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    I am currently in year 13 doing A levels and would appreciate a bit of advice.
    In year 12 I took biology, chemistry, maths and psychology. I dropped Chemistry after a term as I wasn't enjoying it and was finding it difficult to keep up with the level of difficulty. So I was then studying biology, maths and psychology. However, as the year went on biology proved to be a massive problem. No matter how much revision I did i consistently got very poor grades.
    After summer after talking to many teachers I decided to drop biology and do an online A level in Citizenship which is going much better than Biology was.
    In my AS maths exams, despite doing well in past papers prior to the exams, I got an E. As I've been told many times that maths only gets harder, i was very aware that I would need to put in a lot of work to get a better grade at A2. I have found that maths is going okay this year, but i felt it was okay last year but my grade obviously didn't reflect this.
    I recently sent my UCAS tutor my personal statement to read, who said it sounded really sociological and would i like to take A level sociology and drop maths.
    Should i drop maths and take sociology?!?! It would mean that i would have to complete the A level in one year as well as doing Citizenship in one year as well. I do feel i would do better in Sociology as I am doing well in Psychology and Citizenship and I am aware that there is overlap in the content covered. I have looked at the specification for sociology and it seems really interesting, i'm just not sure it would be a good idea!

    Any Advice would be helpful!

    I want to study primary education at university btw!
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    Doing 2 years of an A-Level in 8 months? I would not risk it.

    It depends on whether it is a coupled A level or not. I'm the same age as you, so I'm only going off what I know other people my age are doing who were in similar positions to you.

    I know some colleges don't teach AS, and will instead teach the whole A Level content over two years. Obviously, the places that do this teach the content really spread out, but I don't see why not in terms of learning it within a year. Students I know who are doing an A level in 8 months are the humanities students because the content doesn't take as long to teach..

    If like you say you're good at Psychology then there shouldn't be a reason why you should particularly struggle with Sociology. It is however a difficult route to take and it will be demanding. But if you think you can do it then you should inquire.

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