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Help! The summer holidays are slowly coming to an end and by the end of the year I will have to apply for university, and I have no clue what course I want to study! I have researched a few options but I can't make my mind up, and can't decide what I want to do. I have looked into doing accounting and finance, natural science and chemistry, but I'm still not sure. I currently study sociology, maths, chemistry and biology, for which I got BCDD ( I know the grades aren't excellent but I intent to make it up next year). So If you guys would be willing to offer your advice and possible degree ideas, I would be grateful.
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Help! The summer holidays are slowly coming to an end and by the end of the year I will have to apply for university, and I have no clue what course I want to study! I have researched a few options but I can't make my mind up, and can't decide what I want to do. I have looked into doing accounting and finance, natural science and chemistry, but I'm still not sure. I currently study sociology, maths, chemistry and biology, for which I got BCDD ( I know the grades aren't excellent but I intent to make it up next year). So If you guys would be willing to offer your advice and possible degree ideas, I would be grateful.
you have quite a range of choices with your current A levels
by the choice, are you definitely interested in doing something maths/science related? We can start narrowing down choices
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you have quite a range of choices with your current A levels
by the choice, are you definitely interested in doing something maths/science related? We can start narrowing down choices
Having a lot of choices is what makes it so hard! I also have no work experience except working in my school lab with the technicians. Also I was thinking of dropping biology, would that limit my chances of doing some science degrees like natural science ?

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Having a lot of choices is what makes it so hard! I also have no work experience except working in my school lab with the technicians. Also I was thinking of dropping biology, would that limit my chances of doing some science degrees like natural science ?

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Work experience isn't particularly important except for medicine related courses, although I wouldn't suggest medicine for you now anyway, it's a kind of course that requires a lot of passion

And I think yes, for courses like nat sci the more sciences you do is probably the better
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Work experience isn't particularly important except for medicine related courses, although I wouldn't suggest medicine for you now anyway, it's a kind of course that requires a lot of passion

And I think yes, for courses like nat sci the more sciences you do is probably the better
Well , most unis require you have two science subjects and a lot of them count maths as a science. Isn't an as in biology enough? I don't want to drop sociology as its my best grade and if I take biology then I'll have a lot of resisting to do. My maths wasn't too bad it's just I got an E in stats which brought my grade to an C overall!
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Well , most unis require you have two science subjects and a lot of them count maths as a science. Isn't an as in biology enough? I don't want to drop sociology as its my best grade and if I take biology then I'll have a lot of resisting to do. My maths wasn't too bad it's just I got an E in stats which brought my grade to an C overall!
If your maths grade is being pulled down by Stats alone you could resit that, and you have a much better grade in Maths
The question is, do you dislike biology then? You like chemistry better?
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If your maths grade is being pulled down by Stats alone you could resit that, and you have a much better grade in Maths
The question is, do you dislike biology then? You like chemistry better?
Yes I only have to resist one maths module. But either way I have to resist both of my modules for chem and bio. I have no idea what to drop. Does chemistry go better with maths ? I never intended to do bad in chemistry so I was always planning to drop biology but now I have got the same grade for both and I don't know what to drop.
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There are challenges out there in the world.

Your subjects.. biology, chemistry, mathematics and sociology.

Think of eradicating poverty and helping the third world. Most importantly is getting nutrients so they can build strong bodies and have the energy to build communities etc.

The University of Reading has a bachelors in agriculture with modules in food systems and security.

Reading also has a MA in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods

Postgraduate programmes are easier to do as of 2016 as funding will like applying to undergraduate.

So linking these programmes and doing the same with similar ones will give you a skillset to pursue really rewarding and constructive work throughout your career.

You could work for H.M. Government Department for International Development, the United Nations and specialist companies that deal with theses issues.
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There are challenges out there in the world.

Your subjects.. biology, chemistry, mathematics and sociology.

Think of eradicating poverty and helping the third world. Most importantly is getting nutrients so they can build strong bodies and have the energy to build communities etc.

The University of Reading has a bachelors in agriculture with modules in food systems and security.

Reading also has a MA in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods

Postgraduate programmes are easier to do as of 2016 as funding will like applying to undergraduate.

So linking these programmes and doing the same with similar ones will give you a skillset to pursue really rewarding and constructive work throughout your career.

