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I think it is so wrong to make 16 year olds start deciding their futures by choosing A levels that may limit their future university and therefore career options, (even 14 year olds choosing their GCSEs) and I really wish we had the US education system over here. The UK system is only good if you absolutley 100% know what career you want for the rest of your life at 16, which in most cases of 16 year olds just doesn't happen
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I think it is so wrong to make 16 year olds start deciding their futures by choosing A levels that may limit their future university and therefore career options, (even 14 year olds choosing their GCSEs) and I really wish we had the US education system over here. The UK system is only good if you absolutley 100% know what career you want for the rest of your life at 16, which in most cases of 16 year olds just doesn't happen
How exactly is the US education system better in this regard? Asking due to curiosity.
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How exactly is the US education system better in this regard? Asking due to curiosity.
I guess they study many subjects in "college" which is our university....
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I wouldn't want the American education system here though, I like our education system as it is. It could change some aspects but duplicating the American system is not a good idea... this is MY OPNION btw.
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I feel like some people forget that you don't have to do A-levels. There's also the IB which, from what I've heard, offers more subjects and keeps options open. Choosing facilitating subjects is always good if you aren't fully sure.
Most 16 year olds can research, and instead of thinking about a specific job, you should think about the area in which you want a career in.
If you enjoy everything you do, then you have it easier: pick things you are the best at.
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I feel like some people forget that you don't have to do A-levels. There's also the IB which, from what I've heard, offers more subjects and keeps options open. Choosing facilitating subjects is always good if you aren't fully sure.
Most 16 year olds can research, and instead of thinking about a specific job, you should think about the area in which you want a career in.
If you enjoy everything you do, then you have it easier: pick things you are the best at.
here at university though you only study one subject and you have to know what that subject is before applying to uni, and once you get to uni it's very hard to change your subject. In the US you don't have to decide your major before starting uni, you can go in undecided and you only need to declare your major after 2 years. Also you can take a bunch of different classes and its so much easier to explore different areas to see what you like. They also have a much wider variety of subject options
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I think it is so wrong to make 16 year olds start deciding their futures by choosing A levels that may limit their future university and therefore career options, (even 14 year olds choosing their GCSEs) and I really wish we had the US education system over here. The UK system is only good if you absolutley 100% know what career you want for the rest of your life at 16, which in most cases of 16 year olds just doesn't happen
I agree honestly. It's too restrictive at such an early age. I wanted to do more than 4 A-levels if I could, and I regret computer science so much. One of my teachers cannot teach and the content is so dismal.

I just wonder whether I should have picked more than Just biology as a science, since my grades were quite high in everyhere, and honestly I wish I could do 7-8 A-levels over 3-4 years so I can figure out what I really want. But now I feel like I've ruled out certain options I would have liked to consider.
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Lmao try the education system of any East Asian country and you'll be grateful for what you have. I much prefer the system here as I'd rather not study things I don't care about like English literature.
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I wish I could do 7-8 A-levels over 3-4 years
I've seen everything on TSR at this point..... 7-8 A-levels jeez
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Ok, but how is you being indecisive indicative of a fault within the British education system?
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Lmao try the education system of any East Asian country and you'll be grateful for what you have. I much prefer the system here as I'd rather not study things I don't care about like English literature.
I second this..... the education system is also India not very great...
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here at university though you only study one subject and you have to know what that subject is before applying to uni, and once you get to uni it's very hard to change your subject. In the US you don't have to decide your major before starting uni, you can go in undecided and you only need to declare your major after 2 years. Also you can take a bunch of different classes and its so much easier to explore different areas to see what you like. They also have a much wider variety of subject options
No one's stopping you from going to uni in America? It's an extra unnecessary year for people who don't want to study anything else.
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here at university though you only study one subject and you have to know what that subject is before applying to uni, and once you get to uni it's very hard to change your subject. In the US you don't have to decide your major before starting uni, you can go in undecided and you only need to declare your major after 2 years. Also you can take a bunch of different classes and its so much easier to explore different areas to see what you like. They also have a much wider variety of subject options
I'd rather go to uni to study my chosen subject.
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Did- did someone just say they want to do 7-8 A-levels?

Boi- A-levels are not like GCSEs, hell, looking back GCSEs were such a piece of cake, I don't know why I complained.

I'm finding just three hard enough to juggle with.

EDIT: They said over a span of four years, so I guess that would be doable, if you do 4 A-levels every two years.
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Oh and I'm derailing this thread but the system of going to medical school in the US is brutal. Many people go through the premed route just to not get into medicine and be left with a degree they don't want on top of the exorbitant tuition fees.
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No one's stopping you from going to uni in America? It's an extra unnecessary year for people who don't want to study anything else.

extremely high costs are stopping me
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I agree honestly. It's too restrictive at such an early age. I wanted to do more than 4 A-levels if I could, and I regret computer science so much. One of my teachers cannot teach and the content is so dismal.

I just wonder whether I should have picked more than Just biology as a science, since my grades were quite high in everyhere, and honestly I wish I could do 7-8 A-levels over 3-4 years so I can figure out what I really want. But now I feel like I've ruled out certain options I would have liked to consider.
I like how you tried to list negatives about the education system but ironically list the positives.
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extremely high costs are stopping me
You're proving my point about how the American education system is flawed in the way that it's for the wealthy
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here at university though you only study one subject and you have to know what that subject is before applying to uni, and once you get to uni it's very hard to change your subject. In the US you don't have to decide your major before starting uni, you can go in undecided and you only need to declare your major after 2 years. Also you can take a bunch of different classes and its so much easier to explore different areas to see what you like. They also have a much wider variety of subject options
Also they force you to have certain subjects before you graduate - not good
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