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    Hi :wavey:
    I'm in year 11 and I am about to finish my GCSEs. :woo:
    I chose my Alevels a while ago but I'm not really sure or content with my choices.
    Currently I have chosen:
    Maths
    Physics
    Biology
    German
    My main concern is biology as I have looked at the syllabus and it's all the topics I don't enjoy. However the only other potential subject I might choose is further maths but I'm not sure if this is too challenging for me. I have no clue what I want to study after school but I know I want to go to university. I am predicted a 9 in maths, an A* in statistics, an 8 in physics (but I reaaaaallly enjoy it) and a 7/8 in biology. I already have an A* in German.
    Do any of you have advice on which would be better suited to me? How difficult are the options I have chosen? Would it be better for me to do three only do maths, physics and German? I do German externally and may do this a year early, would this be an issue?
    Thanks for any advice or replies to this thread!
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    I’ve just finished AS, I did Biology and hated most of the topics on the spec, don’t know if I’m carrying it on but feel like I have to
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    Are you German born/parents German?
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    (Original post by Dazeo)
    Are you German born/parents German?
    Yes my mum is German. I think taking German 1st year and only two at school work allow me to really focus and do better but is that too little?
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    (Original post by kathrynadelle)
    I’ve just finished AS, I did Biology and hated most of the topics on the spec, don’t know if I’m carrying it on but feel like I have to
    Yeah, that's like me and GCSEs now, at least mine are over. There's no point continuing if you have no motivation as joy will probably just get s bad grade in the end
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    (Original post by MaizieAmyr)
    Yeah, that's like me and GCSEs now, at least mine are over. There's no point continuing if you have no motivation as joy will probably just get s bad grade in the end
    If you feel like you won’t enjoy it don’t bother taking it, I haven’t had motivation for it all year but wasn’t smart like you and looked at the spec before taking it. I think further maths will complement and help you with maths, my friend takes fm (as well as maths) and she says it’s difficult but she does really enjoy it so she’s willing to put the work in for it.
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    (Original post by kathrynadelle)
    If you feel like you won’t enjoy it don’t bother taking it, I haven’t had motivation for it all year but wasn’t smart like you and looked at the spec before taking it. I think further maths will complement and help you with maths, my friend takes fm (as well as maths) and she says it’s difficult but she does really enjoy it so she’s willing to put the work in for it.
    Thanks! I'm also a bit worried as maths is apparently extremely difficult and so it physics so I don't know if 4 a levels will be too much considering all but German are difficult and all of them are time consuming
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    There is a lot of content for A-level Biology, but if it interests you, it is probably easier than further maths. What are the biology topics that interest you/don't interest you? Keeping biology will keep more doors open for future uni courses than further maths. Is chemistry another alternative? Or what about something like psychology?

    If German could be considered a native language for you, a lot of unis won't consider it towards your A-level offer. However it is still worthwhile getting the qualification IMO, as a language A-level could help make you more employable in the future. Doing German a year early may help leave you more time to revise in year 13 as well.
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    (Original post by SarcAndSpark)
    There is a lot of content for A-level Biology, but if it interests you, it is probably easier than further maths. What are the biology topics that interest you/don't interest you? Keeping biology will keep more doors open for future uni courses than further maths. Is chemistry another alternative? Or what about something like psychology?

    If German could be considered a native language for you, a lot of unis won't consider it towards your A-level offer. However it is still worthwhile getting the qualification IMO, as a language A-level could help make you more employable in the future. Doing German a year early may help leave you more time to revise in year 13 as well.
    That's really helpful thanks! I enjoy diseases and the heart, hormones and the nervous system but the alevel course is mainly dna and ecosystems which I despise. I don't like chemistry so that's not an option. I never considered psychology, do you know how science based it is or is it a lot of written work? I will definitely look into that!
    They really don't consider it if you are native??? That seems unfair! I'll look into that more, thanks for telling me.
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    (Original post by MaizieAmyr)
    Thanks! I'm also a bit worried as maths is apparently extremely difficult and so it physics so I do t know if 4 a levels will be too much considering two of them are difficult and all three are time consuming
    There’s a lot of maths in physics or so I’m told, so all your subjects will overlap which should mean there will be a little less learning on your part. I think with maths and maths based subjects it’s just about practice, and once you understand it, which you will eventually, then it will be fine.
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    (Original post by MaizieAmyr)
    Hi :wavey:
    I'm in year 11 and I am about to finish my GCSEs. :woo:
    I chose my Alevels a while ago but I'm not really sure or content with my choices.
