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hi, because my school is absolutely awful and underfunded they've changed the a level options to inflexible option blocks, meaning i can no longer take a level politics as it conflicts with psychology (which i already do at gcse and is one of my best subjects).

i felt really confident with taking politics (although it is essay-based) as i already have huge interest in it and some understanding that would give me a head start. however, sociology (ocr i think) still involves political concepts as far as i'm aware and i'm also interested in social issues, so i'm interested in taking it instead.

the only thing i'm concerned about is the workload. i enjoy writing essays and can write quite a lot fairly well, but with eng lit, history and sociology i'm scared it'll just be too much and i'll be drowning in essays. does anybody study these a levels/have an indication of the workload compared to other subjects? and do any other subjects go well with eng lit/history/psychology?

any help would be appreciated a lot!! thank you
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hi, because my school is absolutely awful and underfunded they've changed the a level options to inflexible option blocks, meaning i can no longer take a level politics as it conflicts with psychology (which i already do at gcse and is one of my best subjects).

i felt really confident with taking politics (although it is essay-based) as i already have huge interest in it and some understanding that would give me a head start. however, sociology (ocr i think) still involves political concepts as far as i'm aware and i'm also interested in social issues, so i'm interested in taking it instead.

the only thing i'm concerned about is the workload. i enjoy writing essays and can write quite a lot fairly well, but with eng lit, history and sociology i'm scared it'll just be too much and i'll be drowning in essays. does anybody study these a levels/have an indication of the workload compared to other subjects? and do any other subjects go well with eng lit/history/psychology?

any help would be appreciated a lot!! thank you
Hey there!

I've studied Sociology OCR and History AQA.

I found the workload for Sociology manageable, the fact that it was fun made it easier for me to handle. You just need to constantly remind yourself to read over the content to memorise it. For History it was pretty much the same. With both subjects you need to really practise your exam writing skills, it's all about getting the marks in your essays. Seeing that you enjoy writing essays you should be able to do this easily.

History and Sociology together was quite a lot to do for every night. I think English Literature is the subject you need to research on, I've heard it's a heavy workload. Psychology is same as Sociology. Despite saying all this, your workload depends on your ability and your understanding of each course, it took me time to understand things so workload varies.

No matter what the case will be, you can do it. Good luck!
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Hey there!

I've studied Sociology OCR and History AQA.

I found the workload for Sociology manageable, the fact that it was fun made it easier for me to handle. You just need to constantly remind yourself to read over the content to memorise it. For History it was pretty much the same. With both subjects you need to really practise your exam writing skills, it's all about getting the marks in your essays. Seeing that you enjoy writing essays you should be able to do this easily.

History and Sociology together was quite a lot to do for every night. I think English Literature is the subject you need to research on, I've heard it's a heavy workload. Psychology is same as Sociology. Despite saying all this, your workload depends on your ability and your understanding of each course, it took me time to understand things so workload varies.

No matter what the case will be, you can do it. Good luck!
I study English Lit through WJEC, and yes there is a lot of work to it, but it is quite enjoyable if you like analytical or essay based subjects!
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hi, because my school is absolutely awful and underfunded they've changed the a level options to inflexible option blocks, meaning i can no longer take a level politics as it conflicts with psychology (which i already do at gcse and is one of my best subjects).

i felt really confident with taking politics (although it is essay-based) as i already have huge interest in it and some understanding that would give me a head start. however, sociology (ocr i think) still involves political concepts as far as i'm aware and i'm also interested in social issues, so i'm interested in taking it instead.

the only thing i'm concerned about is the workload. i enjoy writing essays and can write quite a lot fairly well, but with eng lit, history and sociology i'm scared it'll just be too much and i'll be drowning in essays. does anybody study these a levels/have an indication of the workload compared to other subjects? and do any other subjects go well with eng lit/history/psychology?

any help would be appreciated a lot!! thank you
I took History, psychology, sociology and English lit through WJEC. Psychology definitely had the largest workload and the most to learn (as well as the longst essays) but if you did it in GCSE you should do fine! What you learn in sociology can better your understanding of English lit (Marxist theories and capitalism, culture etc.) but I found sociology quite tedious, although that might just have been because of the teacher rather than the subject.

