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    Hey, I have to make my a level option decisions and i am set for Biology, Chemistry and Maths as I am set for Medicine. However, for my fourth option I am torn between Eng Lit and Psychology for Medicine and I was wondering which would make me seem like a more well rounded candidate.
    Thanks, help much appreciated

    I think you shouldn't worry about what will make you more well-rounded, but worry about what you'll enjoy the most. Universities aren't going to reject you cos you picked 4 similar subjects, or 4 different subjects. If you have the subjects needed, then that's all that matters.
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    Thanks for the advice. The three main subjects I am set on are my favorite so I glad it won't clash with those options.

    I'm an A2 student who does Biology, Psychology and English Literature. I'm looking to study Psychology at uni though so I guess I'm a bit biased. It really depends where your strengths lie...psychology and English lit both portray different skills. There is quite a lot of content within psychology (not as much as biology) but it depends about how you feel about that in alongside your other subjects. The AQA spec has a fair chunk of biopsychology in it, which is probably my favourite part, overall the subject would be very useful, especially if you're considering psychiatry in the future as it gives you a clinical understanding and real life applications and ethical issues. There is also a possibility of crossover with maths in terms of statistics work.
    English literature is personally the easier option of the two in my eyes, but also very enjoyable. Make sure you enjoy reading though! This is probably going to make you seem more well rounded as it will develop other skills that science A levels may not give you, such as thinking critically and analytically as well as creatively. In order to succeed at English lit you will need to practice exam technique and memorise many quotes, but both subjects are very heavily essay based. I recommend finding out which exam boards your school does so you can take a look at the specifications to see which one has content that you find more interesting x


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