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    I'm submitting my A levels in two days and discussions with my family (mother especially) haven't been going great.

    A few days ago, I decided (with help from my aunt and uncle) on Biology, Physics and English Language. I then talked to my schools career adviser about it being an odd combination, but how other students have done this in the past etc.

    After my interview with her, she sent an email to my mother. And she outlined everything I can and cannot do at Uni.
    (I told her to anyway). And my mother then had a rant saying that if I take Physics and don't take maths with it, I'll struggle with the content and fail - even though I don't want to take Physics on further into Uni.

    So I was pressured into deciding to take Biology, Physics and Maths. I then realised that the only subject I like with these is Biology. I don't like Maths or Physics at all. I came to the personal conclusion I wouldn't have the motivation to study in sixth form, so I discarded the idea.

    Previously, at the start, I decided on Psychology. But I was told not to take it as there's no point in taking it up now when I can study it in Uni later. I do see their point, but it was one of the subjects that really interested me right at the start.

    In terms of grades, I'm not legible to take four subjects at A level (we no longer have AS and do the EPQ as compulsory). I'm predicted 6A* and 4A's; I need 7A* to qualify. I'm not interested in Medicine, Dentistry or anything that requires Chemistry. Out of the sciences, Chemistry is my worse and even though I was predicted at A, I got a C in mocks, which was disappointing but I believe shows my overall ability.

    I'm interested in Biological Science and Psychology degrees at Uni. I can take either, from what I've seen, with Biology and Maths. (not biochemistry or medical obviously) I hear they can branch off into different jobs, even those not bio-related. I'm determined to get into RG uni's especially and think with enough work I can get more A* than predicted too in my GCSE.

    So I ended up with Psychology, Biology and Maths. I want to have at least two facilitating subjects. Even though I dislike maths, I think I'd get through it with both Psychology and Biology there, as I enjoy them. I'm predicted A* in Biology and a grade 7 (A) in maths.

    I haven't told my mom any of this and to be frank I'm terrified. We ruled out Psychology a while ago too. So I'm here to get an outside view of this situation.

    Are the subjects too related? Will I get where I want to go without Chemistry? (yes I know the importance of it, but I'm definite I won't succeed at A-L). I know this is my overall decision, but I'd appreciate some guidance.

    Should I go with what I like and "ruin much future prospects" or do what I don't like but have bigger opportunities in the future?

    GCSE SUBJECTS + PREDICTED GRADES:

    English Lit/Lang : 7/8
    Maths : 7
    Biology : A*
    Physics : A*
    Chemistry : A
    History : 8
    Classical Civilisation : A*
    German : A
    Art Photography : A*
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    Sorry, I'm not sure, but one thing I know is that you definitely should not do physics without maths I would strongly recommend against it
    From what I can see, if you've checked the uni websites and bio and maths is enough, then go for it It looks like that means those are the only ones you need so you could do bio, maths, anything lol
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    (Original post by t.s.i.t.s.i)
    I'm submitting my A levels in two days and discussions with my family (mother especially) haven't been going great.

    A few days ago, I decided (with help from my aunt and uncle) on Biology, Physics and English Language. I then talked to my schools career adviser about it being an odd combination, but how other students have done this in the past etc.

    After my interview with her, she sent an email to my mother. And she outlined everything I can and cannot do at Uni.
    (I told her to anyway). And my mother then had a rant saying that if I take Physics and don't take maths with it, I'll struggle with the content and fail - even though I don't want to take Physics on further into Uni.

    So I was pressured into deciding to take Biology, Physics and Maths. I then realised that the only subject I like with these is Biology. I don't like Maths or Physics at all. I came to the personal conclusion I wouldn't have the motivation to study in sixth form, so I discarded the idea.

    Previously, at the start, I decided on Psychology. But I was told not to take it as there's no point in taking it up now when I can study it in Uni later. I do see their point, but it was one of the subjects that really interested me right at the start.