Honestly, taking all essay based subjects does get frustrating and the work load seems a lot but you get used to it and it really isn't too bad.
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Hey there!

I've studied Sociology OCR and History AQA.

I found the workload for Sociology manageable, the fact that it was fun made it easier for me to handle. You just need to constantly remind yourself to read over the content to memorise it. For History it was pretty much the same. With both subjects you need to really practise your exam writing skills, it's all about getting the marks in your essays. Seeing that you enjoy writing essays you should be able to do this easily.

History and Sociology together was quite a lot to do for every night. I think English Literature is the subject you need to research on, I've heard it's a heavy workload. Psychology is same as Sociology. Despite saying all this, your workload depends on your ability and your understanding of each course, it took me time to understand things so workload varies.

No matter what the case will be, you can do it. Good luck!
thank you! this is really encouraging especially as i've been stressing out about options in the back of my mind for weeks... i'm sure i'll be fine as long as i get off to a good start and stay motivated. and i'm aware of the fact that eng lit is a very heavy subject and i'm very scared to do it, but it's been a passion of mine all through secondary school and it's my best subject, so i definitely couldn't give it up!
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I study English Lit through WJEC, and yes there is a lot of work to it, but it is quite enjoyable if you like analytical or essay based subjects!
yes, i'm really excited to start studying a levels because i'll be interested and engaged in all the subjects i do (hopefully)... it's so hard to revise for gcses when i genuinely have no interest at all in any of it. i already love eng lit so i'm sure i'll be okay!!
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I took History, psychology, sociology and English lit through WJEC. Psychology definitely had the largest workload and the most to learn (as well as the longst essays) but if you did it in GCSE you should do fine! What you learn in sociology can better your understanding of English lit (Marxist theories and capitalism, culture etc.) but I found sociology quite tedious, although that might just have been because of the teacher rather than the subject.

Honestly, taking all essay based subjects does get frustrating and the work load seems a lot but you get used to it and it really isn't too bad.
hmmm, maybe aqa is quite different to wjec? i think there are some 12-markers, but most of the questions on the papers are 1-4 marks, whereas i've heard that there are 50-mark sociology questions? i am scared that i'll find sociology tedious, too, especially as i'm not quite sure about the teacher yet, but i'll have an induction week in july, so hopefully i could change my mind at the last minute if i found it really wasn't for me. thanks for the help!!
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yes, i'm really excited to start studying a levels because i'll be interested and engaged in all the subjects i do (hopefully)... it's so hard to revise for gcses when i genuinely have no interest at all in any of it. i already love eng lit so i'm sure i'll be okay!!
A level is so much better than GCSE's. I could not go back to 5 lessons a day now
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A level is so much better than GCSE's. I could not go back to 5 lessons a day now
how many lessons do you have a day? i think i'll have 5 hours of each subject a week (so 5 free hours?)
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how many lessons do you have a day? i think i'll have 5 hours of each subject a week (so 5 free hours?)
Since i dropped maths after AS, i average 2.7 lessons a day i worked out, so basically 3
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Since i dropped maths after AS, i average 2.7 lessons a day i worked out, so basically 3
wow! i'm so jealous. i have the option to drop a subject in october but after that we have to stick, which doesn't really make any sense to me...
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wow! i'm so jealous. i have the option to drop a subject in october but after that we have to stick, which doesn't really make any sense to me...
I think our school allows you to drop a subject any time before they enter you for exams, but they reccomend by November if you are going to do it
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Hey there!

I've studied Sociology OCR and History AQA.

I found the workload for Sociology manageable, the fact that it was fun made it easier for me to handle. You just need to constantly remind yourself to read over the content to memorise it. For History it was pretty much the same. With both subjects you need to really practise your exam writing skills, it's all about getting the marks in your essays. Seeing that you enjoy writing essays you should be able to do this easily.

