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    Hey all,
    im currently planning on taking Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Physics as my A level choices to hopefully study either Engineering or Economics at Uni. Problem is, im also very interested in the Psychology
    a level and ive heard it helps to support ur other subjects at uni level.

    So my question is: a) is it worth taking the psychology a-level as well and b) is it a lot harder to take 5 a-levels and will i handle the workload (i get no frees with 5 a levels compared to 8 single lessons which i think may be too many frees)

    Id appreciate any help =] btw, it is the AQA psychology course if that makes a difference :P
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    At AS I took Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Economics, and hoping to study physics. I took Econ. because I wanted to show that I have other skills other then maths/science, and my teacher said, it'll show uni's that you can write essays. Since you already have economics, i.e. a written subject, I don't think you should take psychology. If you're applying to a top uni, i recommend you take chemistry. i spoke to a cambridge admissions tutor, who said, whatever course a person is applying, chemistry is a very good A-level to offer.

    EDIT: congratulations on your first post
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    its hardly a high workload. learning everything should be easy enough

    the only thing you really need to take into account is how much coursework there is for each subject, as that can pile up
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    (Original post by didgeridoo12uk)
    its hardly a high workload. learning everything should be easy enough

    the only thing you really need to take into account is how much coursework there is for each subject, as that can pile up
    There'll be c/w for physics which isn't the kind of c/w that will pile up. It may pile up for psychology though, and if you're doing AQA Econ. there is no c/w. (for AS anyway)
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    No coursework for any of the subjects im taking except i think psychology so i think im fine there :P Problem about taking chemistry is that i hear its a lot of work for a subject i practically have no interest in compared to psychology which is an essay subject that im lacking (economics is not that essay based) so i think it would be very useful.

    I considered chemistry before as a fifth a-level instead of psychology but i dont want to appear to be totally science based when applying to universities and want to show im more well rounded.

    btw, ive done an AS in ICT and Alevel Arabic already as well if that makes any difference.
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    It just depends on how much you can withstand workload wise.

    I wouldn't personally recommend it but if you know you can do it then go for it, anythings possible but just don't compromise your other grades for this 5th AS.

    Are you planning to do the extended project as well?
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    (Original post by zafaru123)

    EDIT: congratulations on your first post
    haha thanks been meaning to post for a while now, but i was a silent observer.

    and.. i dont think my school offers it (extended project), but im planning to check as it sounds really good for applications
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    (Original post by marin)
    haha thanks been meaning to post for a while now, but i was a silent observer.

    and.. i dont think my school offers it (extended project), but im planning to check as it sounds really good for applications
    no problem
    Universities say they like students taking the e.proj. because it shows that you are capable of independent learning
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    (Original post by marin)
    Hey all,
    im currently planning on taking Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Physics as my A level choices to hopefully study either Engineering or Economics at Uni. Problem is, im also very interested in the Psychology
    a level and ive heard it helps to support ur other subjects at uni level.

    So my question is: a) is it worth taking the psychology a-level as well and b) is it a lot harder to take 5 a-levels and will i handle the workload (i get no frees with 5 a levels compared to 8 single lessons which i think may be too many frees)

    Id appreciate any help =] btw, it is the AQA psychology course if that makes a difference :P
    I just took 5 AS levels, with Psychology being my 5th choice (I self taught the course), and looking back, I would have rather done 4, and spent more time on them. However, I am very glad I did take psychology as my 5th subject, because I loved the course, and will be applying for psychology for my degree. Originally, I was considering Geography. In this sense, taking 5 subjects keeps your options open - what degree you decide on might change when you start A-levels.

    Good luck
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    (Original post by marin)
    haha thanks been meaning to post for a while now, but i was a silent observer.

