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Should I do 5 AS Levels?

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    I've done exactly your combination (did French AS in y11 though and bio for y12), so I have managed 5 AS levels at once. Honestly, it was worth it because I enjoyed all the subjects and the workload was certainly doable because they aren't loads of essays to write every week
    Just do every past paper you can find in maths and you're set!

    However, with the reformed sciences, I wouldn't carry 5 subjects on to A2. French A2 was also a massive step up before it was reformed, from what I can remember, so I imagine it's much harder now. You'll see how much content there is in biology (even just in AS year). I'm doing maths, FM, physics and chemistry next year.

    People are trying to scare you away, and rightly so, but if you really work hard then go for it!

    (Original post by yaystrawberries)
    I've just done my GCSEs and am predicted to get A*s in all of them. The four A Levels I've decided on are Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths. The fifth would either be French or Biology, and I'd drop it after doing the AS Level. My teachers have told me repeatedly that I should consider taking 5 A Levels because they think I can handle the workload - for Maths/FM I've already tried a few of the C1, C2 and FP1 papers and done pretty well in them.
    I want to study Chemical Engineering at university.
    I know this isn't the only thread asking about taking 5 A Levels! But I want to ask anyone on the new specification for the sciences, what the workload is like and if it's doable. What are the advantages of doing 5 (apart from bragging rights)? Even though I found some of the units easy, have I totally underestimated how hard Maths A Level is?


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    (Original post by Ayman!)
    Exactly what I was wondering. Stanford and Princeton are basically the hardest Ivy leagues to get into, so it surprises me that he could get into both and not Oxford.

    Oxford's official acceptance rate is 18% which is just a little higher than most liberal arts colleges
    remember that isn't even the offer rate. that's calculated by applicants per place. So the offer rate is higher

    (Original post by Student403)
    UMS makes no difference to Oxford as they do not ask to see this
    it was stressed by teachers in her references
    they don't ask to see it but if its good (like 100) then I don't see why you can't mention it

    (Original post by nobodycarescarla)
    it was stressed by teachers in her references
    they don't ask to see it but if its good (like 100) then I don't see why you can't mention it
    Yes there's no harm for the others. But Oxford will receive many such applicants.

    No point
    I did 4 AS and 3 A Levels and if all goes well I'll be going to a good uni
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