What to take for a level?

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I'm really indecisive and am not sure what to take for my alevels
Definates: English lit


Any help would be much appreciated- wondered if anyone has chosen any of the ones I'm thinking about and if so would you take them again,

Posted Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 13:51 by amyhew

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The humanities can be more challenging than you think. I had to drop history as an AS level after only 3 weeks because the workload with my other subjects was too much. There is a lot of essay writing, and lots of information to remember. Plus with AS history it gets harder. There is more work to learn in a much shorter space of time, but if you enjoy the subject you should be fine.

Geography can be very interesting, but it is not always as easy as it seems. Some parts can be more easily understood if you took GCSE geography, but there is a lot of detail to learn. I didn't do geography, but I have looked at some of the stuff my friends do, and some of it's quite difficult.

I agree with Joanne that many people I know found politics really boring. 

You have to pick subjects that compliment each other, but that you find interesting still. 

I'd say the best topics in your list would be maths, geography and history. Economics could also be your 4th choice, but I don't really know much about it. Keep in mind that maths is very difficult though. 

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 14:26 by Tilly - Team GR
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Maths ig good but hard work, but looks good when applying for a job etc.

History and geography are really good too because they're the humanitites - my friend does geography and says it's easy, history requires remembering lots of dates.

One of my friends does politics and hates it because it's boring (her opinion though).

And someone else I know is doing economics and likes it but it's hard work sometimes.

Hope this helps! What career are you thinking of doing though?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 13:54 by Joanne
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gegraphy is great, if you did it at gcse you will find it quite easy, theres lots to learn but if you revise well than that isn't a problem. my friends do history and say that it is really hard, they don't really enjoy it and maths is a big step up from gcse, my friend does it and at gcse she was great at maths but now she is finding it really hard, but if you are really good at it or need it for a certain career in mind then go for it.

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 14:53 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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they say hsitory and maths are the hardest a levels to take, and judgeing by what my friends have to do in history i can agree with that. I'veheard that there is a 70 mark essay and my friends have homework to write essays practically every week.

and Tilly did you do gcse geography?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 18:25 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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Yeah I did. I also did history GCSE.

I meant in my earlier post that I didnt take A level geography.

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 18:36 by Tilly - Team GR
Edited by Tilly - Team GR on Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 18:37
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oops i remember now, you mentioned it a few nights ago, we had a whole conversation about it. oh well XD

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 18:43 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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Yeah : ) 

Talk to you later!!!

Loving your new profile pic by the way.

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 18:48 by Tilly - Team GR
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thanks, see u later

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 18:50 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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I do maths and find it really hard but you might not!

Answered Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 12:50 by Hannah
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If you have to work really hard doing GCSE Maths to achieve a grade B or higher I wouldn't advice Maths. Only do maths if you find it easy to do and get a grade B or above every time with limited revision.

I'm doing A level maths currently and find it very rewarding when after working hard on something and I get it correct. I have to work incredibly hard though because my basic maths skills are weak e.g. my times tables are weak. But I am getting around so it is your choice.


Answered Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 16:15 by Charlotte
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I don't personally take any of your maybes - but the people I know that take history generally all really enjoy it

And I know a lot of people were shocked by how much more difficult they found maths at A level compared to AS - so it depends how confident you feel about it!

Answered Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 16:43 by Fay
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I say definetly take maths as Maths is generally applicable to many career paths and a lot of subjects will tie in with maths at A-Level anyway.

Also at AS the C1 module is very easy so you will be fine.

Answered Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 23:37 by Mitchell osei
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Economics is rather challenging and the first unit is not as exciting as I was expecting. It's a hard topic to revise, but it's also very interesting and I can tell it's going to be useful in the future.

I also take Geography - I enjoy the human side hugely but the physical stuff can be rather dry - even my teacher has admitted this! We're studying rivers and coasts; I didn't do rivers at GCSE so I was left at a slight disadvantage.

Answered Fri 11th January, 2013 @ 10:54 by Chloe Ward
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I do Maths and Geography and really enjoy them. They can be a bit hard and you have to write a lot for Geography, but if you will enjoy them then go for it!

Choose the subjects you enjoy. take into mind what you want to do, but if you choose subjects you don't like you won't work hard and you'll struggle and won't do as well as you would like. 

Answered Fri 11th January, 2013 @ 20:41 by KatieL