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Do you think its a good idea to carry on with all 4 subjects or drop one after A2? I'm not sure if it would be better to have 4 A2s as that would mean more points, or to get rid of one which would allow more time to be used for the other subjects which would (hopefully!) mean better grades.

Whats the best thing to do?
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(Original post by tiger_babe)
Do you think its a good idea to carry on with all 4 subjects or drop one after A2? I'm not sure if it would be better to have 4 A2s as that would mean more points, or to get rid of one which would allow more time to be used for the other subjects which would (hopefully!) mean better grades.

Whats the best thing to do?
It's not really worth it unless you intend to study medicine or law and really need to impress admissions tutors. No university will make offers based on four alevels, very few will make them on the basis of ucas points, and you're better off doing well in three subjects than not so well in four, as you'll have more time spent on each, not to mention more free periods. Of course, if you think you could do it, there's nothing to stop you.
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It depends on your predicted grades, grades from mocks. If you're probably getting good grades in all 4 (above C) then it is worth it. If you think you're gonna get a bad grade in one of them it probably would be worth dropping. It also depends on which Alevels you're doing...
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I dropped from 4 to 3 A-Levels a couple of months into year 13, it was definetly worth doing. Admittedly the subject that I dropped, Media, was unlikely to have much influence on the admissions tutors, however there is a widespread perception that 3 a-levels demonstrates that you are focusing on the subejcts that interest you most. Generally, a broad selection of three high-calibur A-levels is the perfect recipe for a UCAS application. A forth A-level is only really considered a factor in the case of Further Maths.

However, what you might like to consider is doing another AS-Level in year 13. This is what I have done, I am doing Economics which compliments my A-Levels (and university application) really well: Maths, Physics & Politics. However, it is important that you don not put as much time into the forth subject, I find that I can manage Economics fine with just five lessons and 1 hour of homework per week at most.

Hope this helps,
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I dropped from 4 to 3 A-Levels a couple of months into year 13, it was definetly worth doing. Admittedly the subject that I dropped, Media, was unlikely to have much influence on the admissions tutors, however there is a widespread perception that 3 a-levels demonstrates that you are focusing on the subejcts that interest you most. Generally, a broad selection of three high-calibur A-levels is the perfect recipe for a UCAS application. A forth A-level is only really considered a factor in the case of Further Maths.

However, what you might like to consider is doing another AS-Level in year 13. This is what I have done, I am doing Economics which compliments my A-Levels (and university application) really well: Maths, Physics & Politics. However, it is important that you don not put as much time into the forth subject, I find that I can manage Economics fine with just five lessons and 1 hour of homework per week at most.

Hope this helps,
I do 4 A2's (and general studies which doesnt really count as anything) and i dont mind it, if you are prepared to work and can focus and plan your time effectively it should be no problem, if you got good grades at AS or are predicted good grades then it can't do any damage unless you think the increased workload from AS will get to you.
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I do 4 A2's (and general studies which doesnt really count as anything) and i dont mind it, if you are prepared to work and can focus and plan your time effectively it should be no problem, if you got good grades at AS or are predicted good grades then it can't do any damage unless you think the increased workload from AS will get to you.
I'd agree with that and I do 4 A2's. I think it is useful having one subject (in my case History as it is worthless to me) that you simply dont care as much about. As long as you have your priorities sorted and can manage your time well then its isnt to bad!!!
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I do 4 subjects, its not really that hard, its just like AS carried on, but then again i dont work as hard as i ought to for the grades i achieve
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I agree that picking up an extra AS in year 13 can be good, which is what I did with Politics. It gives you the chance to try something new, but if it all gets too much you can neglect it without too much guilt. Plus,it definitely seems easier compare to all your A2 subjects.
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I agree that picking up an extra AS in year 13 can be good, which is what I did with Politics. It gives you the chance to try something new, but if it all gets too much you can neglect it without too much guilt. Plus,it definitely seems easier compare to all your A2 subjects.
yeah i picked up AS biology, along with A2 chem physics and maths, its really really easy, i only do minimal work and do great
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do if :
1) you are doing a really competive course and even then think about it since its not always great to be solely academic
2) you are a genius
3) you enjoy them all and you have all A's for AS
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i do 4 A2's and an AS and i don't think it's that bad really as long as you're good at managing your time. i don't think a2's are that much harder than AS really.
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its not that they are hard its that it takes up so much of your time i find and that you could be doing other things like socialising, sport ect instead which might be more valuble if you want to be a "totally rounded" person
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I recommend going all the way to the full A-levels. I don't like the way students are encouraged to drop a subject after AS - if you're going to do a subject you may as well go all the way. If you don't like a subject, then why do it at AS-level in the first place? Getting good grades in four A-levels is better than good grades in three A-levels. If you do four AS-levels, why is doing four subjects at A2 so much worse?

