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    Which subject should I drop when progressing to 3 A2 next year? I'm currently doing 4 AS levels and no way am I carrying them all next year. I'd like to know from people who have experienced/are experiencing studying these subjects!

    I want to get into University of Leeds, which'll be difficult because entry requirements are so high and most courses require AAA or AAB.

    I hope i get:

    A in Psychology
    A in Biology (Already an A in my coursework.)
    B/C in Geography
    B/C in English (Already a B in my coursework.)

    If I get AABB for AS that'll be amazing for me!

    I've already looked at plenty of grade boundaries and I have the psychology exam paper I did on 11th of May and through lots of calculations I think I got a A/B in that xD but I'm sure I'll get an A on my next paper on 18th of May as Unit 2 is my better unit.

    What subjects do you think I should carry on?
    I don't really have a specific course or field of work in mind for uni yet, but I have plenty of time I guess.

    P.S. my classes are ridiculously small. In Geography there's only 2 of us left, and we're good friends, but class isn't that exciting when there's only 2 of us and the teachers aren't that great. Also fieldwork ugh wouldn't be fun with just a 2 man squad.

    I love my Psychology lessons. AQA
    I like my Biology lessons sometimes. AQA
    I like my English lessons and the people in it, and English as a whole. Not so much the exam body and course (WJEC).
    I love Geography, as in the subject, but not so much the lessons/circumstance I'm in. AQA

    Obviously what I'll take on next year would be influenced by what subjects my good grades come under.

    Thanks for reading!
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    (Original post by TimmyR)
    Which subject should I drop when progressing to 3 A2 next year? I'm currently doing 4 AS levels and no way am I carrying them all next year. I'd like to know from people who have experienced/are experiencing studying these subjects!

    I want to get into University of Leeds, which'll be difficult because entry requirements are so high and most courses require AAA or AAB.

    I hope i get:

    A in Psychology
    A in Biology (Already an A in my coursework.)
    B/C in Geography
    B/C in English (Already a B in my coursework.)

    If I get AABB for AS that'll be amazing for me!

    I've already looked at plenty of grade boundaries and I have the psychology exam paper I did on 11th of May and through lots of calculations I think I got a A/B in that xD but I'm sure I'll get an A on my next paper on 18th of May as Unit 2 is my better unit.

    What subjects do you think I should carry on?
    I don't really have a specific course or field of work in mind for uni yet, but I have plenty of time I guess.

    P.S. my classes are ridiculously small. In Geography there's only 2 of us left, and we're good friends, but class isn't that exciting when there's only 2 of us and the teachers aren't that great.

    I love my Psychology lessons. AQA
    I like my Biology lessons sometimes. AQA
    I like my English lessons and the people in it, and English as a whole. Not so much the exam body and course (WJEC).
    I love Geography, as in the subject, but not so much the lessons/circumstance I'm in. AQA

    Obviously what I'll take on next year would be influenced by what subjects my good grades come under.

    Thanks for reading!
    Hey,

    Hope you're well

    By the looks of it, you'll probably be most comfortable on taking Psychology, Biology and English. However, this depends on the course you want to study at Leeds - what are you planning to study there?

    Geography is a subject you can consider dropping as you mention that you don't particularly enjoy the lessons etc. I was previously going to say that you could drop Bio as you only enjoy the lessons 'sometimes', but as you've done so well in your ISA's, I am pretty certain that you'll do well at it in A2 AQA is a harsh board for Sciences remember - all they're worried about is your application of knowledge and the markschemes' answers.

    If you need any help for Psychology, give me a shout! I did AQA and took it as an A level and thoroughly enjoyed it

    Best of luck in the rest of your exams!
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    It depends on what course you want to do when you are older, I am doing every single one of those subjects but because I know what I want to do, I know which subjects I need and so can drop (for me) english. Check on the Leeds website for a course you would like to do and see what subjects are required. You can always carry on with four if you cannot decide then drop one you are enjoying the least some time before Christmas. Or wait for results day and see which subject you got the lowest grade or UMS in.

    hope that helped 😊
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    (Original post by Lovinlife2)
    Hey,

    Hope you're well

    By the looks of it, you'll probably be most comfortable on taking Psychology, Biology and English. However, this depends on the course you want to study at Leeds - what are you planning to study there?

