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    I'm currently choosing my A-Levels and I'm unsure of what to choose. I am targeted mainly A's with a few A*s so I don't really have an issue with getting in to anything. Please comment your advice with choosing and if any of you have studied any of the subjects that I am thinking of that will be listed below please let me know how you found them.
    Geography - I'm almost certainly choosing this as I love it. Any reassurance would be lovely though.
    Psychology - Never studied before but sounds interesting. Experiences with this would be helpful.
    Biology - I enjoy it but not sure if it is going to be too difficult!
    Spanish - I am being encouraged to take it but I'm spnot sure how difficult it will be. Especially speaking assessments.
    Maths - I don't really want to take it due to difficulty but it's a possibility

    Any other subject experiences not listed could be useful too, please help!
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    (Original post by RosieBee37)
    I'm currently choosing my A-Levels and I'm unsure of what to choose. I am targeted mainly A's with a few A*s so I don't really have an issue with getting in to anything. Please comment your advice with choosing and if any of you have studied any of the subjects that I am thinking of that will be listed below please let me know how you found them.
    Geography - I'm almost certainly choosing this as I love it. Any reassurance would be lovely though.
    Psychology - Never studied before but sounds interesting. Experiences with this would be helpful.
    Biology - I enjoy it but not sure if it is going to be too difficult!
    Spanish - I am being encouraged to take it but I'm spnot sure how difficult it will be. Especially speaking assessments.
    Maths - I don't really want to take it due to difficulty but it's a possibility

    Any other subject experiences not listed could be useful too, please help!
    I did psychology for AS and I absolutely hated it, I was naive thinking it would be easy and interesting learning about how the minds of psychopaths work- it was the complete opposite. It turned out to be my hardest subject (out of biology, chemistry, geography and psychology) and the sheer volume of information you have to remember is overwhelming I found. You're required to know facts and figures galore and the topics aren't at all interesting (in my personal opinion) I did edexcel btw.

    Biology is my favourite subject, it's what I want to do in the future (medicine applicant) I do the aqa spec. Yes it is difficult and requires a lot of work but it's extremely interesting (other than the plant parts.) however, examiners are extremely picky in exams and the ISA, you have to have the exact answer of the mark scheme or you won't be awarded the marks for example writing 'enzyme' isn't sufficient you'd need to write 'forms an enzyme-substrate complex' also I found the ISA particularly difficult having received a U grade in it. Good luck!


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    (Original post by RosieBee37)
    I'm currently choosing my A-Levels and I'm unsure of what to choose. I am targeted mainly A's with a few A*s so I don't really have an issue with getting in to anything. Please comment your advice with choosing and if any of you have studied any of the subjects that I am thinking of that will be listed below please let me know how you found them.
    Geography - I'm almost certainly choosing this as I love it. Any reassurance would be lovely though.
    Psychology - Never studied before but sounds interesting. Experiences with this would be helpful.
    Biology - I enjoy it but not sure if it is going to be too difficult!
    Spanish - I am being encouraged to take it but I'm spnot sure how difficult it will be. Especially speaking assessments.
    Maths - I don't really want to take it due to difficulty but it's a possibility

    Any other subject experiences not listed could be useful too, please help!
    Definite yes to biology, obviously it's going to be challenging but that's the same for all a levels, so don't let how hard a subject may be deter you! If you focus in lessons then you'll be fine and the lessons are usually all really interesting so it's something that people actually look forward to.
    Like I said though, don't choose not to take a subject because of how difficult it will be. ALL a-levels are going to be hard but do what you enjoy and can see yourself doing somewhere in the future. Hope this helps
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    (Original post by Sacred Ground)
    I did psychology for AS and I absolutely hated it, I was naive thinking it would be easy and interesting learning about how the minds of psychopaths work- it was the complete opposite. It turned out to be my hardest subject (out of biology, chemistry, geography and psychology) and the sheer volume of information you have to remember is overwhelming I found. You're required to know facts and figures galore and the topics aren't at all interesting (in my personal opinion) I did edexcel btw.

    Biology is my favourite subject, it's what I want to do in the future (medicine applicant) I do the aqa spec. Yes it is difficult and requires a lot of work but it's extremely interesting (other than the plant parts.) however, examiners are extremely picky in exams and the ISA, you have to have the exact answer of the mark scheme or you won't be awarded the marks for example writing 'enzyme' isn't sufficient you'd need to write 'forms an enzyme-substrate complex' also I found the ISA particularly difficult having received a U grade in it. Good luck!


