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A Level choice

  1. Aug 20, 2005 #1
    I am studying Maths, German, DT and Physics at A Level. I just finished my AS exams and got my results. Now I need to decide which subject I am going to drop, and which subjects I am going to carry onto A2.

    The problem is, I have lived in Germany for 13 years, so I speak fluent german. I am worried that if carry on German onto A2, the University admission tutors might reject it as a real qulaification. But even though I am German, German A Level is hard, but it should be an easy A-Grade for me.
    I really want to drop DT, but I cant.

    So I need someone to tell me if it is worth doing German at A2 Level, although the language might be a native one.
    I need advise from anyone who already is or has been at university, or even an admissions tutor, or someone "who really knows".
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  3. Aug 23, 2005 #2
    I studied French to A2 as a fluent speaker and it was accepted as a normal qualification by the university. Saying this, I did also inform them i was fluent in French along with my other languages which they varified at interview.

    However, my situation was different, I did not have to take classes in it and so did not have the problem of dropping a subject. On that note - as a fluent speaker why are you forced to take lessons in it?!

    Also - what degree are you looking to do?

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  4. Aug 23, 2005 #3
    Why continue studies in german when you already speak fluent german? Drop german, and study the other subjects.
  5. Aug 23, 2005 #4


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    Dropping German seems the sensible option from two viewpoints: Firstly, you're fluent, and for job interviews and that kind of thing, being fluent will swing a lot more weight than having a qualification to prove it. Secondly, I'm of the opinion that the other subjects will serve you better anyway, but this is a purely personal view, and will depend on what degree you aspire to do.

    Do you have to drop one? Many of my friends couldn't decide, and carried all four through to A2 level. The extra work won't be an issue for you if you're fluent anyway.
  6. Aug 25, 2005 #5

    I am thinking of doing Maths at University. So I reckon that DT is uselss, and I dont really like the subject either.
  7. Aug 29, 2005 #6


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    DT does take up a lot of time. One of the best reasons for doing DT is if you want to do engineering, or if you really like the subject. Doesn't seem like either of these fit the bill for you...!

    How did you get on with your results anyway?
  8. Aug 29, 2005 #7
    Hi brandon, why not just do all four? When I did my A-levels I did Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Computing... Computing was extremely time consuming due to the coursework where I had to write my own program. Plus side for you is you're already fluent in German. University admissions will be more impressed with German rather than D&T but if you do decide to only do three then you should drop german.. You don't need a qualification to tell people that you're fluent in it, that will be obvious from your background.
  9. Aug 29, 2005 #8
    My background is not German at all actually. I am Sri Lankan, born in Sri Lanka, and lived in Germany for about 13 years.
    Does that change anything?
  10. Aug 29, 2005 #9
    I did OK I guess, I got 2A's (Maths and German) B in Physics and C in DT :mad: . I am going to retake a few modules to boost up those marks for most of my subject, so my final A Level grade will be higher.
  11. Aug 29, 2005 #10
    But I am scared that if I end getting a C iin DT in my final year, or even lower, the University people may not accept me.
  12. Aug 29, 2005 #11
    I was unaware that you are Sri Lankan in that case do German. D&T won't help you.
  13. Aug 29, 2005 #12
    Even though I still hold a German Nationality, the University people will accept my A Level as a valid one? Are you sure?
  14. Aug 30, 2005 #13
    Brandon I think the best thing you can do is wait till you go back to 6th form or college and ask you careers advisor and then change accordingly as they allow upto 2 weeks usually to do so. What university are you planning on attending? If you're applying for an undergrad physics degree then they won't care about what the third A level choice is.. they're only interested in Maths an physics.. The third grade could be in any subject.
  15. Aug 30, 2005 #14


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    No, a top ten university will care what the third A-level is in. My friend was rejected from Imperial (for mechanical engineering) because his third A-level was in spanish and he has spanish nationality. So I would choose DT, or if you are really good at maths you could try to do further maths in a year.
  16. Aug 30, 2005 #15
    Ask your careers advisor you can change within the first 2 weeks
  17. Aug 30, 2005 #16

    Well my first choice University will be UCL. And yes, I will contact my careers adviser, I think that is the best thing to do.
    Do you think I could hide my German Nationality, it will be easy because I Sri Lankan by birth.
  18. Aug 30, 2005 #17
    LoL.. Sorry man they usually ask for that on the application forms... sorry I couldn't be more help I didn't have this problem because I did chemistry too, which is probably the best option anyone applying for physics could take except maybe further maths.
  19. Aug 30, 2005 #18
    Mentioning Chemistry. What if I dropped DT, continued German and did Chemistry AS in the second year, would that make any difference?
  20. Aug 30, 2005 #19
    The problem will still remain if universities frown upon you taking German.. I believe they only care about the full A level.
  21. Aug 30, 2005 #20
    I was just going to interject that i know some college are taking physics students without physics if they have further mathematics - i do not advise this route as it is not a sure fir eguarantee but in my opinion, a maths/further maths and physics background + a science (chemistry) is the best route to donig physics at a degree level.

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