Hello student room.
I am an 18 year old who is currently on a Gap year having finished their A Levels. I achieved:
A* - Psychology
B - Drama
C - English Literature
I decided to take a gap year because last year, I applied to study English Literature but after getting my results, it was clear that I was more academically talented in Psychology. I was torn between which subject to pursue last year anyway and my results only confirmed that I should study Psychology. However, during my gap year, I am re-sitting 2 English exams to try and increase my grade.
I have my heart set on Kings College London. I recently went to an open day/taster day, and the atmosphere, the content and the course outline really intrigued me; no where else I have visited interested me and made me want to study there.
I spoke to some of the lecturers/admission staff about my situation and the likelihood of me being accepted, and unfortunately, due to my English grade and the fact it's a very competitive course, they said it would be likely I would be declined on my grades alone. Even though I mentioned I was re-sitting English, they still said it was unlikely.
However, the admission staff did suggest for me to study AS Maths due there being a lot of mathematical content in Psychology degrees, and having AS Maths would make me a much more appealing candidate and would increase the likelihood of me being accepted.
The problem is I haven't studied Maths in nearly 3 years (I sat GCSE Maths in January, 2011), and even though I achieved an A* in it, the grade boundaries were fairly low and Maths was never a subject that came naturally to me.
So here's where I need some advice. Obviously Maths is an incredibly difficult subject, and even though I am willing to dedicate a lot of time and effort to it, it's not guaranteed I will be successful in it. Moreover, I am really concerned it will negatively impact my English re-sit, considering I won't have as much time to study and revise English.
I really want to study Psychology at Kings, and if I went anywhere else/studied anything else, I don't think I would be happy, so I feel I should study Maths. But I don't think I will do well in it, and I risk incurring on my English grade. But if I decide to not study Maths, I don't want to risk my aspirations and the possibility of being declined at Kings.
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