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Do admissions tutors secretly prefer people who do 4 A2's? I don't want to put unnecessary pressure on myself next year but I want everything to be in my favour as I'll be applying for a competitive course at top uni's. Worth it or not? Thanks!


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Only do it if you're going to enjoy it - otherwise you might not do as well as you could have done.
I suppose doing more A2s gives you the appearance of someone who wants to learn more, but it's only worth it if you actually do :yes:

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If you want to apply to a top uni that wants AAA then getting ABBB which is actually more points won't cut it. But that's what you risk happening if you give yourself that much work to do.
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3 is mostly seen as preferred

my advice would be to pick 3 to do at A2 and revise hard and get good results.
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Not if you're applying for a Uni which requires 4 or you enjoy doing them.
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Not if you're applying for a Uni which requires 4 or you enjoy doing them.
As far as I'm aware, no British university has a standard offer of 4 A2s. It may be that the average Oxbridge candidate does have that many or more, but even their offers will 'only' be A*AA. If the uni gives a points based offer, they may include all of your a-levels - mine did, making it incredibly easy to meet
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(Original post by nic-nac)
As far as I'm aware, no British university has a standard offer of 4 A2s. It may be that the average Oxbridge candidate does have that many or more, but even their offers will 'only' be A*AA. If the uni gives a points based offer, they may include all of your a-levels - mine did, making it incredibly easy to meet
Very well, this should answer OP's question.
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There are some courses that require 4 A2's, but not for what I'm applying for (Law). I enjoy all of my subjects and believe I could get 4 A*'s, but it'd take more effort than 3 A*'s obviously. I'm willing to do it if it actually benefits me, but if it's needless then is there any point? Does doing 4 make me look more competitive?


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(Original post by Incredimazing)
There are some courses that require 4 A2's, but not for what I'm applying for (Law). I enjoy all of my subjects and believe I could get 4 A*'s, but it'd take more effort than 3 A*'s obviously. I'm willing to do it if it actually benefits me, but if it's needless then is there any point? Does doing 4 make me look more competitive?


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Doing well in 4 A levels is preferred to those who do 3 A levels. But you must do well as mentioned above. However if you think you will get 3 A*s then that is probably all you need to do. 4 A*s and a decent PS is pretty much 5 offers.

Usually A*AA = AAAB I believe.
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Doing well in 4 A levels is preferred to those who do 3 A levels. But you must do well as mentioned above. However if you think you will get 3 A*s then that is probably all you need to do. 4 A*s and a decent PS is pretty much 5 offers.

Usually A*AA = AAAB I believe.
Well I'll just have to try harder next year then . Thanks a lot!


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Increased sense of satisfaction.
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