I have to start thinking about subject selection for my A-level.
I am very good at Mathematics/Additional Maths, Biology and Chemistry at GCSE level (target is to get Grade 9 in each of these subjects) .
I like Physics, but we don't have good Physics teachers at my school. I am still expecting to get a Grade 8 or 9 in Physics.
I am 100% sure that I don't want to study medicine or law as I don't want to be a doctor or lawyer. I love sciences & maths, but I don't know which career path I should choose.
I am not sure what A-level subjects I should take.
I am thinking of Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry. But, if I decide to apply for engineering at Oxford or Cambridge, then it will require Physics as a must for engineering. Plus it will not be balanced if I want to do something different later as I won't have any Arts subject such as English Literature or German or Geography.
How much efforts do you think would be needed if I want to do 5 A-level (Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology). Is there any real advantage of doing 5 subjects at A-level?
What do you think would be best for me?
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- Thread Starter
- 08-11-2017 15:31
- 08-11-2017 15:40
Doing 5 A levels won't give you an advantage and your school probably wouldn't allow it anyway. The idea of A level is to specialise: do only what you want to continue doing. Although people say to broaden your horizons, don't make them too broad or you'll be placing far too much pressure on yourself fruitlessly. I would only study 3 you know you want to continue doing at university level and dedicate your time and efforts to them alone.
- 11-11-2017 21:54
0 advantage of doing 5 a levels over someone who does 4. You need to be INCREDIBLY intelligent to even manage time for 5 a levels, let alone master them and achieve the best grades in those subjects. If you want engineering, I strongly recommending in doing maths, further maths, chem and physics.
- 14-11-2017 07:23
Even doing 3 A levels is too much, let alone 5 A LEVELS, FIVE!!! nope don't. University only wants 3!! Doing extra 2 isn't gonna benefit you
- 14-11-2017 07:29
If you want to do engineering I would pick further maths, maths, physics and something else like economics or chemistry.
- 14-11-2017 07:40
Pick 3 that you absolutely love (Universities only require 3), and then pick one that will:
1) Further your understanding of one or more of your subjects
2) Be enjoyable for you
3) Will help you apply for the course you want to do (This isn't such a big one if you have 3 subjects that can help you apply to lots of scientific course)
If it gets too much, you can drop it, and this way you'll have more time for work experience etc. which is sometimes more important.
Also, don't do a humanity just because you want the option later down the line. People often forget that humanities often have a LOT of work involved (e.g. Coursework)
- 14-11-2017 08:01
Bare in mind that Physics at GCSE is very different to A level. You might find that your teacher is in fact a brilliant teacher.