I'm due to make a decision about A-Level options. My school will only let me do 4 A-Levels, but I can't narrow it down.
I'm set on
but I'm stuck between English and Chemistry for the 4th. I'm thinking about law, but I basically have no idea right now where I'm going - only that it won't be medicine, and if not law, then probably an Arts/Humanities degree.
I love English, but I'm worried that I'll struggle to match the mark scheme and get a good enough grade. I've not had a great time of it at GCSE in terms of writing to the right criteria and my teacher gives everyone full marks in practices, so I'm lost as to where I stand.
As for Chemistry, I hear it's a huge step up from GCSE, but at least I know if I work at it, I'll get that work back in a result. With English, I'm not so sure, and my friends and family have pointed out that even if I don't do English A-Level, I can still keep up my English-related interests outside school.
Any answers welcome.
A-Level choices - help needed! Watch
- Thread Starter
- 29-11-2010 20:34
- 29-11-2010 20:37
- 29-11-2010 20:39
I have a couple of friends applying for law who are doing both english and chemistry. I think english is recommended (though I'm certainly not an expert on this topic), but chemistry shows you can think mathematically and logically and all that jazz. If you're better at chemistry and enjoy it more, go for it. English probably has a bigger workload - chemistry is more a case of geting your head around it.
- 29-11-2010 21:03
I do both Chemistry and English Lit.
Chemistry is intellectually stimulating and makes you think, but preparing for the exam is boring as hell: rote learning, memorising shapes etc.
English is enjoyable at first, but we end up studying the texts in so much detail that it gets boring after a while. And even if you're a genius at it, you won't do well unless you stick to the mark scheme and tick all the boxes.
But as you're going for other subjects that'll require a large amount of revision etc, I'd recommend English Literature
- PS Helper
- 29-11-2010 22:22
If you're thinking about Law or anything arts/humanities then definitely go with English rather than Chemistry. However, chemistry would definitely keep your options open more. Overall, I suggest English though.
- 30-11-2010 20:17
Go and ask your respective teachers what they realistically think you'll get at GCSE and if your English is a good solid grade i.e. A or above, I would do it instead of chemistry.
IMO English over Chemistry every time for Law.