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    I'm going to take Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics, but should I take 5 as Maths and FM can be considered as a joint A Level? Predicted A* in Maths and As all 3 sciences and got them comfortably in mocks so far. Also, Head of Maths said to me that I could take 5 potentially due to FM classes being held after school so I would have enough time in the normal day timetable to take a 5th subject. Ideally, it would be Biology. So I have 2 maths and the 3 sciences as 5 full A Levels, worth it or not?
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    I got all A*/A's in my GCSE's and UK struggling with 4 AS, and they aren't even all hard subjects :/


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    Any thoughts what you want to do at uni? I would say taking 4 at AS is fine but with FM ideally you take it all the way through to full A Level and its not one of your three A Levels with Maths.
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    don't I'm just going to be taking 3, and since they are changing the a levels a lot of unis will not really favour you if you have more than 3 since they know most schools aren't letting their students do more.

    Just out of interest, what do you want to do at uni?
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    I want to study Physics at Uni, but may change my mind and go towards Biomedical, Dentistry or Medicine hence the reasoning behind taking Biology.
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    (Original post by Jagraj16)
    I'm going to take Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics, but should I take 5 as Maths and FM can be considered as a joint A Level? Predicted A* in Maths and As all 3 sciences and got them comfortably in mocks so far. Also, Head of Maths said to me that I could take 5 potentially due to FM classes being held after school so I would have enough time in the normal day timetable to take a 5th subject. Ideally, it would be Biology. So I have 2 maths and the 3 sciences as 5 full A Levels, worth it or not?
    There's no real point, unless you're absolutely sure that it's not going to negatively impact your other subjects and you actually want to do Biology. I wanted to do Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. My school said I should do five. I said no. No regrets, taking four was a good choice and it left plenty of time for more interesting and useful things like reading.
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    (Original post by Jagraj16)
    I'm going to take Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics, but should I take 5 as Maths and FM can be considered as a joint A Level? Predicted A* in Maths and As all 3 sciences and got them comfortably in mocks so far. Also, Head of Maths said to me that I could take 5 potentially due to FM classes being held after school so I would have enough time in the normal day timetable to take a 5th subject. Ideally, it would be Biology. So I have 2 maths and the 3 sciences as 5 full A Levels, worth it or not?
    I did Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Geography last year and now I'm only doing Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Although I'm only timetabled 2 and a half subjects' worth of lessons, you need all that free time to consolidate the work - it's not easy stuff and you definitely don't want to overburden yourself by doing 5.

    As far as I'm aware, that extra grade means nothing. As people always said to me, AAA is more valuable than AABB.
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    (Original post by Jagraj16)
    I want to study Physics at Uni, but may change my mind and go towards Biomedical, Dentistry or Medicine hence the reasoning behind taking Biology.
    Okay well rather than taking a fifth A Level and thereby potentially negatively impacting your grades, I'd take the opportunity to do some more research so that you're taking A Levels tailored to the degree you actually want to do, rather than taking five A Levels for the sake of keeping options open. There's quite a big difference between Physics and things like Dentistry or Medicine, this isn't a decision you can postpone indefinitely.
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    It may be worth your time to do work experience/voluntary work instead of the extra FM A-Level if you really think you'll swing towards Biology. Some Medicine courses don't accept FM as a separate A-Level - especially if you do A-Level Maths in Y12, A-Level FM in Y13. However, Physics and most other sciences take FM as a separate A-Level.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    There's no real point, unless you're absolutely sure that it's not going to negatively impact your other subjects and you actually want to do Biology. I wanted to do Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. My school said I should do five. I said no. No regrets, taking four was a good choice and it left plenty of time for more interesting and useful things like reading.
    How are you finding them? Difficult or are they manageable and aren't as made out to be? Advice on how to prepare for each subject? (I'm in Year 11)
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Okay well rather than taking a fifth A Level and thereby potentially negatively impacting your grades, I'd take the opportunity to do some more research so that you're taking A Levels tailored to the degree you actually want to do, rather than taking five A Levels for the sake of keeping options open. There's quite a big difference between Physics and things like Dentistry or Medicine, this isn't a decision you can postpone indefinitely.
    I think doing Maths and Physics counts as a science, and some universities don't have a preference of Biology but Chemistry is essential so it may work out even if I don't take Biology.
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    I sort of did the workload of 5 in year 13 (Maths, Physics, English Lit at A2, FM at AS and A2) and had a fair bit of time to spare, so it's certainly possible, though it probably was more like 4 in the end due to a little work on FM near the end of Year 12 and a fair bit on Maths over the Summer holidays. Just ask yourself what your motivation is; if you really enjoy the subjects and are having no trouble then it might be worth it, but note that it will be much, much easier to get top grades doing 3 or 4 subjects. And Maths, Further Maths isn't like a single joint A level; the majority of universities recognise them separately and view them very positively for STEM subjects.
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    Unless you're applying for medicine or something, further maths counts as a full A-level. In any case you only need 3.
    I took these 5 and some extra maths stuff and enjoyed it. You should bear in mind that a lot or all of your exams will be in year 13.
 
 
 
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