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    Next year I plan to study Chemistry,Biology,Maths and History for A-level. I was also interested in studying politics as a fifth A-level but my school does not run the course so I would have to self-study. This would be alongside an EPQ qualification in year 12. Do you guys think that this would be manageable with the subjects I've chosen, considering I also work part-time at about 8 hours a week.
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    (Original post by Flyer24)
    Next year I plan to study Chemistry,Biology,Maths and History for A-level. I was also interested in studying politics as a fifth A-level but my school does not run the course so I would have to self-study. This would be alongside an EPQ qualification in year 12. Do you guys think that this would be manageable with the subjects I've chosen, considering I also work part-time at about 8 hours a week.
    If I am being honest, probably not.

    When I took politics it was about the debates and the discussion with others in my class which got everyone thinking and doing the real learning.

    I think that you would struggle to do it on your own regardless of your other subjects.
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    If I am being honest, probably not.

    When I took politics it was about the debates and the discussion with others in my class which got everyone thinking and doing the real learning.

    I think that you would struggle to do it on your own regardless of your other subjects.
    Fair enough, did you find that personally that was what made the most impact upon your learning, or was that more of a general consensus?
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    (Original post by Flyer24)
    Fair enough, did you find that personally that was what made the most impact upon your learning, or was that more of a general consensus?
    I have always been quite independent and formed view on my own (whether these were right, wrong or socially accepted) so you could say I have always though the same things.

    Being able to discuss politics and have debates opens your eyes and really made a difference to my learning because obviously the examiners could ask you about anything, not just what you know or believe in so knowing the viewpoints and arguments of others is a good thing!

    Yes, you may be able to find things online but having a professional there (in this case a tutor or teacher) could help guide the debates in a way that is beneficial and lines up with the curriculum.

    A levels are much harder than GCSE and you would have to put in an incredible amount of effort to teach yourself and succeed. It isn't like GCSE where everything is available to you, simple and you understand everything. It's hard and (from my experience) you would need a lot of support.

    However, if you think you could do it... go for it!

    Have you tried looking at colleges near you that offer what you want to do? Might be time to leave school perhaps?
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    Absolutely not, not sustainable at all.
 
 
 
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