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    (Original post by esmiwilson)
    Plants are interesting
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    Spanish is the only one I do and it's so so amazing at a level I love it! Don't worry about the speaking as by the oral exam your levels of spanish have improved so much by the exam as you have so many more hours of the subject! The exam is an oral card that you prepare for half an hour in exam conditions before the exam then you have general conversation on any of the topics you've done also the exa is better as you can use headphones and pause/rewind/replay the speaking as much as you want!
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    They really aren't
    Yes they are. Fight me m8.
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    They really aren't
    Well if it were't for plants then you wouldn't have any energy to type that. Appreciation babes.
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    Like eleanor27, the only one of these I do is Spanish but I can vouch for it being a really good course to do! I do the AQA specification, and your Spanish will improve so much in such a short space of time
    I know that your spec is going to be a little different next year, because it will be a 2 year linear course instead of a separate AS and A2. However, this works really well for languages so you won't be at a disadvantage - quite the opposite! It means you have two years to get to grips with your grammar and tenses (just wait for the subjunctive )
    I really recommend Spanish and universities love to see a language too! It also means that if you travel, you can speak Spanish really well
    Any questions about what it's like at A-Level, feel free to message me!
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    (Original post by RosieBee37)
    I'm currently choosing my A-Levels and I'm unsure of what to choose. I am targeted mainly A's with a few A*s so I don't really have an issue with getting in to anything. Please comment your advice with choosing and if any of you have studied any of the subjects that I am thinking of that will be listed below please let me know how you found them.
    Geography - I'm almost certainly choosing this as I love it. Any reassurance would be lovely though.
    Psychology - Never studied before but sounds interesting. Experiences with this would be helpful.
    Biology - I enjoy it but not sure if it is going to be too difficult!
    Spanish - I am being encouraged to take it but I'm spnot sure how difficult it will be. Especially speaking assessments.
    Maths - I don't really want to take it due to difficulty but it's a possibility

    Any other subject experiences not listed could be useful too, please help!
    Hello,

    I'm doing A2 at the moment, and I'm studying biology, chemistry and maths, and I did Spanish last year.

    I absolutely LOVED Spanish and still do (only dropped it because I didn't have enough time to do 4 with uni applications etc). I would say that at first everyone finds A-level hard, and I did find Spanish hard at first but you definitely improve a lot over time, and get a lot of speaking practice in class. I found it amazing to be able to speak a language almost fluently by the end of the year- I began to really understand the language in AS and started to be able to just speak it without having to think too much.

    Biology- I really enjoy it and think it's really interesting but I do AQA which I think is a hard exam board, at least with the A-level I'm doing (bearing in mind your A-level will be different- maybe chat to people in the year above?)

    Maths- again chose it because I really liked it, also I did additional maths in year 11 which really helped me in AS, but I would say only go for it if you are good at it now.

    Do you have any ideas about what you want to do at uni?

    I would say in the end it will be your choice but remember to go for subjects that you enjoy (it will motivate you to work for them!) Also maybe you could have a chat with some of your teachers?

    Good luck with everything and let me know if you have any questions!

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    I am currently in my first year of college doing chemistry, biology, physics & maths.. Biology is by far my favourite subject! There's a lot of content to get your head around (as there is in all other subjects) but it's really interesting to learn about things I've covered briefly at GSCE level in so much detail. So far we've covered topics like, cell structure, microscopy, biological molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, water), nucleotides and nucleic acids, enzymes, membranes, cell division etc. If you like biology now I think you'll enjoy it in college.
    I'd recommend maths if you're fairly confident in it. I wasn't the biggest fan of maths at school but managed to get an A at GCSE and somehow a C in further maths so I figured I wasn't too bad at it. I only picked maths because it fitted in with my other subjects and its turned out to be my second favourite subject. Core 1 was a piece of cake and we've just finished Core 2, which is a lot harder (for me). We're moving onto stats next so I'm not sure what that's going to be like, but anyway it depends on what exam board the college does!

