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    Geology
    4.55%
    Government and politics
    18.18%
    Economics
    50.00%
    Psychology
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    Sociology
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    Hi,
    I am currently deciding A-levels and I am certain about two but my mind keeps changing about the 3rd and 4th A-level I am required to pick.
    My current (definite) 2 are:
    Geography
    Spanish

    For my 3rd and 4th I am stuck between:
    Geology
    Government and politics
    Economics
    Psychology
    Sociology

    I'm looking for which you think the best are based on stress, amount of work, prestige and your own personal opinion. Any help will be much appreciated!!
    P.S: I don't know what I want to do at uni.
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    Out of the subjects you're considering, I did A Level Geology (and Geography as well). I personally think it's a great subject to do, but I would only really recommend it if you have an interest in the subject, otherwise it might be hard to do well/motivate yourself. Also, if you aren't really considering a degree like Geography or Geology, then it may be better to take another subject which would be applicable to a wider range of degrees, as Geology is quite specialised compared to other A Levels (in my opinion).

    I hope that helps
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    Thanks for answering. Do you think geology is similar or is as hard as other science subjects then (like biology or chemistry) and could you give me a rough idea of the workload (like how much extra work you have to do in a week)? Thanks a lot.
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    (Original post by Eri4137)
    Hi,
    I am currently deciding A-levels and I am certain about two but my mind keeps changing about the 3rd and 4th A-level I am required to pick.
    My current (definite) 2 are:
    Geography
    Spanish

    For my 3rd and 4th I am stuck between:
    Geology
    Government and politics
    Economics
    Psychology
    Sociology

    I'm looking for which you think the best are based on stress, amount of work, prestige and your own personal opinion. Any help will be much appreciated!!
    P.S: I don't know what I want to do at uni.
    honestly, I think you're taking easy A levels, that shouldn't be challenging at all.
    Just be careful as those subjects go to specific jobs so if you dont like em you're focked
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    None of them really open up your options as none of them are required for uni courses. I said government and politics personally because it goes well with Spanish, and seeing as Geography is a social science I just figured it would pair well.
    Geology - will lead you down a very specific path, if you're not interested in it or don't want to study geography/geology further, it seems a little bit too narrow. However, may uncover a love of rocks - possibly swaying you to a more focused uni decision.
    Politics - possibly improve essay skills, debate skills, broadens your horizons for maybe finding an interest here. for example, international relations. if you're politically aware and interested in it you will enjoy it. also, goes well with social sciences.
    Economics - this is probably the most highly regarded a level out of your selection, but you can't study economics at uni without maths so if you're good at maths, maybe consider taking maths instead. however, it can be a very interesting subject and again goes well with geography as it is a social science.
    psychology - an interesting subject if you're dedicated, but many people i know don't necessarily enjoy this because it is more of a science based subject and can be a bit dull if you're not that way inclined.
    sociology - some people consider this to be soft so if you're looking for prestige its certainly not here, unfortunately. it is very interesting though, and while people call it 'soft', this doesn't really matter. you're talking 2 facilitating subjects, so your 3rd should be something you enjoy.
    Overall, none of these a levels are particularly 'prestiged' - if by prestige you mean facilitating. No university will look down on you for taking these subjects, though - as I said, 2 facilitating subjects allows for you to pick a subject you are interested in. So, I would suggest looking at specs and seeing what interests you the most.
    Just a side note, no a level is stress-free or easy. if you pick any of these a levels you'll have a lot of work on your hands. don't choose a levels based on how easy they are, pick them based on how much you like them.
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    I think you need to be more specific in your aims and ambitions. You may need to think about this what you want to study at university and where. What sort of jobs you would like to do etc. Then think which a levels best fit this. Read university websites for subjects you may want to do even if your not sure you might have some ideas see what subjects they like and don't like etc. Do you want to go to London met? In which case don't worry about you can get in with most things anyway if you want to go to Oxbridge then they will think less of certain a levels. You need to decide what you want out of life then pick the appropriate subjects based on that.
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    (Original post by Dafock)
    honestly, I think you're taking easy A levels, that shouldn't be challenging at all.
    Just be careful as those subjects go to specific jobs so if you dont like em you're focked
    So what do you think I should do instead??
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    (Original post by Eri4137)
    So what do you think I should do instead??
    I have no idea, sorry
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    (Original post by rosie.mn)
    None of them really open up your options as none of them are required for uni courses. I said government and politics personally because it goes well with Spanish, and seeing as Geography is a social science I just figured it would pair well.
    Geology - will lead you down a very specific path, if you're not interested in it or don't want to study geography/geology further, it seems a little bit too narrow. However, may uncover a love of rocks - possibly swaying you to a more focused uni decision.
    Politics - possibly improve essay skills, debate skills, broadens your horizons for maybe finding an interest here. for example, international relations. if you're politically aware and interested in it you will enjoy it. also, goes well with social sciences.
    Economics - this is probably the most highly regarded a level out of your selection, but you can't study economics at uni without maths so if you're good at maths, maybe consider taking maths instead. however, it can be a very interesting subject and again goes well with geography as it is a social science.
    psychology - an interesting subject if you're dedicated, but many people i know don't necessarily enjoy this because it is more of a science based subject and can be a bit dull if you're not that way inclined.
    sociology - some people consider this to be soft so if you're looking for prestige its certainly not here, unfortunately. it is very interesting though, and while people call it 'soft', this doesn't really matter. you're talking 2 facilitating subjects, so your 3rd should be something you enjoy.
    Overall, none of these a levels are particularly 'prestiged' - if by prestige you mean facilitating. No university will look down on you for taking these subjects, though - as I said, 2 facilitating subjects allows for you to pick a subject you are interested in. So, I would suggest looking at specs and seeing what interests you the most.
    Just a side note, no a level is stress-free or easy. if you pick any of these a levels you'll have a lot of work on your hands. don't choose a levels based on how easy they are, pick them based on how much you like them.
    Thanks so much, this helps a lot!!
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    (Original post by Eri4137)
    Thanks for answering. Do you think geology is similar or is as hard as other science subjects then (like biology or chemistry) and could you give me a rough idea of the workload (like how much extra work you have to do in a week)? Thanks a lot.
    No problem!

