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    Hi, apologies for the long post but it's a bit of a long story... I'm going to college next September and I'm having a bit of a dilemma! I'm expected to do well in my GCSEs (targets are all A*s) so I plan to do 5 A-levels - please don't tell me the workload will be HUGE, I know it will but I'm willing to put in the effort. Anyway, I had planned on doing:
    English lit.
    Classical civ.
    Philosophy
    Geography
    Maths

    Plus a Latin GCSE as an extra-curricular
    But after the induction day a couple of weeks ago I just couldn't stand maths, maybe it was just the teacher or something but I found it really difficult. I don't really enjoy the subject, I do well in it but I really have to work hard and considering I'm doing 4 other AS levels I figured it'd be a good idea just to not do it.

    I wanted to do Archaeology but my parents dissuaded me, but now I'm considering it. I'm torn between doing that or Ancient History, I know they're unusual A-Levels so I was hoping someone could help me out, perhaps if they're studying either of them???

    I doin't know what I want to do career-wise, but I'm afraid if I take ancient history I'm boxing myself in as a classicist and I'd regret not doing a subject that sounds fascinating, but I'm not exactly very practical and I'm worried I just won't suit archaeology.

    HELP! PLEASE!!
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    I think Archaeology would be way better and would help you more in the future.
    Plus if you're interested in Ancient History you can just have it as an interest.

    This time last year I wasn't even thinking about which A Levels to take lol, I didn't even know on my first day in school!
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    How much of archaeology is science based? Can any one give me an idea of what it's like as a subject to study?
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    You're doing classical civ. as well... do you know what you want to do? Ancient History sounds quite similar. You'd do well to have a maths or science in that mix. I'm jealous that you are able to do Latin GCSE I really want to but literally nowhere in my entire county does it
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    No I don't know what I want to do, which makes it all the more difficult. I thought taking archaeology/ancient history as well as classical civ. would tie in well together though I am a little wary of narrowing my options down too much

    I can't do science (I didn't opt to do it for GCSE), I did consider maths and it seems to be a good combo of A-levels but I really don't think I could stand to continue with it. Bad luck about the latin - I've always wanted to study it (I know, what a nerd!) so I'm really glad I finally get the chance to now!
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    Personally I'd stick with the maths because you are limiting your opinions by having such similar subjects and maths always looks good. Remember you can change your mind once you've started so if you get 2-3 weeks in and decide you really can't stand it (induction day tells you nothing and you might not even have that teacher) then you can always swap.

    Do you mean you haven't got any science qualifications at all? :o: or did you just do single science.. are you even allowed to just do single scince anymore.. sorry years since I did GCSEs :rolleyes:
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    Yep, I did single science - what a waste of time, I wish I had chosen to do double science, single science just skimmed over topics without actually going into any detail at all > So because I just did single science I can't go on to do any science at A-level. Ah well, such is life.

    Thing is with maths, is that it's so hard and boring! I sound like such a whiney brat for saying it, but I'm personally not convinced I could do as well in maths as I could in another subject and it wuld be pretty dull. The only thing that made GCSE maths bareable was sitting next to my friend who kept me sane(ish), but as she's going to be doing the IB we won't have any classes together. I'm obviously not choosing subjects based on what my friends are doing but I really don't think I could cope with maths. Plus, as I'm can't do science wouldn't maths be kinda irrelevant? I know it's a really good A-level to have but surely I couldn't really apply for any uni course that would require maths?
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    Maths really would be a good one, and although a lot of unis don't ask for it, they will like it if you have it and it is a well respected subject. It's a shame about the science, biology or chemistry would have been a nice other subject.

    I would think hard on the maths. You could do english, geography, maths and then one of classical civilisation or philosophy. That would keep your options open, but there will be less work load (sorry I know you said don't mention that) and the maths won't be as hard going. You're obviously very capable, so you could carry on with all 4 subjects into your second year. And like someone else said, you can start the maths, but if you really don't like it, you can drop it and pick up the other one.

    If you're completely set against maths, I don't really know what to suggest. You could look at accounts which is obviously maths based, maybe ICT or something like that. Not knowing what you want to do, your main priority really should be to get a good, well rounded range of subjects and not end up funneling yourself into a very small selection of subjects at uni.
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    I'm in the same boat as you - I hated maths on my induction day and am changing it to something else (don't know what, waiting for results day first) - but I, personally, would go with archaeology - Class Civ and Ancient History might just kill you.

