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    I intend to go onto university to study a degree in biology, or maybe biochemistry. I am sure I want to take Biology, Chemistry, and Product Design A level, but I don't know what to take for my fourth. I was originally going to take maths, but I really don't enjoy it, and I think that would impact my ability to do well. Is it better to have good grades, or 'good' subjects?

    I've been getting some seriously mixed views - some people are telling me that your A levels don't matter so long as you get good grades, some are saying to only choose things you enjoy, some have told me not to take any academic subjects because they're too hard... I'm just really confused.

    Would it be a mistake to not take maths? I don't think a biology degree is very maths heavy, and I want to avoid taking it, but I'm worried I'll be at a disadvantage if I don't

    Instead of maths I was considering taking RE or English lit,because they are essay subjects to balance out my academic ones, and I'm good at them.

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    The best thing to do would probably to talk to your Biology teacher or Careers Councillor as they are likely to be the most knowledgeable. Alternatively look up the courses you are interested on UCAS (http://search.ucas.com/) or the university's website. Entry requirement will give you more information, for example for Biology at Bath University you need to study Biology and one other science OR Mathematics.
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    just become a porn star man, its got a mad pay rate and im pretty sure biology links with it..
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    I'd say do English literature because you already have Biology and Chemistry which is useful for your degree; also Lit is quite a respected a level.
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    I would! It's become something I've slowly learnt to love and have really got into the spirit of solving equations that have you puzzled for hours! If you've got the time; spare yourself some time to relax and really learn to enjoy the underlying science that links all the subjects you are taken (even product design; as that's just a lot of applied chemistry)
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    Maths would be the best option.
    I was in the same boat a year ago when I was picking my options, I'm looking into doing biochemistry/genetics too. I wasn't fond of Maths at GCSE but it was a last minute decision on results day as I got an A unexpectedly (I did about 3 days solid of revision for the exams tho). Its actually not that hard, considering I was dreading it the most, its probably my 2nd best subject (ability wise). There's also a LOT of Maths in Chemistry too, although it is possible without Maths A-Level, but you'd have to work harder at it. I was discussing Unis with my Biology teacher a few months ago, they said that Maths is a good idea for Uni because you need to be able to play with numbers quite a bit.
    Also, I originally did English Lit at the start of the year because I was always good at it and I enjoyed it, but it was so tedious that I switched subjects within the first 3 weeks. It is a lot of work and took up so much time it was unreal.
    Ultimately, it is your choice. What grade are you working at currently in Maths?
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    My friends who do english lit quickly started despising it, so much work to do, lots of annotating in their own time, always getting so much homework, revising for the exams is time consuming
    whereas with maths, it can get difficult, however its not really as 'high maintenance' as english, practicing questions alone can increase skill, revising for maths is easy - just whip out a past paper, pure chemistry degrees have a lot of maths in them surprisingly so you'd be a good candidate with it
    i may be biased because i take maths myself though
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    I'm currently working at an A grade. I'm not worried about my understanding, more the fact that I'm not really very into it. Though i like every other subject I'm taking, I probably need a boring one to balance it out. Is it a learn to love subject?
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    I'd say have a look at the uni requirements for the bio/ biochem courses, but i'm sure most just probably want bio and another science. So you dont have to take maths if you dont want to. I would say only consider Eng lit if you actually like it too, because its got a really heavy workload at Alevel, coursework and everything, and on top of Chem and Bio - it would be a lot harder to deal with than maths if you are still pretty decent at it but dont like it - Maths at A2 uses a lot of AS maths, and questions tend to be repetitive ( as is the mark scheme), so it's pretty decent once youve found out how to work each question.

    If you plan to keep doing bio, chem and product design at A2, then i would suggest picking maths if youre definitely planning to drop the 4th subject - no point putting yourself through all that pressure of Eng lit if you're gonna drop it in the end. Hope this helps!
 
 
 
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