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Basically i have like a week, till GCSE results and insha'Allah after getting the appropriate grades, i can do 6th form and insha'Allah take on some A levels.

 

I would like to know however, if anyone in here has done any of the following:

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Eng Lang

General Studies

Psychology

Sociology

Geography

Computing

 

If you could tell me how you found the first year of the A level insha'Allah it would greatly help. What you liked, didn't, found hard. What the course is sort of about, insha'Allah ii would help.

 

If you recomend to me anything, please do state why

I do have a prospectus, but it aint exactly helpful.

 

Please try and reply before Thursday 25th August, as that is results day and i need to choose my a levels.

 

Jazakamullah khair to all those who reply in advance,

May Allah :D reward you. Ameen

 

Wa alaykumus salam.

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salaam

 

i did biology and chemistry outa tht list........our syllabus for biology was really random and mesd up, bt it was pretty wasy to get the grades for AS, for A2 it got a bit harder, chem was like a tota :D at the beginin, after getn A*A* for GCSE, i was getn like U's. E's, n D's in each test, n first time i tk the exam i gt a C, bt once u get usd 2 it, and actually do the wrk whilst putn ur mind 2 it, its ok, i endd up getting B's for both 1st time round, retook, and now both A's alhumdulillah :D ....but it dpends what kinda course u wna do aftawrds

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Is General Studies an option for you? Many 6th forms make it compulsory!! Many unis DO NOT accept it, well i'm certain for London that is the case, not sure about anwyhere else!

 

I've only done Psycholgoy from that list, which i have already told you about.

 

As was previously mentioned ^^^ think about what you want to do after, what subjects do you require?

 

The subjects do change from GCSE, if you didn't enjoy them, you probably won't like them for A Level either!

 

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Assalamu alaikaum

 

General Studies is bad to do, as a lot of Unviersities don;t accept it.

 

Chemistry and Physics are 'hard'. But if you study full time, like you should, it shouldn't be a problem. If you were good at Science and Maths then do Physics and Chemistry.

 

Computing is ok, not really necessary for doing Computing at University. Computer Science, Software Engineering you need more A Level Maths, they don't really ask for A Level computing. Plus it can be overkill by the time you do Computer Science at Uni and you'll become sick of it.

 

 

Maths/Science/Engineering/Problem Solving questions:

Chemistry

Physics

Biology

Computing

 

Arts/Humanities/ Essay Discussion questions:

Eng Lang

General Studies

Psychology

Sociology

Geography

 

Choose subjects where you are the strongest. I seen someone do A Level Chemistry and Biology and Physics, when they're strenghts were in GCSE English and Sociology and arts subjects, accordingly they failed or got low marks at A Level.

 

If I was in your position and say had A's across the board in GCSE I would do:

 

A Levels Chemistry, Biology, Maths, English, Psychology

 

You can then go into Pharamcy, Medicine, Law, Accounting, Psychologist (that's if you want a job after University)

 

If you don't care about having a job after Uni, then you can really do what you want.

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Assalaamu 'alaikum,

 

I did Chemistry, Physics, Computing. The examining board for these was OCR at our college.

 

Chemistry is hard, but gets better as you cover more topics, as you see how things fit together and so your understanding improves - that was good. I disliked like the Biochemistry module we did as I felt it was about memorising and regurgitating things. The modules we covered were (1) Foundation Chemistry (learning fundamental principles), (2) on reactions (rates, energy released... - involves lots of calculations), (3) on organic chemistry, (4) Trends & Patterns, (5) Biochemistry.

 

Physics, I can't remember about because the teaching wasn't that great, but coursework involved an essay on a topic of our choice, and a significant experiment and write-up in any area.

 

Computing had a lot of coursework - it counted towards 60% of the final mark. So you might want to check that out as it might be a drag when juggling other subjects. Anyway, I liked the coursework/projects, cos it was practical stuff. Modules were something like Business Applications, Graphics, Computing Fundamentals, and one other.

 

General Studies - I think people did this without studying for it (maybe because it's not valued so much) so they effectively got a free A-level.

 

The media seem to be saying that employers are unhappy that students are shying away from traditional subjects in the sciences and languages, so I'd stick to core subjects if I were you.

 

Wassalaam.

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No maths is not my thing. Very hard for me. I dont thik i will be following the traditional one. I think i will insha'Allah go with the following:

 

Sociology

Computing

Geography

Pshchology

General

 

Hoever if General studies is not obligatory in the school, i think i'll choose something else insha'Allah.

 

:D brothers and sisters for your advice. It has helped alot.

 

Dont thik i will choose science either. Doesnt realy appeal to me.

 

Alhamdulilah good advice. Think Geog is my strongest and probly sociology i will insha'Allah enjoy

 

Well less than 12 hours til GCSE results insha'Allah

 

I pray Allah swt bestows his mercy and blessings upon those who have taken their results. Ameen thumma ameen.

 

Wa alaykumus salam

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Assalamu alaikum

 

Sociology, Psychology and Geography go well together. You can go into Psychotherapy (medical) and Psychology (non-medical), also Public relations, I think the Ummah needs those, people who know how to handle the media.

