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    The subjects I take are English Lit, RS, Sociology and Psychology. I was wondering whether it would give me an advantage when applying to university or not.

    The universities i'm applying to are:
    St Andrews (top choice) - AAA
    Durham - A*AA
    Edinburgh - AAA-BBB
    Exeter - AAA-AAB
    Queens Belfast - BBB

    The subject I want to study is English which I know is a notoriously competitive subject so would taking four subjects help make my application more competitive.

    No. If the universities you want to apply for dont require 4 A levels, don't do it.
    It's very very difficult and you could potentially be setting yourself up for a fall. It's not worth it!

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    No don't do it.
    I did 4 A2 subjects thinking that it would give me an advantage when i applied to universities but it didn't. Doing 4 A levels is hard and stressful, you'll hardly get free time/study periods. Universities want 3 A levels so doing 4 is actually a waste of time.

    I did four, but only as i am half-french- i am not fluent, but it made it fairly easy to do as a fourth subject. However, i don't recommend it: the workload is higher, you have less time to study and many universities, contrary to your expectation of them being impressed, may be put off by it, as they know you may not achieve as highly as you would with three. Universities do not expect you to do extra subjects, they expect you to be talented and do well in the three subjects that you do. You may be right, it may make your application more competitive to some unis, however it decreases your chances of doing well and there are much better things you can do to make your application more competitive: do a good PS using advice from anyone you can: this is the dealmaker or dealbreaker and the amount of genuine passion for the subject you can convey here can do much more to convince a university to take you than an extra subject.
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