    and.. i dont think my school offers it (extended project), but im planning to check as it sounds really good for applications
    Wait so you're gonna do 5 AS Levels and the extended project? :confused: loool
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    I can do the extended project during my breaks, ive done similar sized projects before :P

    is it easy to self-teach psychology or would you have preferred to have a teacher? I also love the course from what i've read, ive even bought the CGP for some background reading :eek3:
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    (Original post by marin)
    I can do the extended project during my breaks, ive done similar sized projects before :P

    is it easy to self-teach psychology or would you have preferred to have a teacher? I also love the course from what i've read, ive even bought the CGP for some background reading :eek3:
    I see the psychology teacher for an hour a week just for some guidance, but it's not too difficult. If anything, I prefer not having a teacher - I can study the course at my own pace, and because I'm not being spoonfed the material, I seem to understand it better
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    hmm i might do that, cuz i have a suspicion that the psychology class is not gonna learn anything because of all the people taking it thinking that it is a very easy course.
    Is the coursework difficult? cuz if it is too time consuming i might just drop it as an AS so that i have time to do the extended project and focus on my other subjects.
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    (Original post by marin)
    I considered chemistry before as a fifth a-level instead of psychology but i dont want to appear to be totally science based when applying to universities and want to show im more well rounded.
    Well, if you hope to study engineering, chemistry would be very useful, but five A levels won't be. You appear to have been misinformed about how much universities like you to be well-rounded - in general, they don't. They like you to be interested in and capable of studying the subject you are applying for. This usually involves taking useful A levels (which for engineering would be maths, FM, physics and chemistry) and doing very well in them rather than lots of them.

    You would help you case significantly if you could decide between engineering and economics early and choose appropriate A levels for the chosen subject.
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    If you're going to love what you're doing, and you enjoy being busy, then go for it. You can still have a social life and achieving five a-levels with the extended project is certainly possible. You may have to sacrifice other things; you probably couldn't have a part-time job that takes up much time, you probably wouldn't be able to do much enrichment activity during school hours (purely because you don't have any frees), and you may not be able to 'read around' the subject as much as you'd have liked too. However, doing that much can be extremely rewarding and if you enjoy the subjects you pick, it can also be a very enjoyable time.
    I did five ASs this year, and never found it too much of a strain to be perfectly honest. It gets a bit heated during exam period, but if you're good at organising and plan your revision well, there won't be much of a problem. Someone else mentioned coursework - if there is a lot and it all falls at the same point during the year, you may find it difficult. One advantage of doing the EP yourself is that you can pick and choose when you work on it; if you've become very busy with exams or coursework, it can be put on hold for a while. I loved doing all five of my subjects so the last year hasn't really felt like a chore. So much so that I've made next year even busier It can be done, but only if you're really committed and well organised.

    EDIT: it would still be better to take four and do extremely well than push yourself too far with five; universities will value excellent grades above doing more a-levels; and you can become a well-rounded person in other ways instead of taking a fifth (reading around, enrichment and voluntary activities etc)
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Well, if you hope to study engineering, chemistry would be very useful, but five A levels won't be. You appear to have been misinformed about how much universities like you to be well-rounded - in general, they don't. They like you to be interested in and capable of studying the subject you are applying for. This usually involves taking useful A levels (which for engineering would be maths, FM, physics and chemistry) and doing very well in them rather than lots of them.

    You would help you case significantly if you could decide between engineering and economics early and choose appropriate A levels for the chosen subject.
    :yes: Engingeering and Econ. are two very different subjects, therefore you should make a choice and choose the right a-levels., wouldn't be as bad if it was engineering/physics, as you'll take pretty much the same a-levels for both.
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    yeh im doing econ at uni, did maths f maths chemistry biology geography. It was perfectly manageable, although only having one essay subject helped, as that was by far the biggest workload. it gets a tad more hard working once exams roll around of course...
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    Hmm, so would it be better that i take chemistry instead or just stay with my original 4 choices?
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    (Original post by marin)
    Hmm, so would it be better that i take chemistry instead or just stay with my original 4 choices?
    Choose between them. If you choose engineering take maths, FM, physics & chemistry. If you choose economics take maths, FM and economics (and one other).
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    (Original post by marin)
    hmm i might do that, cuz i have a suspicion that the psychology class is not gonna learn anything because of all the people taking it thinking that it is a very easy course.
    Is the coursework difficult? cuz if it is too time consuming i might just drop it as an AS so that i have time to do the extended project and focus on my other subjects.
    There is no coursework for AQA psychology (option A at least)
    I would say though, if you are definite on engineering, psychology isn't going to be all that useful. Perhaps more useful for economics, but even then, it's not going to be superbly beneficial. I still reccommend it though if you want to do it, because in my opinion, its a very good course
 
 
 
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