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    Basically, I have a dilemma in picking my subjects for year 13.

    I currently am insane enough to do 7 AS levels: Classical Civilisation, Latin, History, English Lit, English Lang, ICT and General Studies. Of these, I am quite happy to drop ICT and Gen Studies. I'm really attached to the others though, and whilst I don't struggle with the workload at the moment, at A2 i've heard it steps up again, and 5 is a little excessive, but I love my subjects!

    Other info: I want to study Classics.
    I do quite a lot of extra curricular stuff, particularly drama, and would hate to give that up as well!

    Advice please? :puppyeyes:
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    I don't really think it's that crazy. I did 5 A2s and it was fine. Granted one of them was General Studies which is supposed to be "easy" (even though it was my worst A-Level!) but still, it doesn't seem overly excessive.
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    Do you actually need 5 A2 levels?

    Will doing more a levels cause a drop in you're grades overall?
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    For most people it would be a little crazy, but if you can handle 7 AS subjects I'm sure your'e capable of 5 A2's.
    You could at least start with five and see how it goes, if that's too much you could always drop one.
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    Wow if you can do 7 as levels I think you'll just about do 5 a2s. Good luck with that!...
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    If you think you can keep up then go for it! and if your struggling you can always drop one..
    Good luck though, wow 7 at the moment!
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    Have you told your teachers that you want to do five? It sounds like a lot to me but different people can cope with different workloads. If you think you will be able to handle it ask your teachers for their opinions on the matter. You could always drop one if you find you are struggling.
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    If you're coping with 7 then you should be alright with5. Its hard to say because i found 5 As's enough and dropped to 3 A2's! Theres no need really to do that many as uni's don't ask for more than 3 usually but if youre doing them just for fun then why not! Good luck x x x x
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    WOW I'm amazed you've survived your first hurdle given the number of subjects you've chosen.
    The workload of A2 gradually increases and i don't think you'll be able to cope but if you're insanely well organised and smart then
    i'd say go for it and finish your A2s
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    If you think you can handle it then go for it! But at the end of the day you'd rather secure say 3 or maybe 4 ace A Levels as oppose to struggling to get amazing grades with 5, which is most definitely likely to affect your extra curricular a lot more than doing less A Levels. Perhaps drop one the English ones?
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    (Original post by Lorypop)
    Basically, I have a dilemma in picking my subjects for year 13.

    I currently am insane enough to do 7 AS levels: Classical Civilisation, Latin, History, English Lit, English Lang, ICT and General Studies. Of these, I am quite happy to drop ICT and Gen Studies. I'm really attached to the others though, and whilst I don't struggle with the workload at the moment, at A2 i've heard it steps up again, and 5 is a little excessive, but I love my subjects!

    Other info: I want to study Classics.
    I do quite a lot of extra curricular stuff, particularly drama, and would hate to give that up as well!

    Advice please? :puppyeyes:
    if you go to private school anything is possible........
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    It is possible... I did 6 AS's doing 5A2's now, yes the workload increases but if you are really passionate about these subjects you should have no problem

    Taking on 5 subjects leaves you the option of dropping one of them later on if you find the workload getting too heavy, if you only take 4 subjects its harder to pick up the 5th - I started doing all my AS's as my A2's this year but around October time (1 month after the start) I decided to drop further maths because I simply had to focus on my medical application and I could use the extra few hours I used to spent on further maths to prepare for medical exams/ interviews and even my driving lessons/tests :p: .
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    I'd have a look at when you have exams and when coursework (if there is any) is normally done and needing to be submitted. Then you'll have an indication of whether there will be any times where you will have way too much on your plate.
    If this is all fine and you still think you could manage, I'd say go for it. Loads of people have done 5 A2's before and to be taking 7 AS levels, I'm going to assume you're intelligent enough to do it.
    If you feel like you're struggling you can always drop a subject.
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    ICT and GS aren't worth the paper the "qualifications" they are printed on. so count them as 0 subjects.

    anyways, 5 A2 (at least for sciences, I can't comment on essay subjects) isn't a problem at all. If you're looking at any of the top 10 unis, you should be fine with the workload. people seem to think its lots of extra work. but at my college you could take 5 A2 (proper A2 too, none of this GS ****), and still have 6 hours of frees a week. and considering GCSE had no frees (and the college day is less than a standard "9 to 5"), its just not that much.

    hooooowever, its only necessary (in the sense of improving your uni app, which some people take 5 for) if either a) you are getting 95% UMS in all your current AS, or b) you really love your subjects.


    personally, I dropped my 5th A2 a day before 2nd year started. I just didn't fancy it. In hindsight, the workload wouldn't have been an issue (in fact, I could've done like 8 or 9 A2 if I didn't have to do STEP). Also in hindsight, it didn't affect my uni app, so no less there either.



    to sum up, if you're reasonably good at crushing exams, and like the subjects, do it.
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    i wont say its crazy...this paki guy did 23 A2S without doing the as levels like the whole 23 A levels in may/june session...He got 21 A's
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    Nah its not crazy. Im doing 5 advanced highers at the moment, and its alright, partly because theres some overlap, which it sounds like there would be between your subjects. The way i see it, you'll have to learn your limits some day, why not go looking for them, push yourself!
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    I think so, but you've done 7 ASs so it can't be that bad. 4 A2s is still a lot though if you need to drop one.

    If you got all A*s in 5 A2s and As in two ASs you would have 820 ucas points in grades alone :P:
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    People need to realise that A-Levels are ridiculous. 7 is like the average number of subjects students from other countries will study (I had 13 in France and that meant being at school 8am-6:30pm Monday to Friday, so no, they're deffo not lighter than A-Levels), people do fine in the IB having 8 subjects and honestly, asking for 3 A-Levels while applying for unis is stupid, so, OP, go for five, at least you'll have a broader horizon than most students in England.
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    Depends what A-levels they are. If we're talking General Studies/Critical Thinking as the bit on the side, then yeah it's more than manageable.
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    I found that the workload was significantly less for A2 than it was for AS. But then again, that was probably because I dropped History. :p:
    I know quite a lot of people who took 5 A2s and got 5 As, so I'd say go for it!
 
 
 

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