When I was doing all AS levels I tried to drop French. I just didn't like the teacher and therefore didn't enjoy the lessons. When I went to the college they said I couldn't because they were legally required to make every student do four AS levels, which I know is rubbish because directgov say that most students do three or four subjects in their first year. I just left it as it was only my AS year, and managed to scrape a C. But when it's A-level year you either do well now, or stay behind for a whole year doing re-sits. If I was trying to do a language now with my current A levels I wouldn't be able to cope.
I'd advise her to drop it because worrying about it just makes it more difficult. Contact the school yourself and bug them about letting her drop it. If she's got her parent's support, the school can see she isn't just trying to skive off. If they keep digging their heels in, she could make the minimum effort, like doing her homework, to keep her out of trouble while focusing on her other subjects. I did that and I got a bit of bugging off my teacher for not trying hard, but I just said I had other commitments. I had dropped Physics for French (didn't like that teacher either) so she knew it wasn't exactly a burning passion of mine. I wouldn't advise skipping it because sometimes unis do look at attendance. And she won't get EMA if she's eligible for it.
And about having just three A-levels; that's what most people end up with. I think only the top unis like Cambridge care about more than the standard three. Sometimes unis may look at AS grades too, but I think they'd rather looked at the scores of modules in the actual A-level when determining a place. The French AS helped my reference because my referee could say I had an interest in other cultures, etc, but seeing as Sciences are considered very academic and challenging I don't think she'll have to worry.
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- 18-01-2010 15:40
- 19-01-2010 21:45
Thank you Kooplah for your thoughts. Much appreciated. Still in the middle of negociating the whole thing, will let you all know how it goes. Appreciate your advice.