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I chose english lit, biology and psychology as my choices but after receiving my gcse results I ended up getting better grades on other subjects. I do enjoy these subjects but I'm scared I won't do well in them
(i got a 6 for english lit + biology for reference)
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Your grades are amazing, congrats
With regards to being worried about not doing well in them I would say that, with the grades you achieved thus far you've already proven that you will do good.
A lot of the times, people just convince themselves that they are going to fail before even starting. So pick the subject that you enjoy and want to progress further in. You have a lot of support and help along the way.
Best of luck with your a-levels
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A 6 isn't too bad. I mean, it's a good grade on its own, but it's probably the minimum you want to be getting to go onto an A-Level in the subject.

I think you'll be alright in English with a little work. Biology is a tiny bit concerning from my perspective but I have known people do well at A-Level despite a 6 at GCSE. You could always try it and then change if you struggle with it (assuming your sixth form allows that).

What did you get better grades in and would you like to pursue it?
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A 6 isn't too bad. I mean, it's a good grade on its own, but it's probably the minimum you want to be getting to go onto an A-Level in the subject.

I think you'll be alright in English with a little work. Biology is a tiny bit concerning from my perspective but I have known people do well at A-Level despite a 6 at GCSE. You could always try it and then change if you struggle with it (assuming your sixth form allows that).

What did you get better grades in and would you like to pursue it?
i got 8 in history and 7 in maths + english lang but I really didn't enjoy those subjects. I wouldnt mind maths but I dont have much confidence at doing it for a level
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i got 8 in history and 7 in maths + english lang but I really didn't enjoy those subjects. I wouldnt mind maths but I dont have much confidence at doing it for a level
History sounds like a great option if you'd be interested. English language is very different at A-Level so you'd have to look into it. Difficult one with both maths and biology because they are very difficult and so you need to have a touch of confidence and a lot of interest.

Any idea what you may want to do in future? Some things have no subject requirements (e.g. law) but others are obviously different.
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History sounds like a great option if you'd be interested. English language is very different at A-Level so you'd have to look into it. Difficult one with both maths and biology because they are very difficult and so you need to have a touch of confidence and a lot of interest.

Any idea what you may want to do in future? Some things have no subject requirements (e.g. law) but others are obviously different.
Yeah I was considering history as one of my options but had no interest in it at gcse. I am interested in biology but I heard its not really worth choosing if I dont pick chemistry with it

I think I would like to go into the psychology route and wouldn't mind doing law if my grades at a level get better.
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Yeah I was considering history as one of my options but had no interest in it at gcse. I am interested in biology but I heard its not really worth choosing if I dont pick chemistry with it

I think I would like to go into the psychology route and wouldn't mind doing law if my grades at a level get better.
Ah if you have no interest in history then yeah probably not a good idea.

If you really work at biology you could probably make it, but it will be tough. I think it's bs that people are telling you it's useless without chemistry though. Biology pairs well with psychology and you don't need to be doing chemistry unless you want to do medicine or something.
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Ah if you have no interest in history then yeah probably not a good idea.

If you really work at biology you could probably make it, but it will be tough. I think it's bs that people are telling you it's useless without chemistry though. Biology pairs well with psychology and you don't need to be doing chemistry unless you want to do medicine or something.
tysm for your input, people have just been saying bio is extremely hard + not to do it and its making me scared lol
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(Original post by annqbellex)
I chose english lit, biology and psychology as my choices but after receiving my gcse results I ended up getting better grades on other subjects. I do enjoy these subjects but I'm scared I won't do well in them
(i got a 6 for english lit + biology for reference)
As long as you love the subjects, I would say go for it! At GCSE, physics was my best science, but I ende dup taking Bio and Chem, and didn't regret a thing. I also took Eng Lang. even tho I was technically (According to my gcse grades) better at Lit.

(Original post by annqbellex)
I am interested in biology but I heard its not really worth choosing if I dont pick chemistry with it

I think I would like to go into the psychology route and wouldn't mind doing law if my grades at a level get better.
No, no no . You DON'T need chem to do Bio. To put it perspective, out of a cohort of 30 bio students in my sixth form, only 5 of us do chem an bio together. The only bit where chem comes useful (for AS at least) is the first topic of bio in terms of bonds, and drawing molecules, you don't need any specialist alevel chem knowledge with bio. Bio imo is the most relevant science, it's also the easiest, conceptually. However the exams are very difficult. So a lot of time will be spent doing exam questions if you do end up taking bio. But if you enjoy it, GO FOR IT!! It's worth it.
Bio, Psych and English is a good combo, a mix of stem and essay writing (I'm doing chem, bio and english lang) and psych and bio work well together, even if their content doesn't overlap.
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tysm for your input, people have just been saying bio is extremely hard + not to do it and its making me scared lol
No problem!

From what I've heard there's a lot of content and it is very challenging, but I guess A-Levels are meant to be. Even then though, I believe it's at the harder end in most people's opinions.

Have you looked into anything like sociology? My school didn't do it but I did like the look of it and apparently it pairs with psychology well.
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As long as you love the subjects, I would say go for it! At GCSE, physics was my best science, but I ende dup taking Bio and Chem, and didn't regret a thing. I also took Eng Lang. even tho I was technically (According to my gcse grades) better at Lit.


No, no no . You DON'T need chem to do Bio. To put it perspective, out of a cohort of 30 bio students in my sixth form, only 5 of us do chem an bio together. The only bit where chem comes useful (for AS at least) is the first topic of bio in terms of bonds, and drawing molecules, you don't need any specialist alevel chem knowledge with bio. Bio imo is the most relevant science, it's also the easiest, conceptually. However the exams are very difficult. So a lot of time will be spent doing exam questions if you do end up taking bio. But if you enjoy it, GO FOR IT!! It's worth it.
Bio, Psych and English is a good combo, a mix of stem and essay writing (I'm doing chem, bio and english lang) and psych and bio work well together, even if their content doesn't overlap.
ty this reassures me more, no one is my bio class is doing chemistry either

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No problem!

From what I've heard there's a lot of content and it is very challenging, but I guess A-Levels are meant to be. Even then though, I believe it's at the harder end in most people's opinions.

Have you looked into anything like sociology? My school didn't do it but I did like the look of it and apparently it pairs with psychology well.
Yes! If I don't enjoy biology I'm planning on dropping it and doing sociology instead as it seems very interesting too
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