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    Hi, I'm really confused on choosing my a- levels. I definitely want to do Mathematics, Chemistry and History but am confused between physics and biology. Can someone please help and give your view on the subjects. I don't know what I want to do in the future yet...
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    (Original post by JassyC)
    Hi, I'm really confused on choosing my a- levels. I definitely want to do Mathematics, Chemistry and History but am confused between physics and biology. Can someone please help and give your view on the subjects. I don't know what I want to do in the future yet...
    I would recommend further maths, you seem to be leaning towards the science side of things in which further maths would be undoubtedly your most useful A level (unless you are thinking medicine/chemistry). If you are picking between just those 2, physics is more useful, medicine requires chemistry but not physics, biology at university requires chemistry but not biology. Physics keeps options open such as engineering, physics etc. In the end just pick the one you will enjoy studying more.
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    (Original post by Jai Sandhu)
    I would recommend further maths, you seem to be leaning towards the science side of things in which further maths would be undoubtedly your most useful A level (unless you are thinking medicine/chemistry). If you are picking between just those 2, physics is more useful, medicine requires chemistry but not physics, biology at university requires chemistry but not biology. Physics keeps options open such as engineering, physics etc. In the end just pick the one you will enjoy studying more.
    Thanks, I was initially thinking of choosing further maths but am a bit reluctant to because most people find it extremely difficult. If you do the subject what's it like?
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    (Original post by JassyC)
    Thanks, I was initially thinking of choosing further maths but am a bit reluctant to because most people find it extremely difficult. If you do the subject what's it like?
    It is fine, many people like to perpetuate the myth that it is hard but in reality AS FM is not that much more challenging that AS M, it just has new (and very interesting) topics you learn about. A2 FM is a bit harder but again all it is is more concepts that when you go to uni you would cover in a couple weeks, being fluent in them before then will give you a great advantage. Do not let people telling a subject is hard put you off doing it.
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    (Original post by JassyC)
    Hi, I'm really confused on choosing my a- levels. I definitely want to do Mathematics, Chemistry and History but am confused between physics and biology. Can someone please help and give your view on the subjects. I don't know what I want to do in the future yet...
    wow i do maths chemistry and history too, quite a rare combo. i do english lit as well and i regret not doing further maths.
    if you find maths eaasy do further maths, you need the challenge.according to what iv heard, bio is a lot to learn, and the mark scheme is specific, but it is easy and the grade boundaries are low. with physics, it is definitely hard, but everyone finds it interesting, if you are doing a Mechanics module (M1) in maths i reckon it would go well with physics, whilst the stats module (s1) goes well with every other subject, but can also help with physics coursework analysis
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    Yep, I think I will do FM because, I genuinely do find maths very interesting. At the moment, I'm doing additional maths alongside GCSE and I am enjoying it- surprisingly I don't find it too difficult compared to the rest of my class. Thanks
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    (Original post by JassyC)
    Yep, I think I will do FM because, I genuinely do find maths very interesting. At the moment, I'm doing additional maths alongside GCSE and I am enjoying it- surprisingly I don't find it too difficult compared to the rest of my class. Thanks
    Personally, I would do physics. There is a genuine need for people with STEM subjects and if you have maths, chemistry and physics, you will be set for life. Physics at A-Level have been dropping in numbers and its vital to keep doors open. Russell group did a report on it a few years back.

    http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/uploads/STEM-briefing.pdf
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    (Original post by JassyC)
    Hi, I'm really confused on choosing my a- levels. I definitely want to do Mathematics, Chemistry and History but am confused between physics and biology. Can someone please help and give your view on the subjects. I don't know what I want to do in the future yet...
    physics and maths link so maybe physics
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    physics and maths link so maybe physics
    Yes
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    I understand what you mean but I enjoy maths and physics so it`s hard to choose. I`ll probably make my mind up on sixth form taster day. And yes maths, physicsm chemistry and history is good combination

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    if you plan to do m1 in maths you might as well do physics as well, as a quarter of the physics syllabus is just m1. you're basically getting taught it all twice which makes it way easier and worth doing.
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    Yes I`ve heard. If I take physics I will definately take M1. Thanks
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    (Original post by LuiEmmitt)
    Personally, I would do physics. There is a genuine need for people with STEM subjects and if you have maths, chemistry and physics, you will be set for life. Physics at A-Level have been dropping in numbers and its vital to keep doors open. Russell group did a report on it a few years back.

    http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/uploads/STEM-briefing.pdf
    Yes, physics does open a lot of doors. Thanks for the link

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    (Original post by JassyC)
    Yes, physics does open a lot of doors. Thanks for the link

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    Dont forget further maths , much much much more valued than physics, though if you do FM physics is a joke A level to do with it in terms of how easy FM makes physics.
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    (Original post by Jai Sandhu)
    Dont forget further maths , much much much more valued than physics, though if you do FM physics is a joke A level to do with it in terms of how easy FM makes physics.
    Haha, no I won't forget about further maths. To be honest, I might just pick both: Maths, FM,Physics and Chemistry
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    (Original post by JassyC)
    Thanks, I was initially thinking of choosing further maths but am a bit reluctant to because most people find it extremely difficult. If you do the subject what's it like?
    I don't personally do it, but I know people who do, and it certainly isn't easy; everyone who takes it at my school got an A* at GCSE (don't do it with less than an A*), and they've struggled a bit. Don't be put off from doing it, as it's a highly respected A level, but don't expect it to be easy, and don't do it without an A* in GCSE Maths.
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    (Original post by doctorwhofan98)
    I don't personally do it, but I know people who do, and it certainly isn't easy; everyone who takes it at my school got an A* at GCSE (don't do it with less than an A*), and they've struggled a bit. Don't be put off from doing it, as it's a highly respected A level, but don't expect it to be easy, and don't do it without an A* in GCSE Maths.
    Yes, I know it's undoubtedly hard and I will probably find it difficult without an A* but again I know people who got straight A*'s in GCSE Maths, but struggled with A-level/FM and vice versa. Personally, it's about the motivation and determination rather than grades. I do genuinely enjoy maths so that should help... But having said that, some people have started hating maths after FM. Thanks for the advice though
 
 
 

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