Which combination of A Levels is best?

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I have handed in my option form for A-Levels and I chose:


Further Maths




I want to go into economics, so I have to do maths and I want to do the economics A level too. I emailed LSE who told me I would be at a disadvantage without F.Maths (Oxford implied the same). I don't mind doing extra maths, as I find some parts quite interesting (and it looks really impressive!).

I really don't want to do five subjects, as I don't want to be too pressurised and I would rather concentrate on four. I considered not doing F.Maths (but then I changed my mind- again!). Here's my dilemma: do I choose something I would find interesting and enjoy (Chemistry) over something that will be more useful in life (I want to travel) and probably help my career too (French)?

Sorry that this was very long! If you understood what I meant, please reply :) thanks!

Posted Sat 2nd March, 2013 @ 18:40 by economicsrocks

8 Answers

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Personally I would say that if you enjoy Maths related subjects and you're good at it then leave chemistry, because  all the other subjects go really well together.

But wait until you get an opinion from someone who is actually doing a-levels.. because I'm in year 11 so you will get better advice from people who are actualyl doing it..

Answered Sat 2nd March, 2013 @ 19:57 by ? Secret - Team GR
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Personally I think that doing french is probably more useful to you as you are more likely to use it when you are older whereas you don't want to go into anything scientific so chemistry won't be as useful to you.

Answered Sun 3rd March, 2013 @ 15:36 by Antonia Loizou
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im in my final year of a levels and combinations are important, but it really depends on what you enoy and what you need to get into a university choice. If I was you I would not do french and do chemistry if you enjoy it. That is what I have done with all my A levels I just enoy them all but they all relate to what I want to do which I didnt realise! Just have fun with them and work hard :) 

Answered Wed 6th March, 2013 @ 14:08 by Emma Carson
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Well you should look at eyour strengths and your future possible jobs but if you want to know what work well id say a science and a maths work well because they go hand in hand with each other and some schools say that it is compulsory to take both if you want to take either of them. To get in to university I advise that you take french or another language. You seem like you aren't sure about further maths so if you want to take it down to 4 then you prehaps should take that one out because you already haver maths but if your job is maths based I advise that you take all of them as long as you feel your happy with five.

Answered Thu 7th March, 2013 @ 16:01 by Darlene
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Thanks for your answers! I am considering not doing chemistry now, and just doing French. :)

Answered Mon 4th March, 2013 @ 11:22 by economicsrocks
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At my school people in your position are allowed to start with all five then drop one at half term or just before. You'll be fine coping with 5 for the first couple of months and it should help you get a better idea of what you'll enjoy and what you'll be best at. it might be worth discussing this with your teachers/head of sixth form. Hope this helps :) x

Answered Tue 12th March, 2013 @ 20:05 by sammy
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I myself think dropping French would be better and Chemistry may be considered more  academic, but if you enjoy french a lot more, go for it! What did you decide in the end?

Answered Thu 4th April, 2013 @ 12:45 by Anneka
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I would say go with what you enjoy most, but it is best to keep your choices open so maybe a small variety incase you change your mind about what you want to do later on in life :)

Answered Tue 9th April, 2013 @ 17:20 by H