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    (Original post by Student96)
    I've chosen (although I can still change) History, French, Biology and Geography. I'm really trying to keep my options open, for arts courses (or speech and language therapy type stuff) so wondering if those would be ok?
    They sound okay but would it be a good idea to study English?
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    (Original post by Dannyboy1236)
    I've been here before but.....

    Well I need some advice on my choices. I want to do medicine at a good uni and am picking my choices. Here's what I want to do:

    English Lit.
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Geography

    But I'm really good at Maths and know it would be more useful for me. Also everyone expects me to take it......so here is what I think I should do:

    English Lit.
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Maths

    However I'm not especially interested by math and I want to do geography.......but I think that I should do math....advice?
    your choice, maths is better but if you get a better grade in geography, geo is better

    (Original post by PardonMyFrench96)
    Is it a bad idea to take just one science?
    no but it depends on what course you want to do at uni.
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    Anybody know whether or not politics is considered a (relatively) soft subject by some establishments? From several people on TSR I've read that it's well respected, but for example on Trinity College, Cambridge's website it is on a list of 'A levels of More Limited Suitability' whereas at Churchill, Cambridge it is considered as a respected and suitable arts subject. I know that the top universities don't speak on behalf of everyone, but does anyone have any other information, anecdotes, or examples on Government and Politics a level for Russel/1994 Group Universites. I'm considering studying law or a similar subject, if that helps at all.

    Also if anyone does French or both French and Politicss could you let me know what you think and whether or not you enjoy the course. I am good at French and so find GCSE easy and have been advised to take it for a-level, but I'd much rather study Politics providing it isn't going to put me at a disadvantage when appyling for degree courses.

    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    Anybody know whether or not politics is considered a (relatively) soft subject by some establishments? From several people on TSR I've read that it's well respected, but for example on Trinity College, Cambridge's website it is on a list of 'A levels of More Limited Suitability' whereas at Churchill, Cambridge it is considered as a respected and suitable arts subject. I know that the top universities don't speak on behalf of everyone, but does anyone have any other information, anecdotes, or examples on Government and Politics a level for Russel/1994 Group Universites. I'm considering studying law or a similar subject, if that helps at all.

    Also if anyone does French or both French and Politicss could you let me know what you think and whether or not you enjoy the course. I am good at French and so find GCSE easy and have been advised to take it for a-level, but I'd much rather study Politics providing it isn't going to put me at a disadvantage when appyling for degree courses.

    Thanks in advance.
    I take French and Politics, and I have offers from Russell/1994 Group unis so I don't think Politics would put you at a disadvantage! I think having Politics would ony look bad if you took 3 "soft" subjects too, so I wouldn't worry about that
    French is amazing at A-level :love: I got bored at GCSE because it wasn't a challenge, but A-level is so interesting and it's not as much work as it may seem; you pick everything up along the way then come exams you suddenly realise how much you've progressed
    Politics is also pretty awesome; the course itself is really interesting, and again, it's not too difficult to get your head round so long as you read the papers and keep up with the work it's not too bad, and if you have to do General Studies it comes in really useful for that :lol:
    the two together also go really well; at A2 in Politics you study Europe so having an understanding of French culture is quite useful, and I've been able to get sources from French papers instead of relying on small articles in British papers which aren't as detailed. Politics is useful for some of the French content too as it helps with understanding culture
    Politics would be great for studying Law in the future; a lot of the content is relevant to both, so it'd definitely be worth taking
    hope that helps!
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    Thanks for your comment, very helpful. I need to decide by the end of next week so hopefully I will make the right choice! I would probably study both politics and french at a level if possible, but unfortunately it isn't possible as they're in the same option block. Although it is totally my fault for not putting them down on my likely a level form, but either way I'm happy with my other three choices and hopefully will make the right choice between politics and french.
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    Thanks for your comment, very helpful. I need to decide by the end of next week so hopefully I will make the right choice! I would probably study both politics and french at a level if possible, but unfortunately it isn't possible as they're in the same option block. Although it is totally my fault for not putting them down on my likely a level form, but either way I'm happy with my other three choices and hopefully will make the right choice between politics and french.
    option blocks are irritating; I had a clash even with being one of the first to hand in my completed form so it's just one of those things! They'd both be great for Law; with French I think you could also do European Law with French at some unis...don't quote me on that though good luck with the choosing!
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    Anybody know whether or not politics is considered a (relatively) soft subject by some establishments? From several people on TSR I've read that it's well respected, but for example on Trinity College, Cambridge's website it is on a list of 'A levels of More Limited Suitability' whereas at Churchill, Cambridge it is considered as a respected and suitable arts subject. I know that the top universities don't speak on behalf of everyone, but does anyone have any other information, anecdotes, or examples on Government and Politics a level for Russel/1994 Group Universites. I'm considering studying law or a similar subject, if that helps at all.

    Also if anyone does French or both French and Politicss could you let me know what you think and whether or not you enjoy the course. I am good at French and so find GCSE easy and have been advised to take it for a-level, but I'd much rather study Politics providing it isn't going to put me at a disadvantage when appyling for degree courses.

