Should I take DT A level over Chemistry if i want to study at a top uni?Watch
So i'm getting really confused as to which A level i want to have as my 3rd option as i've heard that DT is useless at A level and you get taught most of the content when you go to Uni. I enjoy DT but i also want to go to a top uni down in London, but i'm not sure what other options i have?
What is it you want to apply to, is I think the key question. If you wanted to apply to a product design course, DT might be very useful or relevant; for something like engineering, it generally isn't specifically helpful (although for most engineering disciplines, chemistry isn't either other than generally giving you more experience of working in a scientific, experimental paradigm). If you wanted to apply to something completely different, like business management, then it probably doesn't matter which you take though.
For design engineering or architecture DT may be helpful. Many architecture courses prefer or require some artistic or design background. Usually the emphasis is on creative design though, with some (like UCL) focusing almost purely on the creative aspects which may be best realised in fine art type contexts.
For software engineering, which is just computer science focused a little more on the programming side, neither option is remotely relevant and A-level Further Maths by far and away is the most relevant and preferred option for that course. Software engineering has nothing to do with "engineering" generally though.
If this is the case then it differs uni by uni but just maths and physics should be fine. For architchture and design engineering then DT will be better. Alot of the top uni's like to see further maths for engineering, so you should consider that
My teachers basically said in other words that i'm not up to the level where i should consider taking further maths but i'm determined to self study further maths to a degree in hopes gaining an advantage and hopefully that will help me get into a top uni, such as Imperial College London. Can you tell me if self studying is worth it in terms of that it will be recognised by uni's?
Hope that helps, feel free to ask me any more questions