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Post by kingofapples on Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:35 pm

Well its that time of my life were i have to choose my a levels

By the end of this year i should have:

English - B
Maths - B but might try and push for an A
Science - B
Spanish - E/D
PCSRE (short course) - B
DiDA - Diploma in Digital Applications - Pass/merit (four C/B's)
I.T - A*/A

I also already have a French GCSE (D) LOL

Looking to go to college to study 4 AS levels then 3 A Levels:

Computing
I.T
Physics/Biology/Chemistry
Business Studies

Photography/media studies

if i drop one it will be one of the sciences

Lets here your stories on past or present experiences
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Post by widdows9000 on Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:38 pm

Well I've got 4 GCSEs at A, A, A and A* so far and I'm taking another 6 at the end of this year as well as two AS courses.

I'm looking to take politics and business studies definitely, maybe chemistry and biology but not sure. Anyone taken Biology and/or Chemistry at A level? If so what was it like?
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Post by Bob Boblo on Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:48 pm

I'm currently doing AS Maths, Chemistry, History and Eng Lit
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Post by jerryGFL on Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:49 pm

CHemistry is the hardest a level out there. I myself didnt take it but enough of my friends did. The second hardest is maths.
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Post by Alan Hammond on Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:09 pm

Business isnt too hard, its really just understanding business functions and strategies
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Post by Deilos on Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:12 pm

I've got an A* in Spanish (damn good one too, I got the highest writing mark in my school), and I got 100% in all three science exams in June, that counts as 25% of my final mark!

I want to do physics, chemistry, maths and further maths as AS's, I'm currently studying Spanish AS as part of a speed course. I'll do an A-level in that next year. I'll probably carry on everything else, without dropping anything. I'm doing a biochemical work experience at Imperial College in November, as well, and plan on studying a philosophy and physics course at uni... I've got my whole life figured out. Although I may find that I want something COMPLETELY different by the time I get there, that's what I'm passionate about at the moment.
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Post by happyjoe5 on Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:14 pm

Last year I did AS Economics, Politics, and Physics, and AS + A2 Maths. I dropped Economics at the end of the year 'cos it was rubbish. Now I'm doing A2 Politics and Physics, and AS + A2 Further Maths.

Physics is basically the same as it was at GCSE, but harder. Politics AS was reet interesting but the A2 is about American politics and it's really boring, given that I'm not American.
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Post by Bob Boblo on Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:18 pm

Deilos wrote:I've got an A* in Spanish

So did I, but my college doesn't run a spanish course Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
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Post by Dishmcds on Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:32 pm

Deilos wrote:I've got an A* in Spanish

Me too, but I am Mexican Razz
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Post by twaters on Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:21 pm

Maths is only the second hardest A level if you're not a natural mathematician. People who are could breeze A level maths.

I took Maths, Further Maths, Economics, Biology, German and Eng Lit to A level.

Friends agree that Chemistry is the hardest of the sciences (and possibly of all subjects) and Biology definitely the easiest.
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Post by Siobhan Griffin on Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:16 pm

I'm not a natural mathematician ^_^

I took English Lit, German, G&P and History through to full A level, though part of me now regrets not taking Irish.
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Post by Big Boy Bulley on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:19 am

Deilos wrote:
I want to do physics, chemistry, maths and further maths as AS's


Damn thats almost exactly what i AM doing

Maths
Further Maths
Physics

Geography
IT

Must warn you maths + further maths + physics = stupidly high amount of homework! (i mean like 3 hours a day for me atm, and its just 4 weeks into AS!!
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Post by widdows9000 on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:24 am

Well I'll defo go for business and politics as well as biology. Not sure for my fourth AS. You guys with your tales about hard chemistry are putting me off Sad

BBB how come you're taking 5 ASs? Our 6th form only lets you take 4 as it's 'too much work' to do 5 and you'll get worse grades. Then you have to drop one and only take three A2s. But overall I'll have 6 ASs thanks to the two I'm taking this year. Which is great as it means more UCAS points for uni. I'd love to get Oxford or Cambridge but I doubt I'll get all As at A level, I'm clever but not that clever.
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Post by Dishmcds on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:31 am

Only in the UK can you take Maths and FURTHER Maths.
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Post by Ip Lockard on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:32 am

widdows9000 wrote:Well I'll defo go for business and politics as well as biology. Not sure for my fourth AS. You guys with your tales about hard chemistry are putting me off Sad

BBB how come you're taking 5 ASs? Our 6th form only lets you take 4 as it's 'too much work' to do 5 and you'll get worse grades. Then you have to drop one and only take three A2s. But overall I'll have 6 ASs thanks to the two I'm taking this year. Which is great as it means more UCAS points for uni. I'd love to get Oxford or Cambridge but I doubt I'll get all As at A level, I'm clever but not that clever.

Chemistry is HARD.

I took: Physics (dropped after a year, useless tutor), Biology, Psychology and Computing.

The IT syllabus was a LOT easier than the computing one about 3 years ago - something to bear in mind if you only care about the grade.
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Post by jerryGFL on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:54 am

I did 5 as and 5 alevels at my school.

