Is a fourth AS essential?Watch this thread
I really don't know what to take for a fourth, and not sure if I want the extra pressure to be honest, I have struggled with the amount of GCSE exams i'm taking. With my grades I know I probably should take four, but there's nothing else that particularly appeals to me. I've considered geography, but I ended up hating that at GCSE, and i'm not particularly inclined towards maths or english. Any suggestions? If it helps i'm aiming for archaeology or a related history course at university.
If your school wants you to take 4, I would go for critical thinking/general studies
I'd say doing 3 is restricting yourself before you've even begun, at least try it for a bit - I know plenty of people who dropped one AS after their january mocks when they get a firm indication that they can't handle the workload
Really, it's completely up to you. Most people do start off with 4 AS Levels and sometimes drop down to 3, but I think that's because most schools/colleges ask for you to choose 4 to begin with.
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Or perhaps a "soft" subject such as Business or ICT which could require less work?
Plus, some unis require a 4th AS (Eg. UCL), so at least try to take the 4 of them during the first trimester. If you see its too much, just drop it
As well, GCSE stuff is so different to AS+A2, after 3 or 4 months you may realise a subject isnt as you expected, may be more boring, too much work or just too theoretical for your liking, or just because the teacher is horrendous and you don't learn anything... so its good to have a 4th back up, so you can drop a subject.
P.S. Advice given by a student that took 6 AS during his first year haha
Now my preferences are:
1- Geography 2-History (really enjoy these two, want to do geography at uni) 3-RE (unexpectedly enjoyed it this year, found it really interesting), 4) English lit (It's ok but really hard and I don't enjoy it as much as GCSE), 5) Spanish- at the end of GCSEs I was considering doing Joint honours in Geography and Spanish, but now I'm on the C/D borderline for AS...
Basically, if I'd taken 3 AS Levels I would have done Geography, English and Spanish, and at the minute I'd be on A A C/D, as apposed to A A A A C/D, while not fully enjoying two of my subjects (and a lot of geography unis are now asking for AAA/AAB). Therefore, I'd check to see if there are any subjects you find interesting (check the A-Level syllabus because some are quite different to GCSE, such as English language) or if any relate to extra-curricular activities you enjoy (such as Art, Drama, Music, Photography etc.), just in case it turns out you don't like or don't do as well as expected for one of your AS Levels (I got 98% for GCSE Spanish and in my first AS mock in January I got a D (one mark from an E), I didn't take to AS that well)
Based on History, you could try: Philosophy, RE/Ethics, MFL, Classics, Sociology, Politics or Psychology (I would recommend geography but I'm a bit biased!)