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Hello. I have decided to take Maths, Further Maths, and Physics A level so far, as well as English Lit as I’ve always enjoyed it.
Despite this, I’ve been considering swapping english for chemistry, as I feel it would be more useful as I plan on pursuing an engineering degree (in either mechanical or biomedical). I have also been looking at material science degrees.
I know most unis do not require chemistry for engineering, but I feel it could put me at an advantage and be more of use in later life. I do enjoy chemistry, but english has also been a passion of mine for years and the thought of abandoning it makes me feel guilty.
Any advice?
Original post by doriangray44
Hello. I have decided to take Maths, Further Maths, and Physics A level so far, as well as English Lit as I’ve always enjoyed it.
Despite this, I’ve been considering swapping english for chemistry, as I feel it would be more useful as I plan on pursuing an engineering degree (in either mechanical or biomedical). I have also been looking at material science degrees.
I know most unis do not require chemistry for engineering, but I feel it could put me at an advantage and be more of use in later life. I do enjoy chemistry, but english has also been a passion of mine for years and the thought of abandoning it makes me feel guilty.
Any advice?

Do whatever you enjoy the most, as engineering mostly requires maths physics and highly recommends further maths which you have!
Good luck :smile:
Original post by doriangray44
Hello. I have decided to take Maths, Further Maths, and Physics A level so far, as well as English Lit as I’ve always enjoyed it.
Despite this, I’ve been considering swapping english for chemistry, as I feel it would be more useful as I plan on pursuing an engineering degree (in either mechanical or biomedical). I have also been looking at material science degrees.
I know most unis do not require chemistry for engineering, but I feel it could put me at an advantage and be more of use in later life. I do enjoy chemistry, but english has also been a passion of mine for years and the thought of abandoning it makes me feel guilty.
Any advice?

Physics and Maths alone will get you into engineering. I take A level chemistry and It is not easy lol. If you are up for a challenge go for it however you are passionate about English which will make it easier for you to revise for. With that said i would personally suggest still doing English as its something you enjoy. Hope this helps :smile:
Original post by doriangray44
Hello. I have decided to take Maths, Further Maths, and Physics A level so far, as well as English Lit as I’ve always enjoyed it.
Despite this, I’ve been considering swapping english for chemistry, as I feel it would be more useful as I plan on pursuing an engineering degree (in either mechanical or biomedical). I have also been looking at material science degrees.
I know most unis do not require chemistry for engineering, but I feel it could put me at an advantage and be more of use in later life. I do enjoy chemistry, but english has also been a passion of mine for years and the thought of abandoning it makes me feel guilty.
Any advice?

I am doing the same subjects as you, for the same reasons. I enjoy English Literature and my advice is to not drop it for Chemistry, unless you prefer Chemistry more. If you are better at English Lit than your other subjects, it's good to keep that balance and that's what I found worked for me.

I don't think not doing Chemistry would put you at a disadvantage, as there are some similar topics in Physics and Chemistry and Physics is seen as a foundation of Chemistry.

However, you should do what makes you happy and try not to burden yourself with too much work! :smile:
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I'd say doing English is perfectly fine! Unless you think there's a real chance you may go into biochem/chemical engineering etc. you're not losing out by not taking chem :smile:
I, too, am really interested in english literature and initially I did regret choosing chem over lit cuz chem is hard. However, if you are really passionate about engineering/ physics, then honestly Chem is a better choice.
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Original post by depriveofsocial
I am doing the same subjects as you, for the same reasons. I enjoy English Literature and my advice is to not drop it for Chemistry, unless you prefer Chemistry more. If you are better at English Lit than your other subjects, it's good to keep that balance and that's what I found worked for me.
I don't think not doing Chemistry would put you at a disadvantage, as there are some similar topics in Physics and Chemistry and Physics is seen as a foundation of Chemistry.
However, you should do what makes you happy and try not to burden yourself with too much work! :smile:


Thank you! Would you still suggest that if I was equally good at english lit and chemistry?
Original post by doriangray44
Thank you! Would you still suggest that if I was equally good at english lit and chemistry?


Yes! It’s good to do subjects that you already excel at, however sometimes the subjects are much more different than what you expected for many different reasons like the exam board choose by your school! I would suggest doing subjects that you enjoy as it really helps with studying and progressing in the subject.

Don’t forget to look at the exam board you’ll be taking for that subject as it may change your mind significantly!!

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