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    okay so basically I always thought you could take 3 a levels and an AS, so i was going to take: Psychology (AS), maths, physics and eng lit.

    My school has just said that now its only 3, 2 year courses but I don't know what I should and shouldn't take. The reasons i want to take the subjects are:

    Physics: i'm good at it
    Maths: you cant really do physics without maths
    Lit: I might want to work on radio/journalism
    Psychology: i might want to be a researcher in psychology

    im torn between my options like i dont know what to do. I could take Maths, Physics and Psychology but im scared ill regret taking Eng lit. What should i take?

    Thanks in advance
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    Don't do varied and non related subjects. You'll just make life harder for yourself. Do similar subjects such as Maths and Sciences or English and history etc. I would say go for Maths, Physics and Psychology. If you want to do 4 then do Chemistry, Biology or something similar. Don't do English lit. Good luck
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    (Original post by snafflehertz)
    Don't do varied and non related subjects. You'll just make life harder for yourself. Do similar subjects such as Maths and Sciences or English and history etc. I would say go for Maths, Physics and Psychology. If you want to do 4 then do Chemistry, Biology or something similar. Don't do English lit. Good luck
    They changed our alevels so we can only do 3. Why should i not take Eng lit??
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    I'd take a very, very close look at Physics before picking it since I have and really regret it. I got an A* last year with minimal effort and really struggle this year since I find it really boring. It's not like GCSE where thinking logically gets you through, there's **** loads of tedious fact learning and bear in mind that the kinds of people who take it are going to be pretty nerdy which I didn't fully appreciate till I got to there. (Normal people don't give a **** what a quark or lepton is)
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    (Original post by Xzerzes)
    I'd take a very, very close look at Physics before picking it since I have and really regret it. I got an A* last year with minimal effort and really struggle this year since I find it really boring. It's not like GCSE where thinking logically gets you through, there's **** loads of tedious fact learning and bear in mind that the kinds of people who take it are going to be pretty nerdy which I didn't fully appreciate till I got to there. (Normal people don't give a **** what a quark or lepton is)
    i mean i do enjoy physics and in comparison to bio and chemistry, its the easiest yet still interesting option for me
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    To address what snafflehertz has said: In terms of variation between your subjects, it doesn't really matter what you take providing you've taken what you need to get into the course you want at uni (I'll use med as an example - chem and bio is pretty much compulsory but what you take for your third choice makes no difference so long as you get the grade), and that you can handle it. If you're fairly confident that you can handle essay based subjects (with demands such as coursework) on top of physics and maths, which are fairly content-heavy (maths in particular requires a lot of practice outside class to stay on top of things), then by all means go for it. I personally found that the variation was welcome in order to stop me going crazy, but some people might find it easier to just stick with one style of assessment.

    In terms of subject choice: I'd be wary of falling into the trap of picking something just because you're good at it at GCSE. I got A* in physics GCSE and found the first unit of AS an absolute breeze, but hit Unit 2 and fell flat on my face. Admittedly it is hard to tell how you'll find a subject before you actually take it, but do a little bit of research into the kind of stuff you'll cover and see if it's for you. Similarly, I'd be extra wary of doing maths just to complement physics. I'm guessing if you're good at physics you're fairly likely to be similarly good at maths - but I would put some serious thought into why you're taking each subject. Do you enjoy it? What kind of material is on the syllabus - can you see yourself enjoying it/keeping up (bearing in mind you'll know a lot more background by the time you get to it, so don't be put off if you don't know what everything means at first glance)? What are you interested in doing in the future and would this help you to get there? How is each subject assessed (coursework/exams etc) and how do you feel about that?

    I absolutely do not want to scare you with this - it's just a few things to think about and ask yourself to potentially narrow down what you want to take. You sound a little unsure as to what you want to do in future - I'd suggest looking at a few unis/courses you'd be interested in and seeing what kind of subjects are required. If you still can't narrow it down, taking more broad subjects might be wise so your options are kept open.
    Is there any chance of your college letting you switch courses a couple weeks into the year if you decide one or more of your subjects aren't for you? (Gives you a bit of a safety net if you pick your choices but then decide once you've had a few lessons in them that you're not happy.)

    Sorry for the essay but hopefully it helps you, even if it's only a starting point - good luck with everything
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    (Original post by lightwoXd)
    To address what snafflehertz has said: In terms of variation between your subjects, it doesn't really matter what you take providing you've taken what you need to get into the course you want at uni (I'll use med as an example - chem and bio is pretty much compulsory but what you take for your third choice makes no difference so long as you get the grade), and that you can handle it. If you're fairly confident that you can handle essay based subjects (with demands such as coursework) on top of physics and maths, which are fairly content-heavy (maths in particular requires a lot of practice outside class to stay on top of things), then by all means go for it. I personally found that the variation was welcome in order to stop me going crazy, but some people might find it easier to just stick with one style of assessment.

    In terms of subject choice: I'd be wary of falling into the trap of picking something just because you're good at it at GCSE. I got A* in physics GCSE and found the first unit of AS an absolute breeze, but hit Unit 2 and fell flat on my face. Admittedly it is hard to tell how you'll find a subject before you actually take it, but do a little bit of research into the kind of stuff you'll cover and see if it's for you. Similarly, I'd be extra wary of doing maths just to complement physics. I'm guessing if you're good at physics you're fairly likely to be similarly good at maths - but I would put some serious thought into why you're taking each subject. Do you enjoy it? What kind of material is on the syllabus - can you see yourself enjoying it/keeping up (bearing in mind you'll know a lot more background by the time you get to it, so don't be put off if you don't know what everything means at first glance)? What are you interested in doing in the future and would this help you to get there? How is each subject assessed (coursework/exams etc) and how do you feel about that?

    I absolutely do not want to scare you with this - it's just a few things to think about and ask yourself to potentially narrow down what you want to take. You sound a little unsure as to what you want to do in future - I'd suggest looking at a few unis/courses you'd be interested in and seeing what kind of subjects are required. If you still can't narrow it down, taking more broad subjects might be wise so your options are kept open.
    Is there any chance of your college letting you switch courses a couple weeks into the year if you decide one or more of your subjects aren't for you? (Gives you a bit of a safety net if you pick your choices but then decide once you've had a few lessons in them that you're not happy.)

    Sorry for the essay but hopefully it helps you, even if it's only a starting point - good luck with everything
    Thank you for this, definitely made me think. I think I am more set on psychology now because eng lit seems to be hard to pick up marks and I'm looking for possibly AAA at a level. I don't take psychology at the moment but I'm still interested in it and read books on it. With English lit I enjoy talking about the meaning of poems and books. I'm not entirely sure that even makes up a quarter of the exam though so it's probably not worth it for me.
 
 
 
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