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    (Original post by rachaelbolton)
    It's the option blocks that are the problem. The English Literature and Sociology block is the one with subjects like P.E. in :frown:
    ok still only take 4, work hard in eng lit try and get a b if not take sociology and not world development as a fifth option.
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    Can someone help me please? At the moment I am fairly certain I want to do either Maths, Actuarial Science or Economics at a top university. I am choosing A-Levels and I will have had an AS Level in ICT by time I start sixth form, but I have decided to drop it, since it is considered a soft subject. However, just this Thursday when I got my results I got a* in all three sciences but also an A in the first unit of ICT (it is 50% of total AS) and I got an A (100 UMS)!

    I have decided, therefore to take:
    Maths
    Further Maths
    Physics

    But now I am unsure as to my fourth option. I decided to do Chemistry on my preliminary option sheet, yet I am torn between that and German. I got 100% in my chemistry exam ad coursework, but I also have 100% in all my german courseworks, finding them both quite easy. I am good at German; my teacher has given me extra work and I know most of the grammar structures at AS Level and can apply them with ease.

    So for my choice of study in maths, would you recommend German or Chemistry or even continue ICT to A2, bearing in mind I am taking 3 maths based subjects anyway?
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    (Original post by GreenLantern1)
    Can someone help me please? At the moment I am fairly certain I want to do either Maths, Actuarial Science or Economics at a top university. I am choosing A-Levels and I will have had an AS Level in ICT by time I start sixth form, but I have decided to drop it, since it is considered a soft subject. However, just this Thursday when I got my results I got a* in all three sciences but also an A in the first unit of ICT (it is 50% of total AS) and I got an A (100 UMS)!

    I have decided, therefore to take:
    Maths
    Further Maths
    Physics

    But now I am unsure as to my fourth option. I decided to do Chemistry on my preliminary option sheet, yet I am torn between that and German. I got 100% in my chemistry exam ad coursework, but I also have 100% in all my german courseworks, finding them both quite easy. I am good at German; my teacher has given me extra work and I know most of the grammar structures at AS Level and can apply them with ease.

    So for my choice of study in maths, would you recommend German or Chemistry or even continue ICT to A2, bearing in mind I am taking 3 maths based subjects anyway?
    i would take german, if your course that you want to do doesn't need german or chemistry and it doesn't. then i would take the language. you may be able to have a year to study abroad in germany as well. but only some unis allow this. languages are the most respected subjects for unis apart from required subjects of course. also it shows unis that you are good at lots of different types of subjects, not just the sciences.
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    (Original post by non)
    what are your other subjects? physics allows you to get on more uni courses but for courses that don't require any of them french would be better. so take what you think you will do best in. both subjects are strong.
    maths, chem, bio
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    (Original post by ChildOfShakespeare)
    maths, chem, bio
    It depends if you may want to medicine, dentistry, physics, engineering pick physics. If you aren't sure pick physics. If it's none of those options pick French. Or pick the subject that you enjoy the most and will do best in because doing well in the subject is very important.
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    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!
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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 are aiming for top unis i would pick any subjects from: eng lit, the sciences, maths, RS, french and history. music isn't a great subject unless you want to do music at uni or not even go to uni. don't forget it would be great to have a mix of essay based subjects (RS, french and history) with a mix of the sciences and maths. pick subjects that you think that you will do well in! so don't pick subjects like french because that is one of your weakest subjects. by just going with your predictions you could pick eng lit, RS or history, Maths and finally one of the other sciences. you don't have to go with what i have just written, they are just guidelines. i wouldn't recommend picking physics without maths. so if you had to pick out of them i would pick maths.
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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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