So for A level, I have decided to take mathematics, physics and BTEC level 3 in IT. I am aspiring for uni to either take computer science or maybe computer games degree. I was wondering which of these 2 subjects would be better as I do have an interest in both of them. Psychology is something that my older brother and sister took for A-level, and I do also have an interest for it. P&E would probably fit in better with my choices, and my teacher has recommended this to me and I do have a curiosity for the subject.
Which 2 do you think would be better for me?
Psychology or Philosophy & Ethics? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 11-02-2016 19:55
- 11-02-2016 20:01
I take Philosophy and Ethics. Just gonna warn you here. If you're not willing to do at least 3-5 hours of further reading per week around/on the topic on the syllabus, don't take the subject. It's very demanding and I don't recommend it for people who don't like reading or are just no interested in the topic. To my knowledge, it's a very hard A level. Exam technique is also very hard to master because you'll often get 25 markers accompanied with a 10 marker for one essay.
Psychology is pretty good. I think most of it is just about remembering the content and applying it in the exam. It does also require you to read a little but I don't think it's that demanding compared to Philosophy and Ethics. A good subject nevertheless.
May I remind you to take the A levels that you are interested in!
- 11-02-2016 20:02
I did both at AS level and personally I enjoyed psychology more. At GCSE I was really good at religious studies and thought I'd enjoy philosophy at A level but it was completely different and I really didn't enjoy it. The content for philosophy is interesting enough and I managed to get a B at the end of the year but I dropped it because the work load becomes so much harder at A2 and there's a lot to remember.
Psychology was much more interesting for me (and is the subject I am going to do at university) and although it was hard it wasn't as challenging as philosophy because philosophy was basically just us learning content and then memorising essays to write in the exam. Also psychology was just more interesting for me personally.
I'd really just say, are you prepared to work hard? Because philosophy requires a lot of revision and attention (well for me it did anyway) and it became quite tedious for me because once the content is learned, you're just revising essay after essay.
(This sounds as if I'm trying to put you off philosophy completely but this was just my personal experience and it is interesting! I just didn't have the interest to continue it to A2)