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I have been offered a place at a sixthfrom for Maths A2, Further Maths, History, English Lit and Philosophy. I've decided not to take 5, but 4 instead and will either drop Lit or Philosophy. I want to do a degree in Maths most probs, and was wondering which one you would drop.

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do english, it's amazing
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Drop English lit. A lot of Philosophy is based on Logic and such, so it might be slightly more relevant. Plus, I found it more fun
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I think either would be fine... although I don't know for sure. I'm doing both Philosophy and English Lit A2, and whilst liking both, I enjoy Lit more.

It's just a question of which you think you'd prefer.
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I take both, and love both, it depends on what you like best really. Both are well respected by unis, so both are good for you whichever you decide.
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Drop English lit. A lot of Philosophy is based on Logic and such, so it might be slightly more relevant. Plus, I found it more fun
At A-level?
I'd drop Philosophy. I've heard it's not that enjoyable at A-level.
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I have no preference really as I have never done philosophy. I don't like poetry. I'm a great fan of logic and debate.
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I do Philosophy so i'm going to be slighly biased but yes do philosophy, even though i am quite terrible at the subject i enjoy it non the less
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A level Eng Lit is very good
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I do both and prefer Lit. For Maths though Philosophy would probably be better, in terms of logical thinking
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(Original post by OllyThePhilosopher)
At A-level?
I'd drop Philosophy. I've heard it's not that enjoyable at A-level.
I found it quite fun. Meh, it does vary from person to person.
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English Lit it up. The contrast to maths gives you a bit of variety.
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Believe it or not, Philosophy goes hand in hand with Physics and Maths. Check which board your sixth form are doing Philosophy with, if it's AQA you're in for a treat. Great subject.
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why don't you take physics instead of history/english/philosophy?
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What would really help, is if somebody could tell me what a philosophy exam is like. Is it knowledge based like a history exam, or analytical like Lit?
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(Original post by Darkhadou)
Believe it or not, Philosophy goes hand in hand with Physics and Maths. Check which board your sixth form are doing Philosophy with, if it's AQA you're in for a treat. Great subject.
I agree with the AQA part, i've really enjoyed their course, although philosophy of religion i didn't really get
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why don't you take physics instead of history/english/philosophy?
At my secondary school we did twenty first century science, which was just ticking boxes, so I know nothing for physics etc.
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What would really help, is if somebody could tell me what a philosophy exam is like. Is it knowledge based like a history exam, or analytical like Lit?
A bit of both really. You explain the theories surrounding a question eg "There is no such thing as Life after death". You would go into what different scholars have said, different theories, and then you'd analyse and evaluate those theories, then conclude.
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I take both for IB, so I can't ocmment on the A level, but just generally.

I personally hate Philosophy - I used to love it at the beginning, and before the course, but our lessons seem rather tedious.
English Lit I've always disliked, but would recommend more than philosophy, because for me at least, I've gotten a lot more out of it, because of all the presentations/analysing we've done, it's helped in other areas.

However, for you, if you're interested in Maths I'd probably suggest philosophy. I've heard a lot of philosophers are great mathematicians because of the way philosophy helps you think, so maybe it oculd also help the other way round?
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i did philosophy at AS, it's a brilliant subject

i did english language and literature, which is slightly different to just literature which i found okay

in the end i dropped philosophy due to bad grades, and all my other subjects were social sciences so my ucas would look terrible without english (psychology, sociology and philosophy?)

but in your case i'd say go for philosophy, it's more enjoyable and more relative to your subject, it also teaches you to construct an argument really well

philosophy exams are essay based, and give you a theory, asking you to outline and evaluate it
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