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    (Original post by renren)
    Hi, I've been doing the MYP so I have a fairly good idea of how the IB works. As it stands, I've chosen to do

    HL
    English
    Biology
    Psychology

    SL
    Maths
    French B
    Chemistry

    My quandary is Psychology vs French - which one would be most useful as a HL subject? I don't really know what i want to go into at uni, so I kinda want to keep my options open. Does anyone do psychology? How difficult and time consuming is it? The advantage I have is that I've lived in Switzerland for 8 years now, so my french is at quite a good level... I don't see what difference my decision would make but any input would be verrrrry helpful!
    Honestly speaking, to keep your options open, I feel that it would make most sense to take Chemistry up to an HL level and drop psychology. To pursue psych in uni, the requirements are not *horror horror* psychology HL, but Chemistry and Biology HL instead. Your combination gives a bit of the "psychology in uni" feel though, which is what my reply defers to. Keeping English at HL when doing psych later isn't much help. So if you do go into psych, you best option would be to boost Chem SL up to an HL and pull English HL does to SL.
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    How does this sound:

    HL English Literature
    HL Bio
    HL Chem
    SL Maths
    SL French B
    SL History

    I'm interested in psychology, education, biology and English.
    I'm a bit worried about the chem HL because I've heard it's very difficult.
    Also, my school might not be able to offer history so I don't know whether I'd choose B&M, economics or geography. Any advice please?
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    (Original post by Neverme)
    How does this sound:

    HL English Literature
    HL Bio
    HL Chem
    SL Maths
    SL French B
    SL History

    I'm interested in psychology, education, biology and English.
    I'm a bit worried about the chem HL because I've heard it's very difficult.
    Also, my school might not be able to offer history so I don't know whether I'd choose B&M, economics or geography. Any advice please?
    Current Chem HL and Econ SL student here. I know that there are many people out there saying the Chem HL is diabolically hard, but the truth is, while there is a LOT to cram, the theory is often quite straightforward once you get it. If you work hard, you will be fine. As for Econ SL, it certainly isn't difficult (prior to IB I had not taken Econ, and IB SL Econ has very little maths in it ), it's just a matter of whether you'll like it or not. Of course, the quality of teaching is also very important - my Econ teacher isn't the best teacher in the world so I have to self-study quite a bit to get good grades. Again, if you work hard, you will do well.
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    Hi!
    I'm feeling really confused and worried about the subject choise. I'm planning to study psychology in England, maybe in Cambridge. On the uni page I found some informations about recommended subjects: Biology hl and Maths. Well, I'm not sure if I could cope with getting good grades in Maths hl, so I'm a bit scared. I'd like to choose:
    Biology hl
    Polish hl
    English B hl
    Maths sl
    chemistry sl
    history sl
    Do I really need maths hl to get to the university (Cambridge for example)? Is my choise appropriate to the course? I have to add that choosing psychology is not avaliable in my school. Sorry for all my mistakes - my english is still on a very low level.
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    (Original post by Aomame)
    Hi!
    I'm feeling really confused and worried about the subject choise. I'm planning to study psychology in England, maybe in Cambridge. On the uni page I found some informations about recommended subjects: Biology hl and Maths. Well, I'm not sure if I could cope with getting good grades in Maths hl, so I'm a bit scared. I'd like to choose:
    Biology hl
    Polish hl
    English B hl
    Maths sl
    chemistry sl
    history sl
    Do I really need maths hl to get to the university (Cambridge for example)? Is my choise appropriate to the course? I have to add that choosing psychology is not avaliable in my school. Sorry for all my mistakes - my english is still on a very low level.
    You checked the website and they "recommend" you take Maths and Biology HL. This means that your chances are better with these choices, but you're not completely out of the running if you don't take these subjects. You should research Cambridge colleges and see if there are any specific colleges that don't actually say that Maths HL is recommended or characterised as highly desirable.

    In general though, a person with Biology and Maths HL will be preferred over you all things being equal. That's just an eventuality you have to prepare for, especially considering that you've set your sights so high. If you really want to stand a chance at Cambridge for Psychology though, you should give some serious consideration to taking Maths HL.

