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So at the moment I'm studying AS Psychology, Geography, Art and Biology. I'm hoping to do Zoology/Biological Sciences at Uni.

I was going to drop Art but I spoke to my Art teacher today and she was really enthusiastic about me doing it and I think I could get an A* in it - therefore if I did it I would probably get better grades than if I did the other three (probably AAA/AAB if I worked hard!)

But I don't want to drop any of the other three as they're pretty useful for what I want to do - so would it be worth keeping Art and getting better grades in the end or would it actually make it worse and I'd end up spreading myself too thin?

Also what's the workload like in A2 year for these subjects and has anyone done four A2s successfully?
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So at the moment I'm studying AS Psychology, Geography, Art and Biology. I'm hoping to do Zoology/Biological Sciences at Uni.

I was going to drop Art but I spoke to my Art teacher today and she was really enthusiastic about me doing it and I think I could get an A* in it - therefore if I did it I would probably get better grades than if I did the other three (probably AAA/AAB if I worked hard!)

But I don't want to drop any of the other three as they're pretty useful for what I want to do - so would it be worth keeping Art and getting better grades in the end or would it actually make it worse and I'd end up spreading myself too thin?

Also what's the workload like in A2 year for these subjects and has anyone done four A2s successfully?
You can, just a lot of work, some people have done 6-10 a levels and 5 AS..

Go for it
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So at the moment I'm studying AS Psychology, Geography, Art and Biology. I'm hoping to do Zoology/Biological Sciences at Uni.

I was going to drop Art but I spoke to my Art teacher today and she was really enthusiastic about me doing it and I think I could get an A* in it - therefore if I did it I would probably get better grades than if I did the other three (probably AAA/AAB if I worked hard!)

But I don't want to drop any of the other three as they're pretty useful for what I want to do - so would it be worth keeping Art and getting better grades in the end or would it actually make it worse and I'd end up spreading myself too thin?

Also what's the workload like in A2 year for these subjects and has anyone done four A2s successfully?

= I thought ypu need 2 sciences for Biological Sciences
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= I thought ypu need 2 sciences for Biological Sciences
For Cambridge/Oxford you do! But I'm hoping to apply to Durham/Exeter/Bristol where you only need Biology and geog and psych are classes as sciences
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For Cambridge/Oxford you do! But I'm hoping to apply to Durham/Exeter/Bristol where you only need Biology and geog and psych are classes as sciences
Oh i'm aiming for Birmingham where you need two sciences and a third subject which includes Psychology,etc
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= I thought ypu need 2 sciences for Biological Sciences
- not always
- some universities will accept Geography and Psychology as sciences, so technically OP has three

OP, four A-levels will be tricky, especially A-level Art with the heavy coursework element. The thing is, you may get an A*, but it's unlikely that any of your offers will care about an A* in Art as opposed to an A* (or even an A) in Biology.
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I'm currently doing 4 A levels ( One of them AS and A level in one year self studying)

I wouldn't say it's too challenging unless you're planning of self studying
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- not always
- some universities will accept Geography and Psychology as sciences, so technically OP has three

OP, four A-levels will be tricky, especially A-level Art with the heavy coursework element. The thing is, you may get an A*, but it's unlikely that any of your offers will care about an A* in Art as opposed to an A* (or even an A) in Biology.
I think she knows that, hence why she's asking if she'll be able to cope in Year13...

And okay, thought Geography was a Humanties but ok
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I think she knows that, hence why she's asking if she'll be able to cope in Year13...

And okay, thought Geography was a Humanties but ok
Geography is sort of a humanity, but judging from the people I know who do Geography it does get reasonably science-y in A-level (there's a lot of Ecology in it and such)
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I was also under the impression that you need 2 sciences. Since you are only taking one I would recommend taking art A2 as well as your other three. This may increase your work load but I believe that having 4 A-levels with one science us better than having 3 A levels with one science.

Good luck!
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Geography is sort of a humanity, but judging from the people I know who do Geography it does get reasonably science-y in A-level (there's a lot of Ecology in it and such)
Definitely, a lot of the stuff I do in Biology and Geography overlap! Thanks for the help loperdoper
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Geography is sort of a humanity, but judging from the people I know who do Geography it does get reasonably science-y in A-level (there's a lot of Ecology in it and such)
I swear at gcse it's classed as a Humanity ....

I thought Geology was basically the science version of Geography
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I swear at gcse it's classed as a Humanity ....

I thought Geology was basically the science version of Geography
It's basically classed as a humanity and science subject - unis class it as a "science related subject" and so most have asked for a hard science (biology physics etc) and then a science related subject too.
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I swear at gcse it's classed as a Humanity ....

I thought Geology was basically the science version of Geography
It is, but then that is GCSE.

Geology veers into more physical Geography (normal Geography has a large human geography aspect I believe), so Geologists will probably also have Physics/Maths.
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It's basically classed as a humanity and science subject - unis class it as a "science related subject" and so most have asked for a hard science (biology physics etc) and then a science related subject too.
I swear at gcse they history and geography as a humanity .. but whatever I dropped Geography IGCSE
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It is, but then that is GCSE.

Geology veers into more physical Geography (normal Geography has a large human geography aspect I believe), so Geologists will probably also have Physics/Maths.
Yeah I dropped Geography IGCSE
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I know many people that have done 4 subjects in one sitting and have aced it. They weren't even very smart. You just need to put in the effort and you'll find out that doing 4 subjects isn't too hard.
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So at the moment I'm studying AS Psychology, Geography, Art and Biology. I'm hoping to do Zoology/Biological Sciences at Uni.

I was going to drop Art but I spoke to my Art teacher today and she was really enthusiastic about me doing it and I think I could get an A* in it - therefore if I did it I would probably get better grades than if I did the other three (probably AAA/AAB if I worked hard!)

But I don't want to drop any of the other three as they're pretty useful for what I want to do - so would it be worth keeping Art and getting better grades in the end or would it actually make it worse and I'd end up spreading myself too thin?

Also what's the workload like in A2 year for these subjects and has anyone done four A2s successfully?
I've already done maths and am currently doing A2 further maths, biology, chemistry and physics, as well as STEP and self studied extra maths modules. The workload isn't too much.

Biology is similar at A2 to AS, just more difficult.
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So at the moment I'm studying AS Psychology, Geography, Art and Biology. I'm hoping to do Zoology/Biological Sciences at Uni.

I was going to drop Art but I spoke to my Art teacher today and she was really enthusiastic about me doing it and I think I could get an A* in it - therefore if I did it I would probably get better grades than if I did the other three (probably AAA/AAB if I worked hard!)

But I don't want to drop any of the other three as they're pretty useful for what I want to do - so would it be worth keeping Art and getting better grades in the end or would it actually make it worse and I'd end up spreading myself too thin?

Also what's the workload like in A2 year for these subjects and has anyone done four A2s successfully?

I personally wouldn't bother. Unis NEVER require 4 A levels, and 3 great grades are better than 4 Ok ones, especially when the subject is art which isn't at all relevant to biology.
to put it into perspective I'm doing 3 a levels and got a place for biology at oxford, and at the moment I'm working like every waking minute I'm not at school or at my job. I get like a few hours a week to socialise. And everybody I know who does a2 art says how it's basically the bane on their life and coursework mad.
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tbh, there's no point even stressing about it until you've got your results back from the exams this summer. right. now you wanna continue all subjects cus you haven't had your exams yet. when you get your exam results, one will be lower than the rest and logically that's the one to drop. no point doing 4 ay A2 as they wont make a different to uni offers but will make a difference to your other grades as consequence.


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