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I'm stuck on choosing between 3 subjects for my fourth Alevel option..
Along with Bio - OCR, Chem - AQA and Maths - Edexcel.
I don't really mind which subject I pick at the end of the day so either between:
Economics - Edexcel
Pyschology - AQA
English Lit? although I hate english this may change depending on my GCSE results - AQA

I do intend to pursue a career in medicine and I do want to be a dermatologist/cosmetologist in the future
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Don't do English Lit if you hate it.
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Don't pick English if you don't like it. Even if you did better than expected at GCSE it's not a sensible idea to choose something you won't enjoy revising further down the line. Seeing as you want to do something in the medicine field, I'd strongly suggest psychology.
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Don't do English Lit if you hate it.
A lot of people that I've actually spoken to said that doing a subject that differs from the sciences and maths shows that you're a well-rounded student:confused: I didn't exactly hate it I just hated my teacher and the way our entire syllabus was entirely rushed and unprepared
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(Original post by Whitney997)
I'm stuck on choosing between 3 subjects for my fourth Alevel option..
Along with Bio - OCR, Chem - AQA and Maths - Edexcel.
I don't really mind which subject I pick at the end of the day so either between:
Economics - Edexcel
Pyschology - AQA
English Lit? although I hate english this may change depending on my GCSE results - AQA

I do intend to pursue a career in medicine and I do want to be a dermatologist/cosmetologist in the future
Although it is of course up to you, I would suggest not taking English; I recently finished A2 English Lit and unless you are passionate about the subject (or at least really enjoy it) revision can be a real drag. Perhaps Economics would be a good choice as it combines essay writing and economic theory with components of mathematics? Just a thought
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Don't pick English if you don't like it. Even if you did better than expected at GCSE it's not a sensible idea to choose something you won't enjoy revising further down the line. Seeing as you want to do something in the medicine field, I'd strongly suggest psychology.

Are you doing Psychology?/Have you done Psychology?
I don't mind doing Psychology however apparently its a lot of content that needs to be crammed etc. I mentioned Economics incase I start to like it and go into the world of finance:rolleyes:
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Those are the hardest subjects you can pick, you unless you are 100% committed to medicine, stick with three. However, between Eco and Psych, go with psych. It's easier, but still well respected.
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(Original post by Whitney997)
I'm stuck on choosing between 3 subjects for my fourth Alevel option..
Along with Bio - OCR, Chem - AQA and Maths - Edexcel.
I don't really mind which subject I pick at the end of the day so either between:
Economics - Edexcel
Pyschology - AQA
English Lit? although I hate english this may change depending on my GCSE results - AQA

I do intend to pursue a career in medicine and I do want to be a dermatologist/cosmetologist in the future
I did the same a-levels as you including further maths as my 4th AS, have you considered FM since it complements the maths a level quite well.
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I did a couple weeks of Psychology at AS and I found it to be pretty dull... The units on research methods are very tedious and psychology is a very popular subject at A-Level and so perhaps it wont give you the unique edge that Economics would provide? Again, just a thought At the end of the day you have to be prepared to revise these subjects for your exams so it's best to pick one that really interests you.
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Although it is of course up to you, I would suggest not taking English; I recently finished A2 English Lit and unless you are passionate about the subject (or at least really enjoy it) revision can be a real drag. Perhaps Economics would be a good choice as it combines essay writing and economic theory with components of mathematics? Just a thought

I was thinking of doing Economics because I did Business Studies last year and found it quite interesting and the economics teacher in my sixth form college said how its quite similar to Business Studies at A2
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Those are the hardest subjects you can pick, you unless you are 100% committed to medicine, stick with three. However, between Eco and Psych, go with psych. It's easier, but still well respected.
Did you do Psychology? If so, how did you find learning and memorising the content?
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Are you doing Psychology?/Have you done Psychology?
I don't mind doing Psychology however apparently its a lot of content that needs to be crammed etc. I mentioned Economics incase I start to like it and go into the world of finance:rolleyes:
Nope as I'm year 11 like yourself. Apparently the workload is quite high with lots of case studies to remember though. I guess economics if you're good with maths would be less stressful.
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Medical Schools do not mind which 4th AS level you choose especially if you plan to drop it after AS! Things you may want to consider:
1) Most medical schools require you get at least a B in that AS level and 3 As in the other three AS levels, (which you intend to carry on at A2) so pick a subject you'll be able to achieve these grades with!
2) The Unis may like English Lit as it shows that you're an all rounded individual
3) You do not want to take a subject which you do not enjoy (English Lit)
4) Psychology and Economics is related to medicine and different to your other subjects! (So unis may like that)

Personally, I'd chose the A Level which interests you the most and which you think you can get at least a B in!
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Are you doing Psychology?/Have you done Psychology?
I don't mind doing Psychology however apparently its a lot of content that needs to be crammed etc. I mentioned Economics incase I start to like it and go into the world of finance:rolleyes:
I did AQA A psychology and I thought it was great. Unit 1 is a bit of a drag though but from unit 2 onwards, it gets more interesting. People always complain about RM but I preferred it to attachments in unit 1 but memory I thought was the best out of the 3.

Psychology isn't a hard subject per se, but there is a lot of research that you need to be able to remember and the names of researchers can confuse you. Other than that though, it's a great break from the sciences and there aren't too many essays at AS


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Did you do Psychology? If so, how did you find learning and memorising the content?
My friend did. She says your first year is just memorising case studies and doesn't require much actual thought. Can't help you beyond that, but good luck!
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Medical Schools do not mind which 4th AS level you choose especially if you plan to drop it after AS! Things you may want to consider:
1) Most medical schools require you get at least a B in that AS level and 3 As in the other three AS levels, (which you intend to carry on at A2) so pick a subject you'll be able to achieve these grades with!
2) The Unis may like English Lit as it shows that you're an all rounded individual
3) You do not want to take a subject which you do not enjoy (English Lit)
4) Psychology and Economics is related to medicine and different to your other subjects! (So unis may like that)

Personally, I'd chose the A Level which interests you the most and which you think you can get at least a B in!

Thankyou so much
The content/syllabus for Psychology looks really interesting and apparently its the easiest Alevel compared to the other 3 I chose..
I was also thinking of Economics because its fairly similar to business studies which i did last year and lets say worse case scenario..I would probably fall back to doing a degree relating to finance of some sort
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Thankyou so much
The content/syllabus for Psychology looks really interesting and apparently its the easiest Alevel compared to the other 3 I chose..
I was also thinking of Economics because its fairly similar to business studies which i did last year and lets say worse case scenario..I would probably fall back to doing a degree relating to finance of some sort
Hmm.. well, my best suggestion is to look at what the entry requirements are for Finance course as a back up. Alternatively, if you want a back up you could always resort to another health care course such as Pharmacy, Paramedic Science or Physiotherapy? That way all your A levels will be relevant?
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