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i've chosen rs as my fourth option along with chemi, bio and maths (i want to study medicine) but i'm not sure whether i should swap it to history to show more variation along with the hard core sciences. any alevel students or fellow yr11/12s have any advice?? will be much appreciated
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Go with what you're more interested in. Both subjects are demanding. Both subjects require you to commit to wider reading around the subjects and practice of exam technique.
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(Original post by sparklydiamonds1)
i've chosen rs as my fourth option along with chemi, bio and maths (i want to study medicine) but i'm not sure whether i should swap it to history to show more variation along with the hard core sciences. any alevel students or fellow yr11/12s have any advice?? will be much appreciated
Personally i'd say History. At the end of the day do the subject you enjoy more.
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another thing to mention is that i did to history gcse but i didnt take RS gcse, the a level teacher said that wasnt a problem but to any RS students: how similiar is the gcse course to the a level one?
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I applied for medicine and I did biology,chem, rs, maths and critical thinking but I then dropped maths at AS. The new course for RS looks very interesting but that means it is also it will be quite content heavy. Also, look at the modules you are doing as 1/2 of the A2 course for us was medical ethics which meant revising the ethics side for interview was suddenly a lot easier as all of it is lying in your subconscious. Choose which one you will enjoy and do better in as an A in one subject looks better than a C in another even if one is seen as more difficult as its still an A vs a C.
EDIT: one of the girls in my Alevel class didn't do GCSE. GCSE makes it slightly easier but only very slightly as you completely different topics especially in terms of philosophy
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I applied for medicine and I did biology,chem, rs, maths and critical thinking but I then dropped maths at AS. The new course for RS looks very interesting but that means it is also it will be quite content heavy. Also, look at the modules you are doing as 1/2 of the A2 course for us was medical ethics which meant revising the ethics side for interview was suddenly a lot easier as all of it is lying in your subconscious. Choose which one you will enjoy and do better in as an A in one subject looks better than a C in another even if one is seen as more difficult as its still an A vs a C.
EDIT: one of the girls in my Alevel class didn't do GCSE. GCSE makes it slightly easier but only very slightly as you completely different topics especially in terms of philosophy
thanks that was incredibly helpful how difficult did you find the RS alevel in comparison to chem and bio? and any idea what grade that girl got?
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Well, I'm aiming for medicine myself and I'm doing Biology, Chemistry, English Lit and History this September. I did consider RS at one point because I had a lovely teacher and I enjoyed it a lot, but I talked to a lot of adults about it and they told me to go for history as it's supposed to be a more respected subject by universities. Not sure if this is accurate but I enjoy history more anyway


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If you can change it to psychology or physics as those two would be best for medicine.

it would be really good to get in the natural sciences trio - biology, chemistry and physics.

Critical thinking would be ideal if you can get that in too.
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Well, I'm aiming for medicine myself and I'm doing Biology, Chemistry, English Lit and History this September. I did consider RS at one point because I had a lovely teacher and I enjoyed it a lot, but I talked to a lot of adults about it and they told me to go for history as it's supposed to be a more respected subject by universities. Not sure if this is accurate but I enjoy history more anyway


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yeahh i heard that history was a more respected alevel too but i was talking to someone who takes history this year and he said there was LOADS of out of hours reading you had to do before every lesson not that i mind reading but idk...
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If you can change it to psychology or physics as those two would be best for medicine.

it would be really good to get in the natural sciences trio - biology, chemistry and physics.

Critical thinking would be ideal if you can get that in too.
i detested my physics gcse teacher so much that he's put me off studying physics for life and yeah psychology does sound good but its not a traditional subject so i'm not sure how well received that a level is to Russel group unis
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thanks that was incredibly helpful how difficult did you find the RS alevel in comparison to chem and bio? and any idea what grade that girl got?
I'm probably not the best person to ask about difficulty as I did very little revision for RS compared to bio and chem. I do not know about grades but i think it was either a high B or an A. There is so little overlap with GCSE that it really would not matter
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I'm aiming for Dentistry, otherwise Medicine.I'm doing the same subjects as you! I'm going to put RS for fourth. Both are interesting but long subjects. R.S. still shows diversity in options because you have medical ethics linking with medicine but then you have the religious aspect which is different and requires critical thinking so it's quite versatile too. But history is very good too but its very long and hard apparently.
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yeahh i heard that history was a more respected alevel too but i was talking to someone who takes history this year and he said there was LOADS of out of hours reading you had to do before every lesson not that i mind reading but idk...
When it comes down to it, do what you enjoy more. If you end up hating whatever you choose, you can always switch before the first half term holiday


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I don't think GCSE RS and A-Level RS are quite so similar..especially if there's an exam board switch.
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hey, I plan on doing Medicine at Uni too. I've gone with RS, Chem, Bio and Maths for next year. Tbh i feel like RS will benefit you more in the future as some of the content goes hand-in-hand with what you'll be expected to know about when studying Medicine. That's just my perspective though, do what you think suits you the best!
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I'm aiming for Dentistry, otherwise Medicine.I'm doing the same subjects as you! I'm going to put RS for fourth. Both are interesting but long subjects. R.S. still shows diversity in options because you have medical ethics linking with medicine but then you have the religious aspect which is different and requires critical thinking so it's quite versatile too. But history is very good too but its very long and hard apparently.
yayy! :clap2::excited: and yeah thats exactly why i chose r.s aswell- because of the ethics but on my exam board that only makes up 30% of the final grade.

and could i just ask- what made you decide to do dentistry??:curious: thanks though!
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I did history alongside bio, chem and maths and while I didn't do RS, I found it to be incredibly difficult and it consumed a lot of my time that I could've spent on sciences and maths - however, I do know people who do both RS and history and they say they prefer history

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hey, I plan on doing Medicine at Uni too. I've gone with RS, Chem, Bio and Maths for next year. Tbh i feel like RS will benefit you more in the future as some of the content goes hand-in-hand with what you'll be expected to know about when studying Medicine. That's just my perspective though, do what you think suits you the best!
wooh another one!!:yeah: and thanks for the advice!
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History is facilitating and also just a generally great subject but do whichever one you prefer
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yayy! :clap2::excited: and yeah thats exactly why i chose r.s aswell- because of the ethics but on my exam board that only makes up 30% of the final grade.

and could i just ask- what made you decide to do dentistry??:curious: thanks though!
My parents! Jobs pays extremely well (especially if you specialise e.g. ortho) and it is a respectable job that has flexible working hours.
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