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    Im torn between doing art or philosophy a level, right now my choices art Maths, Physics, and History and I'd really like to take either art or philosophy. I understand that art a level is a lot of work but I have been told that it also helps calm people down in between more academic subjects. On the other hand I really enjoyed philosophy at gcse especially when having discussions and debates but I know that philosophy has a lot of esaat based work. At university im set on either doing classics or engineering, very different things, I know. Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Hi. Whichever subject you pick will involve putting effort and work in; therefore, that is probably not the right way to approach your problem. Simply pick whichever you feel more passionate towards as ultimately you are more likely to achieve higher in the subject you enjoy the most and for engineering you will need to meet fairly high entry requirements.

    With regards to engineering, it is a good idea to check out the entry requirements of universities you might be interested in going to as they can be quite specific, e.g. Requiring Chemistry for Chemical Engineering. Also, for engineering, Further Maths can be useful, especially in making for a better application if you are looking to go to Oxbridge or Imperial, although it isn't a requirement for most uni's. Just something you may want to consider, however.

    Hope this helps!*

    Art is very time consuming, ideally you want to split your time between your subjects easily and this may be difficult with a subject like this where there is lots of courswork involved, however philosophy would probably be easier to handle but ultimately it's up to you and whichever you think you will enjoy the most.

    Philosophy is such a great subject that covers so many areas in life.

    You really need to decide what you want to do.. classics or engineering.

    Choosing your A Levels is the time to define what you want to do and I understand that can be really difficult.

    You should be given career advice that really you can only make 1 career change in your life time and even then it will be not too far from the a-level choices and degree chosen.

    Say you wanted to do Civil Engineering, you would be stuck with a history A Level that honestly is not much use to you in a practical sense even if you are 'enthusiastic' about reading and researching historical events, but the subjects of: Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics and Physics would be ideal, you could add in Economics to that also, which would be good for controlling costs of projects and ascending into management roles later on in your senior career.

    Civil engineers do the most incredible projects in our society, from building bridges and dams to the current Crossrail that has been creating a faster way to get across London.

    Mechanical, Motorsport, Civil, Electrical and on and on..

    Classics would need.. history, philosophy, maybe government and politics also.

    I do like the cross of studying very ancient mathematics and physics with the philosophy of aristotle etc and specialising in that classical period that would be interesting.

    Apart from knowing of two things you would like to do, what else do you think you want to do with your life?
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