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    (Original post by sophieowl96)
    I'm really really stuck on where to go to college and what to do there, I've just left school (year 11) and I'm so worried now.

    I have been accepted into:
    Tonbridge Girls Grammar School (IB)
    Tonbridge Wells Girls Grammar School (A Levels)
    Weald of Kent Grammar School (A Levels)
    Bexhill College (A Levels)
    Eastbourne Park College (A Levels)
    Lewes Sixth Form (A Levels)

    Is it worth me travelling around an hour and a half every morning and evening, having to wake up before/around 6am and getting home around 6pm to go to a grammar sixth form to do the IB, or being able to go to a local college and study selected A-Levels of my choice?

    I am also struggling with my option choices for A-level, which I seem to be leaning towards, and I am worrying about the ones I have made and thinking of changing:

    I have currently chosen: History Modern, English Literature, Spanish and Psychology.
    However, I am not sure on both the History and the Psychology.

    Would History and English be too much essay writing as they are both very essay based. Would it benefit me to take Geography or History more?

    I'm not too keen on psychology after my taster, I am thinking of sociology or philosophy, which would you recommend? Which do universities favour more? What does psychology actually entail?

    I know Spanish is very useful and will look good, but is the end exam very hard? Obviously it will be hard, but is it extremely hard?

    Thankyou very much for reading this and I look forward to seeing a reply.
    Psychology is also an essay subject. I'd say history is more useful unless you're going into something practical or scientific. Sociology or to a lesser extent philosophy are seen as softer subjects so it's best to avoid doing more than one. I would say go to the local college to do the A levels that are right for you, as long as they cover the A levels you want there's no need to travel further afield
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    (Original post by uannaka1996)
    Hi I'm going to take:

    Maths
    History
    Economics

    But I don't know what other subject I should take. It is either Physics or Further Maths.

    I want to take either Computer Science or Economics in university so which one is the best? Please also bear in mind that the Physics department in the school I'm going to is reputed to be the worst in the school with the Maths department being the 2nd best and the History Department being 1st.
    Take further maths - it'll be useful if you do economics
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    (Original post by bluelezah)
    Hi!
    I just finished year 11 and i'm thinking of what a levels to take next school year. I want to go to university and take a course in the field of business or economics. Currently, I'm thinking to take:

    Maths
    Biology
    English lit.

    I'm confused if i would choose RS or Business for a level.

    What subject would be better for me to take???

    Thank you!



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    Can you take economics? I found business was very easy and therefore not worth taking if you want to impress top unis.
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    (Original post by Hillbilly101)
    I studied with that board, and I went to college not knowing anything about chemistry. But in all honesty, it's a really good syllabus and you will definitely enjoy it. The practicals are good fun, even the coursework in the second year is really good! It's all hard work, but, if you enjoy it, it's easy . You will definitely enjoy it!
    Okay and yes I will put everything I have into it! Im more confident about it now, and I have already started to look over all the chemistry basics again THANKYOU


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    (Original post by usycool1)
    I think OCR B salters have a good course tbh. It is hard but it is very interesting and enjoyable There is really no need to worry
    Okay, thank you! Glad its going to be interesting - i have to say at the taster lesson, although it was challenging, it was really different to gcse THANKYOU again!


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    Hey guys i need your help. I want to study law at university but im not sure what to pick. What 4 should i pick out of Maths,Biology,Economics, Business studies, Accounting, Law,History

    I only got a B in GCSE maths and would need three As at A level to get a place on a respected law degree.
    So what should i pick?
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    (Original post by chelseafan)
    Hey guys i need your help. I want to study law at university but im not sure what to pick. What 4 should i pick out of Maths,Biology,Economics, Business studies, Accounting, Law,History

    I only got a B in GCSE maths and would need three As at A level to get a place on a respected law degree.
    So what should i pick?
    As far as I'm aware, most universities don't have any subject requirements for law so all of the subjects you have listed should be OK. I'd say pick the ones you enjoy the most as you're more likely to score highly on subjects which you enjoy. If you enjoy maths, take it but then be prepared to put in quite a lot of work as the step from GCSE to A-Level is quite big.

