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dd cannot decide a levels.. psychology, philosophy or sociology?

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slartybartfast Sun 16-Dec-12 17:39:04

well she shoudl be doing two of the above, as well as a double art.

TheHoHoHonlyWayisGerard Sun 16-Dec-12 17:42:21

I did all three. Sociology is easy, I did two years in one. Philosophy is interesting, as in psychology. I'd say phil and psych for future prospects. What does she want to do?

slartybartfast Sun 16-Dec-12 17:42:21

she is chosing A levels, that shoudl read.

slartybartfast Sun 16-Dec-12 17:43:35

oh thanks ho ho
she wants to do something in the Art world.
but she is only able to chose 2 of the above as the art she wants to do is double.
i did sociology in one year evengin class smile

thanks for the info.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 16-Dec-12 17:45:06

Philosophy would be the most useful if she wants to go to art college.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 16-Dec-12 17:46:24

Are these the only three subjects she's considering?

slartybartfast Sun 16-Dec-12 17:48:18

yes these are the only 3.

TravelinColour Sun 16-Dec-12 17:48:24

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twentythirteen Sun 16-Dec-12 17:48:37

Psychology is a dead end if she wants to work in the NHS ultimately, ok if goung private, and is boring at university level in this country.

TeamBacon Sun 16-Dec-12 17:49:33

Philosophy should compliment art, and I think psychology over sociology any day

Pochemuchka Sun 16-Dec-12 17:49:34

I did all three too.

Gerard has summed it up exactly as I would. Philosophy can help with critical, creative and abstract thinking.

Sociology was the easiest but least useful IMO. She'll cover similar-ish stuff in social psychology modules.
I'd go for philosophy and psychology.

Very jealous - I'd love to be back studying all that again!

slartybartfast Sun 16-Dec-12 17:56:10

am quite jealous too,
and why not go for it po?

thanks for all advice. will tell her.

slartybartfast Sun 16-Dec-12 17:57:21

Maths no
Geography no, not doing gcse
History does not appeal to her
French not doign gcse
English - again, not relaly appealing to her but might be persuaded.

slartybartfast Sun 16-Dec-12 17:57:57

and the art is a double exam so that seems the way she is heading

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 16-Dec-12 18:02:22

Eng lit would be a good choice. Is the art A level or Btec?

overthemill Sun 16-Dec-12 18:02:23

important things are:
what does she like/enjoy studying?
what does she want to do at Uni (if she does)?
and what are requirements of those Uni courses - check on UCAS website.
some course requirements are very prescriptive

slartybartfast Sun 16-Dec-12 18:08:55

art is btec yes,
good tip about the ucas. website.

TeamBacon Sun 16-Dec-12 18:16:16

Is she thinking of doing art foundation? Check entry requirements for that as well.

Pochemuchka Sun 16-Dec-12 18:16:54

Would love to slarty.

Funnily enough, having worked in psychology for 10 + years I'd love to do art. (Best get the Dc into school first!)

If she's headed down the art route then she's best off doing subjects she has an interest in as well as being useful.
I started doing English literature and maths and dropped them like hot potatoes as I was bored rigid! (I am aware that my experiences are very old so feel free to disregard !)

Wishing your dd all the best!

APMF Sun 16-Dec-12 18:19:48

I found sociology very interesting and it opened my eyes to a lot of things like crime and social deviance. However it is perceived to be an 'easy' subject by Uni admissions. That is something you need to be aware of.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 16-Dec-12 18:34:24

If she has a choice she'd be better off doing art A level. The btec course is not as highly regarded, even though it's supposed to count as a double. DD did the Btec and DS started it but has now switched to A level. He says the Btec was far more prescriptive and, while it covered a lot, none of it was in-depth. I suspect that those who do the Btec come out with very similar portfolios. The portfolio counts for a lot if she wants to go to art college - as long as she has enough UCAS points to be considered, a portfolio that stands out is the most important thing, and they're more interested in ideas than technical accomplishment.

I went to art college with no A levels at all but if I was a youngster choosing A levels now, I would ideally do art, another creative subject like photography, either philosophy or eng lit and then either business studies (most in the art world are self employed/freelance and this would have been so useful) or the extended project thing.

Good luck to your DD. I'm quite jealous.

JoanByers Sun 16-Dec-12 19:12:09

I dropped out of Psychology A Level after a week. It was dreadful. Replaced it with Physics.

I did do Philosophy, proper academic subject.

No idea about sociology.

slartybartfast Mon 17-Dec-12 11:24:30

thanks for all advice.

so the btec isnt so well regarding as the A level? that is a worry.

fraktion Mon 17-Dec-12 11:40:15

I would do art A-level, philosophy and psychology with another 'academic' AS.

slartybartfast Mon 17-Dec-12 11:46:09


well i spose if she has to change the sociology to psychology then a rethink is on the cards anyway.

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