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I want to eventually be a Social Worker and the subjects I'm thinking of doing are:

Sociology
English Language&Literature (combined)
Chemistry
Religious Studies
Geography...

So opinions? Please give me tips on them if you do any of them

The college I want to go to say we can do five A-levels and I want to take advantage of that to, hopefully boost my UCAS points and because I'm generally interested
UCAS points mean nothing to most of the top universities. I think you should concentrate your efforts on a smaller number, you only need three but four can be done and is preferred by oxbridge (I think). If you are just doing it for the points you are studying it for the wrong reasons.
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perhaps psychology over chem for social work if you wanna get into the therapy side for kids maybe
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Quite a strange combination if I'm honest, as they don't seem to really compliment each other that well, with R.S. And Chemistry both being quite different from the rest. As the post about states, grades rather than points are taken into consideration, and something like AAAB looks much better than CBBBB. I think that dropping chemistry and focusing on arts subjects more could improve the specialisation of the A-Level selection, or possibly doing 2 arts and two sciences to keep options open. Good luck with whatever you do pick though!
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dont be so boring
I don't understand what you mean by that comment.
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Most universities don't go on points, they ask for 3 full A level grades. Only some accept AS levels. Fours hard enough.

Chemistry doesn't really fit in with becoming a social worker, so only do it if you're really interested in it, because i've heard from people who have taken it that it's one of the hardest subjects.

Haven't heard anything about Sociology.
English is meant to be interesting, but I didn't take it so I wouldn't know.. but it does involve a lot of coursework.

Didn't take RS but i've heard its ok and not too difficult.

I took geography... people say its one of the easier subjects, but its not. You have to remember a lot of facts for case studies and essays but its really interesting.

I think English, RS and geography would be good for becoming a social worker, and maybe sociology, but tbh i don't know what its about.

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(Original post by KingTaurus)
I want to eventually be a Social Worker and the subjects I'm thinking of doing are:

Sociology
English Language&Literature (combined)
Chemistry
Religious Studies
Geography...

So opinions? Please give me tips on them if you do any of them

The college I want to go to say we can do five A-levels and I want to take advantage of that to, hopefully boost my UCAS points and because I'm generally interested
If you intend to do social work for your undergraduate degree, no university will ask you for more than the standard 3 A Levels and 1 AS Level. They will also ask for considerable relevant work experience - for example, my university asks for 6 months' of full-time experience (or the part time equivalent) from BA Social Work applicants. I would personally take heed of this if I were you, and use the time you would spend studying for an extra A Level or two to get some quality experience in the field that you can write about in your UCAS statement and relate back to why you will make a good social worker. Social work is a vocational subject as much as (if not more than) it is academic so you need to show you're a good candidate for the profession.

Out of the suggestions you have put down, sociology is the most directly applicable subject to social work, so I would take that. As someone suggested earlier, you might also want to consider psychology. An essay-based subject like English would also stand you well. If you're determined to take a science for variety, I'd consider biology rather than chemistry as I can see more links to social work (human development and the like) off the top of my head, but I didn't take a science A Level so can't be certain.

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Chemistry doesn't fit very well, but it is AWESOME <3 Although Psychology would probably fit better if you want to do Social work, I'd replace RS with that... but I absolutely love Chemistry and hated GCSE RS so I'm biased XD
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I want to eventually be a Social Worker and the subjects I'm thinking of doing are:

Sociology
English Language&Literature (combined)
Chemistry
Religious Studies
Geography...

So opinions? Please give me tips on them if you do any of them
Well, I think there is a much better way of getting on the degree, as I've outlined below, but if you really want to do A-Levels, drop chemistry and English Lit, in a word, unless it's for a reason. RS could be quite good for getting on to Social Work degrees actually,you'd be surprised, although the admissions tutor might be biased if you are actually religious. I can think of better subjects to take however if you're looking to get on the Social Work degree - geography is pretty good, sociology great - as for other subjects to take, somebody else mentioned psychology too as a subject, and there's also social policy if they do it. You'll need maths and english GCSE's at C, but that's about it. Very important also is volunteering. You usually need at least 300 hours volunteering in a social care etc. kind of setting. I did the Access to HE: Social Work course last year, and people perfectly qualified were being turned down because they didn't have the voluntary experience.

One very important factor in doing the social work degree is who you are. You've got to have some serious experience in voluntary and/or social care sectors etc, so like I say, volunteer. Lots of people going on to the degree were working in social care as a career already, and were in their mid-30s to mid-40s, so you have to be of a reasonable age and/or maturity - it's a professional degree, and just having the results will not cut it at all. You'll be doing probably 300 days placement, for example. I'd actually say the best way to get on a social work degree is to do an access course in it, I've just done one and it was fantastic, and it only took a year.
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I want to be a social worker also, and im taking:

French
Maths
Sociology
Psychology
Health and Social care
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If I was you, I would stay with Religous Studies and Sociology as they both give you a better understanding of other people and would make you an overall better social worker since you would understand people's beliefs and diverse lifestyles.

The others won't benefit you career wise, but if they interest you, go ahead. However, I would advise you to take Citizenship or Law, Psychology, and maybe switch Chemistry to Biology since it's more about the human body.

I don't know the subjects your college offers, but if they do have a Health & Social Care course, take it because it will directly teach you what you need to know.

Universities only look for 3 A-Levels in related subjects though, so you could still have 2 subjects for enjoyment. If you work well under pressure, take all 5 A-Levels, but I would advise you to schedule your time a bit and fit in a work experience placement where you can apply the skills and knowledge you learn in the courses to real situations and I dont think you can get into Uni without experience so..
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