Is taking Art as an extra IB subject even worth it for the path I want to take?

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Hey there!,
Currently I am in the midst of finishing up my GCSEs- but I've a slight question with subjects. You see, I am taking A levels (Biology, Chemistry and Maths- possibly further) and I thought of taking IB Art as well as these three A levels. I've had a passion for art since I was young and do have a very prominent creative side. I just thought of how much of a shame it would be to drop a skill that I have built up over the years. Does anyone think this is worth doing? Or should I just stick to the three A levels I have chosen?

(I am also planning on doing dermatology when I grow up hehe)
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I do chemistry, biology and maths A levels and let me tell you, it is *a lot* of work. They are 3 of the hardest A levels and art is also an extremely time consuming and demanding course. So, I’m going to be brutally honest in saying that it really isn’t worth the additional stress of doing art if you want to pursue dermatology in the future. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up art! I’ve had a passion for art too and i still like to pursue it on the side, without the academic pressure. What I will say though is that if you really really are that passionate about art, maybe you should be leaning towards a more artistic route for a career? I hope this helped, if you want me to answer any questions about my A levels or otherwise then I’d be more than happy to
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(Original post by Reanna.xxx)
I do chemistry, biology and maths A levels and let me tell you, it is *a lot* of work. They are 3 of the hardest A levels and art is also an extremely time consuming and demanding course. So, I’m going to be brutally honest in saying that it really isn’t worth the additional stress of doing art if you want to pursue dermatology in the future. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up art! I’ve had a passion for art too and i still like to pursue it on the side, without the academic pressure. What I will say though is that if you really really are that passionate about art, maybe you should be leaning towards a more artistic route for a career? I hope this helped, if you want me to answer any questions about my A levels or otherwise then I’d be more than happy to
Omg! Thank you so much for the reply! I did actually have a question regarding chemistry A level (I was debating on whether or not to ask)- but did you find A level chemistry more difficult than GCSE in terms of tests and stuff? I heard its all new content so you scrap what you have learned in GCSE, is that also true? I'm kinda nervous hehe
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Omg! Thank you so much for the reply! I did actually have a question regarding chemistry A level (I was debating on whether or not to ask)- but did you find A level chemistry more difficult than GCSE in terms of tests and stuff? I heard its all new content so you scrap what you have learned in GCSE, is that also true? I'm kinda nervous hehe
A level chemistry is definitely much, much harder than gcse in terms of both tests and content. The concepts are much more complex and the format of exam questions will take some time to get used to. However, despite the difficulty, chemistry is fascinating! I find it really enjoyable and it does make you want to actually revise. It is true that some gcse content is scrapped just because a lot of concepts in gcse chem are so condensed that you kind of have to relearn the entire process (idk if that makes sense haha). At the same time though, chemistry A level does also build on a handful of gcse topics and expands them further. Overall, it’s a wonderful and super useful A level and as long as you’re willing to work, I think you’ll be absolutely fine! I hope this helped
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