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    (Original post by rachaelbolton)
    I'm pretty much 100% sure I want to study History and was decided on English Literature, Politics, Philosophy and History.

    However, i've later decided on a 5th AS level which is World Development (a bit like Geography) and since my latest GCSE results i'm considering Sociology instead of English Literature. I'm aiming for a competitive university, such as Durham and LSE, and i'm unsure whether Sociology would put me as a disadvantage.

    I'm currently attaining a B/B+ in English Literature GCSE and I know that A-Level is a huge step up and i'm concerned in case I wouldn't achieve an A in A-Level, whereas I believe I would in Sociology. Also, if I took English Literature I probably wouldn't take World Development due to the amount of workload I know English Literature comes with.

    What's more important - having "strong" A-Levels such as English Lit or more UCAS points/better grades? Any help/advice would be appriciated
    Sociology is weaker than English and it will disadvantage you at top unis. However, History/ philosophy/ Politics and Sociology A levels would be fine, because although sociology is weak, the other subjects make up for it.

    I would suggest you don't do A level English Literature unless you're an A student at GCSE, however this is not always the case, because A level is quite different and the new parts may suit you. Getting your teacher's opinion on EngLit for A level would help. Try your best to get the best grade you can for GCSE though. It's a tough decision, I would say do what you enjoy more between A level EngLit and Sociology. If you really enjoy one and you know you will work hard at it, then go for that subject.
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    I really like studying history, but GCSE History has made me drop it for A level due to poor results. I have two Ds in the Nazi and Impact papers but 90% on the CA. I really want to study it at A level but I feel like I'll get another bad grade. What shall I do?
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    (Original post by GrantG)
    I really like studying history, but GCSE History has made me drop it for A level due to poor results. I have two Ds in the Nazi and Impact papers but 90% on the CA. I really want to study it at A level but I feel like I'll get another bad grade. What shall I do?
    what year are you in? if its 11 if your sixth form college allows it retake GCSE during year 12. but i don't think you are cut out for academic history, getting Ds is really bad! just pick other subjects you like but read about history outside of school. trust me if you study history you will dis like it more than if you were reading about it at home.
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    (Original post by rachaelbolton)
    I'm pretty much 100% sure I want to study History and was decided on English Literature, Politics, Philosophy and History.

    However, i've later decided on a 5th AS level which is World Development (a bit like Geography) and since my latest GCSE results i'm considering Sociology instead of English Literature. I'm aiming for a competitive university, such as Durham and LSE, and i'm unsure whether Sociology would put me as a disadvantage.

    I'm currently attaining a B/B+ in English Literature GCSE and I know that A-Level is a huge step up and i'm concerned in case I wouldn't achieve an A in A-Level, whereas I believe I would in Sociology. Also, if I took English Literature I probably wouldn't take World Development due to the amount of workload I know English Literature comes with.

    What's more important - having "strong" A-Levels such as English Lit or more UCAS points/better grades? Any help/advice would be appriciated
    Sociology vs literature is definitely a disadvantage. My advice is not to do a fifth subject, you'll make your life hell
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    (Original post by Spencer1995)
    Hey guys, i really hope you can give me some help on my situation! I've been going back and forth in my head about what subjects to choose for a level. I want to ultimately study English at university and I don't know which subjects will make me seem well-rounded or a strong applicant, etc.
    I'm on course to get quite good results at gcse and I'm in a state of option paralysis! I'm most likely going to get
    English lit A*
    English language A*
    Biology A
    chemistry A
    Physics A*
    core science A
    Music A/A*
    maths A
    Rs A*
    statistics B
    French B/A
    History A
    Art and ict-no chance of passing
    I told the school my choices were English lit, Music, History and Physics so far but I'm on the fence about whether Philosophy and ethics or Maths would be a better alternative to music or history:/ Please help!
    If you want to do English then you'll definitely want EngLit and History. Your other 2 choices don't matter as much.

    Music A level is very difficult from what I gather (physics is also one of the harder subjects). Maths A level may be a good option if you like maths (maths is always a good subject to take for almost anything). Biology or chemistry may be options if you enjoy those. Philosophy would be great also (if you enjoy it), as would R.E., as would a language.