Most of my mates dropped a subject after AS, saying that it would allow them to spend more time on their other subjects. Instead, they waste their time bumming around school, or whatever.

Go on, be brave. Go all the way!
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I recommend going all the way to the full A-levels. I don't like the way students are encouraged to drop a subject after AS - if you're going to do a subject you may as well go all the way. If you don't like a subject, then why do it at AS-level in the first place? Getting good grades in four A-levels is better than good grades in three A-levels. If you do four AS-levels, why is doing four subjects at A2 so much worse?

Most of my mates dropped a subject after AS, saying that it would allow them to spend more time on their other subjects. Instead, they waste their time bumming around school, or whatever.

Go on, be brave. Go all the way!
I agree!
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I strongly encourage you to do 4A2s. 3As is just too common now, as evidenced by many posts on these forums and the number of rejections of 3A students.

Honestly, it is not too difficult to do 4A2s. I do 6 + Econs AEA, as do many other people on these forums and I've never been 'academic' in any sense of that word, yet I am confident of getting As for most/all of these subjects. Hmm.. on another note, if you HATE a subject then drop it. I happen to love all of mine so 6 doesn't seem too hard. A friend of mine got an extremely high A for her business studies (top of the class) but she dropped it so that she could spend more time on Art and pull her AS B up to an A. Really depends on your strategy!

But yeh, as someone suggested above, if you like your subjects and get mostly As and Bs for them.. go ahead and take 4. Good Luck!

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You do 6 A2s? Why are you here at two in the morning? Shouldn't you be constantly revising with an intravenous caffein drip until June?

Hey, 'intravenous' has all 5 vowels.

EDIT: Just noticed the key word 'OVERSEAS' on your username. You must be somewhere remote!
Haha.. 2 in the morning? Here it's 11am... perfectly normal time. And I find that 2 hours of proper undistracted study a day is ample to get through all my subjects.
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If you plan to do 4 A2's and screw up on one and get AAAC could you reject the C?
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If you plan to do 4 A2's and screw up on one and get AAAC could you reject the C?
Someone I know did that, but I'm not sure how it works or whether its 'legal'. By why would you want to reject it anyway? Coz' your uni would only look at the 3As if that's the criteria for admission.
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No university will make offers based on four alevels
im studying 4 alevels and was given an offer for all 4 from leeds (rather than get ABC i would have to get ACCD if i hadnt declined that offer). the other 5 offers were bassed on 3 alevels, although i was given 2 versions of it (ie from warwick, AA maths + phys, with B in further maths or A in english language (as if that would happen!!))

the best thing to do is work your backside off at as to get as many points as you can before starting a2, so you can manage your time better over your four subjects at a2. i can relax with physics now, as long as i pass my last 2 modules in the summer I have an A so i can concentrate on the 6 further maths modules i have to sit in just one week (damn you WJEC and your stupid timetables). only got 1 english exam left for which ill have a late night cramming session a few nights before the exam.

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I'm doing 4 A Levels now (inc. General Studies) - and dropped English Language at AS Level after getting a 'B' in it, simply because the coursework was going to be too much in A2 Level and I did not like the subject enough to enjoy doing the coursework to a good standard.

The AS coursework was OK, but the teachers told me I was on for an A in it, and I only got a C in the end. In the first module I got 100/105 and then 32/105 in the next. I re-sat that 32 in January, just for the sake of it, which took English up to a B. The department was going to **** too, so I thought I'd take my B and concentrate on my other subjects which I enjoy so much more.

I'm liking it because of the amount of free time that I have now, to rest and focus on my other subjects.
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