    In terms of grades, I'm not legible to take four subjects at A level (we no longer have AS and do the EPQ as compulsory). I'm predicted 6A* and 4A's; I need 7A* to qualify. I'm not interested in Medicine, Dentistry or anything that requires Chemistry. Out of the sciences, Chemistry is my worse and even though I was predicted at A, I got a C in mocks, which was disappointing but I believe shows my overall ability.

    I'm interested in Biological Science and Psychology degrees at Uni. I can take either, from what I've seen, with Biology and Maths. (not biochemistry or medical obviously) I hear they can branch off into different jobs, even those not bio-related. I'm determined to get into RG uni's especially and think with enough work I can get more A* than predicted too in my GCSE.

    So I ended up with Psychology, Biology and Maths. I want to have at least two facilitating subjects. Even though I dislike maths, I think I'd get through it with both Psychology and Biology there, as I enjoy them. I'm predicted A* in Biology and a grade 7 (A) in maths.

    I haven't told my mom any of this and to be frank I'm terrified. We ruled out Psychology a while ago too. So I'm here to get an outside view of this situation.

    Are the subjects too related? Will I get where I want to go without Chemistry? (yes I know the importance of it, but I'm definite I won't succeed at A-L). I know this is my overall decision, but I'd appreciate some guidance.

    Should I go with what I like and "ruin much future prospects" or do what I don't like but have bigger opportunities in the future?

    GCSE SUBJECTS + PREDICTED GRADES:

    English Lit/Lang : 7/8
    Maths : 7
    Biology : A*
    Physics : A*
    Chemistry : A
    History : 8
    Classical Civilisation : A*
    German : A
    Art Photography : A*
    You need to do what you want to do at A-level. Unlike GCSEs, you need a lot of motivation to do the extra work that is required to excel at A-level. Most intelligent people can do the bare minimum and still get As and A*s at GCSE as long as they revise.

    You don’t want to be a doctor or a dentist or anything that would require you to have that combination of subjects. Some people have told me that I don’t take facilitating subjects and I’ve been offered a place to study Law at Oxford. The difference is I study subjects I love and so I find the extra work easy because I am passionate about what I am doing.
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    The first thing for you is to not worry, it is completely your own decision and nobody else's, they can talk to you and try to persuade but this is your life and what you want to do!
    I take psychology for a level and I absolutely love it- I was a bit apprehensive at the start like you but it is so interesting, biology realllly complements psychology, the overlap in curriculum is big so that's really good for your understanding. There is also a lot of maths in psychology. If your thinking of a psychology degree I would really recommend doing another science too, uni's really favour students with two sciences. Then do another you really love! I took Art as my third along with 2 sciences for that exact reason, if you dislike maths pleaaaase don't force yourself to take it for 2 years! What about photography?!
    Good luck!!
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    (Original post by r_finchy00)
    The first thing for you is to not worry, it is completely your own decision and nobody else's, they can talk to you and try to persuade but this is your life and what you want to do!
    I take psychology for a level and I absolutely love it- I was a bit apprehensive at the start like you but it is so interesting, biology realllly complements psychology, the overlap in curriculum is big so that's really good for your understanding. There is also a lot of maths in psychology. If your thinking of a psychology degree I would really recommend doing another science too, uni's really favour students with two sciences. Then do another you really love! I took Art as my third along with 2 sciences for that exact reason, if you dislike maths pleaaaase don't force yourself to take it for 2 years! What about photography?!
    Good luck!!
    Thanks for the advice! I know Uni's favour two sciences, but Physics I have no interest in and Chemistry is ruled out. The only 'science' I enjoy is Biology. And with requirements I need at least those three and Maths. So I don't see any other advantageous options Plus I'm leaning towards Biological or Biomedical sciences before Physiology, and at a RG uni at that. Which, again, require at least Biology and a 2nd 'science'. So I see no way out of maths.
 
 
 
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