    I just checked the website myself and they suggested that a Humanities/Social Science subject would be "useful" at Higher Level. I suggest you take at least one Group 3 subject at HL in that case and drop down one of your languages (preferably Polish).
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    Thanks so much! I'm quite good in maths, but I'm certainly not a genius. I'm not sure if it's the right choise for me, because I heard many opinions, that maths hl is not for the normal people, and even if you study very hard, but you don't have those inborn capabilities, you probably won't get 7. But ok, I'm a very ambitious person, so maybe I will try to learn maths in the holiday time... And yes, now I see, that it would be better to replace polish with history hl, but in my school there's no possibility to take 4 subjects on hl, and English is compulsory. Uhh, it doesn't look very well...
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    Hey! I'm starting IB next year and I need to finalize my subject choices.

    I plan on studying for a Business Administration degree in the U.K. after I finish highschool.

    My current choices are:

    Business HL
    English HL
    Psychology HL
    Maths SL
    Biology SL
    Romanian SL

    Based on what I've read up on this matter so far, it would seem that getting both Business and Psychology at HL would be a bad idea, as they're both considered to be easier subjects, which might be looked down upon when I'm applying for universities. I've been thinking about replacing one of them with History HL, although I have some trouble on deciding which one.

    I also know that getting Maths HL might be more helpful, however that is out of the question, as I'm not very good at the subject.

    Based on what I've read on the sites of some of the top universities in the U.K., it seems that with the exception of some universities which require Maths HL, there aren't any other admission requirements for such a degree. I am however sure that some subjects are more preferred when choosing applicants than others.

    I would really appreciate some feedback on the matter. Thanks!
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    (Original post by Thornet)
    Hey! I'm starting IB next year and I need to finalize my subject choices.

    I plan on studying for a Business Administration degree in the U.K. after I finish highschool.

    My current choices are:

    Business HL
    English HL
    Psychology HL
    Maths SL
    Biology SL
    Romanian SL

    Based on what I've read up on this matter so far, it would seem that getting both Business and Psychology at HL would be a bad idea, as they're both considered to be easier subjects, which might be looked down upon when I'm applying for universities. I've been thinking about replacing one of them with History HL, although I have some trouble on deciding which one.

    I also know that getting Maths HL might be more helpful, however that is out of the question, as I'm not very good at the subject.

    Based on what I've read on the sites of some of the top universities in the U.K., it seems that with the exception of some universities which require Maths HL, there aren't any other admission requirements for such a degree. I am however sure that some subjects are more preferred when choosing applicants than others.

    I would really appreciate some feedback on the matter. Thanks!
    Hey!

    Well, since you've hinted that you're looking at 'top' universities, I would say you should drop Business HL. I don't think Psychology will disadvantage you as much as you think it would. But in terms of being a better, more traditional subject, History HL would be more fitting. But again, for your purposes, whether you take Psychology or History HL, I don't think it will make as much of a difference.

    Maths HL is generally a prerequisite for studying Economics or Economics-related courses at university, it isn't emphasised for Business degrees. Maybe it might help you along, maybe it won't. But I do know that if you don't think you can get and be predicted at least a 6/7 in Maths HL, the chances of you being considered by the top universities are slim to none. So think about that very carefully before you make a decision.

    Maybe also consider replacing Business HL with Economics HL, you still delve into the subject area of interest to you (sort of) and Economics is relatively easy in comparison to other Social Science HLs to get a 7 in as well.
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    Hey!

    Well, since you've hinted that you're looking at 'top' universities, I would say you should drop Business HL. I don't think Psychology will disadvantage you as much as you think it would. But in terms of being a better, more traditional subject, History HL would be more fitting. But again, for your purposes, whether you take Psychology or History HL, I don't think it will make as much of a difference.

    Maths HL is generally a prerequisite for studying Economics or Economics-related courses at university, it isn't emphasised for Business degrees. Maybe it might help you along, maybe it won't. But I do know that if you don't think you can get and be predicted at least a 6/7 in Maths HL, the chances of you being considered by the top universities are slim to none. So think about that very carefully before you make a decision.

    Maybe also consider replacing Business HL with Economics HL, you still delve into the subject area of interest to you (sort of) and Economics is relatively easy in comparison to other Social Science HLs to get a 7 in as well.
    First off, thanks for the feedback, it's much appreciated.

    I've decided to replace Psychology with History, since the Psychology IB grades in our school are quite low, compared to the 7s and 6s which those who have History are getting.

    I've given the Economics recommendation a lot of thought and I've talked to my Business teacher, who also happens to teach Economics (we're not that big of a school) and she said that although Economics might be seen better by universities which I'll apply to, the fact that I'm taking Maths SL will indicate to them that math isn't my strong point. However, since I'm taking English HL and History HL, it means that I've got good language and argumentative skills, which might make Business HL a better match than Economics HL, which could seem more out-of-place.

