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    im in year 11, about to finish my GCSE's and im wanting to study physical geography at uni. but im stuck on what to take for A level
    for GCSE ive taken: english (lit+lang), maths, 3 sciences, P.E, geography, spanish and ICT.
    ive decided to do Biology (science im best at), geography and ICT for AS + A2 level. but most people do another subject for AS then just drop it.
    but what is the point of this fourth AS option?
    does it hold you back when getting into uni etc.?
    if i took 3 it would mean i would have much more time on my hands to concentrate on the 3 where im likely to get AAA or AAB.

    Some universities look more favourably on 4 AS levels. The biggest advantage is the ability to show you can prioritise large workloads and a greater knowledge in a variety of areas. From a personal POV I took 4AS and 3A-levels and dropped the subject I least enjoyed. If you only do 3AS then in order to drop a subject if you dislike it you need to pick up and complete another AS and A-level in 1 year - this gives you a greater workload in your second year thus decreasing your chances of AAA-AAB.

    It's best to do 4, so if you find that you really dislike one, or are struggling with one, you can drop it after the first year. Otherwise you'd have to keep going with it. Also, a lot of unis will prefer 4 AS subjects. They'd pick someone with AAAC at AS over someone with just AAA. Some unis for some courses have it as a requirement. If you want to be competitive, it's best to do 4, as almost everyone else will. It's an extra qualification and shows you can cope with a fuller time table.

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    everyone will tell you that it is better to do 4, and that is true because of various reasons. I mean the idea is that you do well in all 4 but lets say you get aaac-d then drop the subject you got the c-d in the unis will just look at your 3 subjects which you are taking to A2. Obviously this comes with complications like the top level unis won't be so forgiving, and the AS you do badly in should probably be less related to the uni course you want to do than the other 3, and so on.

    Is there a particular reason you're asking this? Like perhaps you're finding it difficult to choose a "4th" subject?
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