    Good luck
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    So would Biology,History,Economics and law just for AS be good combo for law at uni?
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    (Original post by chelseafan)
    So would Biology,History,Economics and law just for AS be good combo for law at uni?
    Yeah, that should be fine
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    Hello everyone : hope everyone is good and well , please could I have an opinion on which is better out of AS economics or AS geography. In terms of better I mean which is easier in relation to workload and difficulty. The dilemma is that I didn't do gcse geography or gcse economics, but I want to pick one for AS. I have chosen science and maths for the other subjects: so would geography complement science as I want to do pharmacy or economics complement maths. I like both specifications and syllabuses , but which is easier for a higher mark : I do edexcel geography and aqa economics. Thank you everyone
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    (Original post by EnviroProtector)
    Okay and yes I will put everything I have into it! Im more confident about it now, and I have already started to look over all the chemistry basics again THANKYOU


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    No problem! Hope it all goes well for you
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    (Original post by tupac makaveli)
    Hello everyone : hope everyone is good and well , please could I have an opinion on which is better out of AS economics or AS geography. In terms of better I mean which is easier in relation to workload and difficulty. The dilemma is that I didn't do gcse geography or gcse economics, but I want to pick one for AS. I have chosen science and maths for the other subjects: so would geography complement science as I want to do pharmacy or economics complement maths. I like both specifications and syllabuses , but which is easier for a higher mark : I do edexcel geography and aqa economics. Thank you everyone
    AS Economics presumes no prior knowledge of economics so it shouldn't matter that you haven't done GCSE Economics. AS geography, however, does presume that you have some prior knowledge of geography so in that respect, economics may be easier. However, most of the people who I know who do both subjects seem to find geography easier so in that respect, geography could be easier (but it's important to remember that people have different opinions; some other people who I know find economics easier). For pharmacy, as long as you have chemistry (and biology in some cases), it should be fine so either subject is OK to take. So are you more interested in one subject than the other? If so, take the subject that you have a greater interest in and then you'll likely find it easier and do well in it
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    (Original post by chelseafan)
    So would Biology,History,Economics and law just for AS be good combo for law at uni?
    I think that sounds like a good combination. Remember, there are no specific A-Level requirements for law, although History does seem to be one they're keen on. As for the rest, just do what you enjoy! They usually like 2 traditional essay subjects, but I think you're covered with law and history. Biology will provide a nice contrast and economics is also good for law as they're both (to a degree) about current affairs
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    I think that sounds like a good combination. Remember, there are no specific A-Level requirements for law, although History does seem to be one they're keen on. As for the rest, just do what you enjoy! They usually like 2 traditional essay subjects, but I think you're covered with law and history. Biology will provide a nice contrast and economics is also good for law as they're both (to a degree) about current affairs
    Cheers for the advice.
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    Hey everyone one again , I am on AQA chemistry and was interested in finding which is better the EMPA or ISA route for A- level. I know the Isa is : drawing graphs, and course content. Also it has some annoying quantitative mark scheme answers, but I found shocking and disgraceful was the insanely high grade boundaries where 65% could be an E grade. On the other hand empa harder and needs good practical skills and hard mathematical calculations, but very low grade boundaries. So overall which is better to choose Option to choose out of the 2 please????? ( I wish that aqa would lower isa grade boudaries to roughly same as isa to make it fair and even ). Thank you
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    (Original post by tupac makaveli)
    Hey everyone one again , I am on AQA chemistry and was interested in finding which is better the EMPA or ISA route for A- level. I know the Isa is : drawing graphs, and course content. Also it has some annoying quantitative mark scheme answers, but I found shocking and disgraceful was the insanely high grade boundaries where 65% could be an E grade. On the other hand empa harder and needs good practical skills and hard mathematical calculations, but very low grade boundaries. So overall which is better to choose Option to choose out of the 2 please????? ( I wish that aqa would lower isa grade boudaries to roughly same as isa to make it fair and even ). Thank you
    There are mixed opinions towards the two. I haven't really looked at AQA A-Level chemistry in too much detail (I'm more knowledgeable on the OCR Salters course), so I could be wrong but I've heard that the ISA is not particularly challenging to score a high mark on. But then of course, grade boundaries are very high which could lead to marks like 80% being something like a C. If you often make silly mistakes but are good at experiments/maths etc. then maybe the EMPA would be the better route than the ISA. Or you could try both. Maybe have a go at the ISA first and if that doesn't work out, have a go at the EMPA instead
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    Hey Guys, I really need some help!

