Task 2 model answer 1 – Business or sciences course are better than arts courses


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Studying business or science related subjects at university level is more important than arts related courses like literature.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.


When considering tertiary level education , there is a school of thought that believes that studying concrete topics such as commerce, physics or biology is more valuable to society than spending time focused on novels and other literary subjects . However, this argument is flawed for a number of reasons as will now be presented.

Primarily , any form of education has inherent advantages. Although certain fields of study lead more directly into a position of employment, a university education is worthwhile not only for the education learned but also as an indication that the person has the ability to learn, and as such it is irrelevant whether it is a career based course of study or something more intangible , like the arts. It suggests to potential employers that the person can learn new skills, and this is often as important as what is already known .

Moreover , those that complete an arts related degree could potentially go on to be writers, poets or playwrights, for example, and thus contribute to society in a cultural form rather than financially or technologically. The opinion that the writer is of less worth than the scientist is very biased, especially when it relates to a societal contribution.

Admittedly , there is the point that science and business-related education can financially benefit a country, whereas art and literature is unlikely to offer the same value economically. However, a country’s wealth is not calculated in financial terms alone, and should also include more socially beneficial aspects .

In sum , therefore, both types of education offer advantages to the country, so neither should have preference over the other as both have a degree of value to society. If the more literary subjects are abandoned, this could result in a less creative society.

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