 

 

I pray you get good results tomorrow!

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Ameen, :D brother. I have considered going to Psychology and perhaps sort of becoming like a counsilor, but Allah hu alam. Insha'Allah will see. The prospectus i have also said Geog goes well with Psych too. Insha'Allah in about 2 and a half hours, will find out the results.

 

Anyone else doing a levels too?

 

:D for the quick reply.

 

Wa alaykumus salam

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may Allah swt bestow his mercy and blessings upon his creation , ameen!

Gues i've still to wait for the results to decide insha'Allah

 

Wa alaykumus salam

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Ameen, :D brother. I have considered going to Psychology and perhaps sort of becoming like a counsilor, but Allah hu alam. Insha'Allah will see. The prospectus i have also said Geog goes well with Psych too. Insha'Allah in about 2 and a half hours, will find out the results.

 

Anyone else doing a levels too?

 

:D for the quick reply.

 

Wa alaykumus salam

 

 

ive enroled today choosing psychology.sociology,media studies and iam re-doing my maths gcse,might change the media studies to biology.

 

anyone here done media studies, how was it?

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Alhamdulillah, got the results. 4 A's, 4 B's and 3 C's.

 

I enrolled too. To a 6th form and im doing insha'Allah Psychology, Biology, Sociology, Computing and General Studies.

 

Insha'Allah all will be well. Anyone else enrolled?

 

Wa alaykumus salam

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MashALLAH sister...well done!!!

 

very good results!!!

 

May Allah swt give you success in whatever you do. ameen

 

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:D sister

 

Ameen.

 

Does anyone also do Computing, or done it for AS?

 

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Assalamu alaikum

 

I done A Level Computing. Completely irrelevant to Computer Science LOL To be honest it's quite useless. erm... like Gerneral Studies. If you got A in maths then change to A Level Maths? Please?

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Well i wernt exactly intending to follow a career in computer science. Maths is one of my weakest although i did get a B in it. I will not do A level because it is too hard for me and i struggled enough at GCSE level.

 

How did you find A level computing brother? Very demanding? What sort of things did you do in it? Any projects? How were you assessed? Is it independent learning?

 

Ive already chosen my AS subjects and enrolled. So i dont think i can chnage untill 6 months have gone.

 

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I agree that sticking to subjects you are good at is important. Also if you want to go to uni - see what prerequistes subjects they look for. Some Psych depts in uni insist on maths as it's statistical based. Psych is either a science or social science at univ.

 

Stick to the "harder", more traditional subjects if poss as these are viewed more favourably by uni. Subjects like media studies isn't considered v academic by univ!

 

Good lucK!

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Assalamau alaikum

 

Well loking back on it now, it wasn't that useful. We did a project in year 2, usually database with a little programming, I guess that's what made it different to A Level IT - the extra bit of programming. Seriously, you should do maths instead. Did you get a B in the lower paper or higher paper? Also the maths A Level I did had no coursework, you just 2 exams a year. It's easy to revise as all you do is go through past papers - and that's what maths is, regular practice. Hence you may find Maths easier than Computing!

 

So if I was in your position I'd change computing to Maths. You got a B in GCSE that's good enough, I can still imagine you getting an A in A Level Maths! If you got a C in GCSE maths then I'd say think about doing maths 50/50. If you got a D than I'd say avoid A Level Maths. You can still change your courses, especially when you haven't even started. We could change our courses 2 weeks into classes in college. So I don't know what your college's problem is.

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I took intermediate for math, so achieved a B, although my coursework was an A. Alhamdulillah. The way i was taught math, was quite understandable and the teacher was brilliant. Yet i remember her saying that it would be preferable to achieve an A to get into math A leve, although a B is stil good.

 

Well i have no idea what career im going to follow. The way you describe math seems inviting. What sort of stuff do you do in Math. Any relation to GCSE, like Algebra. Insha'Allah if you could describe some of the stuff you do, then it may help me.

 

I am reconsidering now, but Computing looks very inviting too. Possibly after six months, i could change to math, or after a year. I dont particularly want to do Math, but i will insha'Allah reconsider.

 

Well i still have like 2 weeks left, so if i want to change i can. Insha'Allah, maybe after Istikharah, my mind will be made.

 

Are you sure there is NO coursework at all. Isn't coursework better, as you can improve on it?

 

:D for the responses, very helpful.

 

Wa alaykumus salam warahamtullahi wabarakatuh.

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Assalamu alaikum

 

Maths was quite straight forward. Especially the Edexcel syllabus.

 

You have Core Maths (algebra, geometry...), Mechanics (about gravity, friction, tension, forces), Statistics (averages, surveys, bias). I think you can do two core maths modules, then one mehanics module and one statistic module. I think that's how it is now.

 

Also you have prior experience with math, but not with Computing.

 

Seriously, I feel you should do Psychology, Biology, Sociology, Maths and General Studies. And if in maths you specialise in statistics, it complements Psychology and sociology REALLY well!

