I'm currently in year 11, and for A Level I have chosen to take History, English Literature, Psychology and Biology. At the school I'm going to I also have to take Critical Thinking and I will probably also do the extended project qualification. I was just wondering if any of these subjects are deemed inadequate for the top universities or whether they will limit me? I'm not sure what I want to go in to, but they are my favourite (and best) subjects, as well as the ones that interest me the most, so they seem the most logical choice? The only thing I am uncertain of is the fact I'm not sure if I want to go into a Biomedicine degree, in which case does anyone know if having a chemistry A Level is compulsory?
Thank you in advance, any comments from those already studying the subjects I'll be taking and any advice in general will be much appreciated!
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- Thread Starter
- 14-05-2015 16:39
- 15-05-2015 22:20
These do not sound limiting at all, however there are a few points to bear in mind.
First of all it might be worth looking up a few courses that you may be interested in. You can find lists on the complete university guide website. They also have universities which do those courses. If you have just a bit of a general look at what courses interest you, you'll be able to look up entry requirements for a few different unis to get an idea of what a levels are required -hence if you need chemistry for specific universities or not.
Secondly bear in mind that you've got very heavily essay based subjects. Depend on what type of a person you are, it might be great for you, but I'm just mentioning this nonetheless. Psychology and history are very demanding regarding memory.
Lastly I don't want to sound biased, but if you're unsure, it may be beneficial to look at what the Russell Group unis call facilitating subjects. History and English are on there, however psychology isn't, while all of the sciences and maths are. Therefore, if you are looking into biomedicine you could potentially be better off doing chemistry instead of psychology. You'd then have two possible routes based on your as levels - a science route through bio and chem and a humanities route through history and English. I currently do biology and chemistry and enjoy them very much personally, and my friends to English and history and seem to be equally as happy doing those. Many of my friends have complained that psychology, although interesting, has a LOT of content and case studies to remember for the exams, which turned out very stressful for them in the past few weeks.