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    (Original post by diggy)
    Are they complex because with the GCSE chem equations after I know them I can do them
    Erm I got taught how to do the A level moles calculations in my GCSE year because my teacher knew that about 95% of my class were taking it so I don't really know how its done in GCSE.
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    (Original post by EnviroProtector)
    Hi! I'm choosing Biology, Environmental Studies, Chemistry and Classical Civilisation.
    For GCSE, Im predicted B in Maths, A/A* in Additional Science, B in Eng Lit, B in Eng Lang, A in History, and the rest are B's.

    I have heard how hard chem & bio are, do you think aslong as I put the effort in, I could get a AAB (bio, chem and enviro studies)
    Environmental Studies is a soft and unrespected subject and History is a lot more respected than Classical Civilisation.If you were to take Enviornmental Studies you should only take it to AS because top universities will require 3 academic subjects to be took.
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    Am I putting myself at a real disadvantage if I don't take a science at A-level?
    I don't want to do a science degree, but am considering Geography, possibly as a BSc, so I can see the possible applications a science would have. I don't have anything against doing one, there's just other subjects I'd rather do.

    I'm thinking of English Literature, Geography, Japanese and Government & Politics - is this broad enough though? Thank you!
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    I need to decide what to choose out of Further Maths, Physics, Biology and Spanish as I am definetely doing Maths and History as I can can actually see me doing Maths/Law based as a future career and while I can see future careers in spanish, it just seems too hard at A-level? Also, as I'm not doing a science based subject as a future career I was wondering if I should even choose Physics or Biology? I thinking about doing them as I've heard physics helps with maths and I enjoy biology? And further maths as most university courses require me to have both Maths and Further Maths? And also, although this may be off topic, I am wondering if I was to do a financial career what is the difference in doing a Maths degree compared to an Economics degree?
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    (Original post by HearingWhat?)
    I need to decide what to choose out of Further Maths, Physics, Biology and Spanish as I am definetely doing Maths and History as I can can actually see me doing Maths/Law based as a future career and while I can see future careers in spanish, it just seems too hard at A-level? Also, as I'm not doing a science based subject as a future career I was wondering if I should even choose Physics or Biology? I thinking about doing them as I've heard physics helps with maths and I enjoy biology? And further maths as most university courses require me to have both Maths and Further Maths? And also, although this may be off topic, I am wondering if I was to do a financial career what is the difference in doing a Maths degree compared to an Economics degree?
    Physics won't help you with maths, it's just that maths helps with physics. If you're sure you want to do something maths related one day, further maths is a very good idea. And I advise against discarding Spanish just because it's hard. Hard subjects are the ones that get you somewhere in life, that's why they're hard!

    (Original post by Paramore<3)
    Am I putting myself at a real disadvantage if I don't take a science at A-level?
    I don't want to do a science degree, but am considering Geography, possibly as a BSc, so I can see the possible applications a science would have. I don't have anything against doing one, there's just other subjects I'd rather do.

    I'm thinking of English Literature, Geography, Japanese and Government & Politics - is this broad enough though? Thank you!
    Japanese is a great choice, could be very useful in the future. Perhaps you could do just one of the sciences, as it would help you in physical geography.

    (Original post by EnviroProtector)
    Hi! I'm choosing Biology, Environmental Studies, Chemistry and Classical Civilisation.
    For GCSE, Im predicted B in Maths, A/A* in Additional Science, B in Eng Lit, B in Eng Lang, A in History, and the rest are B's.

    I have heard how hard chem & bio are, do you think aslong as I put the effort in, I could get a AAB (bio, chem and enviro studies)
    Yes - anyone can! How you do at A level depends entirely on how much effort you put in, GCSE grades are a poor indicator of how well you'll do

    (Original post by thu_)
    Hello, I'm stuck between Psychology and Art and mainly confused about dropping a subject in the second year. I'm doing Biology and Chemistry (which I need full A levels for university), English Language (not sure, but I think good to have full A level) and Art OR Psychology. I'm willing to do a lot of coursework for Art and I think it's a good option between all the other Chemistry and Bio exams that I'll have to do. Also I think I'd feel and do better at compared to Psychology.
    Another question, isn't it bad to drop a subject and continue with three A2's? What do universities think about AS's? If I'm doing good with four AS's does that mean I shouldn't drop any or? If I drop Art and have only AS does that mean universities will ignore it or?
    There's nothing wrong at all with dropping a subject: that's the reason you do 4 AS's, to give you choice
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    But then is there any point in doing an AS if you're going to drop it? Does it help at all for university?
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    (Original post by thu_)
    But then is there any point in doing an AS if you're going to drop it? Does it help at all for university?
    some universities prefer a 4th AS, and it also gives you something to fall back on if another subject unexpectedly doesn't work out - you may find you struggle with a subject you thought you'd continue to A2 or that you no longer enjoy one subject so want to drop it. It's safer to have that 4th AS
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    (Original post by Paramore<3)
    Am I putting myself at a real disadvantage if I don't take a science at A-level?
    I don't want to do a science degree, but am considering Geography, possibly as a BSc, so I can see the possible applications a science would have. I don't have anything against doing one, there's just other subjects I'd rather do.

