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What degrees are out there for psychology,biology and French?

I want to go to a top uni but I'm not sure on what degree so I'm trying to keep my options as open as possible, I got results in all my gcses so i don't want to waste it and not get into a uni of my choice because my options have limited my degree choices.
Reply 1
Hmm - all seems a bit vague. Given the cost of going to university these days and the fact you only get one shot, deciding on a top university and then shoehorning any old degree into the mix seems like the perfect recipe for disappointment and missed opportunity later in life.

Do you know what you want to do after university? If so, then do what you need to do to achieve that. If you don't know then why go to university for the sake of it? Take some time out and figure out what you want to do and then work towards that. I have no idea why there is such a clamour for "top" universities as if somehow going there will make everything right.

The thing that makes people successful is not the university they went to, it is themselves. Successful people also generally know where they are going and what they want to achieve.

So think carefully about where your initial goal is and then do things that get you there. Honestly - that is the way to do it.

Good luck!
Reply 2
Original post by hotpud
Hmm - all seems a bit vague. Given the cost of going to university these days and the fact you only get one shot, deciding on a top university and then shoehorning any old degree into the mix seems like the perfect recipe for disappointment and missed opportunity later in life.

Do you know what you want to do after university? If so, then do what you need to do to achieve that. If you don't know then why go to university for the sake of it? Take some time out and figure out what you want to do and then work towards that. I have no idea why there is such a clamour for "top" universities as if somehow going there will make everything right.

The thing that makes people successful is not the university they went to, it is themselves. Successful people also generally know where they are going and what they want to achieve.

So think carefully about where your initial goal is and then do things that get you there. Honestly - that is the way to do it.

Good luck!

I definitely know I want to go to univerisity because it is the best way to start a career, you get so many job opportunities no matter what degree you take but I'm just not sure what route to take yet; humanities or science. I get good grades and know that if I put the work in I could get into a top uni so why would'nt I? It's just a personal preference I guess but the problem is most top unis for science u need to do chemistry too and I fear that I would'nt get a good grade but for humanities I would need to take another humanities subject. This led me to do an open options route but I know I won't be able to go to a uni of my choice with those a levels so I need to decide soon.
Original post by rose1417
I definitely know I want to go to univerisity because it is the best way to start a career, you get so many job opportunities no matter what degree you take but I'm just not sure what route to take yet; humanities or science. I get good grades and know that if I put the work in I could get into a top uni so why would'nt I? It's just a personal preference I guess but the problem is most top unis for science u need to do chemistry too and I fear that I would'nt get a good grade but for humanities I would need to take another humanities subject. This led me to do an open options route but I know I won't be able to go to a uni of my choice with those a levels so I need to decide soon.


Try plugging some A level combinations into the following tool for degree suggestions:

https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/a-level-explorer


Pick a couple of unis, scroll through the undergraduate course lists and see what piques your interest. Then check the Entry Requirements section of any courses that do interest you. For example:

https://warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/


The following website is a good resource for career profiles and what you need to get there:

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/


Your current A level choices would be fine for some Allied Health Professional courses:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/ahp/role/
Reply 4
Original post by rose1417
I definitely know I want to go to univerisity because it is the best way to start a career, you get so many job opportunities no matter what degree you take but I'm just not sure what route to take yet;

Ummm - that's not quite true as many graduates still working in McDonalds or retail will testify. I would suggest you get a job and take a year out if you don't know what you want to do. Going to university to do whatever will only buy you three more years and chances are you still won't know what to do. And then, five years after that when you finally figure it out and discover you need a specific degree for that career, you will be stuffed because you dived in without thinking through the consequences.

I appreciate that you know exactly what you want to do regardless of any advice you might receive, but please take it from someone who thought they knew what they wanted to do and put up with 17 years of misery in that career before they finally figured out the correct direction to go in.

Good luck.
(edited 8 months ago)
Original post by rose1417
I want to go to a top uni but I'm not sure on what degree so I'm trying to keep my options as open as possible, I got results in all my gcses so i don't want to waste it and not get into a uni of my choice because my options have limited my degree choices.


There are some courses you can take in UNI which should get you a good salary if ofc you do ur hard work! (and to find jobs in these sectors aren't hard but i'd always say be prepared to not find a job for 1-2 years after graduating!)

