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I'm taking Physics, Chemistry, History, Maths & Further Maths at A-Level. The way it works in my school is you do all of AS & A2 Maths in year 12 and all of AS & A2 FM in year 13. I'm not struggling with the content of Maths at the moment but I am struggling with the time. Maths is so time-consuming I find myself constantly doing Maths hwk. I really don't want to drop FM because I'm a believer in finishing something I start but I'm really worried that it'll affect my other grades. Yeah we've only just started year 12 but everyone has advised me to stay on top of things and try to read ahead so you're comfortable in your subjects but right now I can't find the time to do anything apart from the bare minimum for any of my subjects which is just the homework I've been set; because of how time consuming my maths work is.

Should I drop Further Maths and focus on the 4 AS? I'm planning to study Chemical Engineering at a Russell Group uni (probably Imperial) and I really really do not want to drop History; it's the only written subject I LOVE and allows me to demonstrate a wide range of skills, both in writing and maths.

If it helps I got 5 A*'s and 5A's and GCSE, and I got an A* in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History.

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(Original post by vaishalir)
I'm taking Physics, Chemistry, History, Maths & Further Maths at A-Level. The way it works in my school is you do all of AS & A2 Maths in year 12 and all of AS & A2 FM in year 13. I'm not struggling with the content of Maths at the moment but I am struggling with the time. Maths is so time-consuming I find myself constantly doing Maths hwk. I really don't want to drop FM because I'm a believer in finishing something I start but I'm really worried that it'll affect my other grades. Yeah we've only just started year 12 but everyone has advised me to stay on top of things and try to read ahead so you're comfortable in your subjects but right now I can't find the time to do anything apart from the bare minimum for any of my subjects which is just the homework I've been set; because of how time consuming my maths work is.

Should I drop Further Maths and focus on the 4 AS? I'm planning to study Chemical Engineering at a Russell Group uni (probably Imperial) and I really really do not want to drop History; it's the only written subject I LOVE and allows me to demonstrate a wide range of skills, both in writing and maths.

If it helps I got 5 A*'s and 5A's and GCSE, and I got an A* in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History.

Sorry for the essay!
Just to make it perfectly clear, you're not giving yourself any advantages by taking more A Levels. 3 A2s are all you technically need, 4 A2s might be more common for applicants to universities like Imperial but on no account do you need 5 A2s. Quality is much more important than quantity - universities do not give you slack just because you're taking more subjects and particularly for Chemical Engineering at Imperial, they are famous for giving out extremely difficult offers so you really need to make sure that you're on track for top grades if you want Imperial to be a realistic option.

Ideally, the 'best' subject to drop is History. Imperial isn't going to be very interested in that, they don't particularly care if you've got a wide range of skills, they just want you to be good in the skills relevant to Chemical Engineering. Having said that, if you really love History, I understand why you wouldn't want to drop it. Further Maths is probably the next best subject to drop and in my view, it's the hardest subject to get an A* in out of the subjects you've mentioned, although this will depend on which modules you take (I can't judge History since I didn't take it). The reason why I'd suggest you drop Further Maths isn't because you're finding Maths time consuming at the moment (it's way too early to judge that properly) and more because 5 A Levels is just too much in my opinion. Unless you are 100% certain that you can get top grades in everything whilst doing 5 A2s, I'd always suggest you take 4 instead. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just the sensible option.

If you did drop Further Maths, would Maths then be spread across Year 12 and Year 13 or would you end up doing 5 subjects in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13?
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Too much. 4 AS' is fine though
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Just to make it perfectly clear, you're not giving yourself any advantages by taking more A Levels. 3 A2s are all you technically need, 4 A2s might be more common for applicants to universities like Imperial but on no account do you need 5 A2s. Quality is much more important than quantity - universities do not give you slack just because you're taking more subjects and particularly for Chemical Engineering at Imperial, they are famous for giving out extremely difficult offers so you really need to make sure that you're on track for top grades if you want Imperial to be a realistic option.

Ideally, the 'best' subject to drop is History. Imperial isn't going to be very interested in that, they don't particularly care if you've got a wide range of skills, they just want you to be good in the skills relevant to Chemical Engineering. Having said that, if you really love History, I understand why you wouldn't want to drop it. Further Maths is probably the next best subject to drop and in my view, it's the hardest subject to get an A* in out of the subjects you've mentioned, although this will depend on which modules you take (I can't judge History since I didn't take it). The reason why I'd suggest you drop Further Maths isn't because you're finding Maths time consuming at the moment (it's way too early to judge that properly) and more because 5 A Levels is just too much in my opinion. Unless you are 100% certain that you can get top grades in everything whilst doing 5 A2s, I'd always suggest you take 4 instead. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just the sensible option.

If you did drop Further Maths, would Maths then be spread across Year 12 and Year 13 or would you end up doing 5 subjects in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13?
Yeah I thought it would be history to drop, but I really enjoy it. Maths is my favourite subject and after that it's most definitely History, although I do like chemistry and physics. And yeah I though it must be bad if I already find it difficult to manage my time and I've only been at sixth form for a week! If I dropped Further Maths maths would be spread across year 12 and 13 and I will 99% drop History at the end of AS (depending on my grades).
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Just to make it perfectly clear, you're not giving yourself any advantages by taking more A Levels. 3 A2s are all you technically need, 4 A2s might be more common for applicants to universities like Imperial but on no account do you need 5 A2s. Quality is much more important than quantity - universities do not give you slack just because you're taking more subjects and particularly for Chemical Engineering at Imperial, they are famous for giving out extremely difficult offers so you really need to make sure that you're on track for top grades if you want Imperial to be a realistic option.

Ideally, the 'best' subject to drop is History. Imperial isn't going to be very interested in that, they don't particularly care if you've got a wide range of skills, they just want you to be good in the skills relevant to Chemical Engineering. Having said that, if you really love History, I understand why you wouldn't want to drop it. Further Maths is probably the next best subject to drop and in my view, it's the hardest subject to get an A* in out of the subjects you've mentioned, although this will depend on which modules you take (I can't judge History since I didn't take it). The reason why I'd suggest you drop Further Maths isn't because you're finding Maths time consuming at the moment (it's way too early to judge that properly) and more because 5 A Levels is just too much in my opinion. Unless you are 100% certain that you can get top grades in everything whilst doing 5 A2s, I'd always suggest you take 4 instead. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just the sensible option.

If you did drop Further Maths, would Maths then be spread across Year 12 and Year 13 or would you end up doing 5 subjects in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13?
Yeah I thought it would be history to drop, but I really enjoy it. Maths is my favourite subject and after that it's most definitely History, although I do like chemistry and physics. And yeah I thought it must be bad if I already find it difficult to manage my time and I've only been at sixth form for a week! If I dropped Further Maths maths would be spread across year 12 and 13 and I will 99% drop History at the end of AS (depending on my grades).
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