    If you're pretty certain about studying English, then your 3rd and 4th subjects after EngLit and History aren't very important. I would advise you to do whatever GCSE you enjoy the most and/or what you are likely to do well in. But, make sure you are doing academic subjects (not: fine art, photography, etc.)
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    Thanks for the replies but I'm just still so torn:/ I cannot stress enough how arduous the journey at school to any science or maths lesson:/ I really couldn't deal with maths at A level, in fact, the prospect of dropping it along with two of the three sciences is helping me get through this last push:/

    So If I say that English and History are set in stone, would music really hinder my chance of getting into a top university as I'm planning on taking three 'facilitating' subjects? And would physics really be that hard without maths? :/

    Would English, History, Philosophy and ethics and perhaps geography be a better set of A levels when applying for english courses?

    Although I am pretty determined to do English, I'd still like the option of applying to law courses as well, would i be in a position to do so? :|
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    (Original post by Spencer1995)
    Thanks for the replies but I'm just still so torn:/ I cannot stress enough how arduous the journey at school to any science or maths lesson:/ I really couldn't deal with maths at A level, in fact, the prospect of dropping it along with two of the three sciences is helping me get through this last push:/

    So If I say that English and History are set in stone, would music really hinder my chance of getting into a top university as I'm planning on taking three 'facilitating' subjects? And would physics really be that hard without maths? :/

    Would English, History, Philosophy and ethics and perhaps geography be a better set of A levels when applying for english courses?

    Although I am pretty determined to do English, I'd still like the option of applying to law courses as well, would i be in a position to do so? :|
    of course don't take maths! but it depends what do you like about GCSE physics because GCSE physics had very little maths in but a level physics has got a lot more in. so you can take physics without maths. music is still a good subject to take, so take that if you want. take your 4 favourites from english lit, history, geography, physics, music, philosophy and ethics. basically what subjects you think would be suitable for english at uni will be suitable for law.

    see what Cambridge requires for English. http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ish/index.html

    see what Cambridge requires for Law. http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...law/index.html

    see what subjects Cambridge thinks are respected. http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/index.php?pageid=604

    you may not be aiming for Cambridge but push your self and aim for the very best!
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    Ok well this has set my mind at ease somewhat I'm thinking that Cambridge is probably not a realistic option! :L I've been looking at the london colleges and like the look of ucl and king's

    I'm probably going to wait until I get my results before I choose the other two for definite but right now I'm leaning towards rs and physics

    Thank you
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    (Original post by Spencer1995)
    Ok well this has set my mind at ease somewhat I'm thinking that Cambridge is probably not a realistic option! :L I've been looking at the london colleges and like the look of ucl and king's

    I'm probably going to wait until I get my results before I choose the other two for definite but right now I'm leaning towards rs and physics

    Thank you
    i hope that i have helped what grades do you think you will get?
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    You really have Well if all goes to plan (touch wood) I will end up getting A*s in both english lit and language and then physics and rs too Maybe even in history, I got 44/50 for my controlled assessment so would need about 92% over the two exams! Tough but doable and music is possible for an A* as well , got full marks in my performance but my mock listening was 65% C which scarily was the second highest in our class:|
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    If I only pick Chemistry (as I don't like Biology and Physics) as my only science, along with Maths and Business would I be able to still go further into a science/maths field in uni?
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    4 is the way to go! Further Maths ftw.
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    Hi everyone, I'm thinking of taking:
    History
    German
    English Literature
    Philosophy and Ethics
    Would this be OK for Philosophy or Law at uni considering I don't have any science/ maths in there? Or would I be better off doing Physics instead of English? (I'm strong at maths but don't want to take it due to a school cockup) Any advice much appreciated
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    I'd like to pick Eng Lit,Physics,Further Maths,Maths and Business.

    Maths-will both A-Levels force me into maths but for a maths degree,i need both in most cases.Will the maths be too hard?I'm on an A*(79/80 UMS),after unit 1,found it very easy but A-level maths looks hard.I love Algebra and Number but hate shapes.

    Eng Lit-is this too hard because i heard you had to write essays in exams,without an extract or the book.

    Physics-I have heard this helps for maths but GCSE isn't too maths related,apart from the basics, and struggled to get a B in Unit 1,and are the practicals hard? because i can't do practicals and got wrong results in GCSE ISA

    Business-I like Business and am looking to be an accountant?

    But is 5 AS Levels too much?

    EDIT:What about Geography?-got 100/100 for unit 1 exam and love learning about volcanoes but will the science elements,although i understood them at GCSE, be too tough,at A-level? or RE because i love learning about moral decisions and got 78/80(raw marks),in the mock but don't like too religious stuff ?
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    What is Environmental Studies like at A level?
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    I'd like to pick Eng Lit,Physics,Further Maths,Maths and Business.