 

Coursework, yes I guess you can improve on it. Some maths syllabus have coursework. Best thing about not having coursework is you can have more time to spend on other subjects. I see Psychology and Sociology beign coursework oriented, hence I wouldn't recommended adding more coursework with A Level computing.

 

Especially you are not sure which career you are going I recommend doing: Psychology, Biology, Sociology, Maths and General Studies

 

This means you can go into Psychology/Psychotherapy, chartered accountancy. Psychology would be good as there are a lot of mental health issues among ehtnic minorities and Asian Muslim women.

 

If I could go back in time, I would tell my self to do:

Maths, Chemistry, Psychology, Biology, This means I could do either dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, accounting, psychologist/therapy and I almost immediately have found a job after Uni. It is not wise to do generic degrees like sociology and computer science.

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Interesting advice. I think it is the AQA/edexcel one. Well now that im thinking more about it. Seems math will be more useful, and i certainly do not want loads of coursework. Besides, i got two C's for Double ICT, and there was so much coursework and modules.

I was actually thinking of going into Psychotherapy/Psy.....

Also statistics is something i am good at. ALhamdulilah, one of the coursework pieces was statistic based, got an A on it.

By the way, i will insha'Allah be intending to go to a 6th form and not a College. Insha'Allah hope it is not too late to change me options.

 

Anything else you can tell me about maths brother? Anything you found hard/disliked?

 

What about Biology/Sociology/Psychology as insha'Allah i shall also be doing these?

 

Wa alaykumus salam

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Assalamu alaikum

 

In Maths I found some advanced trigonometry hard, I didn't do as many past papers in my second year, maybe cause I was stuck on the Computing coursework? LOL thing is with maths it's like the more you do the better you get. Get some past papers, practice under exam conditions, compare your answers and working out with the correct answers. Repeat that process and that's it. I liked that there were no coursework and most of the time you didn't need the teacher you could just work from the books - although that doesn't mean you can skive lessons! Basically it meant I could speed ahead of the rest of the class.

 

I haven't done Biology/Sociology/Psychology, but I can imagine them being personally interesting. For sociology you can try and do coursework related to issues facing the Muslim community. With Psychology it may help you understand more about yourself and why people around you may do the things they do. Psychology is not an absolute science as it deals with people, there are different theories some Islamic some not.

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Yes, that is one thing i liked when i done GCSE math. The practise papers really do improve your mathematical skills. After doing about 50, alhamdulillah i got to know some similarities.

 

Indeed skiving lessons will not be beneficial.

 

What do you mean about the absolute science?

 

Wa alaykumus salam

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Assalamu alaikum

 

Chemistry, phsyics, and biology to some extent, you can reduce everything to numbers and calculations. But when dealing with people, the humanities like psychology, sociology, you can't really do that.

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:D for the feedback.

If anyone else wants to come in, feel free to. Insha'Allah i will see the speculations.

 

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assalamwalikum

 

from there i did biology social and and geography.

tell you a bit about each.

 

Enjoyed geography alot, it was human geoagraphy, (like urban location, CBDs, migration, poverty and stuff) all that we really enjoyed, but you do have to remember few case studies for exams. but trust me it wont be hard remembering them becoause alot of the things we do in human geography is stuff we see happening around us anyways, axcept they just put fancy terms aaround it, like gentrification etc. if u did geography for gcse. u will find it very helpful as its building on that. a lot of the work you will ahve covered previously but just building up on it.

in addition to human geog we did physical geography too. i dint like this part, the weather, and landscapes and stuff. (its fun on field trips tho - went to wales for a whole week) :D

it really depends on what syllabus you are doing, and you might get an option in the second yr on waht modules you want to do. i suggest you take a look at the prospectus or contact the geog department and ask them about what modules you will be taking and tell them to tell you a bit about each of them.

 

now biology: this is quite hard, as there is a lot of info to remember and you have to apply it in the exams, with geog, the question formats are easy, very stragihtforward, but with all sciences, you have to apply knowledge, you have to think it through. you will need your previous knowldege and adapt and include that in, if you get what i mean. from biology, i enjoyed the yuck stuff, the human body and the practicals(disecting and stuff) etc. again with bio, chek out the modules, because most likely you wil also do natral environment, ecosystems and vegetation and stuff, thats a bit boring for me.

 

now social: i never did this at GCSE level and went stragiht into it at ALevel, but i dint find it too difficult as the modules i did was on education and family (in first yr) and world sociology and crime in the second yr. alot of the stuf you cover there is whats happening around you. but be prepared to write essays. if your not good at essays, you might find it a bit difficult as exams are essay Qs. again there is a lot of terminology you have to learn, and case studies. the more case studies you learn and use in the exam the better quality your answers will be.

 

i didnt do psychology at A levels but im doing it at uni, its really good, i enjoy it, well most of it. i just dont like the cognitive side to it. thats a bit boring. the social and statistical side to it is fun.

 

hope that helps! but i really advice you to look at perspectus and check out what modules they will be doing.

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