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    (Panicking, so I didn't structure my post lol, please help )

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    Many people have been telling me I should study maths A level if I want to do something science related. My top ambition is to become a surgeon but then I recently looked into biomedical engineering and thought it was so cool. I want a backup plan incase I don't study medicine...and my options so far are chemistry, biology, english literature and spanish and I thought it would be nice to have two language a levels as I'm doing the french a level now. But then I want to keep my options open, and I was thinking bio, chem, maths and english lit but I'm scared I'll fail maths and that will affect my other subjects as I might need to spend more time on maths, but I heard english lit gets intense especially at A2? I was also thinking do that combination and study spanish on the side or attend clubs, but would I have time for that? In addition to the maths problem, my bro said if you want to go into medicine route choose statistics but he said for engineering you need mechanics? Apparently mechanics is harder? Idek if I'm good at maths, I mean like I just get on with it and I feel like the exam board are giving us easier exams and I get annoyed because I know that would just create a bigger jump to maths a level, so I don't know how I am with challenges..and I don't do further maths. Maths isnt something I love but sometimes I don't want to see it in my face anymore and sometimes I feel like I will put at risk, idk I wouldn't feel secure not doing the a level. I guess I like it sometimes (when I do the exams) but thats pretty much it.

    I also began to start disliking it even more but when I got my mock results I gained hope because I got high marks but yet again I felt there werent any challenging questions, and many people did well, and I don't want be someone who gets As at GCSE maths then Us at A levels. I LOVE english literature so I wouldn't want to give it up.

    What should I do? Would I even like engineering?
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    (Panicking, so I didn't structure my post lol, please help )

    Hi
    Many people have been telling me I should study maths A level if I want to do something science related. My top ambition is to become a surgeon but then I recently looked into biomedical engineering and thought it was so cool. I want a backup plan incase I don't study medicine...and my options so far are chemistry, biology, english literature and spanish and I thought it would be nice to have two language a levels as I'm doing the french a level now. But then I want to keep my options open, and I was thinking bio, chem, maths and english lit but I'm scared I'll fail maths and that will affect my other subjects as I might need to spend more time on maths, but I heard english lit gets intense especially at A2? I was also thinking do that combination and study spanish on the side or attend clubs, but would I have time for that? In addition to the maths problem, my bro said if you want to go into medicine route choose statistics but he said for engineering you need mechanics? Apparently mechanics is harder? Idek if I'm good at maths, I mean like I just get on with it and I feel like the exam board are giving us easier exams and I get annoyed because I know that would just create a bigger jump to maths a level, so I don't know how I am with challenges..and I don't do further maths. Maths isnt something I love but sometimes I don't want to see it in my face anymore and sometimes I feel like I will put at risk, idk I wouldn't feel secure not doing the a level. I guess I like it sometimes (when I do the exams) but thats pretty much it.

    I also began to start disliking it even more but when I got my mock results I gained hope because I got high marks but yet again I felt there werent any challenging questions, and many people did well, and I don't want be someone who gets As at GCSE maths then Us at A levels.

    What should I do? Would I even like engineering?
    English Lit is a very hard A Level no matter what anyone says, but so is maths, and there is a big gap between gcse maths + a level. Also, if you're finding the maths easy that is cos you're good at it, not because the qs are particularly easy tbh!

    Realistically, Maths would be a good option over Lit if you want to study science. A language would also probably be a better "side-subject" choice over lit for employability imo, because you do literature in a language a level, it's just in your target language, not English.

    At the same time, if you don't enjoy your A Levels there's no real point because you won't do as well as you should, and you need to do well for any type of medicine. Ultimately, you're the only one that knows what you'll enjoy the most, but maths isn't essential for all med courses - I'd check out individual unis that you might apply for before making a decision. If you don't like maths, though, you most likely will not like engineering; as far as I know, it's very maths heavy.
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    But isnt the situation with english lit the same as with maths? Like some students are naturally good at it so don't need to work as hard? I believe I have that natural ability with english and I love it as well, tbh I really really don't know if I have the same natural flair for maths.
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    English Lit is a very hard A Level no matter what anyone says, but so is maths, and there is a big gap between gcse maths + a level. Also, if you're finding the maths easy that is cos you're good at it, not because the qs are particularly easy tbh!

    Realistically, Maths would be a good option over Lit if you want to study science. A language would also probably be a better "side-subject" choice over lit for employability imo, because you do literature in a language a level, it's just in your target language, not English.

    At the same time, if you don't enjoy your A Levels there's no real point because you won't do as well as you should, and you need to do well for any type of medicine. Ultimately, you're the only one that knows what you'll enjoy the most, but maths isn't essential for all med courses - I'd check out individual unis that you might apply for before making a decision. If you don't like maths, though, you most likely will not like engineering; as far as I know, it's very maths heavy.
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    (Original post by geniequeen48)
    But isnt the situation with english lit the same as with maths? Like some students are naturally good at it so don't need to work as hard? I believe I have that natural ability with english and I love it as well, tbh I really really don't know if I have the same natural flair for maths.
    It's true that you can have a natural flair for something. However, you can't teach yourself a flair for lit and you're lucky to have it - BUT you can teach yourself maths. It's hard work but it's doable. If you want to do biomed engineering, you basically have to like maths, and you really have to have done it at a level, or you will struggle at uni if you even can get onto a course. You could always do lit as your fourth option, of course! Like I say, you do need to do what you enjoy!
 
 
 
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