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    I've started AS with 5 subjects : Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Spanish, intending to do Physics as my career later on. But I don't know if doing 5 is too difficult. My choice is between Chemistry and Spanish. Chemistry is my least favourite of the 5, and Spanish is my second favourite. My teachers suggest I drop Spanish, because I stand a decreased chance of getting into Oxbridge for Physics or Natural Sciences without Chemistry. (I got 11A*s and 2A's at GCSE)
    So I have 4 options:
    Keep them all.
    Drop Chemistry (potentially not getting Oxbridge).
    Drop Spanish (making me feel sad).
    Do one or the other for AS and drop during A2 (is that even an option?)

    Which one is best?
    Sorry for the wall of text, I'd be grateful for advice.
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    (Original post by Ivanho89)
    I've started AS with 5 subjects : Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Spanish, intending to do Physics as my career later on. But I don't know if doing 5 is too difficult. My choice is between Chemistry and Spanish. Chemistry is my least favourite of the 5, and Spanish is my second favourite. My teachers suggest I drop Spanish, because I stand a decreased chance of getting into Oxbridge for Physics or Natural Sciences without Chemistry. (I got 11A*s and 2A's at GCSE)
    So I have 4 options:
    Keep them all.
    Drop Chemistry (potentially not getting Oxbridge).
    Drop Spanish (making me feel sad).
    Do one or the other for AS and drop during A2 (is that even an option?)
    Sorry for the wall of text, I'd be grateful for advice.
    If you check the entry requirements, it will tell you if chemistry is actually necessary. If it's not there, it's probably better to do what you enjoy (you'd have a more enjoyable year, Spanish, being a language, would be well-regarded, it would give you a contrasting subject).

    I'm not sure what changes this year with regards to AS levels but if you can do it, it might well be worth doing the AS for one or other of them; you may even find that your opinions on the subjects change during the year!
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    (Original post by Ivanho89)
    I've started AS with 5 subjects : Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Spanish, intending to do Physics as my career later on. But I don't know if doing 5 is too difficult. My choice is between Chemistry and Spanish. Chemistry is my least favourite of the 5, and Spanish is my second favourite. My teachers suggest I drop Spanish, because I stand a decreased chance of getting into Oxbridge for Physics or Natural Sciences without Chemistry. (I got 11A*s and 2A's at GCSE)
    So I have 4 options:
    Keep them all.
    Drop Chemistry (potentially not getting Oxbridge).
    Drop Spanish (making me feel sad).
    Do one or the other for AS and drop during A2 (is that even an option?)

    Which one is best?
    Sorry for the wall of text, I'd be grateful for advice.
    Drop Chemistry you won't need it and you don't like it.Studying Maths,Further Maths and Physics will be good enough for Physics anywhere and this is one of the recommended combinations for Natural Sciences at Cambridge.I don't think that many people do Maths,Further Maths,Physics and Chemistry all to A2 who get into Oxbridge(as they generally say only 3A2s are needed) and Further Maths would be much preferred over Chemistry due to the high mathematical content of a Physics degree.
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    (Original post by leahdw)
    If you check the entry requirements, it will tell you if chemistry is actually necessary. If it's not there, it's probably better to do what you enjoy (you'd have a more enjoyable year, Spanish, being a language, would be well-regarded, it would give you a contrasting subject).

    I'm not sure what changes this year with regards to AS levels but if you can do it, it might well be worth doing the AS for one or other of them; you may even find that your opinions on the subjects change during the year!
    Thanks for replying, I've looked at the requirements. Physics, Maths and Further Maths are the only ones listed as 'key'. For now I guess I'll see how it goes...
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    (Original post by Ivanho89)
    Thanks for replying, I've looked at the requirements. Physics, Maths and Further Maths are the only ones listed as 'key'. For now I guess I'll see how it goes...
    Please don't carry on with 5 - we aren't letting any students, even those with straight A*s, to do 5 because of the new syllabuses.

    You need high UMS for Cambridge so focus on 4 and aim for that.
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    Drop Chemistry you won't need it and you don't like it.Studying Maths,Further Maths and Physics will be good enough for Physics anywhere and this is one of the recommended combinations for Natural Sciences at Cambridge.I don't think that many people do Maths,Further Maths,Physics and Chemistry all to A2 who get into Oxbridge(as they generally say only 3A2s are needed) and Further Maths would be much preferred over Chemistry due to the high mathematical content of a Physics degree.
    Thanks, these are very valid points. I just want to ask: how hard is it to get in? Aren't 3A* a minimum? My teachers were talking about getting 'an edge on the competition' and I kind of freaked out. I have no idea how big the competition really is.
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    Please don't carry on with 5 - we aren't letting any students, even those with straight A*s, to do 5 because of the new syllabuses.

    You need high UMS for Cambridge so focus on 4 and aim for that.
    Thanks.
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    (Original post by Ivanho89)
    Thanks.
    Good luck
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    (Original post by Ivanho89)
    Thanks, these are very valid points. I just want to ask: how hard is it to get in? Aren't 3A* a minimum? My teachers were talking about getting 'an edge on the competition' and I kind of freaked out. I have no idea how big the competition really is.
    I don't think 3A*s are a minimum usually the offers are 2A*s and an A and 'the edge on the competition" usually consists of mainly performing very well at interview and UMS performance(Cambridge only), subject choice isn't absolutely critical.
 
 
 

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