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Facilitating subjects

Facilitating subjects are the subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses. They can help students keep their options open when choosing a degree and many of the top universities will ask you to have at least one A level in a facilitating subject when you apply.

What are the Facilitating Subjects?

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities, defines facilitating subjects as:

English literature 
Modern languages
Classical languages
Maths and further maths

Why these subjects?

These are all subjects that universities require students to have to get on to many degree courses. For example, lots of science degrees require students to have two or sometimes three A levels in maths, physics, chemistry or biology.

Lots of specialist courses at A level and beyond also take a large part of their content or structure from facilitating subjects, for example, engineering includes elements of maths and physics; communication and culture includes skills from English and media studies – so choosing a facilitating subject will prepare you for a range of courses.

Curriculum Pathways

Information to follow.



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