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Help for choosing courses URGENT!!!!!

I am currently studying Biology, Computer science and business. With predicted grades of A,B,C, and currently doing an EPQ. And I have very little idea on what course to pick. I've always loved the environment and did work experience surrounding that area and loved it, partly because of the office work environment I was surrounded by, but partly because it was almost environmental planning? I feel so fulfilled at the idea of creating products to help the world, but when I look at courses like Environmental Engineering majority of them want Maths, or Physics which I haven't done. Some more things about me if you have any more suggestions: I've been learning Chinese for almost 6 years, and I do tend to be a very disciplined person. I'm more extroverted, and creative discussions in a group I'm more suited towards. Help would be much appreciated!
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Original post by meowtrees
I am currently studying Biology, Computer science and business. With predicted grades of A,B,C, and currently doing an EPQ. And I have very little idea on what course to pick. I've always loved the environment and did work experience surrounding that area and loved it, partly because of the office work environment I was surrounded by, but partly because it was almost environmental planning? I feel so fulfilled at the idea of creating products to help the world, but when I look at courses like Environmental Engineering majority of them want Maths, or Physics which I haven't done. Some more things about me if you have any more suggestions: I've been learning Chinese for almost 6 years, and I do tend to be a very disciplined person. I'm more extroverted, and creative discussions in a group I'm more suited towards. Help would be much appreciated!


I would suggest that you study maths and physics as a private candidate then. It usually opens up more options than doing an irrelevant degree.

Other potential degrees that you could look into:

Environmental Science (which you've met the entry requirements for)

Earth Science or Geology

Marine Sciences/Biology

Biochemistry

Conservation/environmental management

Town/urban planning (see the following for specific degrees that you will need to meet legal requirements i.e. RTPI accredited degrees: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/town-planner)

Mechanical engineering

Electronic and electric engineering

Bioinformatics



Whilst it's admirable, you learning Chinese don't really have much of a bearing on university application, unless you're telling me it's an extra A Level with a high grade.

It will be significantly easier if you did a personality test (Myer Briggs preferably) and look at the recommended career suggestions they give you. Whilst such tests are more of an art form than a science and that you should always take their results with a pinch of salt, they are often good starting points.

Once you have a good idea of what you want to do, then it's a good idea to look through the following site to find the requirements for the jobt hat you want to do and whether certain degrees are required: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers

If you're adament on doing something related to creating products and you want to focus on how things are built (as opposed to industrial design where you design products to make them look nice), then it's almost a requirement to do Maths and Physics.
Failing the above, you can always go into a foundation year in engineering at the university of your choice and then move into the degree that you want within that university (it's difficult to switch universities after the foundation year).
The alternative would be to do an Access to Higher Education course specialising in Engineering/Physical sciences where you have 15 credits of Chemistry, Physics, and Maths each. This is not widely available, but it's usually cheaper than a foundation year, despite not all universities accept them.
However, my favourite will always be to do 3 A Levels (along with other practical assessments) on top of what you want to do. Physics and Maths should be the minimum, but if you can avoid doing both, so much the better.

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