A-level advice please...?

Question:I start sixth form next week and still can't decide which a-levels to do. Everyone says to pick what you enjoy and are good at, but also ones that compliment each other.

I was thinking of doing biology, physics, geography and something like english literature, but I know that none of those go well together.

The problem is I'm no good at, and don't enjoy, chemistry, and I don't enjoy maths either, even though I'm alright at that.

I don't want to pick any easy options, I'm worried that geography isn't taken seriously and won't be challenging enough. English lit is just something different, I've always been pretty good at english and it looked better than english lang.

I don't want to go into pure science at uni; probably something science-related. But as I'm still very unsure I want to leave my options open.

Any advice at all?!?

Answers:
Don't worry about it! Pick what you enjoy and what you're good at. I think you're wrong about geography though. I studied at A level and found it really interesting and challenging

I wouldn't worry how well the subjects go together, as long as you get a good grade in the subject that you think you'll eventually take a degree in, you'll be fine.
I think you should stop worrying about what will look impressive and take only what you want to do. Two years of A Level is a long time to drag on with something you hate. I don't know why you think geog is perceived as a soft option - it isn't. It is also studied as a science degree, rather than arts, in many unis. It depends if you prefer physical geog or human geog.

This seems to me to be a well balanced combination. Try looking in some uni prospectus to see what catches your eye, and then check that the A levels you do match up.
don't think too hard about it. when you go into enrollment they'll let you choose subjects out of boxes or something that won't clash. don't think about it alot because you could let yourself in for a major disappointment when it comes around to choosing your classes when you have made your mind up, just have some sort of career pathway in your head and this'll help you loads.
If i was you, pick a career you would love to do. Then work backwards form a qualification perspective. Due to untold future circumstances, you may get only one chance to work to something you aspire too. So make the right decision now! - no pressure honest!

For example - Say you would like to be a dentist. Dentist would need to undertake a 5year Dentistry course at university.

To undertake a dentistry course, you would need decent grades in a-levels, look at university course entry critirea : university of manchester entry criteria is :

"Grades AAB. This must include Chemistry and Biology at grade A and one AS-level at grade B or above. Alternatively, two A-levels at grades AB and three AS-levels at grades AAB, including Chemistry and Biology. If only one of Biology and Chemistry is studied to A-level the other must be studied to AS-level and one other science, from Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science, must be studied to A-level. General Studies is excluded.."

I would defo pick a career field with decent money and oppurtunities. Solicitor, Doctor, Dentisit, Architect, Accountant. Dont leave uni like thousands of graduates with a crap degree such as media studies with dance - it only gets you a job at the local super market!

It will pay dividends to plan now. so pick alevels that will slot in nicely in the direction you wish to pursue, and give you flexibility to deviate should you wish. Dont worry about picking easy subjects, so long as you pass the course and it allows you to progress further.

p.s. i did ok in maths at gcse and tried doing it at a-level, needless to say i failed miserably. Dont do maths unless you really enjoy it.
geography is taken seriously, why not try something like psychology, its very interesting and it goes with english to a point, so does, history and sociology, im doin biology, psychology, and history this yr, last yr i did chemistry biol and psychol. dey go well togeth but i hated chemistry

history- interesting, no coursework
geography,-alright -loads of coursework-lots of information
-eng lit - interesting, some coursework
-psychology- very interesting no coursework
-biology- interesting, som coursework
chemistry- I HATE IT

-ENGLISH, BIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY
-GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, ENG
-SOCIOLOGY, ENGLISH, HISTORY
-geography, sociology, history
-

ANY OF THESE GO WELL TO GETHER

I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT PHYSICS, BUT PSYCHOLOGY ALSO COUNTS AS A SCIENCE, SO, DEPENDS ON WHICH YOU THINK YOU WILL ENJOY, COS IF U DONT UR MORE LIKELY TO DO BAD,

GOOD LUCK HOPE I HELPED
It really doesn't matter. Just do what you enjoy. At the end of it all the grades are transferred to UCAS points anyways and it really doesn't matter what they were in. Do the history of pop music, bubblegum chewing, and hair & beauty if you really want to.

Though i do reccomend doing something stimulating. Challenging is not important (i take ICT and thats just spreadsheets & word documents) so long as you get something from it it doesn't really matter

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