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AS levels - do they count when I apply to Kings?

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    Im in my first year of A-levels and I'm taking English lit, english language, history and politics. The only AS exam that I have this year is politics which I am not carrying on to A2 however throughout the whole academic year i've consistently achieved terrible grades in politics (U and E grades) and am currently predicted to achieve a C in the exam. My other subjects are linear and have good grades across the board but I am scared that I might fail my politics AS and have to put a poor AS grade on my UCAS so I have been thinking of dropping the subject as it's 2 months before my exam because i'm unsure as to whether i'll achieve an A or a B( it's unlikely) . So if i was to drop the AS level before the exam and focus on getting 3 strong predicted grades for the law course (a*aa) would I be discriminated against or be put at a disadvantage to those who have an AS level grade? If at the end of A2 I achieve A*AA without an AS level grade would I be affected?
    On kings' website on their general entry requirements, they say 'King's usually expects A-level applicants to have taken four AS-level subjects with three of these continued to A2-level. Most of our conditional offers are based on three A-level subjects, but some will ask for a 'fourth' subject at AS-level.' however when i go on to the requirements for law they simply state that they would like A*AA and have no mention of an AS grade. This is long winded but this is a tough decision as I would not like to be disadvantaged when applying if i only have 3 a levels in my first year however if i try to pass this politics AS exam i might jeopardise the rest of my A level grades and potentially might fail the AS as i am really bad at politics. The way i see it, it's better to get A*AA as opposed to a mediocre grade in AS politics and rocky predicted grades right?
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