    I'd like to hear some thoughts on this. Thanks!
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    HELP URGENT HELP!
    I want to do natural sciences at uni.
    Doing HL bio, chem

    Need a third HL- should I do english literature, or geography?
    I rather get a 7 in standard maths
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    (Original post by Thornet)
    First off, thanks for the feedback, it's much appreciated.

    I've decided to replace Psychology with History, since the Psychology IB grades in our school are quite low, compared to the 7s and 6s which those who have History are getting.

    I've given the Economics recommendation a lot of thought and I've talked to my Business teacher, who also happens to teach Economics (we're not that big of a school) and she said that although Economics might be seen better by universities which I'll apply to, the fact that I'm taking Maths SL will indicate to them that math isn't my strong point. However, since I'm taking English HL and History HL, it means that I've got good language and argumentative skills, which might make Business HL a better match than Economics HL, which could seem more out-of-place.

    I'd like to hear some thoughts on this. Thanks!
    Well, I think History over Psychology was a good decision in the grand scheme of things. I also think you're right to factor in your own school's track record in those subjects for high grades.

    I see a bit of a tautology in your teacher's point - Economics will be seen better than Business, but seem out-of-place in conjunction with English and History, so take Business instead? How would Business HL not seem out-of-place with English and History? Yes, Maths may not be your strong point, but you're not planning to apply for Economics-related degrees anyway, so Maths coming across as your weak point is a moot point, I think.

    What is the trouble here with Business HL is that some (not all) of the top universities list Business as a 'non-preferred' subject. This is not a slight to the IB Business course as much as an unfortunate fallout of the poor repute of its A-Level equivalent, and universities not distinguishing between the two. By all means, take Business at SL, because for most universities in Britain, HL = A-Level and SL = AS. Your HL choices are all that matter in the grand scheme of things.
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    (Original post by sammionne239)
    HELP URGENT HELP!
    I want to do natural sciences at uni.
    Doing HL bio, chem

    Need a third HL- should I do english literature, or geography?
    I rather get a 7 in standard maths
    I'm not sure if universities offer a single "Natural Sciences" course. As far as I'm aware, you have to be a little more specialised than that, but I'm not a Science student so I might be wrong.

    From what I do know, I think Biology and Chemistry HL more than covers the science requirements, I think English Lit would be well paired with them. It is a strong traditional subject where Geography can be a bit iffy in comparison.
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    (Original post by arrowhead)
    I'm not sure if universities offer a single "Natural Sciences" course. As far as I'm aware, you have to be a little more specialised than that, but I'm not a Science student so I might be wrong.

    From what I do know, I think Biology and Chemistry HL more than covers the science requirements, I think English Lit would be well paired with them. It is a strong traditional subject where Geography can be a bit iffy in comparison.
    Cambridge has one (link), and so does UCL (link).

    @sammionne I think that both are good subjects. As Arrowhead has told you, Eng Lit is a strong traditional subject, but Geog might be more scientific and complement Bio well. I think that both would make a good combo.
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    In my IBDP, I am currently taking

    English A: Language and Literature SL
    Math SL
    Environmental Systems and Societies SL
    Chinese A: Language and Literature HL
    Economics HL
    Psychology HL

    Does anyone have any advice about the combination of courses or maybe just a comment specifically about one of the courses mentioned above?
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    (Original post by star.karee)
    In my IBDP, I am currently taking

    English A: Language and Literature SL
    Math SL
    Environmental Systems and Societies SL
    Chinese A: Language and Literature HL
    Economics HL
    Psychology HL

    Does anyone have any advice about the combination of courses or maybe just a comment specifically about one of the courses mentioned above?
    You've taken pretty manageable subjects, I don't think you should struggle with this load.
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    (Original post by arrowhead)
    You've taken pretty manageable subjects, I don't think you should struggle with this load.
    Thanks for the reply. Do you know briefly what majors can these subjects lead to? Would switching from Environmental Systems and Societies SL to Chemistry SL be better?
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    (Original post by star.karee)
    Thanks for the reply. Do you know briefly what majors can these subjects lead to? Would switching from Environmental Systems and Societies SL to Chemistry SL be better?
    Well that depends, do you want to attend uni in the States or in the UK or somewhere else? And what calibre of universities are you looking at?

    For the UK, it's really only your HL subject choices that matter. So if you have Chinese, Economics and Psychology, that is an unusual combination, but almost all social science disciplines are open to you (except Economics and Accounting at certain universities that require Maths HL).

