Taking Art A-level 'for fun'

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    I'm sorry if there is already a question like this but I can't find it!

    I know Art is a tough subject, I really do. I know it's not an easy cop-out A level and it takes a looong time to do coursework, but the trouble is I don't particularly want to go into an artsy career.Does this matter? Do Unis consider Art as a valid A-level? I'm interested in doing a sciencey degree like Zoology or Neuroscience so I don't know whether Art will be particularly useful. The other subjects I've chosen are Biology and Psychology.
    I absolutely love Art and I know I would enjoy it if I did it but the question is whether I want to sacrifice that and do another more 'academic' subject such as a language or just take Art. Another option is to take 4 A levels but I've been told that they are much harder than GCSE's and that it would be really tough, especially as I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my grades. I also would quite like to get a job/do some volunteering as well as have some kind of social life!
    Anyone got any advice on what they think I should do?
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    (Original post by rm715)
    I'm sorry if there is already a question like this but I can't find it!

    I know Art is a tough subject, I really do. I know it's not an easy cop-out A level and it takes a looong time to do coursework, but the trouble is I don't particularly want to go into an artsy career.Does this matter? Do Unis consider Art as a valid A-level? I'm interested in doing a sciencey degree like Zoology or Neuroscience so I don't know whether Art will be particularly useful. The other subjects I've chosen are Biology and Psychology.
    I absolutely love Art and I know I would enjoy it if I did it but the question is whether I want to sacrifice that and do another more 'academic' subject such as a language or just take Art. Another option is to take 4 A levels but I've been told that they are much harder than GCSE's and that it would be really tough, especially as I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my grades. I also would quite like to get a job/do some volunteering as well as have some kind of social life!
    Anyone got any advice on what they think I should do?
    I originally took Art, Law, Maths and Economics. I took art because i loved it at GCSE, you may be told there is more freedom at A level, there is in the topics, but the mediums you use are structured and to be quite honest it is so boring. I dropped it after 1 week and went to study business studies. Art is valid for most universities, but studying art may impact on other subjects, and you won't be able to drop it after AS. Mabye consider maths, because it goes quite well with your subjects.
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    Doing Art (especially Fine Art) A-level is a really good option to do. It's really respectable, valuable and it shows that you have a wide range of skills.

    However, if you want to do a science-related degree, doing a fourth subject (related to science, which is obviously Maths (regular Maths A-level or Level 3 Core Maths), Chemistry or Physics) is quite essential, as Psychology isn't really counted as a science subject, it only has elements of a science subject (the brain, genetics, nervous system, biochemistry).

    Doing a fourth AS alongside your options would be the best choice. Nowadays, some schools are trying to persuade their students to take three subjects only, not because it's "more beneficial" "better" or whatever they say, but because of 1) lack of money to afford doing additional ASs, or 2) bad results and reputation. Keep that in mind, and watch after that.

    I hope I helped ^^ I'm starting my A-levels in September too, so I know the struggle! ;3 I'll be hopefully doing English Lit, Maths, Psychology and Sociology. If you wish to ask me about anything else, don't be afraid to PM me! ;p


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