Well I've got my AS level results and I'm very pleased with them however I'm really unsure about which subjects to take to A2. I am definately taking Maths and Economics since I want to study Economics at university (I'm aiming for top unis such as Cambridge, LSE, Warwick...). So now I have to choose between Chemistry and French. I like French as a subject and I always have but my teachers are not very good and perhaps I might struggle in A2 because of my teachers and I know French (Edexcel) is quite a demanding subject at A2. Chemistry is also quite demanding as there is a high coursework element (exam board- OCR Salters) however if I take it to A2, I'll get really good teachers and perhaps I'll enjoy it more. I'm guessing that there'll only be about 4 people in my French class. As to which one I think I'm better in, I think I'm stronger in Chemistry overall but the difference is quite small.
There is also the option of taking 4A2s which some people may feel that I would be able to do but I don't want to overload myself and I think it may be better to concentrate on 3A2s. Moreover I'm also considering taking AEA Economics and perhaps AEA Critical Thinking since I did well in those subjects at AS level but that's only a thought and I don't know whether I should. Do you recommend it, especially if you've taken any of these AEAs?
Thanks in advance.
It may be worth starting off with 4, see how you go because you can always drop one later in the year. It will also give you an idea of which subject you are more likely to cope with and do better in. You may even decide to continue with all 4 subjects and get fab grades in all of them.
Yeh, it's best to try 4A2s for a while and see how it goes, french might be better at A2 due to the small class size you should get more attention and better teaching.
I would drop French and do the AEAs.
Cool, thanks for the input so far. I also forgot to mention that my 6th form doesn't do A2 Critical Thinking and I don't want to necessarily do it anyway.
I would say to go with French over Chemistry..French would be more helpfull for your career, in the sence that if you do a job with Economics you would be able to use French to talk to a wider range of people!Giving you an advantage, where as Chemistry (being respected) has no real advantage..
Thats what I think anyway.
Thanks for the replies. I do recognise how important it is to have a language these days.
I'm now considering taking 4 Alevels and seeing how it goes. However I'm going to send off my UCAS form early because of the Cambridge deadline. Do you think the unis I'm thinking of applying to (Cam, LSE, Warwick, Bristol, Bath, Royal Holloway) will make a 4 a level offer e.g. AAAA making life harder for myself or will it be more AAAB/AABB or are they likely to stick to their usually 3 a levels offer?
They can make 4 A Level offers, but I'd've thought that most of the time they'd stick to 3 ones. But it is a possibility (though if you dropped one I can't imagine they'd take the offer away, but phoning them up and explaining the situation might be an added hassle that you don't want)
yeah that's the thing, i don't want it to be a hassle in case i decide to drop a subject.
I'm pretty sure only Cambridge ever make 4 grade offers out of those unis, and even then it's quite rare.
I'm glad you've managed to make a decision. I'm sure you'll succeed.
Good luck for next year.