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hiya, i'm deciding on my a level options in the next few days and am conflicted as to what to take for my 4th choice (to drop after year 12). i wanted to know what psychology is about/what kinds of things it covers and is useful for? (for reference my other a levels are going to be maths, bio and chem but i can't decide between economics or psychology)
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hiya, i'm deciding on my a level options in the next few days and am conflicted as to what to take for my 4th choice (to drop after year 12). i wanted to know what psychology is about/what kinds of things it covers and is useful for? (for reference my other a levels are going to be maths, bio and chem but i can't decide between economics or psychology)
I cant help you im sorry.
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hiya, i'm deciding on my a level options in the next few days and am conflicted as to what to take for my 4th choice (to drop after year 12). i wanted to know what psychology is about/what kinds of things it covers and is useful for? (for reference my other a levels are going to be maths, bio and chem but i can't decide between economics or psychology)
Hii do you have a rough idea of what you want to do at uni? It's not essential but it would really help in planning. I think A-level psychology syllabus vary slightly depending on the exam board but I do think they share some features. At it's core, psychology (at A level) will introduce you to psychological studies, methodological issues, report writing, interpreting psychological data analysis/ results, critical thinking, various theories and approaches, etc. Have you tried looking at the syllabus of psychology for your exam board? Most of the time there should be a document indicating what the subject entails. You should be able to find out the topics offered e.g. clinical psych, organisational psych...

I can't answer for economics though but I did psych, bio, chem and maths at A-levels (probably a different exam board than yours). It's a pretty decent combination. Unless you're thinking of doing an economics degree or something then taking econs at a-levels would benefit you. Hope this helps!
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Hii do you have a rough idea of what you want to do at uni? It's not essential but it would really help in planning. I think A-level psychology syllabus vary slightly depending on the exam board but I do think they share some features. At it's core, psychology (at A level) will introduce you to psychological studies, methodological issues, report writing, interpreting psychological data analysis/ results, critical thinking, various theories and approaches, etc. Have you tried looking at the syllabus of psychology for your exam board? Most of the time there should be a document indicating what the subject entails. You should be able to find out the topics offered e.g. clinical psych, organisational psych...

I can't answer for economics though but I did psych, bio, chem and maths at A-levels (probably a different exam board than yours). It's a pretty decent combination. Unless you're thinking of doing an economics degree or something then taking econs at a-levels would benefit you. Hope this helps!
i think it helped more then i did 😂
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Hii do you have a rough idea of what you want to do at uni? It's not essential but it would really help in planning. I think A-level psychology syllabus vary slightly depending on the exam board but I do think they share some features. At it's core, psychology (at A level) will introduce you to psychological studies, methodological issues, report writing, interpreting psychological data analysis/ results, critical thinking, various theories and approaches, etc. Have you tried looking at the syllabus of psychology for your exam board? Most of the time there should be a document indicating what the subject entails. You should be able to find out the topics offered e.g. clinical psych, organisational psych...

I can't answer for economics though but I did psych, bio, chem and maths at A-levels (probably a different exam board than yours). It's a pretty decent combination. Unless you're thinking of doing an economics degree or something then taking econs at a-levels would benefit you. Hope this helps!
at the moment i'm thinking of going into medicine- and so psych would probably be the most relevant i think? i've looked at a few of the exam specs but i'm not sure which exam board i'd be using for it at sixth form. how do you find the workload with all the subjects and balancing them ect?
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at the moment i'm thinking of going into medicine- and so psych would probably be the most relevant i think? i've looked at a few of the exam specs but i'm not sure which exam board i'd be using for it at sixth form. how do you find the workload with all the subjects and balancing them ect?
Heyy, yeap that combination (with psych) is fine for medicine! Some take physics instead of psych but that's not essential. I found chemistry to be the toughest out of them all (which I think most people would say the same – A level chem is notorious for that haha). But it's nothing you can't fix without constant practice!

Balancing was not an issue since it was just 4 subjects so you have time to spread them out throughout the week. A-levels is really just about familiarising yourself with past exam papers; it's very repetitive. As long as you understand the concepts and practice past papers, you're good! In terms of workload, well, it was a lot at the beginning as we were just learning the new stuff, but towards the end nearer the exams we were just doing as many past paper exam questions as we can. So it can seem daunting at the start but once you understand the concepts and topics, it gets easier along the way Just be systematic (and strategic) in your work planning and you should be able to keep on top of your workload.
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