I know that for Year 11s the time is coming up to choose your ALevel subjects and begin revising for your GCSEs. I thought I’d write a post about my Alevels, how and why I chose them and all of that.
When I chose my Alevels I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life but by choosing these 3 I feel that I’ve left a lot of doors open.
I do three Alevels then an AS in Core Maths.
This was definitely the easiest choice for me, I have always loved English and continue to do so. It was my highest GCSE grade which gave me a lot of confidence going into it.
I do the Edexcel exam board and we will do 3 exams all at the end of year13. There’s a poetry paper, prose and drama. We’ve studied Beloved, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Taming of the Shrew. Then my poet that I’ll study is Rossetti. Obviously your school might be different.
I really enjoy this course. It is very discussion based but independent at the same time. The skills I am developing will be valuable to me in the future.
Workload wise, it’s usually 1 or 2 essays a week (2 being when both teachers give me one). Other homework tasks include analysis, reading and researching.
Further reading is so, so important for this course. You need to have read famous texts and have a good understanding of literature. My teacher says to aim to read a book in two weeks and we are constantly encouraged to look up articles and books on the themes/context we are studying.
This is my favourite subject and I’d honestly recommend it to anyone who enjoys literature at GCSE level.
I didn’t think I’d love this as much as I do. I did Sociology GCSE but wanted something more scientific and in depth for my ALevel. Loads of people talk about Psychology and when researching the topic it sounded really interesting.
I do the AQA course and it involves 3 papers with topics ranging from research methods to eating behaviours to memory. I find it genuinely interesting and really enjoy it.
There is a lot to learn and remember for this course, I know more Psychologists than anything else. It’s a heavy course but is still enjoyable and interesting.
The workload isn’t too much, it’s usually mostly revision to make sure everything you learn is sound in your head. Most homeworks are essay plans, research and evaluation of research/studies.
I find extra reading quite hard for this and honestly haven’t done any. I’d say watching videos on experiments, reading about psychologists would be the best way around it.
Well. I hated this till January, every lesson I hated and I very almost dropped it. But, now I’m into the course, found my revision style etc I’m finding it a lot better.
I do the AQA course and it is quite interesting. For this I’d say you need to have a real interest in Science and Biology. It can be overwhelming at times and there’s a lot to take in. I’d honestly say only do Biology if it genuinely will aid your future or it really interests you. I picked it purely because I found it good at GCSE and wanted to keep a science and I don’t think they were the right reasons.
Homework wise, I usually get exam questions every week or just a worksheet. Then from my other teacher we get exam questions most weeks.
You can’t get away with not extra reading for Biology, it’s so important to do and will definitely help you succeed more.
I find this the hardest out of all my subjects but I’m beginning to enjoy it a lot more.
I wouldn’t pick to do this, I only do it because I have to. I just really don’t enjoy and if you’re considering it look at past papers online and check it’s the maths that you enjoy. It’s real world maths and I just don’t enjoy it. I think it will benefit me in the future and think it is a good course for the right kind of person.
That’s basically it for this post. If you have any questions about any of this (or any subjects because my friends do different ones) or grades or anything then leave a comment or you can DM me on Twitter (@ilyvanity) or Instagram (@ifyouseejaz)