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idk what degree to do in university

So recently I have received my GCSE results and they were moderately good with majority of my grades being grade 7 or above. Regardless, I ended up choosing biology, history and psychology as my a-levels. However, I now realised my poor decision as I am struggling to find a degree or any sort of aspiration of what I want to do when I grow up. Is it okay not to know what to do? Also, is there any sort of stem things I can even do with just biology?
Reply 1
Take a Gap year where you do A level maths and Economics in a year.
(edited 6 months ago)
Reply 2
I think some unis are quite flexible in the way that you can often apply for subjects you hadn't studied at A Level (some of which were possible to study at A Level, like politics for example)
Original post by garniersucks
So recently I have received my GCSE results and they were moderately good with majority of my grades being grade 7 or above. Regardless, I ended up choosing biology, history and psychology as my a-levels. However, I now realised my poor decision as I am struggling to find a degree or any sort of aspiration of what I want to do when I grow up. Is it okay not to know what to do? Also, is there any sort of stem things I can even do with just biology?

Hiya 👋

You should check out different course options at a few universities in areas you think you might like to live after college.

I can give you some info about pursuing a STEM degree at Essex with a biology and psychology A Level, but all universities have different entry requirements and course modules available. Check out the module options for each course to see if there's something you find interesting and might like to study in the future. You should have a better idea after the first year of A Levels for what you might want to go on to study at uni.

A lot of degrees do not specify which three A Levels they require: some might ask for maths, or an essay subject. For STEM degrees they may require one or two sciences. Psychology is suitable as a second science for you and history is an essay based subject, so your choices are great for a lot of degrees.

This looks like a long list but there are literally hundreds of degrees you could pursue with the A Levels that you've chosen 😊

All the below courses at Essex require at least a 4/C in GCSE Maths:

BSc Biomedical Science
A Level entry requirements: BBB (including biology + one other science - psychology is accepted)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00039/1/bsc-biomedical-science

BSc Biological Sciences
A Level entry requirements: BBB (including biology)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00038/1/bsc-biological-sciences

BSc Genetics
A Level entry requirements: BBB (including biology)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00178/1/bsc-genetics

BSc Human Biology
A Level entry requirements: BBB (including biology)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug01340/1/bsc-human-biology

BSc Marine Biology
A Level entry requirements: BBB (including biology)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00263/1/bsc-marine-biology

BSc Ecology & Environmental Biology
A Level entry requirements: BBB (including biology)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00102/1/bsc-ecology-and-environmental-biology

BSc Computer Science
A Level entry requirements: ABB (any A Levels)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00069/1/bsc-computer-science

BEng Computer Systems Engineering
A Level entry requirements: ABB (any A Levels)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00076/1/beng-computer-systems-engineering

BSc Psychology
A Level entry requirements: ABB (any A Levels)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00361/2/bsc-psychology

BEng Neural Engineering with Psychology
A Level entry requirements: ABB (any A Levels)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug01361/1/beng-neural-engineering-with-psychology

BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
A Level entry requirements: ABB (any A Levels)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00362/1/bsc-psychology-with-cognitive-neuroscience

BSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
A Level entry requirements: ABB (including B in a science subject)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug01533/1/bsc-sport-and-exercise-psychology

Hope this gives you an idea of the variety of different STEM courses on offer at Essex that you could do, if you meet the entry requirements. Best of luck in your research for the future!

Best wishes
Essex Student Rep - Hayley
(edited 6 months ago)

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