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    (Original post by Heptapus)
    I would probably say that the sciences are harder than the humanities, but languages require lots of vocabulary to remember.
    Alright thanks, it was between physics and french but vocab learning won't be a problem because it's the easiest part of learning a launguange in my opinion
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    (Original post by Username12213131)
    Alright thanks, it was between physics and french but vocab learning won't be a problem because it's the easiest part of learning a launguange in my opinion
    Ahh right, I do physics and I really love it. It is really interesting (especially the quantum physics stuff) - I am definitely carrying Physics on to A2
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    Hi guys i'm new to TSR,

    what do you think of the A levels i'm thinking of choosing

    Maths
    Economics
    History
    Government and Politics
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    (Original post by YNWA)
    Hi guys i'm new to TSR,

    what do you think of the A levels i'm thinking of choosing

    Maths
    Economics
    History
    Government and Politics
    Hey, welcome to TSR. :-)
    Obviously your choices are suited to you.
    What are you hoping to study at university?
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    So, I've selected my A Levels. I've done French AS early and am dropping it. Next year I will be doing History, English Literature, Politics and Economics.

    Although I find these subjects all very interesting, I am certainly concerned about doing four essay subjects. On top of this, I find Biology unbelievably fascinating! Although it doesn't come to me as naturally as the others, I find it really interesting. My school would be doing SNAB.

    The only problem is the teachers at my school for Biology are appalling. There are 2 good teachers in the whole department.. apart from that, they are shocking. I now it isn't wise to base a subject decision on teachers, but seeing as I already switched to Econ from French (was planning on doing another French course next year) - would it be acceptable to switch again next year, once I know who the teachers are.

    Considering the fact that I find History the hardest, I have never actually done Economics before and I want to do HSPS at Cambridge - what would you recommend I switch out of, if I do switch?
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    (Original post by g_l)
    Changed my mind so I'll probably be doing:
    - Maths
    - Psychology
    - Economics
    - Physics
    Any thoughts?
    I did these but substitute english lit for economics (english lit was horrible anyway :P).

    Yeh they're good, you could do quite a lot with these A Levels. People either tend to find physics really easy or really hard- depending on whether you like it. If you don't like physics you may struggle to get through it...

    Psychology is a mostly memorising really, it can be a bit annoying.
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    I would like to do Architecture once at university,but i am struggling to choose A-levels that the course needs. At the moment I am thinking of taking-
    - Maths
    - Further Maths
    - Chemistry
    - Biology
    - Physics
    Then i will drop either biology or physics in A2. Will it matter that i am not taking an art based subject?
    I'm doing art GCSE anyway, but even though i work at a solid A/ A* grade i don't think i will get as good of a grade if i do this rather than a science or math subject.
    Help :s
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    (Original post by g_l)
    Thanks
    Hmm the choice for my fourth subject is between French, Further Maths or Physics
    I know that the French teachers are good, but I'm not too sure about the Physics teachers at my school though :/
    I'm alright at memorising I suppose hehe and I have interest in Psychology
    So you did English Lit for A level?
    Right now at GCSE level I find physics not that...enjoyable...
    But that might change...?
    Hmm....
    Definitely don't do physics if the teachers aren't good and you don't like it. Psychology is really interesting Im agreeing (i do it at university), just saying that a lot of people complain about how much there is to learn.
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    (Original post by Y07jamesp)
    I would like to do Architecture once at university,but i am struggling to choose A-levels that the course needs. At the moment I am thinking of taking-
    - Maths
    - Further Maths
    - Chemistry
    - Biology
    - Physics
    Then i will drop either biology or physics in A2. Will it matter that i am not taking an art based subject?
    I'm doing art GCSE anyway, but even though i work at a solid A/ A* grade i don't think i will get as good of a grade if i do this rather than a science or math subject.
    Help :s
    It depends where you want to apply eg. Sheffield, Manchester Liverpool, UCL, Cambridge all want a portfolio. GCSE art work will NOT stand out compared to A-level art/art foundation applicants, if you compare my GCSE to A-level it looks awful, I didn't put any in for my Sheffield portfolio.

