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    Contrary to what people on this thread have said, biology normally isn't ridiculously difficult. If you're planning on taking the AS in June however, it will be very difficult to cover all of the spec by the exams, especially as you're self-studying a lot as it is. You can take the practical assessments privately through a school/college if they offer it and are happy with you taking it with them.
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    (Original post by mogwai98)
    Hello

    Firstly, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place or if I should've posted in a pre-existing thread. I'm still finding my way around the forum.

    I was wondering if anyone here might be able to give me a second opinion on a small 'dilemma' I currently have.

    Basically, I'm self teaching my A Levels and I need to decide on a third one to take in time to learn the AS and sit my exams this year. I want to do Psychology at university, and the subjects I've already started are Psychology and Sociology.
    I was intending to do Biology, but I've since found out it's near impossible to do this if you don't go to school/college due to the practicals you have to do.
    So that's why I'm now trying to think what to take as my third choice.

    These are my options:

    - Spanish. Not very relevant to what I want to do at uni, but I grew up in Spain so I have a good level of the language. I think I could get a good grade without putting that much effort into it. Not why you should take a subject, I know, but I want good grades.
    - History. I've read a lot of threads on here with people saying how difficult it is, which worries me depsite the fact I quite like it and did reasonably well in it last year. I think I'm okay at writing essays, but time may be a problem.
    - English Literature (or perhaps Lit/Lang). Not that great at it tbh, but I think this may be a useful one as apparently it's respected by unis? Though I know History is too. I do like to read, but I sometimes struggle with analysing what I've read in great detail.

    If anybody could give me their opinion I would really appreciate it. Sorry it's been a long post.

    mogwai98
    Hey

    I'd definitely recommend Spanish. Languages are really desirable and you have already a great advantage. Also, I do history, and though it's certainly one of my harder subjects, people are often surprised by the exam in that it's not too challenging - and good revision will plentifully suffice.

    So,

    Spanish
    History
    Sociology
    Psychology

    Would be a good trio
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    Contrary to what people on this thread have said, biology normally isn't ridiculously difficult. If you're planning on taking the AS in June however, it will be very difficult to cover all of the spec by the exams, especially as you're self-studying a lot as it is. You can take the practical assessments privately through a school/college if they offer it and are happy with you taking it with them.
    Thanks for replying.
    I don't think Biology is especially hard, or at least it doesn't seem as hard as it might if I didn't like it. The reason I can't do it is that there isn't a centre more or less local to me that will allow me to sit the practical examinations there as a private candidate... which is why I'm looking at other options.
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    (Original post by jake4198)
    Hey

    I'd definitely recommend Spanish. Languages are really desirable and you have already a great advantage. Also, I do history, and though it's certainly one of my harder subjects, people are often surprised by the exam in that it's not too challenging - and good revision will plentifully suffice.

    So,

    Spanish
    History
    Sociology
    Psychology

    Would be a good trio
    Hello. I've spoken to a few universities and pretty much all have said Psychology, Sociology and Spanish would be an acceptable subject combination (as long as I meet the grade requirements, of course) so I'm thinking of going with that as I'm self-teaching and don't have that long left. Like you say, I do have an advantage in that I had to learn the language a few years back so would only need to look at what exactly is expected of me in the exams.
    Do you think I should take History as well, though? It seems unnecessary to me. I did well at it when I was at school but I'm nervous about taking on a 4th subject when I could get away with doing just three.
 
 
 

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