If You Were To Turn Back The Clock, Which A-Levels Would You Choose? Watch
A2: Maths, Further Maths, Physics
AS: Chemistry, General Studies
Definitely wouldn't swap my A2 subjects (although I'd like to have done FP3 instead of M3 in further maths).
I struggled with Chemistry (got a C). I'd probably swap it with an essay writing subject because I don't really have much confidence in my writing skills now, and I think it would have been useful for my degree (maths) because I've done projects which involved some writing and I really struggled with getting my ideas across well with words. Also I've sent applications off for things where I've had to write about myself, and I just found it really hard to write even 100 words about myself.
I chose Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry. I'm going to be doing Physics at University, so I'd stick with the first three, which are the three I do now in Year 13. Chemistry, however, I didn't enjoy so much, or do as well in as in the others, so in its place, I may have picked IT, Economics, or even English. In that order of preference.
As it says above, If You Were To Turn Back The Clock, Which A-Levels Would You Choose?
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A2: Dropped art
I really enjoy Psychology (uni choice) and Environmental Studies, but I'd swap the other two for any of:
When I made my a level choices I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I just chose subjects that I thought sounded enjoyable. I wish I'd stretched myself a little more.
Hey, I came across your reply and it really relates to my situation!
Basically I am in yr11 and am thinking of changing my a level choices which are currently:
I'm thinking of changing geography into history but I'm not too sure if that's a good decision.
I love the human side of the geography a level, but I don't like the physical side (rivers and coasts).
The thing is I didn't do history for gcse so I don't know if I would be at a huge disadvantage, the topics are the English Revolution and Tsarist and Communist Russia.
Would geography or history compliment my interest in modern society?
Also, why did you not do so well in further maths? I have always had a talent for maths but now i'm doubting my ability to cope FM :/
Btw I'm thinking of going into either engineering/architecture , politics or law... but knowing me,that's likely to change in a few years lol
I think the Geography at A-Level could be more pertinent to the human side of things. In your situation, I would actually try and study both, as least to AS-level, because I think they both complement your interest in modern society, and they mesh so well together.
A-Level history is completely different to GCSE history, so I don't think you will be disadvantage too much, if you're willing to do the effort. One thing you may have to do is speak to the person who runs the sixth form, and the person who is head of history.
With regard to Further Mathematics, I had a decent grasp on the content, but when it came to exam time, I couldn't put it into practice. That, and with the Simplex Algorithm, I kept running out of time. Fortunately, my 'Mechanics' module was good enough, that it moved from being a FM module to a mathematics module, which actually helped, I guess.
I know Furthe Mathematics is 'preferred' for Physics, but, at least for AS-Level, there were quite a few who only did Mathematics. Even for A2-Level, there was one person who did just maths, and she had the best grade, iirc. It's an obstacle that could be overcome, if you're willing to work put in more effort..
Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry (AS Psychology AS English)
AS - Business Studies, Economics, Psychology and Philosophy & Ethics
A2 (currently doing) - Business Studies, Economics, Psychology
What I wish I did:
AS - Business Studies, Economics, Biology and D.T
A2 - Business Studies, Economics, Biology or D.T
Reasoning: I had D.T as my fourth AS but did very well in my GCSE maths so tried that for a few weeks. By the time I decided I hated it, I couldn't choose D.T so opted for Philosophy & Ethics, which I did relatively badly in.
I would have chosen Philosophy or Psychology instead of Geography.
And ommitted General Studies altogether but the sixth form I go to makes everyone do General Studies AS.
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I would have kept on doing geography (uni choice) and psychology but i would have done Geology for AS and A2 instead of english lang and lit. i would have done english lang and lit but only to AS, i would have avoided IT altogether. I love studying physical geography and have an interest in geology but at the time i had no idea how interesting geology could be so i didn't take it, it is probably one of my biggest regrets not studying it at A level