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lala_land
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For my A levels I am taking Chemistry, Biology, English Lit and History, and when i go to Uni i want to do pyschology. Now i know that you don't needany specific A levels to study pyschology but i know to become a proper therapist you need a PHD and i was wondering if you need any specific subjects for that? Because one of my teachers said that meant i needed pysch but the other said i didn't so i'm not sure...
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I don't know a lot about Psychology but your subjects should put you in good stead for any degree. I suppose it does make sense to take Psychology for A Level if you plan on doing it for degree but I'm sure I've heard of people who have got into uni (to do psych) without it.

You've got a good balance there between the arts and the sciences and they're all well respected subjects so you should be fine
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Im sure you'll be fine, you can always email connections, or someone at a university. You have two sciences so dropping one wouldnt be the end of the world, if you really want to do Pyschology
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It will certainly give you a good grounding in what the subject involves which will be good preparation if you did decide to eventually enter that profession. You have a good mix between science and 'arts' subjects, thus demonstrating to any potential university that you have the academic potential required to be successful in a wide range of different fields. The important thing is to keep your options open so that you don't specialise too early. You could consider a 5th AS Level if you think you could handle it. Usually for subjects that are less widely available, universities will require a good grade in a related subject - ie one requiring simular skills.
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So do you think the subjects i took now have similar skills? I know psych contains some essays and i have essay subjects not sure about how sciences will help though, i'm just doing them cause i like them.

It won't be possible to do a 5th a level i don't think the school will let me, plus i wanna have some sort of a social life!lol
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I don't think a 5th subject is necessary at all. Fair enough if you want to do 5, but putting the extra strain on yourself for the sake of it isn't worth it, imo. I think you've got a great set of choices there - 2 sciences, 2 arts, and all traditional, rigorous subjects.
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Biology is a good one to have, as there's a fair bit of science in Psychology I believe. You have to have a good GCSE Science grade to do AS Psychology so it obviously plays a part. Therefore I think you'd be fine with your subjects - they're all academic (even though Chemistry is perilously hard!) and as Psychology's not available in all schools, you don't need it to study Psychology at university. That said, you'd probably find it helpful and interesting and it would give you an idea of how you'd enjoy it at degree level!

PHD like a PhD?? If so your A-Level choices do not matter at all, because a PhD is post-grad, so it only depends on your degree and how you did in that (eg. 1st, 2:1 etc). Good luck with your choices!
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Psychology at uni can come in two forms: a bachelor of arts, or a bachelor of sciences. The BA is about behaviour, whiile the BSc is about the way the brain works, although they may cross over at many points.
Biology and chemistry are good to have for either, especially the BSc. I'm sure you can have any subjects for the BA, but english lit and history are seen as great disciplines for whatever degree you are doing. If you are still unsure, I would reccomend e-mailing some unis that you are interested in and asking them. I did this, when choosing my a-levels.
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To be honest, I think it's worthwhile taking Psych at a level just to be sure it's what you want to do. So many people take psychology thinking its something it's not, and the A level would show you whether it's something you really want to be doing. I wouldn't take 5 though - swapping it with chemistry or History would seem the most sensible if you did decide to do it.
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(Original post by Melana)
To be honest, I think it's worthwhile taking Psych at a level just to be sure it's what you want to do. So many people take psychology thinking its something it's not, and the A level would show you whether it's something you really want to be doing. I wouldn't take 5 though - swapping it with chemistry or History would seem the most sensible if you did decide to do it.
I agree, you should really take psychology...i have a friend who chose to do psych at A level because she thought she'd love it but hates it as she finds it too hard/boring you would not want to make that mistake at degree level! If i were you i'd substitute chemistry for psych as all your other subjects are relevant to psych.
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Drop English lit for Psychology.
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