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I've been thinking what to do as a career but also what to pick for my A-levels, I don't have any hatred towards any subject besides English language/literature lol but i enjoy maths, business and physics however I'm not too great at them. Can anyone tell me what I could pick for my a levels or btec or whatever and how to study efficiently im aiming for above 7s in my gcse but im not at a good state right now. Thank you
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Original post by Kopernikpizza
I've been thinking what to do as a career but also what to pick for my A-levels, I don't have any hatred towards any subject besides English language/literature lol but i enjoy maths, business and physics however I'm not too great at them. Can anyone tell me what I could pick for my a levels or btec or whatever and how to study efficiently im aiming for above 7s in my gcse but im not at a good state right now. Thank you

Okay firstly work through your current state, take some time to just de-stress. Do activities that have nothing to do with work and relax for a bit (maybe, if you can, go out for bit).
It alright if your not too sure what career your interested but keep looking! Look at the subjects your good at and then think if you would do extra stuff in your free time to get better/understand them. If the answer is yes then put it down as a possible option if not move to the next. A levels is a lot of you doing work outside of school since your teachers will not be enough to get you a grade.
Also ask your teachers if they think you could achieve well if you chose their subject for a levels since they teach you and seen your though process when marking your assessments that should help you narrow your choices down further.
However as you are currently doing GCSE's I'd recommend blurting technique (on whiteboard or paper put the topic your revising as a title then subheading and write as much as you can remember) this helped me on the subjects where memorising is vital (cough history but also useful if you do this using a poem and just generally summarising any of your literature books). Flashcards are godsent for Science but also business I've heard. With maths just do as many past papers questions till your exams as you get familiar with them and its basically the same paper but different number and last few questions(especially if you higher).

All in all make sure you get into a routine of taking breaks away from wherever your studying. Study in chunks if your not good at focusing for long periods of time and make sure your not hungry when you start revision.
Hope this helps and good luck!!
Original post by Kopernikpizza
I've been thinking what to do as a career but also what to pick for my A-levels, I don't have any hatred towards any subject besides English language/literature lol but i enjoy maths, business and physics however I'm not too great at them. Can anyone tell me what I could pick for my a levels or btec or whatever and how to study efficiently im aiming for above 7s in my gcse but im not at a good state right now. Thank you


This is one of those really open ended questions that I should really write a blog article about at some point.

I think a good place to start is to do a lot of relfective thinking about the sort of work you can see yourself doing in the furture e.g.:

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

What is your personality like?

What are your values? What would you refuse to tolerate? What would drive you up the wall?

What gets you excited and can't wait to start your day? What can't you see yourself doing day in day out?

What is the most boring task you are willing to accept?

Who are your role models? What jobs do they do?

What work experience do you have?

What can you keep on working on throughout the night and forget to sleep?

When was the last time you felt like time completely flew by? What were you doing?

What is a topic you wouldn't shut up talking about between your friends? What would bore you like crazy?

What would you geek out on?

What job have people who knows you think you should do? What have people who barely know you think you should be doing based on first impressions?

What drives you and what is important to you? What do you specifically need from your career other than money?

What are your life goals and how does your career fit in with this?

What are your absolutely favourite subjects? Which ones can you do virtually blindfolded? Which ones can you do with effort but you really enjoy (I think you already answered this)?


Unfortunately, picking a career is more of an art form more than a science, so noone can really tell you what you should do but yourself. The only way you can know for absolute certainty whether something is for you is to do the work yourself i.e. work experience is valuable not just for your CV, Even then, the work culture can vary from firm to firm.

If you want me to tell you the 4 A Level subjects that would give you the widest selection of degree courses that you can do, it would be the 3 sciences + maths. However, that's bit redundant if you don't like chemistry or biology, or have absolutely no intention of going into STEM.
In fact, if you have the slightest inclination to do any of the following subjects, you might want to check the entry requirements of the specific degree that you want to do to see if you need a specific A Level in them:

Music

Art and design

History

Geography

English - not likely you would, but for the sake of being comprehensive

Maths, data science/analysis, business analysis, computer science, software engineering, finance, financial mathematics, financial engineering, actuarial science, economics

Most things in life sciences or healthcare

Any of the sciences

Any type of engineering

Classics

Anything involving a modern European language

To explore your options, you can check out TSR's A Level Explorer: https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/a-level-explorer

The good news is that only a handful of careers would require you to have a degree, and even fewer where you specifically need to obtain one from a university. These would include:

Teaching

Lecturer/researcher/academia

Architect

Engineer

Lawyer

Doctor, vet, dentist

A number of roles in healthcare

Scientist

Economist

...and then, most of the above can be done through apprenticeships (some roles in academia and healthcare would require you to specifically get a degree from uni).

The other thing you should note is that A Levels is completely different to GCSEs in terms of how you learn, how you're assessed, and how you score the grades you want/need. Anyone who went through A Levels would tell you the same.

The other thing about careers is that just because you have the right qualificaiton and grades, it doesn't necessarily mean you will get the job - they will require a lot more than just grades and qualifications (these are more like things they tick off in your application instead of looking into detail). Other factors include: skills, relevant work experience, passion, personality, whether you fit in, etc.; these tend to matter more for nonacademic jobs.

In terms of getting higher grades at GCSE, you can look into videos made by people who scored high grades in those specific subjects. The following are only a sample, and you can search on Google or YouTube for the rest.

English:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amefrvEj464
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVfU38yYNeM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hA4IpyjESw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01qpsc81Fmw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdqSol2H_UI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRkKcZ_Udzg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xYGypGJydY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZTkkKMYSRY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP9IA3upRzo

Maths:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJEkjuN9qJ4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RwbT5D6sh8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Pa9hYX7rg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8yC4bBYyos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBRrL8Bhdlg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvZFjrkyUpY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTs7wCrroS0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQUH_wj-bQw

Business:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePofw35bhp4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yefDDJ2C5i8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFAkCpAmK1M

Physics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JrYQRLhBTg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhLVxBvUFlk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL7u7vZ4mnM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0ZRaZaWo3Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-GAL80bvbc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9kHLpScgKU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_9F_kkp37g
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