Help ! What subjects should I study for A levels

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i need to start thinking about subjects im goin to do for a levels.. but i dont know what to do..

these are few subjecs im interested in.. geography, maths, pyhsics, chemistry, english..

anybody doing or has done any of these subjects... im just wondering how is it like, what sort of things do you have to do that (i know that will vary with different boards, n years), where those subjects could get you in life as in job / degree and anything else really..

THANK YOU !!!!!! xxxxxx

Posted Sat 15th September, 2012 @ 20:25 by ? Secret - Team GR
Edited by ? Secret - Team GR on Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 20:37

17 Answers

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HI, I've been doing as levels for about 2 weeks now and I am enjoying them. I'm doing geography, psychology, english lang and lit and ICT. I have always loved geography but I still love it at a level, in some ways I love it more. There is a lot of work but if you do your homework the day you get it or in your frees then it's ok. english is good too, I've heard english lit is hard but english lang and lit is great, use have to studay an anthology ant the exam i  june is on that and then do coursework on 2 books. I want to be a teacher so i took english cause i had too, but i'm really enjoying it. If i were you i'd pick subjects yopu really enjoy and subjects you got good grades at gcse in. my friend is doing maths and says it is so different to gcse, but if you're good at it do it. Out of the ones you have listed I'd go with geography, physics, chemistry and maybe maths cause you look like you're interested in science sort of things based on the subjects you've listed. If you need any more help just ask. good luck.

ps talk to your teachers about taking them for a level and see if they think you are up to it, if they are anything like mine, they'll tell you straight.

Answered Sat 15th September, 2012 @ 20:35 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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I got A* geography at GCSE and loved it, i then got A at A level. if you enjoy it i would reckommend geography

You should look at what you want to do in the future in order to pick your a levels. some alavels may get you into the uni course you want and others may not.

are you interested in doing a science or art degree?  by the looks of what you are thinking of doing i would guess science. Geography maths and physics are sciences and english is an art.
Some degrees require things such as 2 sciences so it's worth looking into if thats what you want to do

Ask if you have any more questions:)

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 20:17 by Alex
Edited by Alex on Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 20:19
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Natalia ... thanks ** for your advice and the website, my uncle also recommended it to me.. very helpful :) 

A lot of people say that maths GCSE and maths A level is such a massive gap hence the reason why people do quite bad even if they got an A* in their GCSE maths.. how are you finding maths so far ?? Do you feel its really hard compared to gcse or is it goin well.. i know its an early stage still.. 

Answered Thu 20th September, 2012 @ 20:45 by ? Secret - Team GR
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Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch thnx for sharing your experience so far.. its really helpful from hearing people..

well i want to do geography coz i enjoy it n its quite relaxin compared to over subjects.. and maths well people say its really hard but my teachers say im gonna be good at it.. plus they said what will help if i do it.. is do some background work for maths during the summer before i go into year 12.. 

hows ict like..  are you doing ICT or computing ?? 

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 18:30 by ? Secret - Team GR
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ICT is good, I think it's my least favourite subject out of the ones I'm taking but only cause I enjoy all the others so much. I can cope with the theory side of things for the exam as it's like any other exams just learning facts, but the coursework is confusing me, our teacher was talking about it last week and I just got confused. I'm hoping that once I get started it will be Ok.

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 19:00 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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 ♥ Secret ♥ I would definatly do geography I find it relaxing too cause I seem to be able to understand most of what we are taught pretty quickly unlike other subjects where it takes a bit longer. What's your taget for geography?, I got A* for my final grade.

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 19:03 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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Well im expected an A* in geography.  Im thinking of taking geography as thats one relaxing subject. 

How was geography like Alex in A levels ? Well science is a degree I am quite rightly interested but Im not totally sure. 

Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch .. do you have any ideas what degree you want to do for uni ??

Thnx guys for your advice and support.. ** :)

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 20:35 by ? Secret - Team GR
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the first year was very much similar to GCSE but in A2 i did 2 new topics i've never done before.

I find it's easy to achieve a B, but you must work a bit harder to get the A/A*

Overall i enjoyed it despite being the only girl in an all male class and even ended up with the subject prize for geography overall at the end:)

My other a levels were history and biology and my AS was maths.

I applied for animal science and found all of the universities required Biology grade B as well as a second science. most preffered the second science to be chemistry but would except geography and a few others.
/in order to see what will be required, it's wrth you looking at universities now at what course you are interested in, in order for you to take the right ubjects for you and your future:) 

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 20:40 by Alex
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 ♥ Secret ♥ properly something to do with geography but not that sure.