    Currently I have chosen:
    Maths
    Physics
    Biology
    German
    My main concern is biology as I have looked at the syllabus and it's all the topics I don't enjoy. However the only other potential subject I might choose is further maths but I'm not sure if this is too challenging for me. I have no clue what I want to study after school but I know I want to go to university. I am predicted a 9 in maths, an A* in statistics, an 8 in physics (but I reaaaaallly enjoy it) and a 7/8 in biology. I already have an A* in German.
    Do any of you have advice on which would be better suited to me? How difficult are the options I have chosen? Would it be better for me to do three only do maths, physics and German? I do German externally and may do this a year early, would this be an issue?
    Thanks for any advice or replies to this thread!
    I'm currently sitting my year 13 A level exams: psychology, economics and politics. In all honesty A levels is the most stressful thing that any student goes through. No matter what subjects you take you will feel the same pressure. My advice is to DEFINITELY take 3 A-levels you are not able to manage 4, especially since exams are linear and way harder right now.
    In wish you the best x
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    (Original post by MaizieAmyr)
    That's really helpful thanks! I enjoy diseases and the heart, hormones and the nervous system but the alevel course is mainly dna and ecosystems which I despise. I don't like chemistry so that's not an option. I never considered psychology, do you know how science based it is or is it a lot of written work? I will definitely look into that!
    They really don't consider it if you are native??? That seems unfair! I'll look into that more, thanks for telling me.
    I take Psychology, it’s an essay based subject however there is a little science in it. There’s a topic called biopsychology, which is all to do with hormones, the nervous system etc. However I would definitely recommend looking at the other topics before deciding as you really do need to enjoy it in order to succeed in it as it’s very content heavy.
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    I'm currently sitting my year 13 A level exams: psychology, economics and politics. In all honesty A levels is the most stressful thing that any student goes through. No matter what subjects you take you will feel the same pressure. My advice is to DEFINITELY take 3 A-levels you are not able to manage 4, especially since exams are linear and way harder right now.
    In wish you the best x
    Good luck in your exams! Do you think it would work as I am doing German in my first year?
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    (Original post by kathrynadelle)
    I take Psychology, it’s an essay based subject however there is a little science in it. There’s a topic called biopsychology, which is all to do with hormones, the nervous system etc. However I would definitely recommend looking at the other topics before deciding as you really do need to enjoy it in order to succeed in it as it’s very content heavy.
    Hmm, I'm not great at essay based subjects so I think my options are limited to maths, physics, German or maths, physics, fm, German.
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    Some aspects of science but psychology is a social science thus mainly based on learning many theories.
    And thank you
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    (Original post by Doublletrouble)
    Some aspects of science but psychology is a social science thus mainly based on learning many theories.
    And thank you
    Ok thanks, it doesn't particularly suit me then. Do you think I would be able to dear with doing 4 alevel if I do one of them in my first year?
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    (Original post by MaizieAmyr)
    Hi :wavey:
    I'm in year 11 and I am about to finish my GCSEs. :woo:
    I chose my Alevels a while ago but I'm not really sure or content with my choices.
    Currently I have chosen:
    Maths
    Physics
    Biology
    German
    My main concern is biology as I have looked at the syllabus and it's all the topics I don't enjoy. However the only other potential subject I might choose is further maths but I'm not sure if this is too challenging for me. I have no clue what I want to study after school but I know I want to go to university. I am predicted a 9 in maths, an A* in statistics, an 8 in physics (but I reaaaaallly enjoy it) and a 7/8 in biology. I already have an A* in German.
    Do any of you have advice on which would be better suited to me? How difficult are the options I have chosen? Would it be better for me to do three only do maths, physics and German? I do German externally and may do this a year early, would this be an issue?
    Thanks for any advice or replies to this thread!
    From your grades id say go for further maths but if u want to keep your uni options open do biology. I'm doing AS biology ATM and I have to say I'm not enjoying it that much (mostly cos of the amount of stuff you just need to memorize in such a short space of time) but on the plus side, the content is a lot more interesting than GCSE.
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    (Original post by MaizieAmyr)
    Hmm, I'm not great at essay based subjects so I think my options are limited to maths, physics, German or maths, physics, fm, German.
    I think those 4 are possible, I also take Spanish which doesn’t really require much effort apart from the film which you study and the book (Year 2). You have to write 2 essays at A2 (1 at AS) just to warn you idk if you knew or not but I guess it’s about how much pressure you want to put on yourself
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    (Original post by kathrynadelle)
    There’s a lot of maths in physics or so I’m told, so all your subjects will overlap which should mean there will be a little less learning on your part. I think with maths and maths based subjects it’s just about practice, and once you understand it, which you will eventually, then it will be fine.
    And there's also a lottt of physics in maths 😭😭😭😭 I thought dropping physics was gonna mean that I'd never do physics again... I was wrong
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