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I wondered if anyone could give me some advice on which a level I should choose with geography and history as I’m really undecided and I need to choose very soon. Thank you!

RS
Pros- I enjoy it and find it interesting, I would find it the easiest to get the best grade in, predicted 9 at gcse
Cons- I already have loads of humanities/essay subjects with similar skills- i wonder whether I should do something different for a change do I don’t get bored, not seen as the most ‘facilitating/respected’ subject

French
Pros- I really enjoy it and would love to learn a language, would be very useful for the future, a nice contrast from my other subjects, means I could do a year abroad at uni/travel opportunities, a different kind of way of learning/revising, would be a big achievement/very rewarding
Cons- it is one of my hardest subjects, I got a 5 in my mock (although I have improved a lot recently and started to put more work in- now hoping for a 7/8), I love speaking and writing but I find listening very difficult, I’m not a natural at languages unlike other subjects, would be a challenge as I’ve heard it’s very hard to get an A/A* and I don’t want it to stop me from going to the uni I want to go to.

English
Pros- predicted 9 at gcse and in coursework and got 9 in mock, I enjoy it, facilitating subject, feel like although it’s a hard subject i have more chance of getting an A than in french, great department at my school, seems to get more interesting from gcse

Cons- it’s a lot of essays and reading, I don’t particularly love reading (I’d be fine doing it though), some people say if u have to really love it

So overall I’m not really sure. My favourite subject out of the 3 is french, but I’ve only started to like it recently and find it more challenging. I don’t know whether I should go with what I love the most, what I’m most likely to get the highest grade in or what will be the easiest?

Thank you- any help would be much appreciated!!
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there is a lot of essays to do in english lit- loving reading would make it easier but it certainly doesn't mean you can't do well in the subject anyway. i disliked most of my texts by the end of the course (probably more down to my personal preference of what i like to read) but i did okay so :lol:
might be worth researching specifications to see which one appeals to you the most. a lot of my friends who did re at a level found it different to gcse and didn't enjoy all of it.
what are you thinking of doing after a-levels?
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english and re are definitely writing subjects so be warned if your hand cramps!!

my gut feeling is french because it will show varied skills, et moi j'adore la langue, même après l'avoir etudié pour seulement mes examens.
However, your mock grade does worry me quire a bit. I do spanish a level, and in that, you need to start thinking you're a native as you tackle more everyday situations.

English seems like the one you'd do best in, but if i were you, i'd do french. RE will be full of philosophy, if that's up your alley.
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english and re are definitely writing subjects so be warned if your hand cramps!!

my gut feeling is french because it will show varied skills, et moi j'adore la langue, même après l'avoir etudié pour seulement mes examens.
However, your mock grade does worry me quire a bit. I do spanish a level, and in that, you need to start thinking you're a native as you tackle more everyday situations.

English seems like the one you'd do best in, but if i were you, i'd do french. RE will be full of philosophy, if that's up your alley.
Thank you so much for your help. I would say I am currently working at a grade 7 in french and hoping to get an 8- so quite an improvement from my mock although I still find french more challenging than English and RS! Obviously it depends on how hard you work, but would you say it’s quite achievable to get an A/A* if you are not a native (I have heard lots of people say a level languages are very hard to do well in) thank you!! And good luck with Spanish a level!
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I'd go for French as it is such a contrast to your other subjects, is a facilitating, well- regarded subject and you say you enjoy it. It would give you lots of options for joint degrees with a year abroad. It's important that you do A levels in subjects you enjoy as you'll be more engaged and motivated to study.
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I'd go for French as it is such a contrast to your other subjects, is a facilitating, well- regarded subject and you say you enjoy it. It would give you lots of options for joint degrees with a year abroad. It's important that you do A levels in subjects you enjoy as you'll be more engaged and motivated to study.
Thank you so much for your advice, I think I’m going to do it!
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I wondered if anyone could give me some advice on which a level I should choose with geography and history as I’m really undecided and I need to choose very soon. Thank you!

RS
Pros- I enjoy it and find it interesting, I would find it the easiest to get the best grade in, predicted 9 at gcse
Cons- I already have loads of humanities/essay subjects with similar skills- i wonder whether I should do something different for a change do I don’t get bored, not seen as the most ‘facilitating/respected’ subject

French
Pros- I really enjoy it and would love to learn a language, would be very useful for the future, a nice contrast from my other subjects, means I could do a year abroad at uni/travel opportunities, a different kind of way of learning/revising, would be a big achievement/very rewarding
Cons- it is one of my hardest subjects, I got a 5 in my mock (although I have improved a lot recently and started to put more work in- now hoping for a 7/8), I love speaking and writing but I find listening very difficult, I’m not a natural at languages unlike other subjects, would be a challenge as I’ve heard it’s very hard to get an A/A* and I don’t want it to stop me from going to the uni I want to go to.

English
Pros- predicted 9 at gcse and in coursework and got 9 in mock, I enjoy it, facilitating subject, feel like although it’s a hard subject i have more chance of getting an A than in french, great department at my school, seems to get more interesting from gcse

Cons- it’s a lot of essays and reading, I don’t particularly love reading (I’d be fine doing it though), some people say if u have to really love it

So overall I’m not really sure. My favourite subject out of the 3 is french, but I’ve only started to like it recently and find it more challenging. I don’t know whether I should go with what I love the most, what I’m most likely to get the highest grade in or what will be the easiest?

Thank you- any help would be much appreciated!!
I'd 100% reccommend French. And if you're worried about the listenings then I wouldn't worry too much about that because everyone I know (myself included) finds them to be the most difficult part and there are ways to improve your listening skills too such as listening to French podcasts or watching French TV, there's some great shows on Netlfix
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english lit is really hard at a level... a grade 9 at gcse is nothing in comparison to what's expected from you at a level. the jump is quite large but that doesn't mean you can't do well in it- just really consider whether you enjoy the subject enough to put in the hard work.
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