For my AS levels I have chosen to do:
And possibly General Studies (although Im hoping to get out of this)
I was wondering if people could just give me their advice on if this is a good subject combination, what the workload will be like, etc.
I'm taking chem and english lit as well.
It depends on what you want to go into at the end of day. Will those subjects get you on the degree you want to be on?
And you have 5, its quite alot, why do you want to do 5?
I want to do a history degree, so yeh I should think some of these subjects should be helpful. And I want to do 5 firstly because I really enjoy all the subjects, and also because I think I am capable of it, and I would be unable to pick a subject to drop.
I would drop one of the sciences but otherwise yeah fine.. oh a language might be nice to go with history but if you're not into that don't bother
The combination is fine as long as you are prepared to work (tbh it wont be that bad), if you decide to drop one though, make it physics, its the least relevant to your course
I'd say you have a great combination there. All your subjects are very highly respected and you have a nice balance between arts and sciences, making you well-rounded. I did English lit and history for AS and found them pretty similar to GCSE in terms of content. For English (Edexcel) I studied a poetry anthology, a novel and 2 plays, one Shakespeare. The Shakespeare play was for coursework (1500 words, 30%), the poetry and the other play was a 2 hour open text exam and the novel was a 1 hour closed text exam. For history (also Edexcel), I studied Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Origins of the First World War. The First World War was coursework (2000 words, 30%), Nazi Germany was a 1 hour 30 minute source-based exam and Fascist Italy was a 1 hour essay-based exam. The texts/topics you study, whether or not you do coursework, how long it is, how much it's worth and how long your exams are will obviously vary according to exam board and the options your teachers choose, but that should give you an overview of what to expect. I didn't really find history harder than at GCSE, but English lit was in terms of wider reading and being more analytical. The workload was greater for both, especially history, but you get that with all AS subjects. I took 4 and found that plenty of work, but if you enjoy all your subjects and think you can handle it, there's no harm taking 5. You can always drop one if you find it too much.
well my choices are sorta of similar. i chose math, physics, chemistry and english lang..i think if i were u i wud drop history lol..but mayb thats because i think its sorta boring ( no ofence 2 any1)...but then its ur choice..depends on wat u want to do later i guess...
As said, if you struggle, just have in mind the one you want to drop, and giving that you want to do History that would probably have to be one of the Sciences.
Its a good combination, but as others have said, you won't have many frees at *all*.
A large part of 6th form is having frees, microwaving things in the common room and playing snooker (or, y'know, studying). Bear in mind that you won't have as much of a chance to do that if you take on so many subjects.
If you find that you need/want to drop one, do so, don't carry on with all of them and hate it. Otherwise, nice combo.
I believe that you are making a mistake taking 5 subjects plus general studies. I also disagree with the belief that general studies is a waste of time. I feel that it is a useful wa of distingusihing students because you cannot revise for it. Also I would recommend not taking physics. It is one of the least enjoyable a levels or so i am led believe by the fact that 80% of my year are dropping it for a2
although many universities do not count it in their offers they do use general studies to differentiate between students. a student at my school was asked at interview why she only had a b in general studies. other than this she was a staright a student at a level and an 11A* student at gcse. so yes general studies is useful - would you prefer the student who failed general studies at AS or the one who got an A? You tell me!
Also there is no need to nit pick at what I said when it is obvious that the 80% was 80% of those who took physics not 80% of the year!
Ok well what I was meaning was that 80% of those that took AS Physics are dropping it for the reasons I previously mentioned