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Quite confused in regards to my a-level choices.
Maths, Biology and Chemistry are definite as i am considering medicine however, I am also considering careers in biochemistry, research, finance, investment b'.
I was planning on taking ICT in addition to the three above instead of physics as it would only happen through collaboration. Or is there a better alternative?
Anyway, i also wanted to know how difficult economics a-level is, what exam board do you think is best from experience and which has the most/best resources and books for?

For the record, i am predicted 9A* and 2A for GCSEs.
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(Original post by ozmo19)
Quite confused in regards to my a-level choices.
Maths, Biology and Chemistry are definite as i am considering medicine however, I am also considering careers in biochemistry, research, finance, investment b'.
I was planning on taking ICT in addition to the three above instead of physics as it would only happen through collaboration. Or is there a better alternative?
Anyway, i also wanted to know how difficult economics a-level is, what exam board do you think is best from experience and which has the most/best resources and books for?

For the record, i am predicted 9A* and 2A for GCSEs.
Hey there,

I did economics at A-level. I personally found it quite difficult but also very interesting and certainly worthwhile.

My exam board was AQA which has an abundance of dedicated text books.

Check this website out to get an idea of the AQA criteria:

www.petragrade.com
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if you've even considered doing medicine then you are too thick to do economics

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Hi, I'm self studying economics with edexcel. There is plenty of resources out there for all the exam boards so hard to say which is best.

Economics is certainly one of the more difficult a-levels but with those grades I dont see why you would have any problems.
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Yeah in Same situation! I would say try it


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(Original post by ozmo19)
Quite confused in regards to my a-level choices.
Maths, Biology and Chemistry are definite as i am considering medicine however, I am also considering careers in biochemistry, research, finance, investment b'.
I was planning on taking ICT in addition to the three above instead of physics as it would only happen through collaboration. Or is there a better alternative?
Anyway, i also wanted to know how difficult economics a-level is, what exam board do you think is best from experience and which has the most/best resources and books for?

For the record, i am predicted 9A* and 2A for GCSEs.
You seem intelligent enough to handle 4+ A-Levels and although I don't fully understand what the changes to A-Levels from September 2015 will mean I suggest you do the following:

Medicine

1. Mathematics
2. Biology
3. Chemistry

For Finance or other options

4. Further Mathematics
5. Economics

If you begin self-teaching Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry at home during the summer holidays then perhaps your workload won't feel that big. I don't see a point in doing Physics if you're unsure of whether to go into Medicine or Finance. Most (top) universities will ask for Further Maths, you can still do the Mechanics modules if you want to do a bit of Physics. The 5 options I have listed should be enough.

I am on the OCR board for economics and there are plenty of resources available for you to use to self-teach.

Good luck
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You can self teach AQA AS economics - I did it alongside my GCSEs.

A2 is another story
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You can self teach AQA AS economics - I did it alongside my GCSEs.

A2 is another story
Hello,

I've taught AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC exam boards. My preferred exam boards are AQA and Edexcel:
-AQA has multiple choice in both AS-level exams with predictable questions layouts.
-Edexcel only has multiple choice in unit 1, but not unit 2.

I'd agree with Oaisis in that A2 is quite a bit more difficult than AS. The questions are longer and it's much harder to gauge whether you know the content as there is no multiple choice.

This being said, a student of your ability should be aiming for 90%+ at AS-level and at least an A overall. Economics is not a difficult A-level. Conceptually the content is much easier than say maths, further maths or physics; but a LOT of students fall down on exam technique.

You'll find that physics and further maths are far more versatile than economics, though you'll need to demonstrate your interest in the subject elswehere should you wish to study it at university. I strongly recommend avoiding ICT.

Hope this helps,

Tom (IDK-tuition.com, free online economics videos and resources)
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Hello,

I've taught AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC exam boards. My preferred exam boards are AQA and Edexcel:
-AQA has multiple choice in both AS-level exams with predictable questions layouts.
-Edexcel only has multiple choice in unit 1, but not unit 2.

I'd agree with Oaisis in that A2 is quite a bit more difficult than AS. The questions are longer and it's much harder to gauge whether you know the content as there is no multiple choice.

This being said, a student of your ability should be aiming for 90%+ at AS-level and at least an A overall. Economics is not a difficult A-level. Conceptually the content is much easier than say maths, further maths or physics; but a LOT of students fall down on exam technique.

You'll find that physics and further maths are far more versatile than economics, though you'll need to demonstrate your interest in the subject elswehere should you wish to study it at university. I strongly recommend avoiding ICT.

Hope this helps,

Tom (IDK-tuition.com, free online economics videos and resources)
Hi Tom,

Could you please describe the structure of a 15 mark and a 25 mark essay at A2 for AQA and show an example of evaluation?
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(Original post by IDK Tuition)
Hello,

I've taught AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC exam boards. My preferred exam boards are AQA and Edexcel:
-AQA has multiple choice in both AS-level exams with predictable questions layouts.
-Edexcel only has multiple choice in unit 1, but not unit 2.

I'd agree with Oaisis in that A2 is quite a bit more difficult than AS. The questions are longer and it's much harder to gauge whether you know the content as there is no multiple choice.

This being said, a student of your ability should be aiming for 90%+ at AS-level and at least an A overall. Economics is not a difficult A-level. Conceptually the content is much easier than say maths, further maths or physics; but a LOT of students fall down on exam technique.

You'll find that physics and further maths are far more versatile than economics, though you'll need to demonstrate your interest in the subject elswehere should you wish to study it at university. I strongly recommend avoiding ICT.

Hope this helps,

Tom (IDK-tuition.com, free online economics videos and resources)
Thanks for the information. Feel a lot more confident with my choice!
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