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so I am stuck. I have applied for A-Level options: economics, maths and physics. I am predicted top grades (somehow) however, I am in a dilemma. I care a lot about climate change, and the environment in terms of energy consumption, however, I feel as though to best make change to it, is to get on with it and work into a career with it. The two different things I have seen concerning it is chemical engineering and mechanical (just because that takes you pretty much anywhere) so I am a bit confused on which one would be better to reach that goal and whether I may need to take Chemistry as a fourth. However, I am also more of a peoples person very very very interested in people, and journalism (used to be my dream career until a very sexist comment pretty much gave it the ick for me, even though I still love love love it) and like society and my dream dream job has always been working in the foreign office, however at the same time, unfortunately salaries does play a big part and I can if I work hard enough do writing on the engineering and the foreign office dream can get sacrificed, so please help me. my school has been awful with the careers support (really only focusing on people who seem to be less dedicated to education) and I have already submitted my application, but i am sure I can always change it so, what do I do, what do i pick. I dont want to pick 4 as i do want to go to a decent university and would rather have three properly done a levels but my dream university needs chemistry for chemical engineering but I prefer physics and I don't know which one will be better in landing me to where I want to be in terms of renewable energy, but my 2nd choice uni takes in physics
so not taking chemistry is fine so it's all good there. but still im confused on whether thats really what I want or shall i take the plunge or keep economics to keep it broad and make sure I still have an essay subject in there. Please help!!!
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Is there a particular reason you want to take economics?
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Is there a particular reason you want to take economics?
I am extremely extremely interested in things like history, politics, sociology and economics, I would say that those would be the areas where I would go out of my way to do more for, id describe them as my passions and I did want to have a subject that I actually enjoyed thoroughly for a levels and it also includes essays and I do want to have a broader skill set as this is pretty much my dilemma for careers
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Please use paragraphs...

Most universities offering chemical engineering just require one of A-level Physics or A-level Chemistry plus A-level Maths. A-level Further Maths would be better to take than chemistry as a 4th A-level (or even as a third in place of economics) for engineering.

If you are interested in renewable energy engineering Exeter offers a degree in just that on its Cornwall campus through the Camborne School of Mines, which is very well regarded. Might be worth exploring as an option.
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Please use paragraphs...

Most universities offering chemical engineering just require one of A-level Physics or A-level Chemistry plus A-level Maths. A-level Further Maths would be better to take than chemistry as a 4th A-level (or even as a third in place of economics) for engineering.

If you are interested in renewable energy engineering Exeter offers a degree in just that on its Cornwall campus through the Camborne School of Mines, which is very well regarded. Might be worth exploring as an option.
thank you so so much!
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hey,
so I am stuck. I have applied for A-Level options: economics, maths and physics. I am predicted top grades (somehow) however, I am in a dilemma. I care a lot about climate change, and the environment in terms of energy consumption, however, I feel as though to best make change to it, is to get on with it and work into a career with it. The two different things I have seen concerning it is chemical engineering and mechanical (just because that takes you pretty much anywhere) so I am a bit confused on which one would be better to reach that goal and whether I may need to take Chemistry as a fourth. However, I am also more of a peoples person very very very interested in people, and journalism (used to be my dream career until a very sexist comment pretty much gave it the ick for me, even though I still love love love it) and like society and my dream dream job has always been working in the foreign office, however at the same time, unfortunately salaries does play a big part and I can if I work hard enough do writing on the engineering and the foreign office dream can get sacrificed, so please help me. my school has been awful with the careers support (really only focusing on people who seem to be less dedicated to education) and I have already submitted my application, but i am sure I can always change it so, what do I do, what do i pick. I dont want to pick 4 as i do want to go to a decent university and would rather have three properly done a levels but my dream university needs chemistry for chemical engineering but I prefer physics and I don't know which one will be better in landing me to where I want to be in terms of renewable energy, but my 2nd choice uni takes in physics
so not taking chemistry is fine so it's all good there. but still im confused on whether thats really what I want or shall i take the plunge or keep economics to keep it broad and make sure I still have an essay subject in there. Please help!!!
OK, I am mainly replying to the bolded section and your title.

I'm taking energy engineering as defined from Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_engineering

There are other sources that describe energy engineering as essentially anything in the energy industry, but this is too broad. Energy engineering is typically taken to mean energy management for commercial, industrial and residential facilities, including trying to reduce their energy consumption and developing more sustainable energy sources - which could be renewables. This can include, for example, designing a lower carbon energy system, or performing energy modelling of existing buildings and facilities.

So, for example, you could help integrate solar panels into a building development, but you wouldn't be actually designing the panels - that'd be the manufacturer that designs (and supplies) them. Or you could work with architects and engineers to ensure that new building is as energy efficient as possible.

This is mainly accessible from a mechanical or building services engineering background, and I think there are also specialist energy engineering postgraduate degrees too.
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