    Geography is a subject you can consider dropping as you mention that you don't particularly enjoy the lessons etc. I was previously going to say that you could drop Bio as you only enjoy the lessons 'sometimes', but as you've done so well in your ISA's, I am pretty certain that you'll do well at it in A2 AQA is a harsh board for Sciences remember - all they're worried about is your application of knowledge and the markschemes' answers.

    If you need any help for Psychology, give me a shout! I did AQA and took it as an A level and thoroughly enjoyed it

    Best of luck in the rest of your exams!

    Thank you so much for the reply!!!
    Yeah I have no idea what to study at uni. Initially 2 years ago I wanted to go into Journalism so I did media studies *facepalm* but I also did other good GCSEs and no Btecs apart from the compulsory ones.

    The reason why I only 'sometimes' enjoy Biology lessons is because our teacher has been long-term ill, but now we have a new special teacher who's also an examiner and specialist in Biology, and her lessons are really good. I prefer her lessons. When our other teacher comes back, I'm not sure if I'd enjoy her lessons as much. But perhaps my perception would change as since having the new teacher we've done nothing but listen and engage in class when usually we're texting or talking. It's probably because all we do in lesson is look at past exam papers :boring:

    But yeah you're right I do have Psychology, Biology and English preference in mind for next year.
    I think I did well on my English language half of my exam I did yesterday, but not very good on my literature side because I couldn't find the extract quick enough and fell short of time.

    What did you get in Psychology AS?
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    (Original post by Summer Celeste)
    It depends on what course you want to do when you are older, I am doing every single one of those subjects but because I know what I want to do, I know which subjects I need and so can drop (for me) english. Check on the Leeds website for a course you would like to do and see what subjects are required. You can always carry on with four if you cannot decide then drop one you are enjoying the least some time before Christmas. Or wait for results day and see which subject you got the lowest grade or UMS in.

    hope that helped 😊
    Good point .
    But I don't want to stress myself with so many courses.
    I'm a committed person so I would put the work in, and by summer I'll have a part time job too to make up for it. I'm just afraid I'd have to then decide between going to work and school, but I'd see how flexible the hours are.

    I also enjoy some free time for friends too!

    Also what are you looking to study in higher education?
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    (Original post by TimmyR)
    Thank you so much for the reply!!!
    Yeah I have no idea what to study at uni. Initially 2 years ago I wanted to go into Journalism so I did media studies *facepalm* but I also did other good GCSEs and no Btecs apart from the compulsory ones.

    The reason why I only 'sometimes' enjoy Biology lessons is because our teacher has been long-term ill, but now we have a new special teacher who's also an examiner and specialist in Biology, and her lessons are really good. I prefer her lessons. When our other teacher comes back, I'm not sure if I'd enjoy her lessons as much. But perhaps my perception would change as since having the new teacher we've done nothing but listen and engage in class when usually we're texting or talking. It's probably because all we do in lesson is look at past exam papers :boring:

    But yeah you're right I do have Psychology, Biology and English preference in mind for next year.
    I think I did well on my English language half of my exam I did yesterday, but not very good on my literature side because I couldn't find the extract quick enough and fell short of time.

    What did you get in Psychology AS?
    You're very welcome! Ahh I see, would you like to do Media and Journalism perhaps?

    I understand your pain. It's so annoying when teachers do not always teach effectively

    Well, if worst comes to worst in August, retake the module again for English Get the highest possible UMS marks you can in AS because it makes the stress much more manageable at A2!

    In Psychology AS I attained a B.. was so annoyingly close to an A - missed off by 2 marks.
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    (Original post by Lovinlife2)
    You're very welcome! Ahh I see, would you like to do Media and Journalism perhaps?

    I understand your pain. It's so annoying when teachers do not always teach effectively

    Well, if worst comes to worst in August, retake the module again for English Get the highest possible UMS marks you can in AS because it makes the stress much more manageable at A2!

