I took an undergraduate-level psychology at a local community college when I was back in the US. I feel like the psychology course is right for me. I want to do it up to DPhil and plan to stay in academia if possible, although this may change later on.
However, for A levels, I plan to do Biology, Math, and German.
Why German? That's because I have German roots and cousins, but my German is so weak. I barely passed Goethe b1 and I feel ashamed. I want to learn it properly. A level would be a good excuse for me to learn it.
I'm just a bit concerned that if I don't take Psychology A level, my Oxford EP application will be seriously weakened. I heard that it's ok to not take Psychology if your school doesn't offer Psychology. However, my school does so.
Would that be seen as 'Oh this candidate must be not so serious about Psychology as psychology was chosen for A level'?
My thought process is rather like this:
I'm going to study Psychology anyway in the undergraduate and the grad school as well for 7-8 years. So I'd rather use this time to get proficient in German and get rid of the feeling that I'm not a real German descendant who can't even understand its roots. This is quite an urgent matter for me. I'm sick of not being able to understand the dinner table conversations when reuniting with my German family. I don't want to force all of my German cousins to use their poor English just because of me. I want to tick this German language checkbox asap. That will make my life complete.
On the Oxford EP website, it says the following:
It is highly recommended for candidates to have studied one or more science subjects (which can include Psychology) or Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent.
So my Biology and Math would suffice the requirement. However, I feel like this could be a bare minimum. In practice, do almost all the EP candidates take psychology if the subject is provided by their school? I couldn't find stats for Oxford, but for Cambridge, it says "successful applicants typically took Psychology (78%) and at least one of Biology or Mathematics (82%)."
Maybe I should give up Math? But it's my natural strength and an easy A* for me. So I don't want to give this up either. 4 subjects would be too much for me :-(