    Choose subjects you enjoy though, and then decide on universities you can apply to afterwards as your subjects will probably inevitably lead you to the right course anyway. Architecture can be a really flexible subject for allowing you to do the A-levels you enjoy, I am doing Art, Geography, Biology (and general studies) and Chemistry AS.
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    Hello
    I am from Greece and i would like to ask you how i can apply for the A-levels exam in June.
    thank you!
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    A-Levels for Maths and Philosophy?
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    A-Levels for Maths and Philosophy?
    Try Maths and Philosphy A-Levels and then pick what other one's you want. Maybe Further Maths. Jheez some people.
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    A-Levels for Maths and Philosophy?
    for lse you only need maths
    http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/undergra...ficMethod.aspx

    same with oxford

    http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...ics_and_2.html

    i don't think any maths and philosophy courses requires philosophy at a level but there might be a few.
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    (Original post by non)
    for lse you only need maths
    http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/undergra...ficMethod.aspx

    same with oxford

    http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...ics_and_2.html

    i don't think any maths and philosophy courses requires philosophy at a level but there might be a few.
    I'm looking at what the best A-Levels to take for the course would be?Oxford will obviously prefer some over others because of the course.Does Maths,Further Maths,Geography and RE sound right?I can't take Philosophy and I have been told that English Lit could be very useful but I'm not that good at it-I expect to get a high A* in Maths,Geography and RE and only a high A in English Lit.
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    I'm looking at what the best A-Levels to take for the course would be?Oxford will obviously prefer some over others because of the course.Does Maths,Further Maths,Geography and RE sound right?I can't take Philosophy and I have been told that English Lit could be very useful but I'm not that good at it-I expect to get a high A* in Maths,Geography and RE and only a high A in English Lit.
    Yes those subjects are good.
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    Hi

    I am currently down to take maths, physics, chemistry and french for AS next year however i am not 100% sure on my choices. I am pretty certain on maths and physics but i am also interested in economics and am considering doing that instead of chemistry or french, probably french. I am likely to get an A* in french but im still not sure whether i would be able to get one of the top grades at AS and i also think there would be opportunities to do languages outside of school at other points in my life? I'm not really sure i want to take either chemistry or french to A2

    If i did choose to swap french for economics i would be left with maths, physics, chemistry and econmics. Have i narrowed down too much? there would appear to be a lack of variety in those 4? and is it really 'always good to have to a language' as i so often hear? and is, for example, a C grade at AS in a language considered ok?

    If i stick with my current choices i am planning to drop french (or maybe chemistry) at the end of year 12 and take up economics. This seems a sensible option as i have never studied economics before - it doesn't matter if i delay studying for a year. Whereas if i take maths, physics, chemistry and economics i am stuck for something to pick up in year 13 because i would presumably be unable to go back to french after a year out of studying

    i appreciate your advice and sorry for the long post and many questions, i hope i was clear enough

    thanks
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    (Original post by ThePepperRobot)
    Hi

    I am currently down to take maths, physics, chemistry and french for AS next year however i am not 100% sure on my choices. I am pretty certain on maths and physics but i am also interested in economics and am considering doing that instead of chemistry or french, probably french. I am likely to get an A* in french but im still not sure whether i would be able to get one of the top grades at AS and i also think there would be opportunities to do languages outside of school at other points in my life? I'm not really sure i want to take either chemistry or french to A2

    If i did choose to swap french for economics i would be left with maths, physics, chemistry and econmics. Have i narrowed down too much? there would appear to be a lack of variety in those 4? and is it really 'always good to have to a language' as i so often hear? and is, for example, a C grade at AS in a language considered ok?

    If i stick with my current choices i am planning to drop french (or maybe chemistry) at the end of year 12 and take up economics. This seems a sensible option as i have never studied economics before - it doesn't matter if i delay studying for a year. Whereas if i take maths, physics, chemistry and economics i am stuck for something to pick up in year 13 because i would presumably be unable to go back to french after a year out of studying

    i appreciate your advice and sorry for the long post and many questions, i hope i was clear enough

    thanks
    Yes there are outside opportunities to do languages but it can be expensive, even at university. At my university first years can do an evening class for free. I do think it's "always good to have a language" because it means you can study or work abroad, whatever your field, or just travel. On top of that, if you have French A level then when you get to uni you can push that standard up even higher and get really good at the language - which is life changing really. I wouldn't want you to miss the opportunity

    It's good that you're thinking about picking things up in year 13 and it's true that French would be particularly difficult, though not impossible, to get back into after a year. I had a similar problem with maths You need to remember though, that you can't predict now how you'll feel at the end of year 13. You may find that one of your subjects is unexpectedly boring or difficult - that's why it's essential you take four subjects.