    I'm thinking of English Literature, Geography, Japanese and Government & Politics - is this broad enough though? Thank you!
    Would you be gaining anything from doing a science A-Level other than fulfilling any potential prerequisites for subjects? If not then I don't think you should do a science A level. It partially depends on how good you are at science also..

    But your current subject choices are fine.
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    (Original post by Clumsy_Chemist)
    Japanese is a great choice, could be very useful in the future. Perhaps you could do just one of the sciences, as it would help you in physical geography.
    (Original post by Llewellyn)
    Would you be gaining anything from doing a science A-Level other than fulfilling any potential prerequisites for subjects? If not then I don't think you should do a science A level. It partially depends on how good you are at science also..

    But your current subject choices are fine.
    Thank you both! I think I've decided against it. A science would definitely be helpful, but even if I did take one I never planned to take it to A2, as I would prefer to carry on with the other three. The only reason I would be taking it would be to meet a possible requirement, yes. I am predicted A* in all of them (though obviously there's still plenty of scope for everything to go wrong ) but hey ho. I think most Geography BA courses give you the flexibilty to choose BSc modules anyway. We shall see!
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    I'm close to leaving Secondary School and starting college and my A-Levels. I am certain that I want to do Ancient History. I also want to do English - combined Lit and Language. Do any of you do these subjects? If yes, how did you find/ are you finding them?

    That leaves me with 2 more options. I really want to do something based on art and design, which is why I felt that Graphics would be great as I would love to go into design as a career. I really don't know much about it though, but I could always leave it at AS level rather than any of my other 3 subjects. I'd also love to do Fine Art.

    So, my questions are:
    a) Should I do Graphics or Fine art? If I only do one of these, what sort of thing should I do instead of the one I am not doing? OR,
    b) Should I do both? I would love to do both.
    c) Is anyone doing any of the underlined subjects? If yes, how did you find them/are you finding them?

    I'd like to think that if I did both arts I'd have a good balance of Vocational and Academic, 2 being Vocational and 2 being Academic. I'd just love to do both arts but I'm worried I should do something more academic, though it'd be good to have a break with something I really enjoy. I'd probably drop one of the arts at AS.

    Any help would be VERY MUCH appriciated!!!!
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    Hello, I made a thread before but just to clarify.

    I want to get into a good Law school (preferably Durham/Warwick/Newcastle and at least 1 in London; perhaps Kings or LSE) but i'm undecided about my A Levels.

    Here are my 5:

    Philosophy and Ethics: Im very good at debating and critical thinking.
    Law: I have a high interest and willingness to succeed in it.
    Sociology: The study of society interests me greatly.
    German: I love languages. I started off on the wrong foot with it but now im dedicated. I speak 2 at the moment, not including German.
    English Lit: Very good at English Lit GCSE.

    Sensibly speaking; I can only handle 4 A Levels max. Which one, if I want to get into a good law school, should I drop? I am in the process of choosing them now.

    Help Please
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    (Original post by Dust.)
    Sensibly speaking; I can only handle 4 A Levels max. Which one, if I want to get into a good law school, should I drop? I am in the process of choosing them now.

    Help Please
    from what I've heard, A-level Law doesn't really benefit you in any way when going to university to study Law; a lot of schools don't offer it! Teachers at my school recommended Politics or Sociology for people interested in Law. If there's someone on here who knows more I'm sure they'd be able to clarify it better
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    (Original post by kayleigh.jean)
    from what I've heard, A-level Law doesn't really benefit you in any way when going to university to study Law; a lot of schools don't offer it! Teachers at my school recommended Politics or Sociology for people interested in Law. If there's someone on here who knows more I'm sure they'd be able to clarify it better
    I can vouch for this from what my admissions tutor told me - he actually recommended Politics and/or History. Sociology isn't that highly regarded, so one of those two is probably your best bet.
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    (Original post by Dust.)
    Hello, I made a thread before but just to clarify.

    I want to get into a good Law school (preferably Durham/Warwick/Newcastle and at least 1 in London; perhaps Kings or LSE) but i'm undecided about my A Levels.

    Here are my 5:

    Philosophy and Ethics: Im very good at debating and critical thinking.
    Law: I have a high interest and willingness to succeed in it.
    Sociology: The study of society interests me greatly.
    German: I love languages. I started off on the wrong foot with it but now im dedicated. I speak 2 at the moment, not including German.
    English Lit: Very good at English Lit GCSE.

    Sensibly speaking; I can only handle 4 A Levels max. Which one, if I want to get into a good law school, should I drop? I am in the process of choosing them now.

    Help Please
    You should decide what to drop at the end of AS, that's the whole point in doing five instead of three surely? You'll definitely need to keep going with English though.

