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Okay so I’m choosing my a level subjects this year and I’m unsure of what my third subject will be. The two I know I’m taking are history and gov&politics. I’m staying well clear of maths and sciences (not my strong points). I’m taking latin, rs, french, all three sciences, maths, history and English at GCSE. People have told me the obvious choice would be English and that is one of my stronger subjects but I’m not sure I’d really enjoy it as I haven’t enjoyed it at GCSE some guidence would be really helpful! So far I’ve considered: rs, philosophy, economics and physcology.
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If you don't like Maths then I'd personally avoid Economics. Out of those two I would say that RS wouls fit very nicely with your other subjects; plus, my friend does it at A Level and really finds the course interesting. Philosophy is also good, but I think that you RS is more how religion is applied in society than Philosophy, so I'd say RS would be more relevant to your Gov&Politics A Level. However, I must also mention that if you just want your 3rd subject to be a bit more contrasting and keep your options a bit more open, ever considered French (don't do Latin A Level, imho it's a waste of time)?
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I don't know you at all and hence can't help that much with the choice, but I can try and set you on the right track. Make a list of all the subjects your school offers. Cross off the ones you think are ****. Cross off the ones you're **** at. Make another list by writing out the remaining subjects. Consider the subjects that complement each other well (e.g. Mathematics and Physics or English Literature and History). Consider facilitating subjects (Google is your friend here if you're not sure what these are). Consider what you might want to do as an EPQ instead. Consider how strong the subject departments are at your school (if your experience with all the Chemistry teachers have been bad, for example, that might be something you want to take into account). Consider your dream job or the degree you want to take at university. These are all factors that contribute to your overall decision. If all else fails and you're at an impasse, just do the subjects you enjoy most. Tell yourself: if I had to start Sixth Form tomorrow and had three different classes that day, which subjects would I like to learn about? Go with your gut. If still unsure, try writing an essay for each subject that you've managed to narrow it down to about why you want to study that particular subject. The essays that come more naturally to you are often the subjects that deep down you would prefer and have an actual fascination for. I hope this helps.
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If you don't like Maths then I'd personally avoid Economics. Out of those two I would say that RS wouls fit very nicely with your other subjects; plus, my friend does it at A Level and really finds the course interesting. Philosophy is also good, but I think that you RS is more how religion is applied in society than Philosophy, so I'd say RS would be more relevant to your Gov&Politics A Level. However, I must also mention that if you just want your 3rd subject to be a bit more contrasting and keep your options a bit more open, ever considered French (don't do Latin A Level, imho it's a waste of time)?
Thank you so much that’s been really helpful! I would say R.S is definitely near the top of my list to take but I’m just worried that all of my subjects would be too essay based? As for french I’m predicted an 7/8 (a/a*) for GCSE but it’s definately not one of my stronger subjects although I’m not ruling it out yet!
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I don't know you at all and hence can't help that much with the choice, but I can try and set you on the right track. Make a list of all the subjects your school offers. Cross off the ones you think are ****. Cross off the ones you're **** at. Make another list by writing out the remaining subjects. Consider the subjects that complement each other well (e.g. Mathematics and Physics or English Literature and History). Consider facilitating subjects (Google is your friend here if you're not sure what these are). Consider what you might want to do as an EPQ instead. Consider how strong the subject departments are at your school (if your experience with all the Chemistry teachers have been bad, for example, that might be something you want to take into account). Consider your dream job or the degree you want to take at university. These are all factors that contribute to your overall decision. If all else fails and you're at an impasse, just do the subjects you enjoy most. Tell yourself: if I had to start Sixth Form tomorrow and had three different classes that day, which subjects would I like to learn about? Go with your gut. If still unsure, try writing an essay for each subject that you've managed to narrow it down to about why you want to study that particular subject. The essays that come more naturally to you are often the subjects that deep down you would prefer and have an actual fascination for. I hope this helps.
Thank you so much that’s been really helpful and i think writing an essay Is a really good idea! I’m probably leaning more towards r.s/philosophy as they are my stronger subjects.
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Thank you so much that’s been really helpful and i think writing an essay Is a really good idea! I’m probably leaning more towards r.s/philosophy as they are my stronger subjects.
You're extremely welcome! And yes, Religious Studies is certainly a great subject to consider, especially if you're geared towards the more essay-based ones. I'm starting Sixth Form in September as well and that's one of the subjects I'm taking!
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Put up a list of possibilities and I'm sure one of us can help you decide. Also what career path do you wish to take? 😀
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Thank you so much that’s been really helpful and i think writing an essay Is a really good idea! I’m probably leaning more towards r.s/philosophy as they are my stronger subjects.
I've just finished my philosophy a level, all I'd advise is checking into which exam board the RS and Philosophy courses are with. AQA Philosophy is very much degree style, whereas studying RS is generally considered an easier subject, and the topics that different specifications offer may change your mind. Some do philosophy, ethics and theology whereas others are religion and ethics, others straight philosophy. So check the units on offer as that might sway you to either philosophy or RS.
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Put up a list of possibilities and I'm sure one of us can help you decide. Also what career path do you wish to take? 😀
I’m not 100% sure about career path but I’m considering either curating/civil service/law (definitely something history/politics based) and my current a levels considerations are rs, philosophy, economics and phycology
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The Maths in Economics is not hard !