You could work for H.M. Government Department for International Development, the United Nations and specialist companies that deal with theses issues.
Sorry, not sure if that's really me.
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Ok, here's a role at a specialist company dealing with international development issues.

'EU funded opportunity “Support for Further Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Turkmenistan (Phase III)” The overall objective of the project is to support the Government of Turkmenistan in the achievement of the national sector objectives with regard to sustainable agriculture, rural development and institutional support.'
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Another project.. contracted by the European Union (EU) to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to enhance the development of the agriculture sector in Afghanistan. The EU Support to Capacitate MAIL in Transition for Sustainable Public Services Delivery Project is a 3 year project, lasting from January 2014 to December 2016.

Mathematics for project management. Bio and Chem for agriculture, and Sociology for development.

So lot's of different countries, many different governments, lot's of international travelling.
Have a search on google images for 'afghanistan agriculture' and 'turkmenistan agriculture'ImageIn this photo, you would have yourself from the EU, the Afghan government official, the local government official and the farmer, all working towards building a better society and community. If you get real lucky you could be supervising the growing of opium and cannabis.
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Really you need to assess the world around you and think about the challenges to make it a better place and from this cause you will find the means to make a change.

Maybe you want to help the world through eradicating illness.

What about this at King's College, London.. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/unde...al-medicine-ba

Mathematics will be useful for epidemiology which is statistics of public health.

You could work at the Department for Health, H.M. Government, big global companies like McDonalds, pharmaceutical companies like Glaxosmithkline.., the United Nations on development issues.
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Would I need to continue with biology to do epidemiology?
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Help! The summer holidays are slowly coming to an end and by the end of the year I will have to apply for university, and I have no clue what course I want to study! I have researched a few options but I can't make my mind up, and can't decide what I want to do. I have looked into doing accounting and finance, natural science and chemistry, but I'm still not sure. I currently study sociology, maths, chemistry and biology, for which I got BCDD ( I know the grades aren't excellent but I intent to make it up next year). So If you guys would be willing to offer your advice and possible degree ideas, I would be grateful.
Why do you have to apply for university? If you can't think of anything to do then don't go, simple.
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There are challenges out there in the world.

Your subjects.. biology, chemistry, mathematics and sociology.

Think of eradicating poverty and helping the third world. Most importantly is getting nutrients so they can build strong bodies and have the energy to build communities etc.

The University of Reading has a bachelors in agriculture with modules in food systems and security.

Reading also has a MA in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods

Postgraduate programmes are easier to do as of 2016 as funding will like applying to undergraduate.

So linking these programmes and doing the same with similar ones will give you a skillset to pursue really rewarding and constructive work throughout your career.

You could work for H.M. Government Department for International Development, the United Nations and specialist companies that deal with theses issues.
That is fanciful thinking, 99.99% of graduates end up as office drones.
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Why do you have to apply for university? If you can't think of anything to do then don't go, simple.
Well I'd like a degree. I just can't decide in what
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Well I'd like a degree. I just can't decide in what
You have your whole life ahead of you. Rushing this could see you failing or graduating with a degree worthy only of Starbucks. Chill out, go to university in 3 years, 5 years it really doesn't matter, just get off the conveyor belt while you still can.
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Help! The summer holidays are slowly coming to an end and by the end of the year I will have to apply for university, and I have no clue what course I want to study! I have researched a few options but I can't make my mind up, and can't decide what I want to do. I have looked into doing accounting and finance, natural science and chemistry, but I'm still not sure. I currently study sociology, maths, chemistry and biology, for which I got BCDD ( I know the grades aren't excellent but I intent to make it up next year). So If you guys would be willing to offer your advice and possible degree ideas, I would be grateful.
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Yes I only have to resist one maths module. But either way I have to resist both of my modules for chem and bio. I have no idea what to drop. Does chemistry go better with maths ? I never intended to do bad in chemistry so I was always planning to drop biology but now I have got the same grade for both and I don't know what to drop.
Which do you like better?
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Which do you like better?
I like that there is less to learn in chemistry. Biology contains a lot of content. And as I have to resist both exams next year as well as A2 it would be difficult.
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I like that there is less to learn in chemistry. Biology contains a lot of content. And as I have to resist both exams next year as well as A2 it would be difficult.
What are the individual grades of your science A levels?
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