History and Sociology together was quite a lot to do for every night. I think English Literature is the subject you need to research on, I've heard it's a heavy workload. Psychology is same as Sociology. Despite saying all this, your workload depends on your ability and your understanding of each course, it took me time to understand things so workload varies.

No matter what the case will be, you can do it. Good luck!
Do you have any revision tips for sociology?


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Hey! I'm doing OCR Sociology, Edexcel History and AQA English Lit, and honestly I don't find them /as/ demanding as I thought.
Sociology for me is my easiest subject - maybe because it's so interesting. We're doing Culture, Identity and Socialisation, + Media for Unit 1, then Research Methods, Gender Inequality + Social Inequality for Unit2. In terms of revision, for Unit 1 I fold a piece of paper in half and write the spec. question (my teacher gave us traffic light sheets w/ spec points on) on one side, then the answer on the other side, so either someone else can test me or I can, ask it's foldables. I make cue cards for Unit 2
History is something you need to consistently be making sure you understand throughout the year. It makes the run up to exams 10x easier. I find economic-based topics very boring and slow but other than that, I love it. Not sure what exam board your History is on? But I'm doing Communist States in the 20th century (USSR & GDR).
English Lit is so much fun. We're doing Tragedy so my texts this year are Tess of the D'urbervilles, Death of a Salesman, Othello and a selection of Keats' poems. Just make sure you know your texts inside and out, pick out key quotes (quality not quantity), plus themes and symbols, and you're good.
And lastly - I don't find I've been drowning in essays. So no fear!
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Hey! I'm doing OCR Sociology, Edexcel History and AQA English Lit, and honestly I don't find them /as/ demanding as I thought.
Sociology for me is my easiest subject - maybe because it's so interesting. We're doing Culture, Identity and Socialisation, + Media for Unit 1, then Research Methods, Gender Inequality + Social Inequality for Unit2. In terms of revision, for Unit 1 I fold a piece of paper in half and write the spec. question (my teacher gave us traffic light sheets w/ spec points on) on one side, then the answer on the other side, so either someone else can test me or I can, ask it's foldables. I make cue cards for Unit 2
History is something you need to consistently be making sure you understand throughout the year. It makes the run up to exams 10x easier. I find economic-based topics very boring and slow but other than that, I love it. Not sure what exam board your History is on? But I'm doing Communist States in the 20th century (USSR & GDR).
English Lit is so much fun. We're doing Tragedy so my texts this year are Tess of the D'urbervilles, Death of a Salesman, Othello and a selection of Keats' poems. Just make sure you know your texts inside and out, pick out key quotes (quality not quantity), plus themes and symbols, and you're good.
And lastly - I don't find I've been drowning in essays. So no fear!
that sounds encouraging! i'll be doing ocr history and i think i'll definitely be studying tsarist and communist russia (which i'm very interested in studying) and then either tudor britain or modern britain. i'm more excited to start year 12 now! thank you
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hi, because my school is absolutely awful and underfunded they've changed the a level options to inflexible option blocks, meaning i can no longer take a level politics as it conflicts with psychology (which i already do at gcse and is one of my best subjects).

i felt really confident with taking politics (although it is essay-based) as i already have huge interest in it and some understanding that would give me a head start. however, sociology (ocr i think) still involves political concepts as far as i'm aware and i'm also interested in social issues, so i'm interested in taking it instead.

the only thing i'm concerned about is the workload. i enjoy writing essays and can write quite a lot fairly well, but with eng lit, history and sociology i'm scared it'll just be too much and i'll be drowning in essays. does anybody study these a levels/have an indication of the workload compared to other subjects? and do any other subjects go well with eng lit/history/psychology?

any help would be appreciated a lot!! thank you
I did English Lit and History at AS level. I think it depends on how you get taught English tbf. For instance, some teachers prefer to read the whole text during term time or read huge chunks of it in class then analyse it with a few essay questions. Others like to analyse it from the get go and set essays every week! I had the former.

With History, I was set an essay at least once a week or once every other week if it was a good day! I think the amount of reading for English substitutes the amount of writing you will have to do in History though.

They are both really interesting subjects and if you manage your time in a reasonable manner, then you will be completely fine!
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