(Original post by thoy)
I'm currently doing 4 AS levels in Chem, Bio, Maths and History, and yes I am hoping to do medicine. I will probably do all 4 to A2.
Anyway, most people in my year do either 3 or 4 AS levels, except for one boy who is doing 5.
He specially requested to do 5, and due to timetabling he was lucky that it fitted in. He is also hoping to do medicine.
My question is this, will him doing 5AS levels put him at a big advantage over me in applying? (Not specifically him, but others like him.) Because he does more AS levels?
He is doing Chem, Bio, Maths, Phys and French if that adds anything.
I considered requesting to do 5, but it was very likely that it wouldn't fit in (small school) and also, there was no other subject I was genuinely interested in taking, and I thought it would be an unnecessary workload and that my time would be better spent doing other things (i.e. I have some excellent work experience lined up.)
I have read the following interpretations:
-It shows academic breadth
-It shows extra academic ability
-As many people cannot do 5, it is unfair to use this against them
-French has no relevance to his course
-As a result he will probably not get as good work experience, voluntary work, extra-curricular stuff done.
-If he doesn't get AAAAB it probably wasn't worth it.
I got 9A* and an A at GCSE, so I personally think this should show a wide range of ability? Also the fact that I am doing History shows I'm not only able to do Science.
Genuine replies only please, all replies are appreciated
P.S. I am not one of the people who constantly posts in those "Am I good enough" forums. This is my first post and comments such as "You don't have 59A*s at GCSE and 17As at AS level? You have no chance!" Are not appreciated.