    Maths-will both A-Levels force me into maths but for a maths degree,i need both in most cases.Will the maths be too hard?I'm on an A*(79/80 UMS),after unit 1,found it very easy but A-level maths looks hard.I love Algebra and Number but hate shapes.

    Eng Lit-is this too hard because i heard you had to write essays in exams,without an extract or the book.

    Physics-I have heard this helps for maths but GCSE isn't too maths related,apart from the basics, and struggled to get a B in Unit 1,and are the practicals hard? because i can't do practicals and got wrong results in GCSE ISA

    Business-I like Business and am looking to be an accountant?

    But is 5 AS Levels too much?

    EDIT:What about Geography?-got 100/100 for unit 1 exam and love learning about volcanoes but will the science elements,although i understood them at GCSE, be too tough,at A-level? or RE because i love learning about moral decisions and got 78/80(raw marks),in the mock but don't like too religious stuff ?
    in english lit exams u will get a copy of the text. If you want to do a maths degree and want to be an accountant i would suggest taking the following subjects: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Business and perhaps Economics?

    the reason i've suggested all these subjects is because they can all be talored to a mathmatical job such as an acountant. obviously economics is the study of currency and trade etc which links into accountancy.

    Gl with your choice

    Edit: ye imo 5 AS is too much, if i was you i would just do maths, further maths, physics and business or economics
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    (Original post by cuckoo99)
    in english lit exams u will get a copy of the text. If you want to do a maths degree and want to be an accountant i would suggest taking the following subjects: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Business and perhaps Economics?

    the reason i've suggested all these subjects is because they can all be talored to a mathmatical job such as an acountant. obviously economics is the study of currency and trade etc which links into accountancy.

    Gl with your choice

    Edit: ye imo 5 AS is too much, if i was you i would just do maths, further maths, physics and business or economics
    Choosing A-Levels is tough,so many possible options but i struggle with Physics,B?

    Aren't there closed book exams for,A-Level English Literature
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    For poetry you'll have the poems but for prose e.g. Frankenstein for our year, you do not get the text. Learn a good number of quotes and you'll be fine though.
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    (Original post by mr_magic_man)
    For poetry you'll have the poems but for prose e.g. Frankenstein for our year, you do not get the text. Learn a good number of quotes and you'll be fine though.
    You make a good point because i haven't done poetry,at GCSE,yet-could be terrible.
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    I'd like to pick Eng Lit,Physics,Further Maths,Maths and Business.

    Maths-will both A-Levels force me into maths but for a maths degree,i need both in most cases.Will the maths be too hard?I'm on an A*(79/80 UMS),after unit 1,found it very easy but A-level maths looks hard.I love Algebra and Number but hate shapes.

    Eng Lit-is this too hard because i heard you had to write essays in exams,without an extract or the book.

    Physics-I have heard this helps for maths but GCSE isn't too maths related,apart from the basics, and struggled to get a B in Unit 1,and are the practicals hard? because i can't do practicals and got wrong results in GCSE ISA

    Business-I like Business and am looking to be an accountant?

    But is 5 AS Levels too much?

    EDIT:What about Geography?-got 100/100 for unit 1 exam and love learning about volcanoes but will the science elements,although i understood them at GCSE, be too tough,at A-level? or RE because i love learning about moral decisions and got 78/80(raw marks),in the mock but don't like too religious stuff ?
    Math: A level maths looks hard because you havent been taught it.. you won't get it just by looking. Just go for it, if you're getting that high UMS then chances are you'll cope with as level. OH and you'll be glad to know its very algebra based.

    Eng lit/Physics/business: I dont do either so can't help sorry... but, business is often seen as a "soft" subject so I don't really suggest taking it.

    Geography: I was the same as you, I got 100% in my full GCSE and loved learning about volcanoes/tectonics.. however at as level (At least on Edexcel), it is incredibly boring and theres barely any physical side. However, with the "world at risk" section you do about volcanoes and the detail we learnt was alot less than what we learnt at GCSE and theres hardly any science to it.

    So put shortly; enjoyed at GCSE but finding As tedious; however it is an easy subject and despite disliking it I got full ums in unit 2 (we did unit 2 first for some reason.)

    As for taking 5... I initially took 5 (biology, chemistry, maths, geography and computing) but found it too much, sixth form is much more enjoyable when you have that extra free to socialise and just take a break or work on your other subjects.
    People do of course manage 5, however its not really worth it. Its up to you though.

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