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I'm taking biology, physics, chemistry and maths. I wish to take a fifth subject but cannot decide between psychology,world history and English language. I want this subject to be relatively easy so I can manage it with my other subjects and one which would demand the least effort among all my subjects. It should improve my essay writing and analytical skills as well as increase my chances of admission into high-tier universities. Pray tell which should I choose.
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(Original post by Georgia Mason)
I'm taking biology, physics, chemistry and maths. I wish to take a fifth subject but cannot decide between psychology,world history and English language. I want this subject to be relatively easy so I can manage it with my other subjects and one which would demand the least effort among all my subjects. It should improve my essay writing and analytical skills as well as increase my chances of admission into high-tier universities. Pray tell which should I choose.
I'd strongly recommend looking into doing A-Level Philosophy if possible, if not I'd choose psychology - but bloody hell, isn't four A-Levels enough?
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It should be enough but the college I'm going to, taking 5 Alevels and dropping one at AS level is the norm. So that's the dilemma I'm having - choosing the right 5th AS subject or just continuing with 4 which would have a slight disadvantage since mostly everyone around me is expected to take min 4 and max 6 subjects !
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Mhm, I took English Language which was my favourite of all 4 of my A-Levels but it wasn't a walk in the park. I only started hitting straight A*'s in Y13 with my full focus on it. With English Language there's a lot of language analysis and a LOT of theories to memorise, I found that the more extra reading I did around the subject the higher the marks I would get in my essays (so it's pretty time-consuming from my experience). However, it is more forgiving than other subjects that are objective like the sciences.

Does your college allow the option to do an EPQ? I did one alongside my 4 A-Levels in Y12 which is the equivalent to an AS but independently tailored to what you enjoy. From what I've researched from admissions tutors if you do an EPQ in a relevant subject to your degree and put it in your personal statement it shows you are invested in that subject. Also, an EPQ for some universities can lower your grade entry requirements (which is probably the best benefit of it all) whereas I don't believe an AS does. That being said if they don't offer an EPQ then I'd English Language would be a good 5th option, the essays you write require you to be argumentative and analytical to hit the higher grades which is what you're looking for. I'd have a look on your subjects exam board and become acquianted with what they require you to do since it differs board to board. Hope this helped, good luck!
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