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i was just wondering what i should do for a levels. originally, i wanted to do chemistry,biology,physics and geography and maybe drop one of the sciences after a year. however recently it has come to my attention that physics should only really be taken along side maths. so do i stick with my original options or do i go with physics, maths,geography and idk weather to pick biology or chemistry. I originally wanted to become a volcanologist, but i suddenly have had an interest in physics. after the previous mocks, i am sitting at 9s in all sciences, and hoping to translate this into the real exam. any help would be appreciated
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Original post by Aston124
i was just wondering what i should do for a levels. originally, i wanted to do chemistry,biology,physics and geography and maybe drop one of the sciences after a year. however recently it has come to my attention that physics should only really be taken along side maths. so do i stick with my original options or do i go with physics, maths,geography and idk weather to pick biology or chemistry. I originally wanted to become a volcanologist, but i suddenly have had an interest in physics. after the previous mocks, i am sitting at 9s in all sciences, and hoping to translate this into the real exam. any help would be appreciated

personally i'd only do 3 a-levels as i'm doing geog chem and bio and it's tough enough now in y13 so i wouldn't put the pressure on doing 4 but if you're confident enough then go for it

physics maths and geog is a strong combination or physics maths chem - maybe not bio because it's not as related to the others

if you definitely want to do 4 then it might be worth doing all 4 a-levels rather than 3-alevels and an AS because a lot of the geog and chem content in year 2 ties in together and same from what i've heard about physiics
Original post by Aston124
i was just wondering what i should do for a levels. originally, i wanted to do chemistry,biology,physics and geography and maybe drop one of the sciences after a year. however recently it has come to my attention that physics should only really be taken along side maths. so do i stick with my original options or do i go with physics, maths,geography and idk weather to pick biology or chemistry. I originally wanted to become a volcanologist, but i suddenly have had an interest in physics. after the previous mocks, i am sitting at 9s in all sciences, and hoping to translate this into the real exam. any help would be appreciated

you don't need to do a level maths to do a level physics, granted it helps with some of it but it's still possible to get A* in physics without a level maths

it's good to start with 4 a level and then drop down to 3, i wouldn't recommend doing 4 for long tho but starting with 4 gives you a feel for 4 courses especially if you're not sure what ones you what to do
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Original post by Aston124
i was just wondering what i should do for a levels. originally, i wanted to do chemistry,biology,physics and geography and maybe drop one of the sciences after a year. however recently it has come to my attention that physics should only really be taken along side maths. so do i stick with my original options or do i go with physics, maths,geography and idk weather to pick biology or chemistry. I originally wanted to become a volcanologist, but i suddenly have had an interest in physics. after the previous mocks, i am sitting at 9s in all sciences, and hoping to translate this into the real exam. any help would be appreciated

I think you shouldn't worry about not doing maths A-level with physics because it's not really needed. The only topics from maths a-level are logarithms and differentiation (for deriving formulas which doesn't really come up in exam questions) which you can learn in a few minutes from a video. A few of my friends are doing physics without maths and they are doing fine, so don't let that dictate your choice! I would say though that you should definitely pick the subjects you thoroughly enjoy otherwise it may get tedious

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