Here is a list i made when i was doing bio, psychology and sociology (i do bio, chem and psychology now :biggrin:):
DENTIST:
Dentist - KCL (A*AA)
Dentist - Plymouth (A*AA/AAA/AAB)
Dental Surgery with integrated foundation year - Plymouth (Offers will not be made for both programmes)
Enhanced support dentistry - KCL (AAB)
Foundation dentistry - Manchester (AAA)
Gateway to dentistry - Bristol (BBC)

DOCTOR/SURGEON (medicine -> these courses are all for medicine so u can take any path way after medskl in healthcare):
Doctor - Lancaster (AAA)
Doctor - Buckingham (ABB)
Doctor - Manchester (AAA)
Doctor - Sheffield (AAA)
Doctor - Kent (AAB)
Doctor - Keele (A*AA)
Doctor - Leicester (A*AA)
Doctor - East Anglia (AAA)
Doctor - Plymouth (AAA-A*AA)
Doctor - Southampton (AAA)

MEDICAL:
Audiologist - UCL (AAB)/ Southampton (ABB)
Radiography - St George's (BBB)
Optometry - Bristol (ABB)
Pharmacy - Bradford (ABB)

LAW:
Lawyer (AAA-ABB) -> law rly depends but theres no preferred subjects so do ur research ig :colondollar:
Lawyer - LSE (A*AA)

OTHER:
Finance and Accounting - QMUL (AAA)
Finance and Account - Aston (ABB)

Business

The tough part is really your personal statements since they're all different careers however i heard they're gonna remove personal statements soon (hope that's by 2025)
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Original post by limbobimbo

Radiologist - St George's (BBB)


You have to do medicine to then specialise and become a radiologist. Do you mean radiotherapist?
Original post by normaw
You have to do medicine to then specialise and become a radiologist. Do you mean radiotherapist?


Sorry i meant radiography
Reply 8
Original post by rose1417
I definitely know I want to go to univerisity because it is the best way to start a career, you get so many job opportunities no matter what degree you take but I'm just not sure what route to take yet; humanities or science. I get good grades and know that if I put the work in I could get into a top uni so why would'nt I? It's just a personal preference I guess but the problem is most top unis for science u need to do chemistry too and I fear that I would'nt get a good grade but for humanities I would need to take another humanities subject. This led me to do an open options route but I know I won't be able to go to a uni of my choice with those a levels so I need to decide soon.

did you end up changing any of your options? (Im just curious bcs im doing the same options as you but im starting to regret them 😭)
Original post by irenxic

did you end up changing any of your options? (Im just curious bcs im doing the same options as you but im starting to regret them 😭)


I'm not OP but i do bio and psychology too and honestly tough subjects but a lot of options are open for you with these combinations!

If you feel like the subjects aren't fitting you well though, do think about changing them (but it's unlikely you can since for most schools you can only change for the first 1-3 weeks).
Original post by limbobimbo


There are some courses you can take in UNI which should get you a good salary if ofc you do ur hard work! (and to find jobs in these sectors aren't hard but i'd always say be prepared to not find a job for 1-2 years after graduating!)

Here is a list i made when i was doing bio, psychology and sociology (i do bio, chem and psychology now :biggrin:):
DENTIST:
Dentist - KCL (A*AA)
Dentist - Plymouth (A*AA/AAA/AAB)
Dental Surgery with integrated foundation year - Plymouth (Offers will not be made for both programmes)
Enhanced support dentistry - KCL (AAB)
Foundation dentistry - Manchester (AAA)
Gateway to dentistry - Bristol (BBC)

DOCTOR/SURGEON (medicine -> these courses are all for medicine so u can take any path way after medskl in healthcare):
Doctor - Lancaster (AAA)
Doctor - Buckingham (ABB)
Doctor - Manchester (AAA)
Doctor - Sheffield (AAA)
Doctor - Kent (AAB)
Doctor - Keele (A*AA)
Doctor - Leicester (A*AA)
Doctor - East Anglia (AAA)
Doctor - Plymouth (AAA-A*AA)
Doctor - Southampton (AAA)

MEDICAL:
Audiologist - UCL (AAB)/ Southampton (ABB)
Radiography - St George's (BBB)
Optometry - Bristol (ABB)
Pharmacy - Bradford (ABB)

LAW:
Lawyer (AAA-ABB) -> law rly depends but theres no preferred subjects so do ur research ig :colondollar:
Lawyer - LSE (A*AA)

OTHER:
Finance and Accounting - QMUL (AAA)
Finance and Account - Aston (ABB)

Business

The tough part is really your personal statements since they're all different careers however i heard they're gonna remove personal statements soon (hope that's by 2025)


AND btw, nursing, midwifery, marine biologist, biologist in general are also open for you!
Reply 11
Original post by limbobimbo
I'm not OP but i do bio and psychology too and honestly tough subjects but a lot of options are open for you with these combinations!