    Thanks in advance.
    there's a document on the russell group website called 'informed choices'
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    (Original post by Dannyboy1236)
    I've been here before but.....

    Well I need some advice on my choices. I want to do medicine at a good uni and am picking my choices. Here's what I want to do:

    English Lit.
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Geography

    But I'm really good at Maths and know it would be more useful for me. Also everyone expects me to take it......so here is what I think I should do:

    English Lit.
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Maths

    However I'm not especially interested by math and I want to do geography.......but I think that I should do math....advice?
    if u wanna do medicine you need maths. if i was u i would ditch the english lit, and im saying this from personal expierence that english lit isn't very fun lol
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    (Original post by cuckoo99)
    if u wanna do medicine you need maths. if i was u i would ditch the english lit, and im saying this from personal expierence that english lit isn't very fun lol
    I know it's very useful and everything......but what university says you need it?
    And did you take english Lit? Why did you not like it?
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    (Original post by Dannyboy1236)
    I know it's very useful and everything......but what university says you need it?
    And did you take english Lit? Why did you not like it?
    some do but some don't require maths but most prefer it.
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    come to think of it , not many universitys actuly say its a requirement but most who will apply for medicine will have maths chem and biology and another subject as their A-levels. i mean who are the uni gunna accept, the person with maths as an A-level or the guy without? and ye i take english lit and its not very fun tbh. if you are a science lover like me dont take english. because you will just find it so unstimulating and borring though that is dependent on how much u love poetry and books and writing about devices that supposedly the author used on purpose to hook the reader(lol bs)

    what grades at gcse are u geting ?
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    (Original post by Joinedup)
    there's a document on the russell group website called 'informed choices'
    Already looked at it, it didn't particularly help in answering my question since it just gives examples of subject combinations and what is required for each degree.
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    I need to make my A-Level decisions soon and was wondering which A-Level I ought to take.

    I am taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths, as I am going down the Medicine career path.

    Do you recommend a language for A-Level, Economics or Sociology?

    I know none of them are related to Medicine, however which would be most beneficial when applying for Uni's i.e. do they prefer versatility?

    Thanks! Your opinions are welcome!
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    some do but some don't require maths but most prefer it.
    So I'll be disadvantaged without it?
    (Original post by cuckoo99)
    come to think of it , not many universitys actuly say its a requirement but most who will apply for medicine will have maths chem and biology and another subject as their A-levels. i mean who are the uni gunna accept, the person with maths as an A-level or the guy without? and ye i take english lit and its not very fun tbh. if you are a science lover like me dont take english. because you will just find it so unstimulating and borring though that is dependent on how much u love poetry and books and writing about devices that supposedly the author used on purpose to hook the reader(lol bs)

    what grades at gcse are u geting ?
    So you think without maths I'll be disadvantaged? Anyway what are you planning on doing at Uni?

    Yeah....I want to take it because it'll be a break from the constant sciencey and maths stuff- even geography is linked to science. I thought it'd be a nice change to analyse some poetry after learning a bodily process in biology. And that I couldn't bear doing physics.

    Well....I'm still in yr 10 (thought I should start thinking early..) so I only know that I have an A* in maths and I got an A* in 20% of my english......awaiting science results in march but in class and stuff I'm working at around A's/A*s....maybe slightly less in one of my languages. Is that good enough for medicine?

    Another thing....I've been thinking about it lately..but if I end up getting an A on the first 25% of my biology and chemistry would it be wrong of me to want to retake to achieve an A*
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    (Original post by Mohil)
    I need to make my A-Level decisions soon and was wondering which A-Level I ought to take.

    I am taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths, as I am going down the Medicine career path.

    Do you recommend a language for A-Level, Economics or Sociology?

    I know none of them are related to Medicine, however which would be most beneficial when applying for Uni's i.e. do they prefer versatility?

    Thanks! Your opinions are welcome!
    *Most* universities will only look for biol, chem and maths as fundamentals and then just look for a good mark in a 4th a level. As for that 4th - a few take the view "the more sciences the better!" and would perhaps slightly favour physics or further maths. A few take the view of versatility and slightly favour English Lit/ History/ Geography/ a language/ economics.

    In all honesty, for almost all universities, the 4th subject doesn't matter too much. Whatever you decide will not put you at a large advantage or disadvantage - so long as the subject is viewed as "traditional" or "hard" (I wouldn't do sociology for this reason). So the best advice I can give it just do whatever 4th subject you'd enjoy the most/ find easiest/ find most interesting.

    (Original post by student.uk)
    hi
    i was wondering whether a levels in maths, physics, chemistry, psychology, english and spanish could give me the best chance subjectwise to get a place at a top uni, perhaps to study something on the lines of chemical engineering or aerospace engineering??
    thanks
    Maths, physics, chemistry and English (Lit) will give you a huge amount of options for courses. Spanish is good for arts courses and Modern foreign languages. Psychology is slightly more limiting in terms of facilitating courses at uni. I think 6 as levels is too much - I'd advise you to drop one or two.

