Doing a unit 3 & 4 subject before year 12:
Hi guys! So first up I’m not here to encourage or discourage you from taking a higher level subject. I’m here to let you in on a couple of things I didn’t really think through when I was making this decision:
I went to your average public school with some VCE level subjects on offer from year 10. In year 11 I took psychology units 3 & 4 without having done units 1 & 2. For the upside, I had that extra subject to boost up my enter and the content was not too difficult to learn. However I did not have the independent study motivation that the year twelves did.
Completing a higher level subject usually means you need to devote more time to that subject to understand the material and there is usually more set and ‘unofficial’ homework that goes with it. Also focusing on that subject may mean your other subjects aren’t given enough time. Remember it is important to understand the basics as new information is built on these.
Also think about if you need this subject to get into your chosen degree. At the time I didn’t, but when I got to uni I did psych in my first year so it was great to already have this background.
I quite enjoyed the challenge and it was great going into year 12 with some enter points already behind me.
Feel free to post a comment or send us an e-mail if you have any concerns about doing a unit 3/4 subject before year 12.
Good luck with the mid year exams!