    Just a warning though, Latin GCSE is very different to any other GCSE - it's far from a walk in the park. I did it after school for two years, and it took up more time than any of my other subjects. Be warned, you'll be expected to learn 500 lines of poetry and literature by heart. During exam time. And there's four exams for it. Good luck!
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    Thanks for your advice guys, I'll think about what you said abc246 - it is a good idea, I might e-mail my college and see if they can give me any advice. But I'm not sure I could bear to drop either classical civ. or philosophy, I love them both and I'm not sure if I'm prepared to sacrifice one of them, but maybe just doing 4 A-levels would be a good idea, it's annoying because there are so many things I want to try and I can't choose between them. To be honest I'm worried that if I do 4 I might get a little bored, I know A-levels are waaaay harder than GCSEs (understatement of the year) but I've never really suffered too much because of schoolwork.

    I'm trying to get some insight into archaeology before results day, the festival of british archaeology is on at the moment so I'm going to try and look in on some excavations and talk to some real archaeologists and see what it's like. It's really hard making a decision, I mean, I want to keep my options open as I have no idea what to do careers-wise but at the same time I feel like I ought to be focussing more on a certain area that will help me in the future. How can I be expected to decide what I want to do for the rest of my life when I'm only 16!?! It doesn't make sense.

    Eeep! Latin sounds hard! I'm still determined to do it, I've wanted to try it for years, thanks for the heads up.
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    (Original post by bookgeek)
    Thanks for your advice guys, I'll think about what you said abc246 - it is a good idea, I might e-mail my college and see if they can give me any advice. It's really hard making a decision, I mean, I want to keep my options open as I have no idea what to do careers-wise but at the same time I feel like I ought to be focussing more on a certain area that will help me in the future. How can I be expected to decide what I want to do for the rest of my life when I'm only 16!?! It doesn't make sense.
    You're right, it's not easy, and 16 is early to be making such decisions for a lot of people, so don't worry, you won't be the only one. And to be honest, a lot of people who think they've made the decision will end up changing their mind half way through. As long as you have a good range of subjects, you should be fine. It might be nice to think about a broad area you would like to go into at uni if you can. Like if you wanted to go into a science, some places like you to have two science a levels, including a specific one (for example you would need biology a level to do biology or zoology etc at uni). Also bear in mind, not all careers require specific degrees, so even if you decide what you want to do half way through your a levels, unless it's a specialised area, chances are you'll still be ok.
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    Archeology isn't that well regarded i don't think as its such a small course, though I see your point about doing Ancient history. I did very similar subjects to you, Geography, english lit, modern history, classical civ, and theatre studies. Only i found that due to timetable clashes at exam time i had to drop classical civ and may sit it in January instead. Now that I'm looking at university I am regretting having a science as this would have made nearly all subjects open to me, but without one I can't do some subjects including some geography courses. So while you can't do direct science courses i.e. biology, chemistry, physics, would your school let you take psychology? while it is not necessarily well regarded it is moving up and it counts as a science opening up your options. In addition everybody I know who has taken the subject has loved it and the most popular choice for university at my school has become psychology. So it is worth thinking about.

    Otherwise i would recommend modern history as it looks good and is really interesting (though hard work) or if you want to give yourself a bit of slack then go with archeology. (my reason for taking theatre studies)

    My only other advice is don't wear yourself too thin, in doing 5 subjects, 2 societies, the musical, hockey team and various other commitments I exhausted myself this year and this took a toll on my work. So be careful, but enjoy every minute!

    Good Luck
    (apologe's for the long reply!)
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    (Original post by bookgeek)
    I'm not sure I could bear to drop either classical civ. or philosophy, I love them both and I'm not sure if I'm prepared to sacrifice one of them, but maybe just doing 4 A-levels would be a good idea, it's annoying because there are so many things I want to try and I can't choose between them.

    I'm trying to get some insight into archaeology before results day, the festival of british archaeology is on at the moment so I'm going to try and look in on some excavations and talk to some real archaeologists and see what it's like.
    It sounds like you are really interested in the archaeology/philosophy area, so maybe you should just go for it. Make sure you definitely want to do it first obviously, but then just go for your English lit., classical civilisation, philosophy, geography, archaeology (could also think about geology). It would give you a good set of subjects for archaeology or something at uni, but it would mean that you wouldn't have much room to change your mind. I went for three sciences and IT and yes it has restricted my options somewhat, but I know what area I want to go into, so I took the risk basically.
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    That's the thing though, I'm not sure exactly if I do want to become an archaeologist, it's just an idea I've got at the moment but my career ideas change a lot so I can't be sure if it's the job for me, I like the idea of it but I don't know if would suit it. Most of my friends have decided what they want to do with the rest of their lives but I'm not so sure. Before, when I was planning to take maths everyone told me it was a good mix of subjects but when I mentioned was thinking of switching to archaeology it suddenly seemed like I was limiting all my options.
 
 
 
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