    (Original post by musergirl)
    I'm close to leaving Secondary School and starting college and my A-Levels. I am certain that I want to do Ancient History. I also want to do English - combined Lit and Language. Do any of you do these subjects? If yes, how did you find/ are you finding them?

    That leaves me with 2 more options. I really want to do something based on art and design, which is why I felt that Graphics would be great as I would love to go into design as a career. I really don't know much about it though, but I could always leave it at AS level rather than any of my other 3 subjects. I'd also love to do Fine Art.

    So, my questions are:
    a) Should I do Graphics or Fine art? If I only do one of these, what sort of thing should I do instead of the one I am not doing? OR,
    b) Should I do both? I would love to do both.
    c) Is anyone doing any of the underlined subjects? If yes, how did you find them/are you finding them?

    I'd like to think that if I did both arts I'd have a good balance of Vocational and Academic, 2 being Vocational and 2 being Academic. I'd just love to do both arts but I'm worried I should do something more academic, though it'd be good to have a break with something I really enjoy. I'd probably drop one of the arts at AS.

    Any help would be VERY MUCH appriciated!!!!
    Just make sure you do history and a language if you can.
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    (Original post by Clumsy_Chemist)
    You should decide what to drop at the end of AS, that's the whole point in doing five instead of three surely? You'll definitely need to keep going with English though.



    As I said: "I can only handle four". I will take 5 forward to AS but I will decide within the first 2 weeks which one to drop. Is this is wise choice?
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    (Original post by Dust.)
    As I said: "I can only handle four". I will take 5 forward to AS but I will decide within the first 2 weeks which one to drop. Is this is wise choice?
    I was thinking of taking 5 AS as well because I don't want to drop business or cut off going into a business job but I don't want to really pursue a career in business and I was thinking of taking Maths,Further Maths,RE,Geography and Business Studies and for all those people, who say to take Economics-I have decided not to because It doesn't include the type of business, I want to study(Accounting) and I don't need a really respected 5th AS level because Business AS level will do-I might decide to only do the 4 I mentioned though and all of those I plan on taking to A2.
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    I was thinking of taking 5 AS as well because I don't want to drop business or cut off going into a business job but I don't want to really pursue a career in business and I was thinking of taking Maths,Further Maths,RE,Geography and Business Studies and for all those people, who say to take Economics-I have decided not to because It doesn't include the type of business, I want to study(Accounting) and I don't need a really respected 5th AS level because Business AS level will do-I might decide to only do the 4 I mentioned though and all of those I plan on taking to A2.
    i've heard generaly that universities see business studies to be a 'soft' subject, so i dont think you would need it if you wanted to be an acountant though doing the subject may increase your interest in accounting. The Maths subjects you are taking is what really counts to them.
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    I was thinking of taking 5 AS as well because I don't want to drop business or cut off going into a business job but I don't want to really pursue a career in business and I was thinking of taking Maths,Further Maths,RE,Geography and Business Studies and for all those people, who say to take Economics-I have decided not to because It doesn't include the type of business, I want to study(Accounting) and I don't need a really respected 5th AS level because Business AS level will do-I might decide to only do the 4 I mentioned though and all of those I plan on taking to A2.
    You generally don't need an AS/A level in Business Studies to go into business.
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    (Original post by musergirl)
    That leaves me with 2 more options. I really want to do something based on art and design, which is why I felt that Graphics would be great as I would love to go into design as a career. I really don't know much about it though, but I could always leave it at AS level rather than any of my other 3 subjects. I'd also love to do Fine Art.

    So, my questions are:
    a) Should I do Graphics or Fine art? If I only do one of these, what sort of thing should I do instead of the one I am not doing? OR,
    b) Should I do both? I would love to do both.
    c) Is anyone doing any of the underlined subjects? If yes, how did you find them/are you finding them?

    I'd like to think that if I did both arts I'd have a good balance of Vocational and Academic, 2 being Vocational and 2 being Academic. I'd just love to do both arts but I'm worried I should do something more academic, though it'd be good to have a break with something I really enjoy. I'd probably drop one of the arts at AS.

    Any help would be VERY MUCH appriciated!!!!
    I wouldn't really recommend taking both Graphics and Art. I took Photography and Art at A Level and just feel like I totally wasted one potentially useful A Level (although Graphics might actually be alright - most people know that Photography is a doss ). But if you do find you're becoming more interested in an Art/design career towards the end of your A Levels you can always go and do a Foundation course in Art and Design, which gives you a good all round footing for going on to different ~pathways~ and is pretty open. For that, I'd suggest to take Fine art instead of Graphics, but I'm probably biased
    Really, all I'm saying here, is that unless you're totally sure you're going to go on to do something artsy at University/in later life, then there's not too much point taking two potentially very similar subjects.
    Furthermore, I found out this year whilst applying, there are a few universities who don't accept more than one vocational subject at a level if you're applying to an academic course.
    I hate to seem like I'm putting a downer on the whole thing, but really, art/design universities don't care too much if you have two vocational A Levels or one. Hope I haven't unnecessarily confused things either :P
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    What is a-level biology, psychology and business studies like?

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