• Question: I am struggling to decide my a level options. So I know that I would like to do a job involving science, but I am not sure what. I am sure I want to do Maths and Chemistry; however, I am unsure if I want to do Physics or Biology as my third option. I am better at Physics than biology and find it easier to get high marks. Like Chemistry, I really like Biology(except from dissections).I do not share this passion with Physics, but I find it ok and like some parts of it. I also think that I would like to do chemical engineering and Physics is really important for this. My other possible career choices work with Biology and Physics a level. I am not sure if I want to take the risk of unnecessarily choosing the 'hardest a level' when I could just take Biology. When I say I am better in Physics I mean that if I work really hard I can get a level 9(A**) at GCSE. While in Biology I can work even harder but only get an 8 (A*).

    Asked by Kareena to Simon, Shreesha, Nicola, Monique, Matt, Lydia, Kanta, Ellen, Anna, Abid on 9 Mar 2018.
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      Lydia James answered on 8 Mar 2018:


      Choosing A-Level options can be stressful and difficult. If you want to go down the chemical engineering route and wish to go to university you can always look at uni prospectuses to see what A-Levels different universities require. Mathematics will always be required for engineering and a science or technical subject alongside but they don’t always demand a specific science A-Level.

      Remember that you can change your mind and swap A-Level courses fairly easily depending on your school system within the first few weeks. If there are open days where you can go and speak with teachers or current students that may give you a better understanding on what you will find interesting.

      I hope this helps you with deciding.

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      Ellen Williams answered on 20 Sep 2018:


      I would probably suggest chatting to the careers advice person at your school – and also looking at some university prospectuses. University may seem like a long way off but it makes sense to take a look at what the requirements are on the courses, to help you decide what you would need to take at A level. Different subjects work for different people – there is no one size fits all model 🙂

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