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Help with which Alevel course I should take!?





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I'm in Yr 11 and looking at college courses.I want to be a Radiographer or something in those lines... I've looked up the requirement for the course which is 1 science at grade C or above.I want to take...Biology- Definitely. But I'm only working at a grade C in science.(I'm doing double science not triple science.) I could have gotten a grade B but my Physics exam has put my grade down. Will I find it hard in college? Psychology- I'm kind of interested in Psychology but I have never had any course which involves it. I don't know if it will suit me. I am predicted A for English.Statistics- Apparently, Maths looks good in your CV. I have gotten high Bs in my Maths GCSE. Is statistics a way to go? Or will it be too hard for me?-------------The 4rth subject is a bit unsure. But I'm considering...Fine Art- Courseworks and practical things are what I'm good at. I'm working at a high A* for Art. But is Fine art Alevel too hard to to achieve an A? Also, does it really take so much of your time? Will it prevent me from concentrating on my other subjects? Also, it isn't an appealing qualification when applying for college? Will it prevent me from getting into the university course I want?Sociology- I don't really want to have another essay exam but I'm still considering this.Health and social care- Will this qualification help with me get into the course? or is it too much a soft subject?



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3 Responses so far.

  1. waddlers says:

    I’m no expert, but i’d think you’d definitely need A Levels in the sciences, which ones i am unsure, but maybe you could go on UCAS, and view what A Levels Uni’s demand for the type of course you want to study!

  2. stickles says:

    Certainly go for Biology. You need a C, you’ve got a C. And, hey, you’re at a B standard in Biology, which will help. You might find it hard at A Level, but that’s A Levels for you; they are harder. And if you want to go into Medicine in some capacity as a Radiographer, you will need it. It’d be a good idea to work on your Physics, too, as that will help.Go for Psychology if you’re interested. You don’t need any prior experience, but you might want to have a look and see what it entails first, just to be sure.Definitely go for Maths. Maths is just incredibly useful whatever you do. If you like Statistics, go for Statistics, but you might want to consider Mechanics, too. Mechanics goes well with Physics and involves a bit more thinking than Stats does. Statistics is a lot about data analysis, number crunching and just shoving things in formulas, which can get a bit repetitive. If you can work a bit harder and get A’s in your Maths, you might even want to try going for Further Maths, although it is quite a fast pace and pretty hard to cope with if you’re not at an A grade at least.As for your fourth subject, if you want to be a Radiographer, think about Physics. Yes, it might not be your best science, but it would be useful. If not, how about Chemistry? If you want to be sciency, then go for another science subject, and consider Psychology your extra. I don’t know much about the Fine Art course, but it’s probably not what you need to be doing. Sociology is a bit the same. I would advise against Health and Social Care, because I think that might be a double award and quite a bit of work. It probably is seen as a bit of a soft option, too.This might be biased, but I would suggest two sciences, maths, and an extra (such as Psychology). While there are meant to be no ‘soft options’, maths and science are still the most respected core subjects and the most useful. Talk to your teachers if you want some more advice. Look up university courses for Radiography and see which qualifications they like the most.Above all, good luck! Work hard, get good grades, and you can get on the courses you want and do what you want to do.

  3. defalk says:

    Hi,From personal experience, I know how difficult it is to choose the ‘right’ A-Levels. Personally, I was worried about the difficulty of the courses; what would happen if I didn’t enjoy my subjects and what if I changed my mind. There’s also the thing about keeping your choices open, because in the future you may change your career plan, so it may potentially be better to have a range of A-Levels (for example not all of them to be sciences).Since you already know what you want to do, you have a clearer idea on which A-levels to take. Generally A Levels are extremely difficult, and I think it depends more on how much effort and work you put into it. And I wouldn’t suggest you pick what you think are ‘easy’ subjects, because it could either be that: you are not challenging yourself and getting the grades in certain subjects that you could have gotten, or that you find the ‘easy’ subjects difficult and will have to put in extra work and effort into it anyway to get a decent grade. Go on sixth form/college open evenings and ask current A Level students about their subjects – you’ll get twice the information: what the school/college is like for particular subjects and how the students think the course is like. This could be quite useful for when you make your overall decision.In my opinion, I don’t think one A Level takes up more time than the other. It just depends on how that individual allocates their time. In your current school library, there should be a book on careers and information on what every career is like and the pathway (e.g. grades, University courses). I used this book and I found it very helpful, so you might want to ask your librarian if they have it. A reason I’m not focusing on a particular subject is because I don’t want you to feel as if I’m forcing you to take up a particular subject. Pick something you’ll know you’ll enjoy, because then it makes it easier for you to do extra research, reading and revising. Also, I’m not sure how it works in colleges but in my Sixth form, within the first two weeks, you can change subjects. Atleast this way, you can have a taster of the subject choices and then choose whether to carry on or not. There may also be a subject taster day, where you can experience your subject choices. I did this twice, once in my current school and the other in a school I applied to.Good luck and I hope this helps!