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    Well you are already doing French so you are already showing you can do another language. Also, you are right in saying maths ties in with physics.

    So physics :sexface:
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    I do Spanish A Level and if you have never studied the language before it will be a real struggle, I'm surprised that that's even an option at your college. You would most likely get a better grade in Physics than in Spanish, which would look good for Oxford!

    Oxford would probably prefer you to study Spanish if you're applying for languages, since at Oxford you can't study a straight language, it has to be combined with either another language, English or Linguistics (amongst other options). So you could actually study both French and English if you wanted. My cousin studied Spanish and English there and loved the course.

    Overall, I would think carefully about how difficult picking up Spanish having never learnt it before would be. It's a great language to learn and I really enjoy it, but if you think that it will be too much of a struggle and you may get a bad grade I'd say choose Physics. I would definitely not try doing all six A Levels - at my school we do 4 at AS (with the option of dropping one at A2) and even that is difficult to manage.
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    Don't do six, you're meant to do four and I'm doing five which is bloody hard.
    You can show you're well rounded with extra-curricular things and it isn't as important as people think, oxbridge want to see passion and dedication to a subject more than variety.
    I do physics and I love it so I really want to say do that, plus catching up on the equivalent of GCSE spanish will be a lot of work and take time that you should spend preparing for your other subjects.
    However spanish does make more sense for both a language and an english course, and it will be seen as a better choice by universities. If you choose something more random like physics you will need to be able to justify that choice with something relevant to the subject you are applying for unless you only take it to AS.
    You don't need a spanish A-level, you could learn to speak spanish with external classes just as easily as with lessons in school, but learning any physics outside of school will be much harder.

    Just some eclectic reasons for and against here, are all the other subjects definite?
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    Don't do six, you're meant to do four and I'm doing five which is bloody hard.
    You can show you're well rounded with extra-curricular things and it isn't as important as people think, oxbridge want to see passion and dedication to a subject more than variety.
    I do physics and I love it so I really want to say do that, plus catching up on the equivalent of GCSE spanish will be a lot of work and take time that you should spend preparing for your other subjects.
    However spanish does make more sense for both a language and an english course, and it will be seen as a better choice by universities. If you choose something more random like physics you will need to be able to justify that choice with something relevant to the subject you are applying for unless you only take it to AS.
    You don't need a spanish A-level, you could learn to speak spanish with external classes just as easily as with lessons in school, but learning any physics outside of school will be much harder.

    Just some eclectic reasons for and against here, are all the other subjects definite?
    Yes, they're all definite. I see where you are coming from as far as learning Spanish outside of school is concerned, but you did mention how I would need to justify why I took a subject like Physics if I wanted to do a degree in a language.
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    Do 6 - if there are timetable complications, teach the clashing subject to yourself.

    You'll have to self-teach a huge amount in Oxford anyway; might as well get used to it.
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    Do Physics. Gives you more options later in case you change your mind.

    You don't need A-Level Spanish to learn Spanish. (Though I can see how it might help.)

    If you are good at maths and languages I don't think your six subjects would be overdoing it; at least four of them would probably come easy to you.
 
 
 
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