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    Hi, sorry if this is in the wrong thread. I'm in year 11 and I had decided my three A level choices - Psychology, Spanish & Maths. My goal is to study Psychology at Cambridge so I thought that Psychology would be a good subject to take (for obvious reasons), and so would Maths (I also happen to love Maths so that's good). I want to study Spanish because I love it and I would learn it at home even if I wasn't going to study it at A level (fortunately for me, it's also a facilitating subject 😊). The issue is, my school has just informed us this week that it's decided to start teaching Sociology at A level. I'm just torn as I would really love to study Sociology as well as the other three, so do you think I should take Sociology as well as Psychology, Spanish & Maths, or should I just stick with the three? Thanks in advance
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    Hi, sorry if this is in the wrong thread. I'm in year 11 and I had decided my three A level choices - Psychology, Spanish & Maths. My goal is to study Psychology at Cambridge so I thought that Psychology would be a good subject to take (for obvious reasons), and so would Maths (I also happen to love Maths so that's good). I want to study Spanish because I love it and I would learn it at home even if I wasn't going to study it at A level (fortunately for me, it's also a facilitating subject 😊). The issue is, my school has just informed us this week that it's decided to start teaching Sociology at A level. I'm just torn as I would really love to study Sociology as well as the other three, so do you think I should take Sociology as well as Psychology, Spanish & Maths, or should I just stick with the three? Thanks in advance
    Cambridge doesn't offer an undergraduate degree in Psychology. The nearest course is Psychological and Behavioural Science. You'd be better advised to take Biology than Sociology if you are serious about making an application.
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    I wouldn't bother with sociology if you want to do Psychology. Since you want to apply to Cambridge, it's best to do 3 and get amazing grades in them than take 4 and overload yourself. I do 4 heavily essay based subjects and an EPQ, and it is hard work. And that's coming from a dedicated, motivated and interested student. Sociology won't add much to your application. If you desperately want to do a 4th, do biology as some Cambridge colleges may want that.
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    I did. My main reason was that I was applying for Medicine. And due to its competitive nature, I was doubtful if I'd be able to get at least 3As because I was new to the UK and it's education system. Therefore, I took 4 a levels - 3 sciences and maths and even an EPQ in my second year. I don't usually spend too much time of revision at home (I'm not exaggerating here, honestly, not to be conceited but my friends used to tell me off because they work way more than me) so the workload wasn't much of a problem to me. There were times when I didn't submit homework on time, but I got by and did them eventually. This, I would say, was about the only problem I had. I didn't care much for small tests (didn't beat myself over it if i didnt do so well because I had been watching anime the night before) but I made sure I revised well for the exams and practicals. I make sure I understand the concept fully during the lessons so revision becomes easier around the exams because I've already grasped the concept. I finished my courses last year with 2 A*s and 2 As. I don't know how I justified this, haha, it's a bit contradictory since taking more subjects would mean you'll spend less time focusing on each of them. But somehow, it felt like I knew that if I took 4 subjects, I can at least rely on the other 3 subjects if one of the exams went badly. Idk, I just relied on my intuition and went with it. Sorry for the lengthy post.
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    Thank you for all the responses. I didn't want to reply to everyone separately so yeah. I've decided not to take Sociology now as it won't really benefit me at all, and I think it would be better to take the three subjects rather than be stressed out unnecessarily. I am aware about the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences course and have looked into it, don't worry - I'm not sure why I desribed it as "Psychology", I think it's because I was thinking about A Level Psychology so I described it as that sub-consciously haha. I do see how taking 4 A levels could benefit people, but, seeing as though the 4th A level I wanted to take was Sociology, the drawbacks would outweigh the benefits.
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    (Original post by soundwaves)
    Hi, sorry if this is in the wrong thread. I'm in year 11 and I had decided my three A level choices - Psychology, Spanish & Maths. My goal is to study Psychology at Cambridge so I thought that Psychology would be a good subject to take (for obvious reasons), and so would Maths (I also happen to love Maths so that's good). I want to study Spanish because I love it and I would learn it at home even if I wasn't going to study it at A level (fortunately for me, it's also a facilitating subject 😊). The issue is, my school has just informed us this week that it's decided to start teaching Sociology at A level. I'm just torn as I would really love to study Sociology as well as the other three, so do you think I should take Sociology as well as Psychology, Spanish & Maths, or should I just stick with the three? Thanks in advance
    I'd just stick with the three, Sociology won't really add much to your application, though would it be possible for you to try it out for a couple of weeks to see how the work load is? I'd advise against doing biology though, as the workload for it is so high. I know plenty of people doing 3 subjects who struggle with the workload of biology.

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    Afaik sociology isn't facilitating?
 
 
 
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