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best way to complete A level outside college?

I am currently studying biology, psychology and EPR. I had no idea what I wanted to when choosing my a levels but have now decided I want to go into marine biology/conservation and I am volunteering next year in Zanzibar helping with coral reef and sea conservation. Most universities require chemistry or another science, however my college will not allow me to pick it up and drop a subject due to being too far into the course (half a term). I am considering doing it online at home but was wondering what the best way to go about this is and if anyone had any advise.
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Original post by katiehayd0ck
I am currently studying biology, psychology and EPR. I had no idea what I wanted to when choosing my a levels but have now decided I want to go into marine biology/conservation and I am volunteering next year in Zanzibar helping with coral reef and sea conservation. Most universities require chemistry or another science, however my college will not allow me to pick it up and drop a subject due to being too far into the course (half a term). I am considering doing it online at home but was wondering what the best way to go about this is and if anyone had any advise.


It really depends what universities you are looking at. Many universities that are still very prestigious and good just say they require biology and/or one science subject which includes psychology quite often. The main thing with A Level is what grades you get as you may even qualify for contextual offers which would mean you may only need one science subject etc.

Another thing to consider is that there are plenty of good unis out there. If one wants chemistry therr are plenty that will be happy with what you are studying. What universities have you previously looked at?

I will link some universities below that may fit your current criteria (and some related degrees) :smile:

1. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-marine-biology
2. https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/biosciences-geography-physics/biosciences/bsc-marine-biology/#entry-requirements=is-expanded
3. https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/marine-natural-history-photography
4. https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/ug-wildlife-conservation/
5. https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/ecology-and-conservation-bsc-hons.aspx
6. https://courses.aber.ac.uk/undergraduate/marine-and-freshwater-biology/#typical-entry-requirements
7. https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/ecology/marinebio/
8. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-ocean-science-and-marine-conservation

I hope this helps a little bit :smile:
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Original post by katiehayd0ck
I am currently studying biology, psychology and EPR. I had no idea what I wanted to when choosing my a levels but have now decided I want to go into marine biology/conservation and I am volunteering next year in Zanzibar helping with coral reef and sea conservation. Most universities require chemistry or another science, however my college will not allow me to pick it up and drop a subject due to being too far into the course (half a term). I am considering doing it online at home but was wondering what the best way to go about this is and if anyone had any advise.


Have you looked at marine biology degrees? Most unis now say biology and one other science - in your case psychology counts. For example, Plymouth university is one of the leading unis for marine biology and they will accept biology and psychology. Swansea university is also well known for marine biology and only requires biology. I don't know if that helps but personally as someone who takes chemistry, I wouldn't recommend self teaching it ESPECIALLY as it doesn't seem necessary! :smile:

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