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natalia09
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I'm not sure about choosing English literature, psychology and geography for a level they could stop me from entering some careers that I would potentially like to do in life. I know that history fits in better however i want to choose geography a level simply because i have a better chance of getting higher grades, and the grade is the most important, especially because lit and psych require a lot of time and having history would put me in a worse position as i will also be doing epq and finishing an a2 language a level.
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(Original post by natalia09)
I'm worrying that if I choose English literature, psychology and geography for a level they will stop me from entering some careers that I would potentially like to do in life. The careers I'm interested in are psychology (prison/forensic or in the NHS), criminology (detective/crime analyst), journalism (newspaper/magazine/editor), politics(local gov). I just have a lot of interests and I don't want my a levels to stop me in the future. I know that history fits in better however i want to choose geography a level simply because i have a better chance of getting higher grades, and the grade is the most important, especially because lit and psych require a lot of time and having history would put me in a worse position as i will also be doing epq and finishing an a2 language a level.
Those university courses/careers really aren't fussy for specific subjects, so don't worry! You have a sciencey ish subject of psychology which would get you into criminology and psych degrees and an essay based subject for journalism and politics. I think they're great choices for your future careers!
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Your subjects would be fine pursuing any of those areas/subjects or related areas to degree level and certainly beyond. However you should be more specific by what you understand to be "psychology"; psychiatry, for example, is not the same thing and is a medical specialty requiring a medical degree and hence A-level Chemistry and usually Biology (or at least another STEM subject).

Generally Psychology roles are most likely to have requirements, which is a BPS accredited degree in the subject. A-level Psychology is not required to go into such a degree, although often a STEM subject is considered helpful (and occasionally required) by the"top" universities; sometimes this is extended to include Psychology or Geography, but usually refers to the core sciences and mathematical subjects (Biology/Maths being probably the most useful/relevant). This usually reflects the nature of the course though, so only the more scientific courses tend to require or even indicate a preference for such subjects, and there are BPS accredited courses which include the minimum of experimental content but focus more broadly on other areas.

Being a "detective" means joining the police force. This doesn't require any specific background. Working in journalism doesn't have any specific requirements but if you want to work as e.g. a major correspondent for the BBC/Reuters or something it might be helpful to go to a "better" university that will offer more opportunities to network in the area. Anyone can go into local government, for better or for worse...no degree is required, except perhaps for particular specialist roles (e.g. in finance/accounting sections and more generally for civil service roles, which aren't the same thing anyway).
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