Accountancy… However, if you really don’t want to take those, you’re going to have to go for one that doesn’t really “fit in” with the other ones.

It could really be anything, my top three (after Maths and Accountancy) would be: A-Level Politics, A-Level Law or A-Level English Language. However, I would advise you to reconsider, as A-Level Maths does go very well with A-Level Economics.

Muhammad Hashir Mughal
Muhammad Hashir Mughal
4 years ago

As i have taken Buisness studies , accounting and economics does it have any scope further.

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Muhammad Hashir Mughal
4 years ago

Hi Muhammad, these three A-Levels are a great combination, and should lead onto some promising courses at university.

khan
khan
4 years ago

Hi! I want a degree in textile design, however i am confused as to what subjects should i keep in a levels. I have already given a language cie and got a B. I am thinking business and sociology next, but i am confused. Could you please suggest something?

Dan
Dan
Reply to  khan
4 years ago

Hi khan, I’d suggest some creative A-Levels if you’re going for Textile Design at university. A-Level Business is a good pick, but maybe try A-Level Art as well?

Marie
Marie
4 years ago

Hi! My daughter has chosen Maths, English literature, Art and French A levels as she has no idea which degree she will go for. I can tell she is not sure and still questioning her choices for the future. But we advised her to select the subjects she loves most … and so she did. Do you think her subjects will allow her to chose from a wide range of degrees ?

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Marie
4 years ago

Hi Marie, those A-Levels are quite broad. A-Level Maths and A-Level English Literature are perfect for someone who’s not sure what they want to do, as they offer a wide range of university courses you can choose from. A-Level Art and A-Level French are a bit more specific, and if your daughter wants to pursue those subjects there will be less options available to her.

$imeon
$imeon
4 years ago

Ummm, I’m studying maths, physics and geography for aerospace engineering. Is it ok….?

Dan
Dan
Reply to  $imeon
4 years ago

Hi $imeon, A-Level Maths and A-Level Physics are a great choice. A-Level Geography isn’t quite within the realm of aerospace engineering, and I would have recommended something like A-Level Further Maths instead.

Elo Silva
Elo Silva
4 years ago

Hi Archie, my daughter has chosen Biology, Chemistry and Economics subject for A-levels. I tried to convince her to choose Maths (as she would like to do a science degree), but she says Maths is too challenging, so she has picked Economics to have more variety when finishing A-LEVELS. Is that a good combination? I am not convinced about Economics (but then again I cannot force her to do Maths).

eee
eee
Reply to  Elo Silva
3 years ago

fam its fine

Mr.Zoraiz
4 years ago

i have taken business accounting and ec0nomics hows this combination

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Mr.Zoraiz
4 years ago

Perfect!

Malaika
Malaika
Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

Which subjects would you recommend with IT???

Anum
Anum
4 years ago

Hey! I’m taking Business studies, Accounting, Sociology and English literature in A levels.
Is this a good combo? I want to do Bba afterwards.

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Anum
4 years ago

Hi Anum, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with this combination of A-Levels to me. Business Studies and Accounting are a great pair, as is Sociology and English Literature.

Saaimah
Saaimah
4 years ago

I want to study maths,economics and geography are they a good combination of subjects I want to do a maths based degree. However don’t know if I will be able to because of the subjects I have chosen.

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Saaimah
4 years ago

Hi Saaimah, this is a great combination of subjects! These A-Levels go well together, and if you’re looking for a Maths-based subject at university, A-Level Maths and A-Level Economics will make it easier for you to find one.

Daniel
Daniel
4 years ago

I’m studying maths, economics and history. What do you think of this combination ?

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Daniel
4 years ago

Hi Daniel, I think this is a very good combination. A-Level Maths and A-Level Economics go hand in hand with each other, and A-Level History adds some written comumunication into the mix.

Kemi
Kemi
4 years ago

Kemi

Hi, My son is planning to study Economics with French at University/Economics. He has eventually settled for Economics, Psychology, French, and Core maths. He chose Core Maths over A Level maths because he thinks A level maths is difficult, and he may not need it to study Economics in certain universities. I am a bit concerned at this. Do you think his subject combination is viable? Please advice,

Kemi
Kemi
4 years ago

Hi, my son intends to study Economics with French/Economics at University. His A level options are Economics, Psychology, French, and Core maths. He chose Core maths over A level maths because he thinks A level maths is difficult, and not all universities require maths for an Economics degree. I am actually concerned because a number of the top universities require maths, and do most universities do not recognise core maths. Your thoughts on this would be very much appreciated. Thanks

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Kemi
4 years ago

Hi Kemi, Economics with French/Economics at university is a great call. Regarding your son’s A-Level choices, I’d really recommend going for A-Level Maths over Core Maths. I’m currently studying A-Level Maths, and the first year is basically just a continuation of what he will have studied at GCSE. The second year of study gets a bit more difficult, but nothing that he won’t be able to handle! And in terms of what universities will require of him, yes the top end of universities will require A-Level Maths, but most of the lower-end universities won’t. My suggestion would be to do… Read more »

Luke Coupland
Luke Coupland
4 years ago

I’m studying history geography and economics which is a great combination

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Luke Coupland
4 years ago

I agree, especially if you’re considering Economics at university!

zeenat
zeenat
4 years ago

hello, I am really worried about my A Levels combination I am doing chemistry, maths, and sociology. I have no idea what I will be doing in university so I took sociology because it is interesting and I will have a humanity subject if i decide to study any humanity subject in university.

