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Hey again, Ive just fished out my subject blocks, and this is the loooow down-

Block one is deffinately going to be Geography
Block two is between Biology and Eng Lit. but also offers Math
Block three offers Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Eng. lit.
Block four- Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Eng. lit.
Block five- Psychology or Politics.
Geography
Biology
Economics/Eng List
Eng List/Psychology
Politics

Ok you express a huge interest in geography, and that links well with politics (I'm thinking along the international relations sort of line), and economics.

Biology as well can be a good mix with Geography. If you have any interest in geosciences or geology, sometimes they want a second science (considering geography as one), and biology will satisfy that. I loved biology at A Level

English Lit will be great to round it off because it's an essay subject, and shows you have different skills, plus it's highly respected, and it points toward you being quite articulate!

Psychology is very essay based, I did it this year. I enjoyed it but not as much as when I did English and Bio in the past. What I will say is that if it's just a passing interest, it's something you can study any time with ease - I did it in evening classes. There's not much biology involved at least at AS, only a little, it's a lot more about remembering case studies and all...

I wish I took Geography at AS at least

If it were me, I'd ditch psychology.
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Useless for what?
For university application and stuff.
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Biology on its own doesn't really fit into the other subjects you do, and that would be the only criticism I would have on the last set of subjects you (OP) wrote down. I would say pick Maths, its not as bad as you make it seem.

Personally I had to make a choice between Biology and Computing and I chose Computing simply because of its relevance to my other subjects. (See profile for subjects if you want)
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Thanks Suek, very helpful.

Geography
Biology
Economics
English Lit
Politics

Im pretty happy with this set now, and as to the Maths AS its going to depend on my GCSE resit result; If I get an A on the resit I will consider it. But I just dont feel confident continuing on a B. Ive never much liked Maths and without the passion for it I genuinely think Ill perform badly.

I am at heart a passionate person, and without love for a subject I tend to bounce off walls.

Thanks again!
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Biology on its own doesn't really fit into the other subjects you do, and that would be the only criticism I would have on the last set of subjects you (OP) wrote down. I would say pick Maths, its not as bad as you make it seem.
I have to disagree I think biology is great with geography in career terms. The human side of it of course, but also if you look more to nature too, habitats and the like, environmental stuff.

Plus it's always a very good idea to have a solid science (geography is often only considered one for geosciencey degrees) if you are uncertain about careers later.
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(Original post by trefusis128)
Thanks tucker
Geography
Biology
Economics
English Lit
Politics

Thats kinda what I wanted to hear in all honesty. Does everyone agree they are a good set of qualifications? And what careers could they lead to, Im leaning towards politics a wee bit now...

So im guessing Politics wont be too useless :P
None of them are on "the black list" and are seen as good subject there all academic.
:rolleyes:

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Oxford= Philosophy, Politics, Economics(PPE)
LSE= Goverment and Economics
Top universities= Modern History and Politics
Law Universities= Law&Politics

^^^^^ The kind of things I am going for all politics related stuff.
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I have to disagree I think biology is great with geography in career terms. The human side of it of course, but also if you look more to nature too, habitats and the like, environmental stuff.

Plus it's always a very good idea to have a solid science (geography is often only considered one for geosciencey degrees) if you are uncertain about careers later.
Economics is a science as well The Miserable Science :proud:

I know Biology and Geography do complement each other, I just thought that maths is a subject that would help the Economics more than the Biology would help the Geography because the OP does want to go into something related to Politics which could involve Economics. If the OP decides to do something vaguely related to Economics not having maths will be a HUGE drawback. Universities would rather you have maths then Economics when applying for Economics, which demonstrates the importance of maths.

Just my opinion though, I think the OP is leaning towards Biology anyway :p:
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Yes how good at you at maths BTW?
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Economics is a science as well The Miserable Science :proud:

I know Biology and Geography do complement each other, I just thought that maths is a subject that would help the Economics more than the Biology would help the Geography because the OP does want to go into something related to Politics which could involve Economics. If the OP decides to do something vaguely related to Economics not having maths will be a HUGE drawback. Universities would rather you have maths then Economics when applying for Economics, which demonstrates the importance of maths.

Just my opinion though, I think the OP is leaning towards Biology anyway :p:
Well, it's just that Politics/Economics/Maths really is pretty specialist since the OP isn't 100% sure of what they want - you're pigeonholed quite a bit, Biology being a core science (and recognised as such 100% of the time) gives more grounding.

It's so hard to know for sure at that age what you want though If the op is really considering something economicsy, I'd go with maths too, but I just got the sense they favoured geography or politics more, and you don't need maths at A Level at all for politics really if you're not going via an economics degree.
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In reply to Tucker, I sat maths GCSE in year ten and walked away with a pair of B's. I resat in year 11 and am awaiting my results. If I get A's I may consider Math, but im doubtful.

A lad In my Class got two A*'s when we sat them early and began his AS level in year 11; just looking at some of the work he had made me feel ill....

Cheers again!
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(Original post by trefusis128)
In reply to Tucker, I sat maths GCSE in year ten and walked away with a pair of B's. I resat in year 11 and am awaiting my results. If I get A's I may consider Math, but im doubtful.

A lad In my Class got two A*'s when we sat them early and began his AS level in year 11; just looking at some of the work he had made me feel ill....

Cheers again!
lol Maths is highly respected in the Politics and Economics world. I hate it but the university I want to go to to study PPE recomends Maths so I have to take it unfortunately to get a head start I am buying some revsion guides in the summer For what you want to do Maths is more appropriate than Biology.

Grant
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Thanks again Tucker,
As I said it will depend on my re-sit results as to which path I choose and ill discuss it with the 6th form teachers on registration day. Im not dead set on politics yet, and may still turn to law so Im going to choose subjects based on what grades I can attain rather than relitivity....I think. Something like that...

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Thanks again Tucker,
As I said it will depend on my re-sit results as to which path I choose and ill discuss it with the 6th form teachers on registration day. Im not dead set on politics yet, and may still turn to law so Im going to choose subjects based on what grades I can attain rather than relitivity....I think. Something like that...

good idea
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If you pick law then Biology or Maths its the same thing, so no worries there. For Politics, as I have said Maths could be useful, but might not be, and Biology would show depth of interest. For anything related to Economics its a must.



Good luck with results
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Sherminator, your beggining to rub off on me..

If I get my A's for maths Ill deffinately give Math Alevel some serious consideration, my Maths teacher always nudged me in that direction and It deffinately leads to some impressive salaries...

Thanks again! your all being remarkable helpful
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Hehe, glad I could help. I am just giving you the options.

Your first priority should be what you feel you could do well in and what you want to do at uni. You did maths a year early, so surely you had some talent
And actually, its not that difficult Once you get stuck in you have so much time to cover things and get through stuff in depth you will get bored doing the same questions over and over again. And you could always drop something after AS, so no worries about A2, if thats whats scaring you.

And don't think I am saying pick maths because I do double maths. I am in no way a maths lover, I just know its useful and sometimes, funnily enough you can enjoy it. Some of the stuff I did in FP2, was actually fun; shocking.
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Your a real moral boost you know...

Some time over the weekend Ill get in touch with my Maths teacher from secondary and ask his advice, but as I dont really want a job in science (more buisness/civility) Im guessing maths would have a wider range of uses in the real world.

Cheers!
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No probs :yy:
If you ever have questions of the relevance of maths particularly to certain aspects of social science, just give me a PM and I will try to answer as soon as possible with some relevant advice.
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