And Sio lets hear some of your german!
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Post by CadMiles on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:58 am

It was a few years ago (I'm 24) but I did GCSE Double Science, Maths, Business Technology, English Lit, English Lang, German, R.E., "Technology"/Electronics, History and Art. I got 5 A*s, 3 As, a B, a C and a D.

I then did A-Level Maths (applied option Decision), Physics, Computing and Business Studies and AS-Level Electronics.

In those days that was considered "too many" as 9 GCSE and 3/4 A-Levels was the usual maximum.

I then did a BSc (Hons) in Cybernetics and Control Engineering and overall would vote my choices pretty good for that course.

Physics and Maths together are ESSENTIAL - doing one without the other is a little silly because they cross over so much, it makes Maths easy if you are good at Physics and vice versa.

Having a non-science in there, like business, is great but AVOID doing essay courses like History, English etc at A-Level as they can get into seriously long courseworks while you're trying to cram for sciencey subjects.

Good luck!
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Post by Bob Boblo on Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:24 am

CadMiles wrote:
Physics and Maths together are ESSENTIAL - doing one without the other is a little silly because they cross over so much, it makes Maths easy if you are good at Physics and vice versa.

Having a non-science in there, like business, is great but AVOID doing essay courses like History, English etc at A-Level as they can get into seriously long courseworks while you're trying to cram for sciencey subjects.

Good luck!

lol!

Have a look at my first post in this thread

Not sure I should be loling like, but...
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Post by CadMiles on Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:41 am

Bob Boblo wrote:
CadMiles wrote:
Physics and Maths together are ESSENTIAL - doing one without the other is a little silly because they cross over so much, it makes Maths easy if you are good at Physics and vice versa.

Having a non-science in there, like business, is great but AVOID doing essay courses like History, English etc at A-Level as they can get into seriously long courseworks while you're trying to cram for sciencey subjects.

Good luck!

lol!

Have a look at my first post in this thread

Not sure I should be loling like, but...

Heh you'll be fine Smile What do I know Wink
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Post by Deilos on Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:47 pm

Big Boy Bulley wrote:
Deilos wrote:
I want to do physics, chemistry, maths and further maths as AS's


Damn thats almost exactly what i AM doing

Maths
Further Maths
Physics

Geography
IT

Must warn you maths + further maths + physics = stupidly high amount of homework! (i mean like 3 hours a day for me atm, and its just 4 weeks into AS!!

Heh, nice. I personally can't stand geography, just not at all my type of subject, but oh well.

As for maths, further maths and physics, the more I think about it the more I want to do it. I'm REALLY passionate about physics and chemistry, so they're definitely the two subjects I'm most unlikely to change. As for maths and f. maths, I really enjoy and am good at pretty much any algebra I've done (I did someone's GCSE algebra homework for them once when I was about nine years old and I didn't even know what it was). I also like the sound of imaginary numbers, which my maths teacher mentioned at one point and it really intrigued me. And I really don't care how hard chemistry is; I like it and really, the harder it is, the better it makes me look if I do as well as/better than my brothers!
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Post by jerryGFL on Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:12 pm

Ah yes imaginary numbers. Its quite an intersting subject field.

Also i like your sens for competiton with your brothers
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Post by twaters on Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:26 pm

Widds, you don't need straight As to get into Oxford or the North Fens Polytechnic...

Depends what you're applying for though as to how hard it is. You'll need at least 3, and probably an entrance exam of some sort.
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Post by Deilos on Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:29 pm

Well, my eldest brother got a first at Birmingham in English and Drama, he's gone on to get government funding to spend this year at Goldsmith's doing playwriting! So he's set a high precedent.

Also, Widdows: we may end up going to the same uni at the same time! I might go to Cambridge. Are you planning on taking a gap year?
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Post by roadrunnerspeed on Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:35 pm

I took:

Computing (it's different from I.T. DO NOT mix them up or you'll make me angry, and you wont like me when I'm angry!!! *turns into hulk*)
Law
Maths
and Business Studies.


Before A level I LOVED maths but now I hate it with a passion! A level maths is SOOO different and just focuses on trig and graphs, my two weakest areas, so I kinda didn't do too well at it. I'd highly recommend law to anyone, it's interesting to say the least. Business studies is ok if you don't know what to choose as a 4th choice. Computing is hard and you'll have to put the work in but it pays off. Doing computing will show you how stupidly simple I.T. is at A level (no offense to those who took it).

Due to my maths mark I didn't do amazing but don't worry about what you get in the end, there is always a university out there that will take you. It may not be oxford or cambridge but that just means you'll have
to work a little harder. Uni is a total different experience. They treat you like an adult and I think that helps you learn better. Anyway that's probably a few years off for some of you.

p.s. My uni on the news atm. GO GLOUCESTERSHIRE UNI!!!
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Post by jerryGFL on Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:50 pm

roadrunnerspeed wrote:p.s. My uni on the news atm. GO GLOUCESTERSHIRE UNI!!!

Its not exactly good news is it.

I applied for Cambridge got an interview and all. In the end they didnt make me an offer. One of my friends went and he is seriously overworked and has changed a lot sadly...
If you want to combine academic excellence with a good name and a nice environment and good feeling of unity and belonging to your uni, then come to St Andrews.
I can really really recommend it to you.
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