    A few of my friends do psychology and they always seem to be doing essays so make sure you enjoy writing.
    Hope this helped a little bit.
    Good luck!
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    (Original post by esmiwilson)
    Well if it were't for plants then you wouldn't have any energy to type that. Appreciation babes.
    That's not actually true as I am able to photosynthesise.
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    Yes they are. Fight me m8.
    Come on then m9
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    (Original post by Makadia)
    That's not actually true as I am able to photosynthesise.
    All energy comes from the sun; plants photosynthesise to produce ATP which is the immediate energy source for ALL living things except glucose.
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    (Original post by RosieBee37)
    I'm currently choosing my A-Levels and I'm unsure of what to choose. I am targeted mainly A's with a few A*s so I don't really have an issue with getting in to anything. Please comment your advice with choosing and if any of you have studied any of the subjects that I am thinking of that will be listed below please let me know how you found them.
    Geography - I'm almost certainly choosing this as I love it. Any reassurance would be lovely though.
    Psychology - Never studied before but sounds interesting. Experiences with this would be helpful.
    Biology - I enjoy it but not sure if it is going to be too difficult!
    Spanish - I am being encouraged to take it but I'm spnot sure how difficult it will be. Especially speaking assessments.
    Maths - I don't really want to take it due to difficulty but it's a possibility

    Any other subject experiences not listed could be useful too, please help!
    When choosing what to study at A Level, it depends entirely what you're planning to study at university, if you're planning on going to university, and what you envisage as a career. You should bear in mind that your aspirations will probably change over the years so at one point you might want to be a historian and then you suddenly want to be a scientist.

    As you're predicted high grades, it's obvious that you have considerable academic ability, although you may not want to follow the traditional academic path.

    Let's assume you want to 'be academic.' If you're unsure about what you want to do, then one of the sole purposes of choosing your A-Levels should be keeping your options open. To keep your options open in terms of uni courses, you should take a breadth of facilitating subjects. Facilitating subjects, as defined by the Russell Group, are the traditional academic subjects which many universities require essentially of desirably. Maths, English Literature, History, Geography, Modern and Classical Languages, and the Natural Sciences. There are other subjects such as Philosophy and Economics which many consider to also be good all-rounders, but this is open to debate.

    You say you don't enjoy Maths. That's fair enough. However, if you have the academic ability, you should definitely take it at least to AS. So many courses and graduate schemes require it or see it as an excellent keystone, so take it if you can. Other than that, I'd recommend that the majority of your subjects should be 'facilitating'.

    However, if you have a strong idea of what you want to do, you may wish to specialise. If you want to enter a creative field, Art would be great. If you want to study the Social Sciences, then relevant subjects like Politics, Psychology and Sociology would be ideal. If you're a keen linguist, you could take both English Literature and English Language alongside a foreign language. For numerical sciences or engineering, the common combination of Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry works a treat. Medicine? Make sure you take Biology and Chemistry. For other healthcare fields such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, Biology and Health and Social Care (can be useful and not a 'doss') is ideal.

    However, it seems that you are unsure, so I stand by my original advice: a breadth of facilitating subjects. For instance, the combination of Maths, English Lit Literature, History and a Modern Language would open so many doors. You could do Economics, Computer Science, Languages, English, Politics, Law, and many others. Include a science, and you could study a scientific degree.

    Whilst specialising may give you an edge in getting onto your desired course, a combination of, let's say, Psychology, Sociology and History gives you more limited options.

    Best of luck.
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    (Original post by esmiwilson)
    All energy comes from the sun; plants photosynthesise to produce ATP which is the immediate energy source for ALL living things except glucose.
    Exciting!!! Wow, plants really are interesting 😃. Thank you for helping me reach true enlightenment 👐
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    Like eleanor27, the only one of these I do is Spanish but I can vouch for it being a really good course to do! I do the AQA specification, and your Spanish will improve so much in such a short space of time
    I know that your spec is going to be a little different next year, because it will be a 2 year linear course instead of a separate AS and A2. However, this works really well for languages so you won't be at a disadvantage - quite the opposite! It means you have two years to get to grips with your grammar and tenses (just wait for the subjunctive )
    I really recommend Spanish and universities love to see a language too! It also means that if you travel, you can speak Spanish really well
    Any questions about what it's like at A-Level, feel free to message me!
    Thank you so much! I am definitely thinking about taking Spanish, I know that it will be difficult but as you say the 2 year build up will be a huge advantage. Plus the classes at my school are very small so there will be more attention per student which will be useful.
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    Exciting!!! Wow, plants really are interesting 😃. Thank you for helping me reach true enlightenment 👐
    SO exciting, orgasmically exciting. No need to thank me
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    (Original post by RosieBee37)
    Thank you so much! I am definitely thinking about taking Spanish, I know that it will be difficult but as you say the 2 year build up will be a huge advantage. Plus the classes at my school are very small so there will be more attention per student which will be useful.
    Small classes for languages are the best :cool:
    Both my French and Spanish classes have 7 people, and next year my French class will only have five :eek: But it's good because you get that focus that you might not get with bigger classes
    That being said, people are generally more focused anyway (at least from my experience) at sixth form because they're only studying the subjects they want to study
 
 
 
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