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    I'm receiving my GCSE results tomorrow, but I'm still not sure about my last A level subject to study.

    I have NOT studied Psychology at GCSE level, however I really did want to, and even outside of school I took an interest in the subject by reading about some of the topics which the other students studied.

    Generally, it seems like an interesting subject. For those wondering, my other subjects which I have decided upon are Maths, Physics and History.

    So I was just wondering if Psychology students could give me some advice. Did you enjoy the subject? Along with the other subjects I have picked, where do you think psychology could lead me in the future?

    I chose psychology for A-level, and I did my AS exams in June. Unfortunately due to personal issues, I don't feel like I was able to enjoy psychology, or AS in general, as fully as I could. But looking back, I'll give you my advice.By the way, no one in my class, or any school I know of, has done psychology at GCSE.

    It can be slow at the start, and rather dull, being honest. But it gets better after a few weeks. Overall, I really did enjoy the subject. I just wish I had taken it all in more.
    I would say the AS modules aren't as exciting as the A2 ones, so if you're thinking about dropping it at A2 be warned -- you're missing out on the best bits
    Advice time! To get the best understanding and grasp on it, and any AS subject might I add, read up before class! Honestly, it makes things sooo much easier.
    Familiarise yourself with the exams from the beginning. Do practice essays and get your psychology teacher to mark them, if they do not suggest this themselves.
    This applies to any AS subject -- revise from the beginning. You'll be helping yourself out so much, especially as psychology does involve a good chunk of rote learning (most AS subjects do really).
    Don't fall into the habit of thinking it's easy. A lot of people did that and ended up failing. If you think everything is easy, you're probably not understanding it correctly.

    Anywho, psychology is really good for a lot of career pathways. It opens your mind to how society really works, and how what we take for granted as "normal" is actually not so natural. In terms of careers, it gives you good essay skills. It could look good for applying to a science course, I'm not sure. I'm not a sciency person myself.
    It's a really interesting subject and one you will enjoy if you take the steps to grasp it and take it in. It's one of those "new" subjects that a lot of people pick up completely new at A-level, which being honest does make things that much more interesting at A-level stage.
    Send me a message if you have any questions!
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