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    (Original post by Ella_08)
    OoOooO nice i hope we do the same exam board i'll tell you which one i'm on when i find out. You want to do 4? I'm doing 3 and the EPQ thingy. which oneu not sure about?


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    the school recommends 3 but i want 4 incase i want to drop one. im not sure about french, i love it, just not learning it in class. i have to wait to see what i have in french though
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    Hey I'm planning on picking Maths psychology and computer science but want to drop one of those for accounting but feel that I won't enjoy accounting and much rather take one of those even though I plan on taking an accounting and finance degree in university any advice on this.
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    (Original post by harun_farah)
    Hey I'm planning on picking Maths psychology and computer science but want to drop one of those for accounting but feel that I won't enjoy accounting and much rather take one of those even though I plan on taking an accounting and finance degree in university any advice on this.
    You don't need to study Accounting at A-Level to do it at university. In fact, it would be more beneficial for you to study your current choices. Best of luck!
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    the school recommends 3 but i want 4 incase i want to drop one. im not sure about french, i love it, just not learning it in class. i have to wait to see what i have in french though
    Ah right fair enough. well a levels are more independent anyways so if u like it then just go for it. but true obviously u'll need to see ur grade, good luck with that!


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    (Original post by Edminzodo)
    You don't need to study Accounting at A-Level to do it at university. In fact, it would be more beneficial for you to study your current choices. Best of luck!
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    the school recommends 3 but i want 4 incase i want to drop one. im not sure about french, i love it, just not learning it in class. i have to wait to see what i have in french though
    Start off with 4, it's always a safe bet.
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    (Original post by Edminzodo)
    Dear Y11s,

    I know that many of you will be choosing, or will have already chosen, A-Level subjects. I am a current Y13 student, and although I enjoy the subjects I study, I was very unsure of them to begin with. I was struggling to pick between the humanities and the sciences, or a mix of both, and ending up picking the humanities, because I believed that I was 'rubbish' at science, and I had always found humanity subjects easier.

    I had previously intended to take Physics, or Maths and Physics, alongside my other subjects, but I was too scared. I ended up with A*s in both of these subjects, but still, even then, I didn't have enough confidence to take them. Now, I wish that I had at least taken Physics so I could prove myself wrong, because I know that I was and am capable of getting a good grade in a subject I am not naturally talented at.

    If you are having doubts, please, at least try those subjects that you think that you might not be able to do but want to do anyway. Because more often than not, you can do them.

    Best of luck.
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    Thank you! Wasn't sure about taking Maths but in the end decided to go for it and prove to myself that hopefully I can get and A or even A*..!
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    (Original post by fuzz13)
    Thank you! Wasn't sure about taking Maths but in the end decided to go for it and prove to myself that hopefully I can get and A or even A*..!
    Well done! I'm sure that you'll be able to do really well and that you'll get a top grade. Best of luck!
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    I was the same and made the exact opposite choice! I originally wanted to take English Lit, History, Art and French, but after GCSE I couldn't bare doing essay subjects at A-Level. I did achieve an A in all of those subjects, but I hated the style of the essay based exams and found revising them boring. I decided to take Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Computing which I achieved B, A, A and B for at GCSE.

    The jump from GCSE to A-Level made me realise I had no clue at all when it came to revising. In GCSE I had relied on natural ability and light note reading, which obviously failed me in AS. I also suffered from some pretty severe mental health problems, felt alienated and stupid and hated the majority of my teachers and their teaching styles and ended AS with B, C, D, D, D (in Critical Thinking, Computing, Maths, Physics and Chemistry). I was at a point in my life where I began to doubt my self and thought that I was stupid and pathetic.

    In A2 I completely overhauled my subjects, my teachers and got help. I dropped Critical Thinking and Physics (I was stuck between dropping Chemistry and Physics, but kept Chemistry in the end as I was only 1 UMS point away from a C) and changed teachers in my other subjects. I also left half way through the year and did some part time work and focused on myself and what I wanted for a while. I took a step back and realised that I could actually do my subjects! I came back to college in September 2015 and went from a D student to a A/B student and achieved A, B, B in my January mocks! I was in shock! My university offer is A, B, B and I'm reasonably confident of achieving this. My only worry is Chemistry, which I'm getting B's and C's in, but which I've realised just isn't my thing.

    Sometimes I wish I'd gone with my brain and picked at least some essay subjects, as I think I would have enjoyed History or English Lit and done well in them. Then again, if I'd have listened to myself and not taken Maths (due to my B at GCSE), I wouldn't be on track to achieve an A/B and I would have found it really hard to find a Computer Science degree that I enjoy (if they don't involve Maths they involve business related/web design style modules, which I don't want).

    So to any year 11's, I'd say give yourself a balance. If you're torn between subjects, maybe try to have at least one subject that you're picking because you love, regardless of how 'good' you think you are at it and perhaps have at least one subject that you think you're really good at. At the end of the day, regardless of what you pick, you'll probably have some 'what if's. If you already have a degree in mind, see if there are any prerequisite requirements! That's the main reason I chose Maths even though I had 0 confidence in it. If you pick a subject you end up hating, you can always switch if it's early on in the year, or drop it, if that option is still a thing when AS exams are gone.

    And one last thing. At GCSE, if I had trouble with something (for example, a whole topic, not just one question), I just read online or asked friends. At A-Level this did not work for me at all and I had to work up the courage to ask my teachers for help, because asking for help and admitting I couldn't do everything made me feel really stupid. Don't feel stupid if you don't get things right away and don't be afraid to ask any teacher for help, even if you don't have them for lessons (if, for example, your teacher is off sick or something)!
 
 
 
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