Dan
Dan
Reply to  zeenat
4 years ago

If I were you, zeenat, I wouldn’t worry about that combination of A-Levels at all. Chemistry and Maths are highly respected A-Levels, and while Sociology isn’t as highly respected, it can still be used to your advantage when applying for uni. Don’t forget that this list is just a suggestion of the best A-Level combinations, and there are many more good mixes out there!

Marcy
Marcy
4 years ago

Just started A levels Andy wasn’t wondering I what I have chosen (History, Chemistry and Biology) is a good combo?

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Marcy
4 years ago

This is a great combination of A-Levels to take! All three of these subjects are facilitating A-Levels, which means it’ll be a whole lot easier for you to get into university (if you wanted to, that is).

Marcy
Marcy
4 years ago

Sorry my phone is absolutely terrible hope it’s still understandable what I meant though (and was wondering)

Maya Taylor
Maya Taylor
4 years ago

I would like to do law at uni, preferably oxbridge or top Russel group, and I’m thinking of taking English lit, history, biology and politics (or perhaps psychology instead of politics). Is this too varied as a subject combination?

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Maya Taylor
4 years ago

Politics and History go well together, and Biology is a great facilitating subject. To get into those top universities, though, you might want to consider taking Law as an A-Level first. For more information on what universities will want from you, you can look up their requirements for entry on their websites.

Subhan
Reply to  Maya Taylor
2 years ago

Is chemistry, computer science, Maths and accounting a good combo

munx
munx
4 years ago

IM studying biology chemistry and psychology , is that any good

Dan
Dan
Reply to  munx
4 years ago

Two sciences and a social science? That’s a recipe for success, and is sure to look great no matter what you do after college.

Mohammad Shais
Mohammad Shais
4 years ago

I have taken business studies, media studies and law….how is this combination of subjects?

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Mohammad Shais
4 years ago

Business Studies and Law go great together, and look really good if you’re applying to university. Media studies is a bit of an oddball, but is still a great A-Level to take.

Mohammad Shais
Mohammad Shais
4 years ago

I have taken business studies, media studies and law…how is this combination ?

Shazza
4 years ago

If a child takes biology and chemistry would psychology or English lit better

Jeff
Jeff
4 years ago

What about, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics??

Muhammad
Muhammad
4 years ago

What about opting for Biology,Physics,Chemistry, Maths,English general.

Hamza
Hamza
4 years ago

What about physics chemistry and maths?

Michael J
Michael J
4 years ago

I took History, Chemistry and Biology however now that I’ve started A levels I’m not sure whether I should drop history for maths or physics since I heard they are good for a science degree in unis, I’m not a big fan of maths ( I got a 6 in GCSE) but I’m keen to do it if it means I can get into a good uni and take science???

Matthew Chappell
Matthew Chappell
4 years ago

is Physics, Geography and Sociology a good combination for the future

Henry Anderson
Henry Anderson
4 years ago

Thinking about Biology, Chemistry and Economics. Cannot face doing Maths or physics. Like the idea of psychology instead of Economics but heard not always appreciated by some Universities.

Iris
Iris
4 years ago

I’m considering taking drama, english, history a level and spanish as. Opinion on this?

shu
shu
4 years ago

Hi. I’ve taken maths, biology, chemistry and physics. And now im struggling with maths and thinking about dropping it. I would like to study law for an undergrad. What subjects should i take? PLEASE HELP

Ali
Ali
4 years ago

Is it necessary to take maths with computer science because imaa really poor at naths so what If I take computer science, Psychology and English? Is this abgood combo?

Marcus Potter
Marcus Potter
Reply to  Ali
3 years ago

I personally don’t think so. It’s not strictly necessary to take Maths with Computer Science, but it is essential for a degree in the field of Computer Science.

Tiana Nwaubani
Tiana Nwaubani
4 years ago

Is History, Politics and Spanish a good combination?

Ash
Ash
4 years ago

I wasted two years of my a levels thinking I’ll score well in my exams with physics chemistry maths and a language. But I passed the language exam with a B and failed all of my cies. Now I’m confused as to what subjects should I choose … I was thinking business, and sociology but I’m really confused.. can you help please?

Fatima
Fatima
4 years ago

Im thinking of math, biology, business studies and sociology. Is this a good combination? My other options are economics and psychology (also im not sure about what i want to do at uni)

Shaden Idris
Shaden Idris
4 years ago

is Maths Psychology and Sociology a good combination? (if i do really well say 3 As or A*s)

Jeff
Jeff
Reply to  Shaden Idris
1 year ago

What is the combination for finance