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Which A level subject should I drop?

I am studying Art, Physics, Economics and Psychology A levels and I’m finding it difficult to keep up with the work load. I am definitely keeping art and physics but I want to drop either economics or psychology. I’m not sure which one to drop. I am really interested in psychology and find it much easier than econ and which means im more likely to get a higher grade, however I feel like economics is much more useful and versatile. I am thinking of studying architecture at university but I’m not set on a specific course. I am hoping to go down the art/creative pathway so which subject would be more useful.
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Original post by Nnak06
I am studying Art, Physics, Economics and Psychology A levels and I’m finding it difficult to keep up with the work load. I want to drop either economics or psychology but I’m not sure which one to drop. I am really interested in psychology and find it much easier than econ and which means im more likely to get a higher grade, however I feel like economics is much more useful and versatile. I am thinking of studying architecture at university but I’m not set on a specific course. I am hoping to go down the art/creative pathway so which subject would be more useful.

for the subjects casting the widest net, Id drop art. However, if you are sure you want to work in the arts, the answer is less obvious.
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I'd personally drop art. It's good to study a subject you enjoy, and both physics and economics would be more useful for architecture (in my opinion).
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Original post by CJ558
I'd personally drop art. It's good to study a subject you enjoy, and both physics and economics would be more useful for architecture (in my opinion).

Thank you, I’m not thinking of dropping art or physics, I just have trouble deciding between psychology and econ.
Original post by Nnak06
I am studying Art, Physics, Economics and Psychology A levels and I’m finding it difficult to keep up with the work load. I am definitely keeping art and physics but I want to drop either economics or psychology. I’m not sure which one to drop. I am really interested in psychology and find it much easier than econ and which means im more likely to get a higher grade, however I feel like economics is much more useful and versatile. I am thinking of studying architecture at university but I’m not set on a specific course. I am hoping to go down the art/creative pathway so which subject would be more useful.

i think your best bet would be to drop economics. i agree that it is useful and versatile but since you know what you are going to go into, i dont think studying a subject which covers a broad area is needed! if youre enjoying psychology and are more likely to earn a higher grade, id personally definitely choose psychology rather than econ.
im not familiar with architecture, but im guessing theres a small emphasis on maths? id say theres a tiny bit more maths-related questions in econ than in psychology, but its not really that big of a difference, and economics doesnt cover maths that much in depth either way so i wouldnt worry about it 🙂
Original post by CJ558
I'd personally drop art. It's good to study a subject you enjoy, and both physics and economics would be more useful for architecture (in my opinion).

personally, I would disagree, lots of uni's will want an art portfolio. also there isnt much link between economics and architecture. i would drop economics because if you enjoy psychology that will get you a higher grade which is all that matters. literally no degrees require economics so it wont affect you if you drop it :smile:
economics would be a better option to drop as firstly you enjoy psych which is the most important thing here, and secondly because universities like it when a students subjects reflect a variety of interests which is clearly seen with art, psych and physics and lastly if you feel more confident in psych getting you higher marks, then thats probably the most important because some unis may not have specific subject requriements but they would want specific grade requriements, and obv the higher the grade the more choice you have
Original post by Nnak06
I am studying Art, Physics, Economics and Psychology A levels and I’m finding it difficult to keep up with the work load. I am definitely keeping art and physics but I want to drop either economics or psychology. I’m not sure which one to drop. I am really interested in psychology and find it much easier than econ and which means im more likely to get a higher grade, however I feel like economics is much more useful and versatile. I am thinking of studying architecture at university but I’m not set on a specific course. I am hoping to go down the art/creative pathway so which subject would be more useful.


Very few unis have subject requirements for architecture but most will require a portfolio of creative work to be submitted as part of the application process, and a lot have relatively high grade requirements. So keeping psychology seems to be the best course of action if you are likely to get the higher grade.

FYI, have a look at the A levels for Architecture thread:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7361710
Original post by wanga_wanga
for the subjects casting the widest net, Id drop art. However, if you are sure you want to work in the arts, the answer is less obvious.


Architecture is a design-based degree so dropping art isn't a good idea.
Original post by normaw
Architecture is a design-based degree so dropping art isn't a good idea.

But that is not what I said, I also added that if they DO want to go down an arts route, because they were undecided.
Original post by Nnak06
Thank you, I’m not thinking of dropping art or physics, I just have trouble deciding between psychology and econ.

You should keep the subject that you're most likely to get the highest grade for. So, from what you say, you should keep Psychology and drop Economics.

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