    If you're looking specifically at types of engineering (chem or aerospace) then you should definitely look into doing further maths A level. The top unis will ask for further maths A level in all likelihood. The typical engineering student would have done maths/ further maths/ physics/ chemistry A levels. If you're pretty sure about going into engineering, I would advise you to do those or something very similar.
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    (Original post by student.uk)
    hi
    i was wondering whether a levels in maths, physics, chemistry, psychology, english and spanish could give me the best chance subjectwise to get a place at a top uni, perhaps to study something on the lines of chemical engineering or aerospace engineering??
    thanks
    i would only recommend for you to take only 4 as levels.

    (Original post by Dannyboy1236)
    So I'll be disadvantaged without it?


    So you think without maths I'll be disadvantaged? Anyway what are you planning on doing at Uni?

    Yeah....I want to take it because it'll be a break from the constant sciencey and maths stuff- even geography is linked to science. I thought it'd be a nice change to analyse some poetry after learning a bodily process in biology. And that I couldn't bear doing physics.

    Well....I'm still in yr 10 (thought I should start thinking early..) so I only know that I have an A* in maths and I got an A* in 20% of my english......awaiting science results in march but in class and stuff I'm working at around A's/A*s....maybe slightly less in one of my languages. Is that good enough for medicine?

    Another thing....I've been thinking about it lately..but if I end up getting an A on the first 25% of my biology and chemistry would it be wrong of me to want to retake to achieve an A*
    you will be disadvantaged because you aren't able to apply to all med schools. on tsr there's a list of all the med school and what subjects they require i would recommednlooking at that.

    (Original post by Mohil)
    I need to make my A-Level decisions soon and was wondering which A-Level I ought to take.

    I am taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths, as I am going down the Medicine career path.

    Do you recommend a language for A-Level, Economics or Sociology?

    I know none of them are related to Medicine, however which would be most beneficial when applying for Uni's i.e. do they prefer versatility?

    Thanks! Your opinions are welcome!
    a langauge would be most beneficial but take what you enjoy and will do best in.
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    (Original post by Dannyboy1236)
    So I'll be disadvantaged without it?


    So you think without maths I'll be disadvantaged? Anyway what are you planning on doing at Uni?

    Yeah....I want to take it because it'll be a break from the constant sciencey and maths stuff- even geography is linked to science. I thought it'd be a nice change to analyse some poetry after learning a bodily process in biology. And that I couldn't bear doing physics.

    Well....I'm still in yr 10 (thought I should start thinking early..) so I only know that I have an A* in maths and I got an A* in 20% of my english......awaiting science results in march but in class and stuff I'm working at around A's/A*s....maybe slightly less in one of my languages. Is that good enough for medicine?

    Another thing....I've been thinking about it lately..but if I end up getting an A on the first 25% of my biology and chemistry would it be wrong of me to want to retake to achieve an A*
    Here's the thing about the maths/ medicine relationship. Medical courses require a lot of mathematical analysis (especially in statistics) and if you don't do A level maths you will struggle. Maths A level also shows good analytical and logical skills that medical courses look for. Maths A level is also very helpful for chemistry and physics A levels. Reading between the lines states that maths is pretty much required for medicine almost everywhere. It is very rare to receive an offer without maths in the same way it is very rare to receive an offer without Biology.
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    hi,
    i want to choose Philosophy, Physics, Politics but i dont know what my last subject should be. either English Literature or Psychology. i have been told by alot of people that i am a English Literature sort of person and i do enjoy reading, however i dont think ill be able to handle the work rate. i am Predicted A's throughout all my subjects at GCSE. i think Psychology may go better with the humanities subjects. i am not sure what my career options are at the moment, but it should be along the lines of humanities because i do enjoy subjects like philosophy and politics. i think i would enjoy psychology alot because from the description i find i connect well with it. i just really confused. i am a logical thinker (if that helps) but i am also very creative.
    thanks in advance
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    (Original post by PoeticShoaib)
    hi,
    i want to choose Philosophy, Physics, Politics but i dont know what my last subject should be. either English Literature or Psychology. i have been told by alot of people that i am a English Literature sort of person and i do enjoy reading, however i dont think ill be able to handle the work rate. i am Predicted A's throughout all my subjects at GCSE. i think Psychology may go better with the humanities subjects. i am not sure what my career options are at the moment, but it should be along the lines of humanities because i do enjoy subjects like philosophy and politics. i think i would enjoy psychology alot because from the description i find i connect well with it. i just really confused. i am a logical thinker (if that helps) but i am also very creative.
    thanks in advance
    English lit is a more respected subject overall but psychology will varied subjects because it's both a science and an essay based subject and I think you said that you will enjoy it more. You have to make the deccision.
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    (Original post by Mohil)
    I need to make my A-Level decisions soon and was wondering which A-Level I ought to take.

    I am taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths, as I am going down the Medicine career path.

    Do you recommend a language for A-Level, Economics or Sociology?

    I know none of them are related to Medicine, however which would be most beneficial when applying for Uni's i.e. do they prefer versatility?

    Thanks! Your opinions are welcome!
    Sociology is probably too soft a subject for a medic to do but the other options are fine. I'd recommend languages as they open up options for travel, studying and working abroad and are generally pretty sought after, but if economics really interests you then for it

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