If you feel like the subjects aren't fitting you well though, do think about changing them (but it's unlikely you can since for most schools you can only change for the first 1-3 weeks).

Tysm for responding! And yea it sucks because I just realised I probably should have chosen chemistry too since I’m kinda interested in veterinary science or dentistry but it’s too late to change :frown:
Original post by irenxic
Original post by limbobimbo
I'm not OP but i do bio and psychology too and honestly tough subjects but a lot of options are open for you with these combinations!

If you feel like the subjects aren't fitting you well though, do think about changing them (but it's unlikely you can since for most schools you can only change for the first 1-3 weeks).

Tysm for responding! And yea it sucks because I just realised I probably should have chosen chemistry too since I’m kinda interested in veterinary science or dentistry but it’s too late to change :frown:


I do chemistry currently and it's my favourite subject but realistically its rly hard to juggle with psychology and biology since they're such content heavy subjects.

STILL ask ur teachers whether it'd be possible for you to change since most skl would have only finish 2 chapters by now, which u can catch up with!

But there are many unis which will accept you for sentistry + medicine apprenticeships are being set up as we speak!
Reply 13
Original post by limbobimbo
I do chemistry currently and it's my favourite subject but realistically its rly hard to juggle with psychology and biology since they're such content heavy subjects.

STILL ask ur teachers whether it'd be possible for you to change since most skl would have only finish 2 chapters by now, which u can catch up with!

But there are many unis which will accept you for sentistry + medicine apprenticeships are being set up as we speak!

I’ll probably just have to leave it since chemistry classes in my sixth form are all full since it’s a popular subject. Perhaps I’ll study it privately or something.
Anyways thank u for your advice and lists of degree courses cuz it was rlly helpful!!
Original post by irenxic
Original post by limbobimbo
I do chemistry currently and it's my favourite subject but realistically its rly hard to juggle with psychology and biology since they're such content heavy subjects.

STILL ask ur teachers whether it'd be possible for you to change since most skl would have only finish 2 chapters by now, which u can catch up with!

But there are many unis which will accept you for sentistry + medicine apprenticeships are being set up as we speak!

I’ll probably just have to leave it since chemistry classes in my sixth form are all full since it’s a popular subject. Perhaps I’ll study it privately or something.
Anyways thank u for your advice and lists of degree courses cuz it was rlly helpful!!


Ofccc, i sent it here cuz i dont want anyone to be as panicked as i was when i did my subjects 😭
Reply 15
Original post by limbobimbo
Ofccc, i sent it here cuz i dont want anyone to be as panicked as i was when i did my subjects 😭

Ur honestly a life saver bcs I was worried when I was researching stuff and to do anything medicine/healthcare/science/etc they all said u need chem. then I saw ur post and was soo relieved. I took a screenshot of the list of unis u put 😭
Original post by irenxic

Ur honestly a life saver bcs I was worried when I was researching stuff and to do anything medicine/healthcare/science/etc they all said u need chem. then I saw ur post and was soo relieved. I took a screenshot of the list of unis u put 😭


I KNOW when i was doing research I got really scared but if you're a hard working student and get the grades, you'll deffo do well and get in.

I don't believe they prioritise someone else's grades over yours just because they did more topics (I know some admissions officers from different unis and this is what they have told me personally).

Goodluck, don't stress and just so yk, medicine is doing apprenticeships so you can always apply for that
Reply 17
Original post by limbobimbo
I KNOW when i was doing research I got really scared but if you're a hard working student and get the grades, you'll deffo do well and get in.

I don't believe they prioritise someone else's grades over yours just because they did more topics (I know some admissions officers from different unis and this is what they have told me personally).

Goodluck, don't stress and just so yk, medicine is doing apprenticeships so you can always apply for that

Thank u and good luck to you also🤞

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