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    Hey guys . I am mega confused regarding my a level options. My potential options are maths, further maths , biology, chemistry, physics, history and german but I can find pros and cons for each of these. Would there be any good combinations of these to incorporate all of the reasons for the subjects? And which should I choose overall? I have no clear future plans!
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    Well you first need think about why you want to do each subject ? Those are 6 heavy A levels in which you have chosen, have you thought about doing 4 alevels and having one of them as an AS?
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    (Original post by itss_ana15)
    Well you first need think about why you want to do each subject ? Those are 6 heavy A levels in which you have chosen, have you thought about doing 4 alevels and having one of them as an AS?
    The OP was just saying that those are their potential options, not that they're going to take 6 A-levels.

    (Original post by Eee900001)
    Hey guys . I am mega confused regarding my a level options. My potential options are maths, further maths , biology, chemistry, physics, history and german but I can find pros and cons for each of these. Would there be any good combinations of these to incorporate all of the reasons for the subjects? And which should I choose overall? I have no clear future plans!
    Thanks !
    Any combination of these would open doors. Do you have any subjects in particular that you enjoy?
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    (Original post by _gcx)
    The OP was just saying that those are their potential options, not that they're going to take 6 A-levels.



    Any combination of these would open doors. Do you have any subjects in particular that you enjoy?
    I’m not sure about german especially because the a level course is not very appealing to me despite enjoying the subject. Physics is pretty much the opposite as I don’t particularly enjoy physics at the moment but the a level course looks very interesting. History Iam so of in the middle as i quite like it but sometimes find it slightly boring! I do really enjoy the subjects
    Ta !!!
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    (Original post by VirgoStrain)
    Do you have a couple of potential courses you would choose? Say you could choose 3 courses at the same Uni to apply for, what would those theoretically be? You need to have a good idea of what to apply for otherwise you will come across as vague and unsure when you apply for Uni.
    thanks for that excellent advice !
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    (Original post by itss_ana15)
    Well you first need think about why you want to do each subject ? Those are 6 heavy A levels in which you have chosen, have you thought about doing 4 alevels and having one of them as an AS?
    Which subject would you recommend for anyone out of german and history ?? Thanks
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    (Original post by VirgoStrain)
    Which do you like more? They’re both useful in different ways. Essay subjects are a plus, but so is knowing a language that is useful on many different work fields. Choose the one you find more enjoyable.
    Okay yeah I feel that history would be a more beneficial subject as am I right In thinking that german is something that I could learn in my free time so not that important as an a level? Thanks
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    Take Further Maths, if you either:
    1) Want to do a Maths or Engineering or anything STEM-y degree
    2) Have a genuine passion for Maths

    Most people who satisfy the first criterion will satisfy the second. FM is a heavy, heavy A Level, and will be all the more punishing if you don't have a positive mindset doing Maths.

    Usually most people I know go with 2 sciences, I went with FM and 2 sciences (Physics and Chemistry), though I do know people who did FM and all 3. Generally I'd advise you to think about one or two.

    Generally a language is good, if you wanna apply to a uni in a different country (i.e Germany) or do a Year Abroad there, idk about history though.
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    (Original post by VirgoStrain)
    Yep you can definitely learn German in your free time. I did the GCSE and aced it and French, as I'm good at languages, but have not opted for it at A-Level this year. I will instead blog in German every few months.
    Okay thank you !
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    (Original post by AryanGh)
    Take Further Maths, if you either:
    1) Want to do a Maths or Engineering or anything STEM-y degree
    2) Have a genuine passion for Maths

    Most people who satisfy the first criterion will satisfy the second. FM is a heavy, heavy A Level, and will be all the more punishing if you don't have a positive mindset doing Maths.

    Usually most people I know go with 2 sciences, I went with FM and 2 sciences (Physics and Chemistry), though I do know people who did FM and all 3. Generally I'd advise you to think about one or two.

    Generally a language is good, if you wanna apply to a uni in a different country (i.e Germany) or do a Year Abroad there, idk about history though.
    Okay thank you. So would you say that a language is less useful if you don’t plan on studying abroad?
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    (Original post by Eee900001)
    Which subject would you recommend for anyone out of german and history ?? Thanks
    Well I’m but bias as I love history and recommend it to anyone. But love languages, languages is something you can learn in your own time and if you want you can ask the school you take to put you down for the exam and do it in your spare time.
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    I'd say Maths, a Science and English and a social Science.
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    Physics at A-level is so much more interesting than GCSE and is fun (although difficult). Maths is also the same and these together open a lot of doors e.g. Engineering, sciences, math related degrees etc. It would help if you knew vaguely what you wanted to do but I’d say most would give a wide array of options apart from maybe German as couldn’t you just teach yourself the language in your free time through the Internet, this would let you chose another subject. Good luck with your choices!
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    (Original post by badmathkid)
    I'd say Maths, a Science and English and a social Science.
    Okay , ta
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    (Original post by JackFin)
    Physics at A-level is so much more interesting than GCSE and is fun (although difficult). Maths is also the same and these together open a lot of doors e.g. Engineering, sciences, math related degrees etc. It would help if you knew vaguely what you wanted to do but I’d say most would give a wide array of options apart from maybe German as couldn’t you just teach yourself the language in your free time through the Internet, this would let you chose another subject. Good luck with your choices!
    So you think not german ? Thanks
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    (Original post by itss_ana15)
    Well I’m but bias as I love history and recommend it to anyone. But love languages, languages is something you can learn in your own time and if you want you can ask the school you take to put you down for the exam and do it in your spare time.
    Okay so you view history as a better a level ?
    Many thanks
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    What do you want to study at uni?

    just curious
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    (Original post by Eee900001)
    Okay so you view history as a better a level ?
    Many thanks
    Yeah. In the long run history is viewed as a really good alevel
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    History isn't necessary unless you want to study History, and German unless you want to study German Language in some capacity. Further Maths is arguably not necessary for the vast majority of courses but is useful for most STEM courses and if you're good at Maths well worth considering.

    Biology and Chemistry would be the typical pair which prepares for any bioscience courses and medical/vet med/dentistry, and also is suitable for going into Chemistry itself and some other courses such as some bio(chemical/medical) engineering courses and similar. Physics and Maths would be the alternate typical pair for Physics and Engineering, and is a common combination for Maths and CS. It would be very useful to take FM for these options.

    Chemistry is sometimes taken with the "physical" combination, to provide more breadth in the physical sciences. While not necessary for most, including e.g. many Materials Science and Chemical Engineering courses, it's not a bad option as it adds the possibility of Chemistry, some Medicine courses, and maybe a handful of chemically related bioscience courses (like Pharmacology - possibly). It's also a useful combination for e.g. Earth Sciences and similar which is a bit broader and more interdisciplinary as a physical science.

    Chemistry opens the most options in combination with other sciences - a physical science combination with Chemistry allows you to be able to go into Chemistry itself, other Physical Science subjects (and CS/Maths for some courses, especially if you also take FM), as well as some medical/bioscience courses. This would also be suitable for e.g. Law (any combination) or Economics (any with Maths, and ideally FM).
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    (Original post by imthegenius)
    What do you want to study at uni?

    just curious
    Not completely sure. Maybe maths/economics. Medicine/dentistry. I also quite like the sound of law but not sure if it is really the career for me as I don’t particularly like public speaking and I’m very indecisive! 😂
 
 
 

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