    In Psychology AS I attained a B.. was so annoyingly close to an A - missed off by 2 marks.
    Oh no:/
    Which did you find easier, Unit 1 or 2?
    I find Unit 2 easier, and spent nearly a whole year learning that. For Unit 1, we only had around 3 months to prepare before the exam.

    I hate the stress module.
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    (Original post by TimmyR)
    Oh no:/
    Which did you find easier, Unit 1 or 2?
    I find Unit 2 easier, and spent nearly a whole year learning that. For Unit 1, we only had around 3 months to prepare before the exam.

    I hate the stress module.
    I know AQA Psychology's grade boundaries are a stinker because they're so so close to each other; every single mark counts - seriously!

    I, like you, found Unit 2 easier purely because I knew the content better and also I was slightly more used to the layout of the exam (Psychology was a completely new subject for me).
    Wow, only 3 months?! Not good!

    Aha, that was a stress in itself but it was interesting!
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    (Original post by Lovinlife2)
    I know AQA Psychology's grade boundaries are a stinker because they're so so close to each other; every single mark counts - seriously!

    I, like you, found Unit 2 easier purely because I knew the content better and also I was slightly more used to the layout of the exam (Psychology was a completely new subject for me).
    Wow, only 3 months?! Not good!

    Aha, that was a stress in itself but it was interesting!
    I dislike the stress model because getting your head around the biological side takes a lot of practice. Ironically, I do biology and find this module in psychology harder than biology itself hahaa.

    The revision guide also stated that you don't necessarily need to know the biological aspect of Stress for our exam, but it helps for knowledge.
    0.0 *****, if it's not relevant i aint doing it.
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    (Original post by Lovinlife2)
    I know AQA Psychology's grade boundaries are a stinker because they're so so close to each other; every single mark counts - seriously!

    I, like you, found Unit 2 easier purely because I knew the content better and also I was slightly more used to the layout of the exam (Psychology was a completely new subject for me).
    Wow, only 3 months?! Not good!

    Aha, that was a stress in itself but it was interesting!
    Where and what are you thinking of studying?
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    (Original post by TimmyR)
    Good point .
    But I don't want to stress myself with so many courses.
    I'm a committed person so I would put the work in, and by summer I'll have a part time job too to make up for it. I'm just afraid I'd have to then decide between going to work and school, but I'd see how flexible the hours are.

    I also enjoy some free time for friends too!

    Also what are you looking to study in higher education?
    True it's not a good idea to stress yourself, I dont know if your school does this but ours makes us start A2 in June and we have to carry on with all subjects at that time before we get our results. I still think it would be a good idea if you are still uncertain by September to carry on with all of them even if only for a few weeks to get an idea of each one. If not I would go by UMS marks and drop the lowest. I have a weekend job but I would always choose education over it because it is my future. Hopefully Zoology so i need those subjects. 😊
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    (Original post by Summer Celeste)
    True it's not a good idea to stress yourself, I dont know if your school does this but ours makes us start A2 in June and we have to carry on with all subjects at that time before we get our results. I still think it would be a good idea if you are still uncertain by September to carry on with all of them even if only for a few weeks to get an idea of each one. If not I would go by UMS marks and drop the lowest. I have a weekend job but I would always choose education over it because it is my future. Hopefully Zoology so i need those subjects. 😊
    Ah okay. Our school does do the whole June thing xD
    Apparently we'll only be given light work, i.e. books for English to read over Summer, which'll be good for when I go abroad and some Biology practicals etc.
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    (Original post by Summer Celeste)
    True it's not a good idea to stress yourself, I dont know if your school does this but ours makes us start A2 in June and we have to carry on with all subjects at that time before we get our results. I still think it would be a good idea if you are still uncertain by September to carry on with all of them even if only for a few weeks to get an idea of each one. If not I would go by UMS marks and drop the lowest. I have a weekend job but I would always choose education over it because it is my future. Hopefully Zoology so i need those subjects. 😊
    and yeah Zoology would be a definite Biology!!
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    Hahaha yup it's pretty important, do you have any idea at all what you would like to do? Even if it is just from interests or hobbies?
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    (Original post by Summer Celeste)
    Hahaha yup it's pretty important, do you have any idea at all what you would like to do? Even if it is just from interests or hobbies?
    Noo I really don't have any idea
    This is why I don't want to leave education, because it feels like a safety net, but when you leave for the big open world that safety net snaps and you fall into some career path.

