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    Here's the situation. I am in year 12, and I'm taking bio, chem, physics and maths. Just today, I switched my mechanics module in maths to statistics because mechanics was too hard. This involves catching up on 11 lessons of maths, and preparing myself for my AS maths exams in may (maths is unreformed so still modular).

    Everyone in our college is required to take a full physics A level and sit the exams at the end of year 13 (new, linear A level). I don't want to take physics to A2, because even though i like it, it will be way too much pressure.

    I'm leaning more towards medicine or biology careers, but i'm not sure yet. I do enjoy physics, and i'm really starting to like it now that we're done with electricity. I'm considering continuing taking it for this year only, then sitting the AS this year, which i hope will keep more doors open for me rather than dropping it altogether. My teacher seemed ok with it, but he said i need to speak to my tutor about it (which i am doing tomorrow).

    My biggest issues are; my teacher probably won't cover everything i need to know in time for my AS physics exam because i'll be the only one taking an AS in physics this year, everyone else will have another year. Looking through the specimen paper, my teacher has covered about less than half the topics so far. I already have to catchup on a whole module in maths, and i don't really feel confident in enough in physics to sit take an exam. I'm averaging a B on my homeworks and tests, but in a couple of tests i have gotten Es. This will also affect my biology and chemistry grades this year - even though my bio and chem exams aren't till next year, my grades in topic tests and mocks for these subjects will probably not be as good as they can, and therefore my predicted grades (which i'll be applying to uni with!) will also be lower. Also, i worry it will affect maths which i have actual AS maths exams this year (which are close to the phys ones), and in which im already behind and having to catch up. Idk it just dawned on me that i literally have a few months till my maths exams and physics exams if i decide to take the AS, and now im super panicked.

    I don't want to drop physics at this point because im finally starting to really enjoy it, but my other 3 subjects are my priorities.

    I should probably add i will hopefully be starting a volunteering placement in a hospital in a few months time, and i do spend 1-2 hours commuting.

    Maybe i am capable of sitting both maths and physics AS whilst keeping up my grades in all my subjects (i got the highest gcse grades in my year) , but idk, i lack confidence and i gotta be realistic.

    Should i: 1)drop it altogether with nothing to show, 2)continue it and sit the AS exams this year and risk getting a bad grade, or 3)continue it, work hard (possibly to the detriment of other subjects) and sit the AS exams this year.

    Sorry if this was long, i hope it makes sense and thankyou in advance!
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    Hiya,

    I think that if you really want to do it then you need to go for it now. As it seems that you may not finish the syllabus and have to self teachI feel I feel like it will be too much unecessary pressure with all your other commitments and your priority subjects. Not only will you have to learn the content but also the exam technique as well for a very new exam.

    If you enjoy physics then there's no reason why you can't continue in your free time for your own pleasure (topics that you particularly enjoy) without the need for exam pressure. Not having the AS will not put you at a disadvantage and you'll have more time to focus on your other subjects, do all the extra things necessary for medicine, and enjoy yourself.
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    Physics has been reformed. There's almost no point in taking an AS exam in it.

    Many students do not take AS exams in their linear subjects, therefore you will certainly not be the only student without a physics grade. Due to this, universities cannot discriminate between students with and without AS grades. However, certain universities have said that a good AS grade will improve your application whereas a bad AS grade will make it look worse.

    Focus on maths, there's no point in stressing yourself out over physics which is unnecessary for medicine anyways.
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    (Original post by VioletPhillippo)
    Hiya,

    I think that if you really want to do it then you need to go for it now. As it seems that you may not finish the syllabus and have to self teachI feel I feel like it will be too much unecessary pressure with all your other commitments and your priority subjects. Not only will you have to learn the content but also the exam technique as well for a very new exam.

    If you enjoy physics then there's no reason why you can't continue in your free time for your own pleasure (topics that you particularly enjoy) without the need for exam pressure. Not having the AS will not put you at a disadvantage and you'll have more time to focus on your other subjects, do all the extra things necessary for medicine, and enjoy yourself.
    (Original post by grxce_)
    Physics has been reformed. There's almost no point in taking an AS exam in it.

    Many students do not take AS exams in their linear subjects, therefore you will certainly not be the only student without a physics grade. Due to this, universities cannot discriminate between students with and without AS grades. However, certain universities have said that a good AS grade will improve your application whereas a bad AS grade will make it look worse.

    Focus on maths, there's no point in stressing yourself out over physics which is unnecessary for medicine anyways.
    Thankyou, I only saw these now but I did drop physics yesterday. Do you guys have any other careers advice for my remaining subjects aside from medicine? I'm trying to open myself up to other options too, ones i may not have thought of yet.
    Thanks again, it's so reassuring to know i haven't made the wrong decision.
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    (Original post by iamayesha)
    Thankyou, I only saw these now but I did drop physics yesterday. Do you guys have any other careers advice for my remaining subjects aside from medicine? I'm trying to open myself up to other options too, ones i may not have thought of yet.
    Thanks again, it's so reassuring to know i haven't made the wrong decision.
    Hiya,

    I'm happy that you came to the decision that was right for you. With bio, chem and maths you could do all sorts of different things: obviously bio, chemistry, biomedical science, pharmacy, pharmacology, vetinary, neuroscience, marine biology.
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    (Original post by VioletPhillippo)
    Hiya,

    I'm happy that you came to the decision that was right for you. With bio, chem and maths you could do all sorts of different things: obviously bio, chemistry, biomedical science, pharmacy, pharmacology, vetinary, neuroscience, marine biology.
    They all seem so interesting. Thanks again!
 
 
 
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