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    So I have to pick my A levels soon and I'm really confused on whether I should do 3 or 4. I can also do 3 A levels and 1 As.

    If I do 3 I'm doing: Maths, Physics and Chemistry
    If I do 4 I'm doing: Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths
    If I do 3 A levels and 1 As I'm doing: Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths as an As.

    The thing is Idk if I can handle 4 A levels and is there really any point in me doing further maths at all because I'm doing Maths and Physics. Which option would you recommend? And What are the benefits of taking 4 a levels like this?

    If I were you I'd do 3 A Levels and 1 AS. I did 4 A Levels and I definitely do not recommend it (even though I enjoyed them all - which is why I didn't drop one). It caused me a lot of stress and I actually ended up missing my offer by a grade (but thankfully the university still let me in). University offers are very rarely based on 4 subjects - all my offers were based on only 3. A2 is much harder than AS, and you do need to dedicate more time to each subject. Doing 4 A2s would only mean you'd have less time to focus on each (and this gets especially bad if one of your subjects isn't included in your offer - you feel very tempted to just leave it ). Some universities ask for a fourth AS! Overall doing 4 A Levels is not particularly advantageous; it could even lead to you getting lower grades than you otherwise would.

    Do 3 AS's as chem is hard and so is maths. If you do 4, like I learned it is hard to do. This year people who did 3 did better than those that did 4. Those that did 4 subjects with chemistry did bad in comparison .
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