    Obviously my part time job will be something like McDonalds or working at Footasylum over the summer or something hahaha
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    Yeah, don't leave education, get your a levels then see where it takes you, perhaps you just need to write a list of pros and cons of staying with each subject and then decide, or think about which subject combination will give you the most diverse range of opportunities so you aren't limited. If you can't decide on a course by the end of next year, take a gap year and do work experience in a range of industries and fields, then you can narrow down your options on what you actually enjoy. If you don't mind me asking, why Leeds, because if your choice on Leeds was influenced by specific factors then they may also influence your choice on course
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    Tbh you should probably just drop whichever you do worst in at AS. Sounds like you maybe have a slight hunch to drop geography though? I'd say to definitely carry on with biology and psychology (as I do these too ).
    How did you find the psychology exam and geography exams?
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    (Original post by Summer Celeste)
    Yeah, don't leave education, get your a levels then see where it takes you, perhaps you just need to write a list of pros and cons of staying with each subject and then decide, or think about which subject combination will give you the most diverse range of opportunities so you aren't limited. If you can't decide on a course by the end of next year, take a gap year and do work experience in a range of industries and fields, then you can narrow down your options on what you actually enjoy. If you don't mind me asking, why Leeds, because if your choice on Leeds was influenced by specific factors then they may also influence your choice on course
    Yeah I want to keep it pretty open! I do think my choices as they are are already pretty diverse. English, a social/physical science (geography), a traditional science (biology) and then psychology, which could also be a social science.

    Why Leeds? Well because I have a lot of relatives (brother, sister-in-law, uncle etc, so they can help me with laundry and sh1t hahahahah) who live there. I've also looked at all the Leeds websites, union, guides and it's one of the best universities I've found! I'm looking forward to visiting some time next year, with many other unis of course

    I'd also like studying down south (LONDON) as my second choice. Not sure about the unis there though I'm not really aware of any.
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    Tbh you should probably just drop whichever you do worst in at AS. Sounds like you maybe have a slight hunch to drop geography though? I'd say to definitely carry on with biology and psychology (as I do these too ).
    How did you find the psychology exam and geography exams?
    Yeah you're right I should just play the waiting game for now. unfortunately all my AS subjects will give me A2 work for the summer, even if if I'm thinking of dropping that particular subject.

    I found the Geography exam okay. You only need just under half the marks to pass. I did a skills paper recently on Friday and I think I got an A/B in that one, so even though that ones around 20% of my overall, where as the content one is like 80% that'll at least boost my grades up! Unfortunately none of the case study essays I thought would come up came up so I was really disappointed. One was immigration, which I had no idea about, but I remembered some stats from English (yes English) where I wrote coursework about immigration so I used that as my 'case study' hahahaha.

    I found the psychology exam much better. I prefer unit 2 to 1 though.
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    (Original post by TimmyR)
    Yeah you're right I should just play the waiting game for now. unfortunately all my AS subjects will give me A2 work for the summer, even if if I'm thinking of dropping that particular subject.

    I found the Geography exam okay. You only need just under half the marks to pass. I did a skills paper recently on Friday and I think I got an A/B in that one, so even though that ones around 20% of my overall, where as the content one is like 80% that'll at least boost my grades up! Unfortunately none of the case study essays I thought would come up came up so I was really disappointed. One was immigration, which I had no idea about, but I remembered some stats from English (yes English) where I wrote coursework about immigration so I used that as my 'case study' hahahaha.

    I found the psychology exam much better. I prefer unit 2 to 1 though.
    My best friend does geography and she is so good at it, she found the skills paper quite tricky though. Yeah I always hear people saying they forgot case studies in geography exams! Sounds horrible to me, I never did geography past year 9 haha.

    Yes I thought the psychology paper was really nice! I reckon unit 2 will be a harder paper though because of that. Wht do you hope the 12 marker will be?
 
 
 

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