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    I am currently choosing my A-levels and I am thinking about taking maths, chemistry, physics and economics. Later in life I think I would like to go into the finance industry and maybe do accountancy or stock broking.
    But my problem is that everyone tells you that you should take subjects that you enjoy at a-level, but to be honest I don't really enjoy any subjects at school, so I have chosen the ones I think will get me to where I want to be, rather than have the best 2 years at collage?

    Also if anyone has any tips or advice about these four subjects, and about the jump from GCSE to A-level and the workload it would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!
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    I take maths, further maths, biology, chemistry and physics.
    You should take subjects you enjoy, otherwise you will have a rubbish two years and will probably get bad grades.
    Why not pick business or accounting or something?

    For maths, there is a huge step up from GCSE. Working is the same though, so lots of practise using the textbook questions and past papers.

    Chemistry has quite a large step up from GCSE, it's just more difficult concepts and more to remember.

    The step for physics is actually quite small, especially if you do maths.
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    (Original post by hmgriffiths)
    I am currently choosing my A-levels and I am thinking about taking maths, chemistry, physics and economics. Later in life I think I would like to go into the finance industry and maybe do accountancy or stock broking.
    But my problem is that everyone tells you that you should take subjects that you enjoy at a-level, but to be honest I don't really enjoy any subjects at school, so I have chosen the ones I think will get me to where I want to be, rather than have the best 2 years at collage?

    Also if anyone has any tips or advice about these four subjects, and about the jump from GCSE to A-level and the workload it would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!
    Hi there. In year 12 and take Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Economics and Business Studies so you're thinking along the same lines I was I suspect!

    First off, don't worry about not having any blazing passion for a particular subject or career; you have plenty of time to choose what path you wish to take AND in my opinion, you come to enjoy (or loathe) your subjects more when you study them in the increased depth that A levels require.

    Secondly, I, like you, had an eye on a career in banking. However, now I have disregarded studying economics etc. at university and any chance of going into stockbroking etc. So what I am trying to express (in a roundabout manner) is that you shouldn't be tied to this idea you have as it will most likely change through no fault of your own. I would suggest that you get hold of textbooks for your proposed choices and have a study of them, talk to subject teachers and/or your parents.

    As the above poster said, Physics AS is not a huge step up from GCSE and taking it with Maths mechanics gives you an advantage when it comes to the mechanics side of the course. As for Chemistry, we did IGCSE at my school and it was a VERY good primer so the jump hasn't been large at all (approx. the same as physics). If you are confident with GCSE maths (even better if you're doing FSMQ) then, again, AS maths should prove manageable. As for workload, four subjects seems to give you plenty of time to socialise etc. A lot of my friends manage to get all their work done in free periods. This remains a utopia for me.

    Oh, I forgot about Economics (apologies). Haven't enjoyed it personally, but it's getting better and the majority absolutely love it. Read a few basic economics books to get a headstart in the summer if you wish. Charity shops are excellent for this!

    I wish you all the best, try and make rational choices rather than making options based upon your friends etc. I reckon you wouldn't be that silly though :P
 
 
 
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