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    I'm currently in Year 11 and I have to choose my A-levels. I have already chosen maths, chemistry and biology as well as government&politics, but i'm wondering if I should change this to psychology...I extremely dislike writing essays(english lit&lang and history are my worst subjects), but I love politics so i'm a bit unsure..however I like the concept of psychology.
    I eventually want to do go down the medicine path...
    Which subject should I pick?
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    Whichever you find the most interesting and are most likely to do well in. It won't matter in terms of studying medicine. A few of my friends did psychology and I believe they had essay-based exams, but I don't know whether government and politics will be the same.
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    I took both psychology and politics for AS and I had to write essays for both! I enjoyed politics way more than psychology. You just have to pick what you think you'll enjoy the most
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    (Original post by mdc31)
    I took both psychology and politics for AS and I had to write essays for both! I enjoyed politics way more than psychology. You just have to pick what you think you'll enjoy the most
    Did you study for both of the exams in the same way?
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    (Original post by ZainahS)
    Did you study for both of the exams in the same way?
    Similar, I'm a visual learner so I made sure everything was brightly coloured. However psychology has a very specific way of answering questions so it's harder to get marks, so you have to practice more exam questions with psychology. Where as with politics you can answer them the same as you would any other question.
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    I got A in both politics and psychology at AS and loved them both. I found psychology to be easier, and at least for my exam board (WJEC Edquas), nowhere near as essay-based as politics. The only proper essay I had to write was the 20 mark debate question in paper 1 and everything else was worth 1-12 marks. Meanwhile, if you do Edexcel politics like I did, you will have to write a lot of essays: two 25 markers (50/80 marks) in paper 1 and a 25 marker and a 40 marker (65/80) in paper 2. You need neither psychology nor politics for medicine, so pick the one you think you will do better in.

    I know the question was not for me, but yes, I at least studied for them in the same way.
 
 
 
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