Advice on A-Level combinations??!

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Just wondering if anyone could advise me on whether my A-Level combination is suitable? I have chosen to do: English Language, History, Psychology and Sociology, and I want to study Psychology/Sociology/Criminology at university. I thought they went quite well together as A Level options because they all link in and help one another out, but it has been mentioned to me that I should choose Psychology OR Sociology as they are both identical. Personally, I was disappointed as these were the two that I really wanted to pursue and was looking forward to as I thought that they sounded really interesting. Any advice on what I should do? I'm not really a fan of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. and don't really want to do Maths or a language!! Is it worth me swapping one so that I will 'stand out' in uni applications or should I just stick to what I'm happy with?

Posted Tue 19th March, 2013 @ 19:44 by Rachael
Edited by Rachael on Tue 19th March, 2013 @ 19:46

8 Answers

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Rachael you should do what you are happy with. And psychology is nothing like sociology - whoever told you that was wrong. Sociology is about society and the world we live in (like what you see in the news). Psychology is the study of the brain - the way it functions, how we remember things and how we think. They are totally different and i you want to study the psychology/sociology type subject then do both. Your other choices are very good. I would suggest you stick with enlighs lang, history, psychology and socioogy. Just remember they are all very difficult subjects.

Answered Tue 19th March, 2013 @ 21:50 by Tilly - Team GR
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I agree that its got to come from you its your future. You will still be able to get into a good university and you should pick those you like the most because you will have mare determination to suceed! The two a levels sociology and psycology as completely different I think it would be worth you looking into them more.

Answered Thu 21st March, 2013 @ 15:34 by Darlene
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Thanks for the replies! Really appreciate it. I've done all the research that I can about them, and when I checked on the Russell Group Universities website, they had a booklet to do with post-16 education. When I looked at it it said that for Psychology some universities may ask for one from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths whilst useful subjects would be Biology, Maths, Psychology and Sociology. Personally, I think taking them both would be fine anyway, as the universities that I've looked at say that they don't require any essential subjects. As far as Sociology and Criminology degrees go, universities don't require any subjects; just good grades in the subjects you do choose.

However, because I probably won't be able to carry them both on to A2, that will leave me with English Language, History, Psychology OR Sociology. Now I'm starting to wonder whether Maths would be a better option than History as it may take the strain off me doing 4 essay based subjects. It would also mean that I could drop Psychology at AS and still be able to do it at University. The reason that I want to drop Psychology is because I really want to do A2 Sociology as it has a unit in Crime and Deviance which will interest me as I want a career in law enforcement. I'm in a bit of a pickle. Any further suggestions?

Answered Sun 24th March, 2013 @ 16:09 by Rachael
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I would suggest definitely take maths (even if only to AS) if you are not taking another science, as for many universities your course choices are listed under science (especially psychology) and so maths is considered essential. Also many colleges and sixth forms have a good maths grade as a requirement (for psychology at least, if not both psychology and sociology).

I would also suggest that you take psychology over sociology, it is often considered to have more weight than sociology (I know this as it puzzled many of my friends who were wondering which to take). I would also say that if you are good at history, then many of the skills there will be a great help with your psychology (due to recall and analysis of case studies).

Ultimately it is your choice, but I would definitely recommend swapping sociology for maths, especially if you want to make an impressive application 

Answered Thu 30th May, 2013 @ 23:56 by Megan1808
Edited by Megan1808 on Mon 7th October, 2013 @ 15:13
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Don't worry. I decide on a different career every week. I've wanted to be a journalist, vet, teacher, doctor, surgeon, science researcher and uni lecturer just in the past 3 months lol. So you're not the worst for not being able to make up your mind.

History is difficult so you might want to pick a less essay based subject. Maths would be better I think cause it's not at all essay based and would give you a nice break from them. I'd suggest maths would be better.

Answered Sun 24th March, 2013 @ 21:37 by Tilly - Team GR
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Don't do sociology, as it isn't considered a facilitating subject and so unis don't particularly like, particularly the russell group ones. Speaking from experience, had a friend who did and struggled to get into uni. Do a better subject such as History.

Answered Wed 22nd May, 2013 @ 16:38 by Alice Deane
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Personally, I'd do Dance, Health & Social and Textiles.. they really compliment each other and universities and employers love the fact you can sew a button and move your legs! It's also worth noting that employers like Health & Social so when you sleep with your boss, you can look after the child! :)

Best of luck.

Answered Fri 24th May, 2013 @ 09:06 by Jack Barton
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I would suggest taking biology for AS instead of sociology as it leaves your options open.

Answered Sun 30th June, 2013 @ 15:58 by Alisha