Are my AS level options too "heavy"?

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jackmolineux
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Hi everyone,

I am just going into yr 12 now, and am currently awaiting my GCSE reults..

At the moment I'm thinking of taking for AS
(Along with compulsary welsh bac)

History
English Literature
Geography
Economics

Everyone I have spoken to has said that geography is a really heavy subject

How do you think those sound?

I want to do history at university, maybe economics but I'm not sure, we'll see!

This is dependant on good GCSE reults of course hah

I am having second thoughts about Geography and might take French instead
And if I get an A* in maths I might take maths instead of English lit
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Swap it for media studies.
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SotonianOne
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Welsh is compulsory in college? Seriously?

I feel for non-Welsh nationalist people... to have to put up with such a completely useless course 5 hours a week and get nothing out of it. No wonder a quarter of Welsh want the Welsh Assembly abolished lmao
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Take what you'll really enjoy. Also, if you're thinking about economics, you should consider at least Mathematics A-Level too. Top universities may possibly ask for Further Mathematics.
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Assuming welsh bac is an extra AS in the welsh language then I wouldn't advise taking 5 AS levels unless you are doing further maths as there isn't really any need. I would just say don't take the one you think you like the least but on the other hand if you do really want to keep your options open because you really don't know what you want to do then I guess you can take 5 but be aware it will be a lot of work to do so and should only be done if you really feel it is necessary otherwise just take 4 in my opinion.
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If you want to do History at uni, it might help to have another essay subject like English Lit, so think carefully before dropping. Saying that, Maths is very well respected and will also be useful, so it depends on you and where your skills lie.

I can't speak for Economics or Geography but History and Lit can be heavy but very rewarding.
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(Original post by jackmolineux)
Hi everyone,

I am just going into yr 12 now, and am currently awaiting my GCSE reults..

At the moment I'm thinking of taking for AS
(Along with compulsary welsh bac)

History
English Literature
Geography
Economics

Everyone I have spoken to has said that geography is a really heavy subject

How do you think those sound?

I want to do history at university, maybe economics but I'm not sure, we'll see!

This is dependant on good GCSE reults of course hah

I am having second thoughts about Geography and might take French instead
And if I get an A* in maths I might take maths instead of English lit
You won't be doing Economics at a good uni without maths, so take maths instead of English, as you already have history as an essay subject.
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Take what you'll really enjoy. Also, if you're thinking about economics, you should consider at least Mathematics A-Level too. Top universities may possibly ask for Further Mathematics.
LSE and Cambridge are both quite picky about further maths, the rest not so much but it is advised just so you don't get your application denied simply because you didn't take a particular subject.
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Welsh is compulsory in college? Seriously?

I feel for non-Welsh nationalist people... to have to put up with such a completely useless course 5 hours a week and get nothing out of it. No wonder a quarter of Welsh want the Welsh Assembly abolished lmao
Is welsh even a language? I thought it was just a random collection of letters.
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(Original post by jackmolineux)
Hi everyone,

I am just going into yr 12 now, and am currently awaiting my GCSE reults..

At the moment I'm thinking of taking for AS
(Along with compulsary welsh bac)

History
English Literature
Geography
Economics

Everyone I have spoken to has said that geography is a really heavy subject

How do you think those sound?

I want to do history at university, maybe economics but I'm not sure, we'll see!

This is dependant on good GCSE reults of course hah

I am having second thoughts about Geography and might take French instead
And if I get an A* in maths I might take maths instead of English lit
If anyone ever asks me this I will say no. Mostly because I took 6 AS levels and was fine, and I'm a pretty lazy person. Now I admit that people have different levels of academia, but I can see no reason why you shouldn't at least try!

There will be a lot of essay writing with your options, but by forcing yourself to do more, you will become faster and better at it and this will surely help you when it comes to exams.

I did Chem, Bio, Maths, History, Critical thinking, and Creative writing. So not all of them were very heavy subjects, but most of them are.
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Right yes welsh bac is compulsory.. And even as a semi nationalist I still find it annoying lol

I should add I am leaning far more to history than economics and know that top unis would wamt loads of maths

Everyone does welsh bac and then 4 AS

And I go to a welsh language school so of course everything is in welsh.... Even I sometimes feel it's just a load of letters haha:P

I just kinda worry that if I take all these heavy subjects I'll fail and end up at a crap uni and get crap grades etc

If I applied for history I don't really see what geography would add to it anyway
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I did physics chemistry maths economics accounting and English language for As so no.

and ps without mats to A2 you can't do economics at uni.
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(Original post by jackmolineux)
Hi everyone,

I am just going into yr 12 now, and am currently awaiting my GCSE reults..