    As far as the States is concerned, they mostly focus on the intensity and difficulty of your subjects. So what matters most to them is if you took the most rigorous classes available to you in line with your interests (Sciences or Social Sciences or Arts). By virtue of doing the IB Programme, you've already demonstrated that you challenged yourself academically. They will then focus on your grades, extracurricular activities and achievements and any leadership/team positions (Student Council, Sports teams, etc.)

    Also, the calibre of universities you're considering makes a lot of difference as well. Somewhere like Oxford or Harvard, the conditions are very high and they expect a lot from applicants, as opposed to somewhere more charitable like Bolton University.

    You only need specific subject choices if you want to do some specialised degrees post-high school such as Medicine or Engineering or such. For most other degrees, the exact subject combination you take is not really that important.

    Therefore, I'd say you have a lot options open to you at the moment and only you can narrow them down.

    Is there any particular degree/discipline/university you're looking into?
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    Hi!

    I'd like to study Psychology at uni, and I'm starting the IB in about 2 months.

    HL
    Bio
    Chem?
    Philosophy?

    SL
    Self study language, Norwegian
    English B / A2?
    Mats/ Math studies ?

    Since I'm from Norway, I have to take Norwegian, but how is the rest? Is philosophy a bad subject to have at HL? I'm pretty interested in Bio, but I'm not so sure about the chemistry. Is that a must to study Psych at university? Would it be better to study it at SL? If so, what subject should I change it with? (The school does not offer Psychology.. )
    And about the English.. B or A2? What's the difference anyway?
    At last, I'm not the best at maths, but I should be able to cope with it if I work for it (Not HL), is Maths SL better than Math Studies SL?

    Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by ShawtyyC)
    Hi!

    I'd like to study Psychology at uni, and I'm starting the IB in about 2 months.

    HL
    Bio
    Chem?
    Philosophy?

    SL
    Self study language, Norwegian
    English B / A2?
    Mats/ Math studies ?

    Since I'm from Norway, I have to take Norwegian, but how is the rest? Is philosophy a bad subject to have at HL? I'm pretty interested in Bio, but I'm not so sure about the chemistry. Is that a must to study Psych at university? Would it be better to study it at SL? If so, what subject should I change it with? (The school does not offer Psychology.. )
    And about the English.. B or A2? What's the difference anyway?
    At last, I'm not the best at maths, but I should be able to cope with it if I work for it (Not HL), is Maths SL better than Math Studies SL?

    Thanks in advance!
    Where do you want to attend university? Which country/countries will you be applying to? What calibre of universities are you considering (top or middling)? All of these things impact the appropriateness of your subject choices.
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    Well that depends, do you want to attend uni in the States or in the UK or somewhere else? And what calibre of universities are you looking at?

    For the UK, it's really only your HL subject choices that matter. So if you have Chinese, Economics and Psychology, that is an unusual combination, but almost all social science disciplines are open to you (except Economics and Accounting at certain universities that require Maths HL).

    As far as the States is concerned, they mostly focus on the intensity and difficulty of your subjects. So what matters most to them is if you took the most rigorous classes available to you in line with your interests (Sciences or Social Sciences or Arts). By virtue of doing the IB Programme, you've already demonstrated that you challenged yourself academically. They will then focus on your grades, extracurricular activities and achievements and any leadership/team positions (Student Council, Sports teams, etc.)

    Also, the calibre of universities you're considering makes a lot of difference as well. Somewhere like Oxford or Harvard, the conditions are very high and they expect a lot from applicants, as opposed to somewhere more charitable like Bolton University.

    You only need specific subject choices if you want to do some specialised degrees post-high school such as Medicine or Engineering or such. For most other degrees, the exact subject combination you take is not really that important.

    Therefore, I'd say you have a lot options open to you at the moment and only you can narrow them down.

    Is there any particular degree/discipline/university you're looking into?
    Thanks for the lengthy reply about universities in different locations. I really appreciate it. I'm from Hong Kong, so I'm planning on attending university in HK or the UK. Hopefully the UK, if my scores are good enough. If I do go to the UK, I will be studying abroad and would be looking at the higher level universities such as Imperial College London, University College London, University of Warwick, Durham University etc. So I guess it's only the HLs that matter. I might be looking into Education, Administration, Law (but I need history?), Psychology, Tourism/Hotel Management. Are those options open for me?
 
 
 
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