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    Hi all,
    So A-levels are the last thing I want to think about right now what with my GCSES, but I have to hand in my choices for subjects I want to take next year by tomorrow and I'd like a little advice. I've put down Philosophy & Ethics, English Lit. and History but I'm starting to question it? Was just wondering if anyone who took/ is taking mostly essay-based subjects at A-level or similar subjects and just about what your experience was like/is so far e.g managing the work load, diversity in lessons, homework etc. --Please note that when I go into sixth form AS levels won't exist , so I have to pick three and stick them all out for exams at the end of A2 rather than drop one like in previous years--(Planning on going into Law or perhaps history after my A-levels).

    Many thanks!
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    (Original post by li_n)
    Hi all,
    So A-levels are the last thing I want to think about right now what with my GCSES, but I have to hand in my choices for subjects I want to take next year by tomorrow and I'd like a little advice. I've put down Philosophy & Ethics, English Lit. and History but I'm starting to question it? Was just wondering if anyone who took/ is taking mostly essay-based subjects at A-level or similar subjects and just about what your experience was like/is so far e.g managing the work load, diversity in lessons, homework etc. --Please note that when I go into sixth form AS levels won't exist , so I have to pick three and stick them all out for exams at the end of A2 rather than drop one like in previous years--(Planning on going into Law or perhaps history after my A-levels).

    Many thanks!

    Hello,
    I think the subjects you've chosen are great, considering you would like to pursue a degree in history or law. I don't do philosophy & ethics or english lit, however I do history and I can confirm it's very enjoyable, especially if you have the skills and an innate interest in it. As for the workload, I don't get a lot of homework but my teachers would set us essay questions either to complete at home and to be handed in at a deadline or we would be made to write an essay under timed conditions in class (now that I'm approaching exam season, however, I assume the workload will start to increase!). It may sound daunting, but the more practise you get, the more confident you'll feel.
    If you do decide to go for history, try and do some background reading on the topics you will be studying to enhance your knowledge and if you have time, read ahead! It's very beneficial and if you come across anything you don't understand at home, you'll be able to clarify everything with your teacher. The golden method is also to make notes as you go along and do past papers as well as study mark schemes (trust me when I say they are very useful at a-level).
    Best of luck x
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    Ahh thank you so much for your wonderful response, extremely helpful & the depth of it has really cleared my head a lot! Honestly history is my passion so I wouldn't be surprised if I do it at degree level- you've really solidified my choices.

    Can't thank you enough & all the best for the future 😊😊 x
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    (Original post by li_n)
    Ahh thank you so much for your wonderful response, extremely helpful & the depth of it has really cleared my head a lot! Honestly history is my passion so I wouldn't be surprised if I do it at degree level- you've really solidified my choices.

    Can't thank you enough & all the best for the future 😊😊 x
    No problem at all! I'm also very passionate about history so if you need any help I'm always here x
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    No problem at all! I'm also very passionate about history so if you need any help I'm always here x
    You're the loveliest! Thanks again & that's brilliant! 😊😊
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    (Original post by li_n)
    Hi all,
    So A-levels are the last thing I want to think about right now what with my GCSES, but I have to hand in my choices for subjects I want to take next year by tomorrow and I'd like a little advice. I've put down Philosophy & Ethics, English Lit. and History but I'm starting to question it? Was just wondering if anyone who took/ is taking mostly essay-based subjects at A-level or similar subjects and just about what your experience was like/is so far e.g managing the work load, diversity in lessons, homework etc. --Please note that when I go into sixth form AS levels won't exist , so I have to pick three and stick them all out for exams at the end of A2 rather than drop one like in previous years--(Planning on going into Law or perhaps history after my A-levels).

    Many thanks!
    I do 4 heavy essay based subjects and an EPQ. I'm coping just fine, even with mocks coming up. Yes, you may seem like you get more work - especially if you get set essays frequently like I do. But if you're a passionate essay writer you'll actually enjoy writing them - I find them a bit of a break from revision if I'm honest. They pair beautifully together - and I'm sure you'll enjoy them. I do English Lit, History and Philosophy (not RS style) and I really enjoy them all. I do politics too. Your choices are strong for law. Lovely!
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    Might I just agree with others in saying that the subjects you've chosen are fine! I'm an A2 history student and I'm enjoying every minute of it. Surprisingly the history exams (I do chemistry and biology at A2 as well) are the ones that I actually enjoy doing- despite my comparatively awful handwriting!
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    Hi. I do Classical Civilisation, English Literature and Politics (and did Religion & Philosophy AS level). It's a lot of work but I'd say that it's not particularly more demanding than other subjects, just a different learning style.

    I'd say the worst thing is the subjectivity of markers- I never know if an exam essay I've written is worth an A* or a C. This was a bit of a shock after getting A*s easily in my essay based GCSEs. It can be frustrating sometimes and it can be hard to predict grades. (For example, I've been predicted AAA but I seem to be working towards A*AB).

    Don't let me put you off though. The most important thing for studying A Levels is that you need to enjoy the subjects you do! Don't do 'easier' subjects you're not as interested in. If you really enjoy these subjects then they should become easier as studying/essay writing won't feel so much like hard work.

    Good luck!
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    [QUOTE=cathasatail;69889592]Might I just agree with others in saying that the subjects you've chosen are fine! I'm an A2 history student and I'm enjoying every minute of it. Surprisingly the history exams (I do chemistry and biology at A2 as well) are the ones that I actually enjoy doing- despite my comparatively awful handwriting![/QUOTE
    Thank you for your reply! Wow so interesting, I'm actually considering biology now- it's irrelevant to my previous question I know but can I just ask how you're finding it? Would really appreciate it
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    Thank you for your reply! Wow so interesting, I'm actually considering biology now- it's irrelevant to my previous question I know but can I just ask how you're finding it? Would really appreciate it [/QUOTE]

    Well.... how long have you got........
    I'll break the question down (if you don't mind)

    -Am I enjoying the content? Well I do the OCR course; it's a fairly broad syllabus with plenty on the heart, liver, kidney, gas exchange, communication, DNA, biological chemistry, etc for anyone who likes that sort of thing. (including me!)
    The environmental bit of biology (what I class as *plants*) includes ecosystems, sustainability, plant anatomy, field tests (quadrats, etc)
    *Yes, I do enjoy the human biology content, not so much the "plant stuff" but that's purely down to personal opinion

    -Do I like the way it is marked? Simple answer, no. Yeah some bits are merely recalling facts but the mark schemes are so specific that even in long (6 marks) written answers you can be absolutely right in the specifics of what you are saying but if you don't include the EXACT marking points then you barely get any marks.

    -Do I like the teaching?
    Your mileage may vary- let's just leave it at that (not a good experience for me)

    -Is it hard? Most of the concepts are intuitive, apart from some of the topics such as respiration and photosynthesis where you have to remember all of the processes/cycles/products/where it happens, etc, That can be a pain.
    Should you choose it? Yes- but only if you know that you'll have a pleasant experience teacher-wise
 
 
 
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