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 20:43 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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I originally wanted to expand from Geography and go into the tectonics section of it- vulcanicity, but when i researched it, it requires maths, physics and chemistry if possible so that wasn't for me
I did look into geography degrees but decided i don't fancy standing in rivers in the rain measuring the peak flow and depth and everything for 3 years in a degree! :L 

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 21:50 by Alex
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-i would leave my options opens and go for some sciences/arts subjects. 

Maths/physics/chemistry- you can get into engineering(civil/chemical/electronic) /accountancy/teaching them subjects especially chemistry /maths/physics as there are a less of them

...i like physics/chemistry bcause you get to do some cool practicals, learn about contemporary theories which can be controversial ie the higgin boson particle...so called "God particle" 

geography/english- journalism/media/creative writing/primary teaching 

at the end of the day you should go with your passionate subjects cause you will be learnning it inside/out when you do your alevels 

check out the uni websites./prospectus for the entry req for the course you want to do

hope that helps

Answered Sun 16th September, 2012 @ 22:32 by ELectrica!
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thanks guys for all your advice.. let me looks into the subjects a bit more then ill tell u what im edging towards.. i know its only september but i want to think ahead :)

btw everybody this is a website my uncle gave its actually really helpful .. try it out.. its about career choices.. 

www.prospects.ac.uk

Answered Mon 17th September, 2012 @ 17:15 by ? Secret - Team GR
Edited by ? Secret - Team GR on Mon 17th September, 2012 @ 17:16
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@ secrets...thanks :)

Yeh i am doing physics and chemistry at A2. I find them both extremely fascinating because you can go in dept/breath about a theory/concept/idea, eventhough it is challenging, but a challenge makes you determined/more focused and question about it, which i like doing anyways.. I like doing the practical work especially if you wanna break away from the solid theories. 

and they really go hand in hand since many of the aspects of chemistry is related to physics, meaning that you could understand/gain deeper knowledge about it.

I recommend you that if you do want to do physics then you should do chemistry/maths as it all interlinks with one another. If you are doing any science(Biology/Chemistry/Physics), then you should do at least another science (Biology/Chemistry/Maths/Physics ect) because its really useful!

hope that helps :)

Answered Tue 18th September, 2012 @ 17:28 by ELectrica!
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HI :) I've just started my AS levels this year. I'm doing Maths, Further maths, physics, chemistry, biology and Polish :) I want to do physics at uni. :) 

I've always loved sciences and maths :) I also love geography but I couldn't take it for a level, cause it clashed with chemistry i my school. 

Anyway- Sciences and maths are technically good for any career you choose. They're core subjects, so you can do lots of things with them eg engineering, teaching, medicine, geology, geography, meteorology, maths and so much more :) 

Maths is really useful anywhere, because it shows your problem solving skills. 

Go on this website, you can read here about different careers available with your subjects: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_with_your_subject.htm

About A levels- they're not easy, but as long as you take something that you enjoy and you are dedicated to work for it, then you'll be fine. :) 

Answered Wed 19th September, 2012 @ 21:41 by Natalia
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thank you Leah Summers

Looking at your profile Leah, I see you have done physics and chemsitry for AS and your doing it for A2. How was it like ? Im just worried, they are gonna be hard, thats what everybody says. BTW congratulations on your AS results, you did really well !!

Answered Tue 18th September, 2012 @ 16:58 by ? Secret - Team GR
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the insight of science in a levels you gave me Leah is very helpful thank you so much !! When it comes to science I would only choose between chemistry and physics because I enjoy them two the most and they are the smot easiest for me. Sorry Leah I know your a fan of Biology.

Leah, how do you manage 5 or 6 subjects and at the same time get all those high grades ?? 

Answered Tue 18th September, 2012 @ 22:10 by ? Secret - Team GR
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♥ Secret ♥ well, so far, we haven't done that much maths, and most of the stuff we do is just like GCSE or extension of it- but it's just the beginning of the course ;) 

In maths, you get a choice of mechanics or statistics. You have to do Core maths, but these 2 are optional. I'm doing mechanics, because it goes with physics, but I do statistics in further maths anyway. :) I think it varies in different exam boards (I'm doing AQA). 

All I can say, is that so far I haven't see anything I couldn't do ;) I love maths and I enjoy it- I think you just have to understand it and like it to be good at it. :) 

Answered Thu 20th September, 2012 @ 22:23 by Natalia