    I am considering taking 5 subjects at AS Level, i wasn't originally planning to, but there is 5 i want to take and i can't decided which subject not to take.

    3 of the 5 i definitely want to take are: Law, Psychology and English.
    But then i want to take either Geography or History. I really can't decided which to take and which not to take though!?

    If it's any help, i want to go on to study Law at University. I have lots of pros and cons to both Geography and History, i don't know what to do. Not taking English is also an option. But i really don't know what would be best. Opinions on the subjects i am considering taking, or advice, or past experiences are much appreciated.

    Please help!
    Thanks
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    (Original post by Sam_1996)
    Ok I plan to do
    -Physics
    -History
    -Biology
    -Maths/Chemistry

    Which is harder/more interesting out of Maths and Chemistry?
    I enjoy both equally and I am at the same ability in each.
    I can't speak for chemistry as I don't do it, but I love maths, so much so that I will be studying it next year at university...hopefully haha! Yep, it is challenging but not impossible if you're dedicated. In my opinion I would Physics is a lot harder than maths. Hope this helps
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    (Original post by laughing_cow)
    Hey Guys, I really need some help!

    I am considering taking 5 subjects at AS Level, i wasn't originally planning to, but there is 5 i want to take and i can't decided which subject not to take.

    3 of the 5 i definitely want to take are: Law, Psychology and English.
    But then i want to take either Geography or History. I really can't decided which to take and which not to take though!?

    If it's any help, i want to go on to study Law at University. I have lots of pros and cons to both Geography and History, i don't know what to do. Not taking English is also an option. But i really don't know what would be best. Opinions on the subjects i am considering taking, or advice, or past experiences are much appreciated.

    Please help!
    Thanks
    5 subjects is a lot of work and taking five won't really give you any advantage over other people. There are no specific subject requirements for law so it shouldn't really matter whether you take history or geography. I'd advise you to take the one that you think you'll enjoy more. You're more likely to do well in a subject that you enjoy
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    (Original post by laughing_cow)
    Hey Guys, I really need some help!

    I am considering taking 5 subjects at AS Level, i wasn't originally planning to, but there is 5 i want to take and i can't decided which subject not to take.

    3 of the 5 i definitely want to take are: Law, Psychology and English.
    But then i want to take either Geography or History. I really can't decided which to take and which not to take though!?

    If it's any help,i want to go on to study Law at University. I have lots of pros and cons to both Geography and History, i don't know what to do. Not taking English is also an option. But i really don't know what would be best. Opinions on the subjects i am considering taking, or advice, or past experiences are much appreciated.

    Please help!
    Thanks
    Law A-Levels aren't really held in high regard with universities, even if you are hoping to do a law degree- the reasons being that it often gives A-Level students a different way of thinking/ the wrong knowledge needed for university level which often puts law A-Level students at a disadvantage. (I was interested in the same thing, although my sixth form is so small it doesn't offer A-Level subjects like Law anyway...) Universities also like law students to have developed other skills such as what would be gained with english etc and not to be too specialised in law. Hope this was useful- just sharing my knowledge!!

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