    I didn't take any of the 'hard' sciences like chemistry, however I would say that geology is easier as it is more of a descriptive science rather than a theoretical one. I found geology to be a very logical subject, which is partially why I liked it so much (I am doing it as a degree now!), and the chemistry and physics it incorporates (at least at A Level) isn't particularly difficult, if you bear in mind that I didn't do A Levels in the traditional sciences and still achieved an A in it overall.

    I found that geology didn't require as much extra work as my other subjects, probably because I had an interest in and also seemed to be quite good at it naturally. I was with OCR, and they have a really good textbook which covers the whole specification. For me, supplementing my class notes with material from the textbook, then learning it and doing past papers was sufficient to do well. Like I said before though, I would only suggest picking it if you enjoy learning about topics such as rocks, minerals, fossils, energy resources etc, because if you don't then it will be a very dull two years
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    (Original post by Luke7456)
    I think you need to be more specific in your aims and ambitions. You may need to think about this what you want to study at university and where. What sort of jobs you would like to do etc. Then think which a levels best fit this. Read university websites for subjects you may want to do even if your not sure you might have some ideas see what subjects they like and don't like etc. Do you want to go to London met? In which case don't worry about you can get in with most things anyway if you want to go to Oxbridge then they will think less of certain a levels. You need to decide what you want out of life then pick the appropriate subjects based on that.
    Thanks for the advice!! I have tried this actually, but when I think I have found a job/course I want to do, I just change my mind later and so I kind of want to do everything (but obviously this is not possible) and now I'm needing to tell sixth forms what I want to do and it's so stressful so I just decided to pick subjects I'm quite interested in, which is why I chose them.
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    Economics is probably the most boring subject in the entire world
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    No problem!

    I didn't take any of the 'hard' sciences like chemistry, however I would say that geology is easier as it is more of a descriptive science rather than a theoretical one. I found geology to be a very logical subject, which is partially why I liked it so much (I am doing it as a degree now!), and the chemistry and physics it incorporates (at least at A Level) isn't particularly difficult, if you bear in mind that I didn't do A Levels in the traditional sciences and still achieved an A in it overall.

    I found that geology didn't require as much extra work as my other subjects, probably because I had an interest in and also seemed to be quite good at it naturally. I was with OCR, and they have a really good textbook which covers the whole specification. For me, supplementing my class notes with material from the textbook, then learning it and doing past papers was sufficient to do well. Like I said before though, I would only suggest picking it if you enjoy learning about topics such as rocks, minerals, fossils, energy resources etc, because if you don't then it will be a very dull two years
    Ooo, this is great!! Can I ask where are you going university and what other a levels/grades did you pick to get in? After recently researching and looking around, I quite like the idea of doing geography at degree. Well done btw for getting in.
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    (Original post by Eri4137)
    Ooo, this is great!! Can I ask where are you going university and what other a levels/grades did you pick to get in? After recently researching and looking around, I quite like the idea of doing geography at degree. Well done btw for getting in.
    Thank you! At the moment I'm doing BSc Geoscience at Keele University. At A Level I got:

    A - Geology
    B - Geography
    B - ICT
    (A - EPQ)

    If you want to do geography, especially if you focus on physical geography, then geology would be a good option
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    Thank you! At the moment I'm doing BSc Geoscience at Keele University. At A Level I got:

    A - Geology
    B - Geography
    B - ICT
    (A - EPQ)

    If you want to do geography, especially if you focus on physical geography, then geology would be a good option
    Ok, I shall then!! 😊
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