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    At my sixth form we start four A levels and then drop the fourth at the end of year twelve. How important is the fourth one (which is either an AS level or the equivalent in UCAS points) to universities?
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    Dropping is only an option, if you get 4 As at AS I think you can keep all of them and not drop any.
    In matter of importance, obviously a full a level will give you more UCAS points but all universities only require 3 grades (for example A*AA) so dropping one doesn't necessarily put you at a disadvantage


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    (Original post by RosieFitter)
    At my sixth form we start four A levels and then drop the fourth at the end of year twelve. How important is the fourth one (which is either an AS level or the equivalent in UCAS points) to universities?
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    Dropping is only an option, if you get 4 As at AS I think you can keep all of them and not drop any.
    In matter of importance, obviously a full a level will give you more UCAS points but all universities only require 3 grades (for example A*AA) so dropping one doesn't necessarily put you at a disadvantage
    I really only took 4 because I needed to fill my time in Year 12. From before I chose my 4th subject (Geography), I knew I was dropping it...
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    most unis expect you to have a 4th AS so if youre planning on applying to a top uni not doing one could damage your application - also most colleges need it in order to fill your timetable and make you a full time student (so get funding) at my college if you dropped an AS in first year you had to do gcse general studies to fill up your timetable
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    (Original post by citydeer)
    most unis expect you to have a 4th AS so if youre planning on applying to a top uni not doing one could damage your application - also most colleges need it in order to fill your timetable and make you a full time student (so get funding) at my college if you dropped an AS in first year you had to do gcse general studies to fill up your timetable
    Hm I wasn't aware of that, our college doesn't really stress the importance of keeping 4 if anything it's expected for everyone to drop them all. In year 13 we just have more frees to do A2 work in
    Because Obviously A2s get harder so they'd prefer you to do really well in 3 rather than average in 4


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    thank you all so much, I hoping it didn't really count for anything because I couldn't find a fourth subject aside from the other three that I was passionate about so I ended up picking art which i don't particularly enjoy. So i might now change and try and find a fourth option I prefer.
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    Hm I wasn't aware of that, our college doesn't really stress the importance of keeping 4 if anything it's expected for everyone to drop them all. In year 13 we just have more frees to do A2 work in
    Because Obviously A2s get harder so they'd prefer you to do really well in 3 rather than average in 4


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    for A2 we only did 3! sorry if i didnt make that clear, but at A2 we had to do alevel general studies (one class a week) in order to do the right amount of hours for them to get funding for us - however this might have been just my college?
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    (Original post by citydeer)
    for A2 we only did 3! sorry if i didnt make that clear, but at A2 we had to do alevel general studies (one class a week) in order to do the right amount of hours for them to get funding for us - however this might have been just my college?
    Ah right I see! Yeah we don't do general studies at our school since most universities don't accept it


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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    Ah right I see! Yeah we don't do general studies at our school since most universities don't accept it


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    yeah it was pretty annoying because we HAD to do it, most people felt it was a total waste of time (and my class was last lesson on a friday) plus it meant we had 4 extra exams for something unis wouldnt look at
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    (Original post by citydeer)
    most unis expect you to have a 4th AS so if youre planning on applying to a top uni not doing one could damage your application - also most colleges need it in order to fill your timetable and make you a full time student (so get funding) at my college if you dropped an AS in first year you had to do gcse general studies to fill up your timetable
    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    Dropping is only an option, if you get 4 As at AS I think you can keep all of them and not drop any.
    In matter of importance, obviously a full a level will give you more UCAS points but all universities only require 3 grades (for example A*AA) so dropping one doesn't necessarily put you at a disadvantage


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    so does the grade you get in your AS level that you are going to drop impact on your chances of getting into a good university or is it irrelevant?
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    (Original post by RosieFitter)
    so does the grade you get in your AS level that you are going to drop impact on your chances of getting into a good university or is it irrelevant?
    as long as you pass i dont think the grade really matters (i got a D in mine, which is why i dropped it) - but most unis want a 4th AS
 
 
 
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