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Should I do A2 General Studies instead of AS?

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    Ok, so basically I messed up. Having accepted an Unconditional offer to South Wales I dropped my A2 General Studies to AS, thinking obviously that the course was entirely irrelevant - not so. I'm hoping to get an Excellence Scholarship (effectively £2000 free), which requires ABB at least at A-Level, but I'm currently on a C/B border in Photography and my teacher says that while she hopes I'll get a B she can't be sure because of grade boundaries. This is where General Studies comes in; I emailed the University and they said that an A level in General Studies is considered for the scholarship. So now I'm in a predicament of taking a gamble with Photography or taking on the A2 General instead of the AS, though that conjures up several problems. While I can handle an extra two exams, the late entry fee is over £65, I haven't had a class on what the A2 exam entails and as a result I have no idea what will come up on the paper and how to tackle it. Is it an easy exam? What will I need to do? And how likely am I to get a B (my English is relatively good but I have zero common sense)? Please help! I'm so unsure of what to do, it's such a big decision and I feel sick. Any advice/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Don't do it! Often, the chances of getting a scholarship are pretty low (Even if they say they give it to everyone) and it's not worth doing extra exams just for a small chance of a scholarship. Besides, A lot of university's don't look at general studies the same way as other A levels (Again, even if they say they do). You'll be better off putting time and effort into your other subjects!
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    Ahh ok, thank you for the reply! Did you take General Studies A2, and if so how did you find it? Do you think it's easy to get a B?

    Everyone at my college took it! It was basically 4 extra exams for a qualification most university's discard. I got a low B but then again, I didn't revise for it! If you really want to, I think it should be fairly easy to get at least a B.
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