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Hi, so I’ve just finished my mocks for my gcse amd I got 6 A* and 2 A, ive just had to make my IB choices too and I selected the following

HL Math Analysis and approaches
HL Physics
HL Spanish
SL Chemistry
SL Economics
SL English Lang & Lit

1) What career options are suitable from these choices?
2) What can I do over the summer to prepare for these courses?

Thank you so much!
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(Original post by scigirl11)
Hi, so I’ve just finished my mocks for my gcse amd I got 6 A* and 2 A, ive just had to make my IB choices too and I selected the following

HL Math Analysis and approaches
HL Physics
HL Spanish
SL Chemistry
SL Economics
SL English Lang & Lit

1) What career options are suitable from these choices?
2) What can I do over the summer to prepare for these courses?

Thank you so much!
Hiya

You're doing a diverse set of subjects What are your top three?

Royal Society of Chemistry could you give some advice? Chemistry is one of the options
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Hiya,

First congratulations on your GCSE results!

Your IB selections are a diverse range and will give you a good set of skills for the future. For Chemistry, in particular, pairing it with Maths is very helpful as the level of Maths does increase as you progress through a Chemistry course.

For possible career options that are made available through a Chemistry Degree, please check our Future in Chemistry webpage here - http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/your-future-chemistry
This will give you an insight into the wide range of varying roles in the chemical sciences.

Over the summer I would recommend volunteering or applying for summer placements as this gives you great skills in the world of work. I would recommend doing this every summer until you graduate to get you as much experience as possible for your CV. Try and get placements that will give you knowledge of the role you may want in the future. For example, if you wanted to work in science publishing, working at a publishing house will give you great advantage, even if the publisher you work for doesn't specialise in science publishing the day to day skills you learn will be beneficial.

Please let us know if you have anymore questions and we can help.

All the Best,
Jack
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With HLs Math Analysis and Physics, definitely some sort of engineering career
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It's probably easier to list the degrees you couldn't potentially go on to directly - these would mainly be medicine and similar courses, bioscience courses, chemistry, English literature, history, and some geography courses, plus most art/design courses (some exceptions exist for these last two sets). Those degrees normally require you to have studied the requisite subject to HL or equivalent beforehand, although this isn't always required and there might be alternate routes in. Notably for the bioscience and chemistry courses, it's usually possible to pursue these with a foundation year. Likewise, you may, with an appropriate portfolio, be able to apply to for a Foundation Art Diploma (FAD), and then various art/design courses (or less likely, create a strong portfolio without having formally studied it).

In terms of career then...anything, really. Your 6th form subjects are rarely going to limit you in any way in that sense. Even if you don't have the required subjects for a given degree, you can usually find a version with a foundation year or do a relevant Access to HE course. It may be less feasible for medicine (and similar), although there are Access to Medicine courses accepted by a number of UK medical schools, but these don't always accept school leavers who took the "wrong" subjects. However there is always graduate entry/second degree medicine as an option (likewise with dentistry; this is also technically an option for vet med but there is less funding for this so it's more difficult to go that route).

Regarding preparation, the main thing would probably be to brush up on your maths, as HL Maths is pretty intensive so you want to make sure you have a solid foundation. You should be very comfortable with all the algebra, functions, graphs and trigonometry stuff from GCSE, and any calculus or vectors content that might've been covered (I think they do a little calculus in GCSE now?). You don't need to read ahead so to speak, but just make sure you have no issues with any of the material you've covered so far (and if you have struggled with one or two topics, try and nail that down over the summer). It might also be useful to try and practice your Spanish a bit, or maybe try reading some literature in the original language (which is more akin to the kind of work you'll eventually be doing in HL languages in IB).
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Hey!

Firstly, well done for your mock results, hopefully this will give you a boost for the real examinations!

One piece of advice I would give for IB is be prepared to mix up your revision style. As you may know from GCSE revision, you may have a learning style that works best for you, but this does not mean it will work for every subject. For example when I was on my IB course, I used different revision techniques for Mathematics compared to say Psychology or English. Maybe this is something you may want to prepare for over the summer, trying to figure out how you best learn for different topics?

In regards to careers, I guess because there is a range of subject you are doing this can lead into a number of different pathways afterwards. Maybe these pathways could combine the knowledge you gain from a few of the subjects. I think one benefit of doing IB is that it gives you more than subject knowledge from a lot of courses, it gives you a lot of soft skills like balancing a hectic workload, for an example of one. So don't limit your thinking to just the subjects you are doing but the skills you can apply from doing these subjects to other fields. Chemistry requires a lot of logical thinking, English Lit has a lot of looking between the lines and analysis. All great skills for a plethora of career options!

Hope this helps, any questions, please feel free to give us a shout!

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(Original post by scigirl11)
Hi, so I’ve just finished my mocks for my gcse amd I got 6 A* and 2 A, ive just had to make my IB choices too and I selected the following

HL Math Analysis and approaches
HL Physics
HL Spanish
SL Chemistry
SL Economics
SL English Lang & Lit

1) What career options are suitable from these choices?
2) What can I do over the summer to prepare for these courses?

Thank you so much!
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