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    hey, im in year 11 and choosing my a level options
    im hoping to get into oxford, and was just wondering which would look better as an a level: chemistry or philosophy and ethics?

    iv already chosen history, english literature and classical civilisation.

    im on an a* in both of them, but i tend to prefer and find the re one easier. however, i'm a bit worried that if i chose philosophy and ethics then all of my choices are all essay subjects. would that matter too much?


    I've a friend who does all three of your chosen subjects, her fourth is german. It's not too uncommon for her to spend all weekend working her arse off on essays. I'd personally pick chemistry, because it isnt an essay subject, so gives you a bit of variety.

    Hi, well I do both of those so I should be able to help Chemistry is a LOT less work intensive, i spend maybe a quarter of the time on chem that i do on rs. But i wouldn't really say chem is much harder than rs, a level rs is nothing like gcse, it's ridiculously hard and once you get the concepts in chemistry its not too bad. Having said that, although i do enjoy chemistry, i enjoy rs even more It's a really interesting course. I do History aswell, so that's two essay subjects and two science subjects so its not quite as bad as doing four essay subjects. I find the essays manageable but they do take up a lot more time than my science subjects. I find rs essays are easier to write than history ones though, mainly because my history teacher is crap. I don't really know anyone doing four, so i can't really tell you how bad it is, but i just know i wouldn't want to do another essay subject. Basically, both subjects are really good. RS compliments your other subjects and is really interesting and really helps with essay writing, but chem is a nice contrast and can be a bit of fun. What do you want to study at uni?

    I'm doing RS in a year, I don't find it too hard really, but we've already done some stuff from it in Philosophy. It's really interesting though Not done any chemistry so can't offer any opinion on it.
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