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    oh my god this was literally me. im in AS year and i took bio chem maths and RS for my a levels but hoping to do medicine but i literally dropped RS two weeks ago because bio chem and maths are really intense subjects and spending time essay writing in rs was bringing my other more important subjects down. i kind of wish i continued it for fun because ngl they were really interesting lessons and my rs teacher was so upset bless him lol. but no uni requires 4 subjects and my chem teacher who's the oxbridge coordinator at my school said its better to get a*,a*,a than a*,a,a,a. i would say take it if youre interested in it, the philosophy and ethics side of it are so interesting and if youre finding it hard just drop it cos at the end of the day you are taking 3 other of the most difficult a levels.
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    You can literally do any degree you like with chemistry biology and maths. They are traditional subjects so Oxford, Cambridge and and Russel group universities will favour these subjects. Only if you do well that is, not if you get C's and D's.
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    (Original post by gillyfish01)
    Ok so i might take rs at as level then for fun, since im not planning on doing a degree rs related anyway. But im so confused about the as and a level changes (taking my gcses this year btw year 11) if i do rs at as level when are the exams going to be? because isnt the first year no exams coz of the changes? and what could i do besides medicine with maths, bio and chem?
    yeah so basically for your year there are no AS level exams to sit when you get to the end of the first year of sixth form- all your subjects will be 2 year courses. in my year however only people who are taking maths or politics sit AS exams because they are the last subjects to change to the linear style. hope that made sense
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    (Original post by gillyfish01)
    Ok so I'm thinking of choosing maths, chemistry, biology and religious studies for my a levels as I'm good at and like those subjects. Oh and rs is the unrelated a level as I'm just taking that as an extra I enjoy it a level.
    I have no idea what course to take in uni, and I'm not really interested in the competitive medicine stuff.
    Help guys?
    Totally not a problem! I took Maths (Year 11), FM, Biology, Physics and English Lit. As I'm sure you'll guess, English Lit was the 'unrelated one'. It turned out to be my strongest A Level (in terms of the marks achieved). It also had little application of my university application, as I'm now studying Maths and Physics.

    I think the most important thing to remember is to take subjects that are both somewhat linked and that you enjoy. From experience, there is nothing more miserable (and consequently unproductive) than rocking up to lessons for a subject that you simply don't enjoy.
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    Just to contrast the earlier view where that person dropped their weird one, I picked to do philosophy as a sort of oddball one to add on for the craic, wasn't really related to any of my other AS levels (Biology maths and french... had dreams of using maths to sample organisms in french I guess?). Ended up liking it an awful lot and sticking with it, am now applying to do it at uni.

    Funny how things turn out.

    (Original post by gillyfish01)
    Thanks now it makes more sense! So do you think I might as well just take rs at a level since it's over 2 years at as level anyway?
    Seriously thanks, I've been so confused about how college courses work and the changes made it harder to get straight answers.
    My sixth form still made us sit AS levels but they just count for nothing for the subjects that have reformed (which must be all of them by now I guess). If they're letting you do four I assume they're doing a similar thing, or will at least somehow test how you've been doing over the course of the first year so you can drop to the normal three in the second year if you really need to.
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    (Original post by gillyfish01)
    Ok so I'm thinking of choosing maths, chemistry, biology and religious studies for my a levels as I'm good at and like those subjects. Oh and rs is the unrelated a level as I'm just taking that as an extra I enjoy it a level.
    I have no idea what course to take in uni, and I'm not really interested in the competitive medicine stuff.
    Help guys?
    Biology, Chemistry and Maths is a tough combination alone. You can choose RS and see how it goes for a couple of weeks. If the workload is too much then you can drop RS if not you can keep it and carry it on but don't let it effect your Bio, Chem and Math grades.
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    I did A-Levels in physics, chemistry, biology and english literature. I currently study english and creative writing at uni. Everyone I know did all arts/humanities! With those subjects you can do pretty much whatever you want. Just link it in your personal statement if you are worried they are too varied. I said I wanted to write sci-fi hence the heavy science base. This wasn't actually true. In year 12 I was still deciding between medicine and creative writing

    I would say only do stuff you enjoy. I hated chemistry and physics but was stuck with them. They almost broke me I was so miserable and that was certainly reflected in my grades
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    (Original post by gwaggy)
    I did A-Levels in physics, chemistry, biology and english literature. I currently study english and creative writing at uni. Everyone I know did all arts/humanities! With those subjects you can do pretty much whatever you want. Just link it in your personal statement if you are worried they are too varied. I said I wanted to write sci-fi hence the heavy science base. This wasn't actually true. In year 12 I was still deciding between medicine and creative writing
    i probably wouldve picked creative writing as one of my subjects but they got rid of it this year :/
    i actually have to do a fill in a template of a college application, and im stuck on the personal statement. is there like an outline or some specific thing i shoukd mention? im not sure what i want to do after college so im really stuck.
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    (Original post by gillyfish01)
    i probably wouldve picked creative writing as one of my subjects but they got rid of it this year :/
    i actually have to do a fill in a template of a college application, and im stuck on the personal statement. is there like an outline or some specific thing i shoukd mention? im not sure what i want to do after college so im really stuck.
    Just be honest and say you aren't sure. It's for a college place, not uni right?

    Say you have a genuine enthusiasm for the subjects hence know that you'll succeed. You could talk about what interests you have and why you like the subjects. I remember when doing these myself that I said I wanted to travel and also had a thirst for knowledge. With my goals to travel I thought the subjects I took were most agreeable and would further my chance to get places.

    If you don't know what career you want, talk about what you want to do other than that. I want to be an author but I have no idea what I'll do for a day job so if I have to I talk about travelling, my hobbies such as sports, etc. and then they get a sense of your personality.

    You could always say you are considering certain fields such as med/biosciences/law if you are curious about them, but want to experience them first before a definite decision.

    I always find it a bit dumb having to chose a 'career' so young. Between the ages of 15-18 I changed 'careers' hundred of times from soldier to astronaut to lawyer lol
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    (Original post by gillyfish01)
    i know, but the only reason im choosing these subjects is because i like them, but of it does get too hard ill drop rs.
    thanks.
    That's good, your welcome.
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    (Original post by gillyfish01)
    ikr! whenever an adult asks me im like im not sure and theyre like how can you not know, and im just thinking im only 15 and i havnt even finished school
    Heck I'm 19 next month and I still don't know
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    Well I recommend advanced Mandarin with Business Communication Skills; I'm currently studying it at the moment and it helps with my religious studies
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