At the moment I'm thinking of taking for AS
(Along with compulsary welsh bac)

History
English Literature
Geography
Economics

Everyone I have spoken to has said that geography is a really heavy subject

How do you think those sound?

I want to do history at university, maybe economics but I'm not sure, we'll see!

This is dependant on good GCSE reults of course hah

I am having second thoughts about Geography and might take French instead
And if I get an A* in maths I might take maths instead of English lit
Depends on you.

Economics probably requires Maths, and you should probably do it any way. History and English are tough, I wouldn't say Geography is too hard though.

If you want to do exonomics, I would do Maths, Geography, Economics and then one of English or History. I'd say History's political side would be good for an economics degree.

Otherwise, all the A Levels you've mentioned are strong, and any combination of them is probably manageable.
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Welsh is compulsory in college? Seriously?

I feel for non-Welsh nationalist people... to have to put up with such a completely useless course 5 hours a week and get nothing out of it. No wonder a quarter of Welsh want the Welsh Assembly abolished lmao
SotonianOne, I have a question. Are you from Southampton and in 5th form/6th form or are you at Southampton/Solent University, or do you live there and are postgrad? I've always wondered.
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(Original post by jackmolineux)
Hi everyone,

I am just going into yr 12 now, and am currently awaiting my GCSE reults..

At the moment I'm thinking of taking for AS
(Along with compulsary welsh bac)

History
English Literature
Geography
Economics

Everyone I have spoken to has said that geography is a really heavy subject

How do you think those sound?

I want to do history at university, maybe economics but I'm not sure, we'll see!

This is dependant on good GCSE reults of course hah

I am having second thoughts about Geography and might take French instead
And if I get an A* in maths I might take maths instead of English lit
I've never heard of Geog being a heavy subject personally. I actually do basically that combo if you swap geog for maths and I can manage it fairly easily as well as electives but I didn't drop a grade at GCSE and I work my tits off.
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I've never heard of Geog being a heavy subject personally. I actually do basically that combo if you swap geog for maths and I can manage it fairly easily as well as electives but I didn't drop a grade at GCSE and I work my tits off.
Haha well done you :-)

What are you hoping to study at uni?
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(Original post by jackmolineux)
Hi everyone,

I am just going into yr 12 now, and am currently awaiting my GCSE reults..

At the moment I'm thinking of taking for AS
(Along with compulsary welsh bac)

History
English Literature
Geography
Economics

Everyone I have spoken to has said that geography is a really heavy subject

How do you think those sound?

I want to do history at university, maybe economics but I'm not sure, we'll see!

This is dependant on good GCSE reults of course hah

I am having second thoughts about Geography and might take French instead
And if I get an A* in maths I might take maths instead of English lit
If you want to leave your options open for history and economics at uni, you should probably replace maths with geography, then you've got maths/econ/history which are strong for economics and eng.lit/history/econ as essay subjects for history at uni
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(Original post by jackmolineux)
Hi everyone,

I am just going into yr 12 now, and am currently awaiting my GCSE reults..

At the moment I'm thinking of taking for AS
(Along with compulsary welsh bac)

History
English Literature
Geography
Economics

Everyone I have spoken to has said that geography is a really heavy subject

How do you think those sound?

I want to do history at university, maybe economics but I'm not sure, we'll see!

This is dependant on good GCSE reults of course hah

I am having second thoughts about Geography and might take French instead
And if I get an A* in maths I might take maths instead of English lit
I was suggested by my geography teacher to take A-level to take geography because it's 'an easy A grade' and you can just drop it after AS. However most people at the sixth form I'm going to say it's really boring.

Swap English literature with maths and you'll have a nice combination.

History, Geography, Maths and Economics - I don't know about you but that sounds really nice.
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There's a joke i've heard by many Uni students that Geography Undergrads spend their time colouring and make fun of how easy the degree is, of course that isn't what they do however if it is an easy Degree compared to others i'm sure it's going to be an easy A Level compared to other A Levels
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SotonianOne, I have a question. Are you from Southampton and in 5th form/6th form or are you at Southampton/Solent University, or do you live there and are postgrad? I've always wondered.
First part. Applying to university in a couple of months.
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