dont let this put you off - a solid choice
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I’m not 100% sure about career path but I’m considering either curating/civil service/law (definitely something history/politics based) and my current a levels considerations are rs, philosophy, economics and phycology
Okay. Doesn't seem like a bad combo. They are all nearly essay based. Psychology however make sure that you want to do it. It's difficult meaning very heavy so ensure that you're okay with the workload first.
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[QUOTE=jadey.tw;78406220]I've just finished my philosophy a level, all I'd advise is checking into which exam board the RS and Philosophy courses are with. AQA Philosophy is very much degree style, whereas studying RS is generally considered an easier subject, and the topics that different specifications offer may change your mind. Some do philosophy, ethics and theology whereas others are religion and ethics, others straight philosophy. So check the units on offer as that might sway you to either philosophy
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I've just finished my philosophy a level, all I'd advise is checking into which exam board the RS and Philosophy courses are with. AQA Philosophy is very much degree style, whereas studying RS is generally considered an easier subject, and the topics that different specifications offer may change your mind. Some do philosophy, ethics and theology whereas others are religion and ethics, others straight philosophy. So check the units on offer as that might sway you to either philosophy or RS.
Did you study philosophy at GCSE? I’m doing full course rs (my school makes everyone so short course) and we cover some philosophy and dialogue in that but unfortunately it was not a standalone option at my school and I’m wondering if I’d be at a disadvantage having not done it?
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i would say english, i did english literature and language as a combined course. i wouldnt say it was easy as every a level subjects has its hard points... but it certainly wasnt hard
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The Maths in Economics is not hard !

dont let this put you off - a solid choice
It’s definitely a consideration but I’ve never been that strong in maths although I’m predicted an 8/7 (a*/a) I’m just slightly apprehensive it’s geared to more mathematically able students? (My school is very academic and in definitely one of the less able at maths)
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It’s definitely a consideration but I’ve never been that strong in maths although I’m predicted an 8/7 (a*/a) I’m just slightly apprehensive it’s geared to more mathematically able students? (My school is very academic and in definitely one of the less able at maths)
trust me, I do A level econ, its not hard, i wasnt a maths god when i chose it, so many insanely clever math geniuses put me off first, the maths requirement is certainly doable
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whats the main aim- any career/degree path/?
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I've just finished my philosophy a level, all I'd advise is checking into which exam board the RS and Philosophy courses are with. AQA Philosophy is very much degree style, whereas studying RS is generally considered an easier subject, and the topics that different specifications offer may change your mind. Some do philosophy, ethics and theology whereas others are religion and ethics, others straight philosophy. So check the units on offer as that might sway you to either philosophy

Did you study philosophy at GCSE? I’m doing full course rs (my school makes everyone so short course) and we cover some philosophy and dialogue in that but unfortunately it was not a standalone option at my school and I’m wondering if I’d be at a disadvantage having not done it?
No there is no straight philosophy GCSE so I wouldn't worry. I did RS too, and its a good start for the A Level. Lots of reading but its so so interesting and will link in well with any subject because philosophy breaks into so many specialisations anyway. I loved doing the AQA A level, and would definitely recommend but you need to be passionate for sure.
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trust me, I do A level econ, its not hard, i wasnt a maths god when i chose it, so many insanely clever math geniuses put me off first, the maths requirement is certainly doable
Thank you so much that’s been really helpful!
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No there is no straight philosophy GCSE so I wouldn't worry. I did RS too, and its a good start for the A Level. Lots of reading but its so so interesting and will link in well with any subject because philosophy breaks into so many specialisations anyway. I loved doing the AQA A level, and would definitely recommend but you need to be passionate for sure.
Thank you so much!
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whats the main aim- any career/degree path/?
I’m most probably going to do a history or ppe degree and am looking at careers in journalism, law, civil service or curation
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History, economics, politics, philosophy/english, comes to mind looking at people in my year, but you should consider the workload of each.

Loads took maths, but for history dont think its needed, for ppe, maybe preferred.... understand for some maths is difficult, but maths difference between a c and a* is the practice you do, not much talent needed - my opinion....

Didnt take philosophy so cant speak for it
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