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I’m currently choosing what A-levels I want to pick for sixth form or college, I am almost definite that I want to choose English lit + Lang and chemistry. I would’ve also liked to pick psychology, however it doesn’t fit in the choices table, so I have been left with choosing between R.E. and sociology. I had been leaning more towards sociology, however I don’t know much about it. I would appreciate if anyone could tell me more about the subjects I am considering choosing and whether they would fit together well. I must also point out that I have no idea what I want to do after a levels but I would like to go to university, however I don’t know what degree I would like to take. So I would also like to know if these subjects would be helpful to get into a university, thank you.
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I'd say go with what you think you'll enjoy/are in to the most. A-levels are hard but definitely manageable if you're keen to do them.

R.E from what I've heard is difficult as it involves a lot of abstract concepts and there isn't a lot of textbook material to go off of.
Sociology is treated as a 'soft' subject by universities but again it'll depend on the course. More 'academic' subjects like English and Chemistry for example I say better prepare you because they're more engaging and teach you directly applicable skills instead of pure regurgitation.

Overall, your choice. About subjects fitting together, it's more about skills you'll get out of them and if you want to specialise. STEM likes you to have specifics for their course (i.e. Chemistry needs Chemistry A-Level) but even with others it's best to take a subject you did or is related to what you did at A-Level
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I’m currently choosing what A-levels I want to pick for sixth form or college, I am almost definite that I want to choose English lit + Lang and chemistry. I would’ve also liked to pick psychology, however it doesn’t fit in the choices table, so I have been left with choosing between R.E. and sociology. I had been leaning more towards sociology, however I don’t know much about it. I would appreciate if anyone could tell me more about the subjects I am considering choosing and whether they would fit together well. I must also point out that I have no idea what I want to do after a levels but I would like to go to university, however I don’t know what degree I would like to take. So I would also like to know if these subjects would be helpful to get into a university, thank you.
Hey! Don’t worry I know the struggle to I did this two years ago so I help this helps
Firstly, I took English and loved it I would say quickly side note that’s if you’re not invested in literally reading so many books in order to get the best grade then use this summer to get yourself trained on reading a lot more! But 100% a great subject!
Now in terms of your question, I personally think you you where looking to take physiology and can’t then sociology would be the next thing for you! I know the courses can be great and are super interesting! However if there is something about RE that’s draws you in then I say there’s no harm in taking it but if you really likes physiology then you will probs like sociology aswell
Hoped this helps x
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Hey! Don’t worry I know the struggle to I did this two years ago so I help this helps
Firstly, I took English and loved it I would say quickly side note that’s if you’re not invested in literally reading so many books in order to get the best grade then use this summer to get yourself trained on reading a lot more! But 100% a great subject!
Now in terms of your question, I personally think you you where looking to take physiology and can’t then sociology would be the next thing for you! I know the courses can be great and are super interesting! However if there is something about RE that’s draws you in then I say there’s no harm in taking it but if you really likes physiology then you will probs like sociology aswell
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Thank you, this did help a lot! I have started reading books from the course to be able to get back into the habit of reading and to be able to prepare myself, but thank you for the tip. I think you have sold me on picking sociology, as from other reply’s, they have also been in favour of picking sociology. Fingers crossed everything works out well and once again, thank you
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I'd say go with what you think you'll enjoy/are in to the most. A-levels are hard but definitely manageable if you're keen to do them.

R.E from what I've heard is difficult as it involves a lot of abstract concepts and there isn't a lot of textbook material to go off of.
Sociology is treated as a 'soft' subject by universities but again it'll depend on the course. More 'academic' subjects like English and Chemistry for example I say better prepare you because they're more engaging and teach you directly applicable skills instead of pure regurgitation.

Overall, your choice. About subjects fitting together, it's more about skills you'll get out of them and if you want to specialise. STEM likes you to have specifics for their course (i.e. Chemistry needs Chemistry A-Level) but even with others it's best to take a subject you did or is related to what you did at A-Level
Thank you for replying, from what you have said, I am definitely leaning towards sociology. Although I have seen that it is considered, like you said, a ‘soft’ subject. I figured it was the closest to psychology, I was really bummed that I couldn’t pick it as I had been wanting to do it for a while however the choices table didn’t work out at all. But I figured chemistry and English would be strong subjects for me to pick, especially as they are my better subjects. Once again, thank you
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I’m currently choosing what A-levels I want to pick for sixth form or college, I am almost definite that I want to choose English lit + Lang and chemistry. I would’ve also liked to pick psychology, however it doesn’t fit in the choices table, so I have been left with choosing between R.E. and sociology. I had been leaning more towards sociology, however I don’t know much about it. I would appreciate if anyone could tell me more about the subjects I am considering choosing and whether they would fit together well. I must also point out that I have no idea what I want to do after a levels but I would like to go to university, however I don’t know what degree I would like to take. So I would also like to know if these subjects would be helpful to get into a university, thank you.
Hi :banana:

I did similar subjects to what you’re considering. I did English Lang+ Lit, Sociology and History.

I really really enjoyed sociology, it’s the centred around the society. It explores concepts like feminism, gender norms, education, the self-fulfilling prophecy etc. I had a really good teacher and found the subject really interesting. It was heavily essay based and the homework was mainly writing essays and reading articles at my college.

I picked essay based subjects to compliment sociology and I felt it helped me because they were all fairly similar so I could revise for them all in the same way. I chose these subjects not knowing what course I wanted to do at university (I ended up doing law). Generally, if you pick non-science/maths based courses you can do loads of courses but if you want to go down a career based in a science or maths industry then maybe you should think about doing STEM subjects.

Hope this helps

Let me know if you have any other questions

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I’m currently choosing what A-levels I want to pick for sixth form or college, I am almost definite that I want to choose English lit + Lang and chemistry. I would’ve also liked to pick psychology, however it doesn’t fit in the choices table, so I have been left with choosing between R.E. and sociology. I had been leaning more towards sociology, however I don’t know much about it. I would appreciate if anyone could tell me more about the subjects I am considering choosing and whether they would fit together well. I must also point out that I have no idea what I want to do after a levels but I would like to go to university, however I don’t know what degree I would like to take. So I would also like to know if these subjects would be helpful to get into a university, thank you.
Hey Palmera

I studied English Language and Sociology at A-Level also.

As others have mentioned, sociology is heavily essay-based, which is a great skill to have particularly if you are thinking about university.

The great thing is with most A-Level choices and university, a lot of subjects at uni do not have subject-specific entry requirements. This means you can study your chosen A-levels and still study History at Univerity (for example). However, it would be helpful to do your research first and have a look at some of the university entry requirements (subject-specific ones).

If you have any questions about Sociology or English at A-Level, let me know.

Best of luck with whatever you do!

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