    I think you need to decide which four interest you the most (taking into account what I said about French ) and pick the best four. Don't put off a subject you're really interested in until year 13 because by then it's too late to get the A2 and do it at uni.

    Do you have any idea about whether you want to go to uni and if so what might you study?
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    (Original post by Clumsy_Chemist)
    Yes there are outside opportunities to do languages but it can be expensive, even at university. At my university first years can do an evening class for free. I do think it's "always good to have a language" because it means you can study or work abroad, whatever your field, or just travel. On top of that, if you have French A level then when you get to uni you can push that standard up even higher and get really good at the language - which is life changing really. I wouldn't want you to miss the opportunity

    It's good that you're thinking about picking things up in year 13 and it's true that French would be particularly difficult, though not impossible, to get back into after a year. I had a similar problem with maths You need to remember though, that you can't predict now how you'll feel at the end of year 13. You may find that one of your subjects is unexpectedly boring or difficult - that's why it's essential you take four subjects.

    I think you need to decide which four interest you the most (taking into account what I said about French ) and pick the best four. Don't put off a subject you're really interested in until year 13 because by then it's too late to get the A2 and do it at uni.

    Do you have any idea about whether you want to go to uni and if so what might you study?
    Even if i do take french just at AS will that be considered ok by universities? If i was choosing subjects that i enjoyed i would probably pick economics over both french and chemistry. I sort of feel like i am only choosing french so that i have more variety in my subjects and im not really confident that i could get a worthwhile grade, even though im doing well at gcse, so i may swap it for economics.

    On the other hand, if i swapped economics for chemistry i would be left doing only 1 science - would this put me at a disadvantage when applying for university? I am hoping to do something reasonably academic although im not sure what or sure about my career path. I have been considering something science based but im also interested in perhaps doing something to do with banking or finance. I have also read that you dont necessarily have to do economics at A level to do it at university?

    Thanks for your advice, i appreciate it
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    Hi, I have already chosen my subjects, but it is easy enough to change them, they'll just be a bit cross.

    I've picked English Lit, Chemistry, ICT and Biology in that order with French as my 5th.

    But we've just started theory work again in ICT and I have never been as bored as I am in that double, seriously it's terrible. We were given a past paper to do over the Easter break I only got round to it today because I was avoiding ICT and its just horrible. I know all of the answers but I just really can't be bothered writing a 12 mark answer for the advantages of touch screens.
    I've never really liked ICT, but I've only come to realise how very very boring and useless it is. The thing is, that I've never done a scrap of revision for ICT, and I barely listen, but I'm still the best in the year and I have an A* in coursework so even if I didn't answer the twelvemarker purely out of lazyness I will probably get an A.

    Basically, should I do ICT because I'm naturally good at it (It runs in my family, my sister came best in n.Ireland when she did her a-levels) or French because its actually useful and that class has never (so far) made me want to lay down and have a snooze.

    If it helps I'm predicted a high A to an A* in French aswell, but I really do have to work in that class.
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    (Original post by ThePepperRobot)
    Hi

    I am currently down to take maths, physics, chemistry and french for AS next year however i am not 100% sure on my choices. I am pretty certain on maths and physics but i am also interested in economics and am considering doing that instead of chemistry or french, probably french. I am likely to get an A* in french but im still not sure whether i would be able to get one of the top grades at AS and i also think there would be opportunities to do languages outside of school at other points in my life? I'm not really sure i want to take either chemistry or french to A2...
    French at A-level isn't as difficult as it appears; it's building upon your KS3 and GCSE knowledge of the language so it's not a massively scary step up; if you're on for an A* at GCSE, with a bit of work you should be able to do well! Having a language would be beneficial and would offer a non-science subject, but only take it if you would have the interest to do it and put the work in; you do have a good selection of subjects anyway. A-level French is brilliant and the topics are much more interesting than those at GCSE
    I think it's best if you take 4 that you'd like to take to A2 and not think about dropping them before you've started; you may be surprised at what/if you want to drop next year after starting your A-levels.
    Hope that helps

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