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For example, if I wanted to do Psychology for A-Level, but didn't take it as a GCSE, can I still do it?
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Yeah definitely, most schools don't even offer Psychology or Economics at GCSE and people still do it for A-Level. Even subjects like Geography and History people do at A-Level without doing it at GCSE.
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Yeah definitely, most schools don't even offer Psychology or Economics at GCSE and people still do it for A-Level. Even subjects like Geography and History people do at A-Level without doing it at GCSE.
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For example, if I wanted to do Psychology for A-Level, but didn't take it as a GCSE, can I still do it?
There are some subjects (e.g. french) where you would have to have done it at GCSE to do it at A Level.
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Some sixth forms might not, i.e. I know a local sixth form who won't let you take Geography without doing it at a-level. But that's pretty rare anyway.
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Some courses have requirements and some do not. The sciences, maths and english almost always require a C.
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(Original post by shyamshah)
Yeah definitely, most schools don't even offer Psychology or Economics at GCSE and people still do it for A-Level. Even subjects like Geography and History people do at A-Level without doing it at GCSE.
Same at my school If you have done a humanity subject, e.g. history, geography, rs etc. and you got at least a B in that, the school will let you take another humanity subject that you didn't do at GCSE. I don't think it's advised but there's no reason why you can't if you're willing to put the extra effort in. Yeah so for something like Psychology I think you're all good because the exam boards will have to allow for that as most schools won't offer it at GCSE.
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It depends on your school and teachers but in reality no A-level actually demands that you have got a qualification in the relevant GCSE. So in theory you can take any A-level you want with any GCSEs you want and by law you are fully authorised.
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For example, if I wanted to do Psychology for A-Level, but didn't take it as a GCSE, can I still do it?
With subjects like Psychology it's fine, since most schools don't even offer it for GCSE.
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Depends on the college and subjects, but often you will be able to do a levels in subjects you didn't do at GCSE. You will almost certainly be able to do A level psychology without GCSE psychology because very few schools offer GCSE psychology.
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So doing A-level History with GCSE Geography and Short Course R.S. would generally be fine?
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So doing A-level History with GCSE Geography and Short Course R.S. would generally be fine?
Best speak to the college you are going to. They can give you a definite answer.
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For example, if I wanted to do Psychology for A-Level, but didn't take it as a GCSE, can I still do it?
I'm doing A level Psychology and my school didn't even run it at GCSE. Also my friend is doing A level Geography and she didn't do it at GCSE.
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(Original post by priya8D)
I'm doing A level Psychology and my school didn't even run it at GCSE. Also my friend is doing A level Geography and she didn't do it at GCSE.
Ah great, thanks.
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I`m not doing History GCSE right now, but I have asked if it will be possible to take it as an A Level and my History teacher has said YES, but I agree with other previous comments that you should check with the college that you are going too, because (at the end of the day) they will give the most accurate answer
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Most of the time you can - unless the sixth form specifically says you need to have taken it. Subjects like psychology aren't that common at GCSE so I don't see why you shouldn't be able to. Only subjects I know of are languages and the sciences if the student only did BTEC science at GCSE. :-)
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(Original post by izpenguin)
Best speak to the college you are going to. They can give you a definite answer.
Ok, thank you.
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For example, if I wanted to do Psychology for A-Level, but didn't take it as a GCSE, can I still do it?
There are quite a few subjects that you can do at a-level without having done them at GCSE, for example history and geography, sociology, business studies etc. There are are also a lot of subjects like psychology, economics and law that arent available to most people at gcse, but you can still do them at a-level.
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Psychology you can :P Not all schools offer it at GCSE and it's understandable. You can kind of imagine what you're going to be doing :P
Also, History and Geography can be done without the GCSE, I am not 100% sure, but many people have said that.
But, for other subjects like French or German, not all schools would agree I think and you would need the GCSE. :rolleyes:
Just check with your Sixth Form
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I was wondering whether if I didn't take computing business and art at GCSE would I still be able to do them at a level
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