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    Hey guys,
    I was just wondering this. In our school, most students are doing three but I'm now finding out that in other schools students are doing 4 AS levels. Due to the changes, they avoided students taking 4. So do we still have a chance in applying for prestigious unis or? I took a fourth AS independently but I'm thinking of dropping it to focus on three.
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    (Original post by Cherry82)
    Hey guys,
    I was just wondering this. In our school, most students are doing three but I'm now finding out that in other schools students are doing 4 AS levels. Due to the changes, they avoided students taking 4. So do we still have a chance in applying for prestigious unis or? I took a fourth AS independently but I'm thinking of dropping it to focus on three.
    As far as I'm aware, UCL is the only university that asks for 4 AS Levels. Taking 4 AS Levels has the advantage that you can drop a subject you don't like at A2 but you can definitely still make competitive applications to prestigious universities with three.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    As far as I'm aware, UCL is the only university that asks for 4 AS Levels. Taking 4 AS Levels has the advantage that you can drop a subject you don't like at A2 but you can definitely still make competitive applications to prestigious universities with three.
    Since I would be applying in 2017, I should be ok even with UCL apparently .
    I read UCAS' report on reforms, entry requirements and universities. And here are some quotes/citations taking from UCL's website:

    “At present all applicants to UCL taking A levels are required to offer 3 A levels and a pass in a 4th subject at AS level. The requirement for the 4th AS was introduced with Curriculum 2000 and modular A levels, when 4 subjects were routinely offered in year 12. Now that there has been a change in funding and a return to linear A levels it is likely that UCL will no longer require a 4th AS. We would not wish to maintain a requirement that would disadvantage applicants from schools that are not able to offer four subjects.”

    -https://www.ucas.com/sites/default/files/ucas-unpacking-qualification-reform-jan-15.pdf
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    (Original post by Cherry82)
    Since I would be applying in 2017, I should be ok even with UCL apparently .
    I read UCAS' report on reforms, entry requirements and universities. And here are some quotes/citations taking from UCL's website:

    “At present all applicants to UCL taking A levels are required to offer 3 A levels and a pass in a 4th subject at AS level. The requirement for the 4th AS was introduced with Curriculum 2000 and modular A levels, when 4 subjects were routinely offered in year 12. Now that there has been a change in funding and a return to linear A levels it is likely that UCL will no longer require a 4th AS. We would not wish to maintain a requirement that would disadvantage applicants from schools that are not able to offer four subjects.”

    -https://www.ucas.com/sites/default/files/ucas-unpacking-qualification-reform-jan-15.pdf
    Oh good! I thought their 4 AS policy sounds a bit unfair given the reforms, very good to see that they're changing it!
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    I'm not quite sure if this is relevant: I applied to UCL with M, FM and Physics and got an offer.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    I'm not quite sure if this is relevant: I applied to UCL with M, FM and Physics and got an offer.
    Congrats!
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    So you did Maths, Further Maths and Physics only and you got an offer from UCL or did you do other subjects as well?
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    (Original post by akpai22)
    So you did Maths, Further Maths and Physics only and you got an offer from UCL or did you do other subjects as well?
    I didn't even do them. I applied with nothing but GCSE's and put down M, FM and Physics as pending A-Levels, i.e: I didn't even have AS grades. I didn't do any other subject either. So, I'm quite surprised to hear this 4 AS thing.
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    That's incredible. How did you manage to get an offer without A Levels? That's awesome

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    (Original post by akpai22)
    That's incredible. How did you manage to get an offer without A Levels? That's awesome

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    Maybe it was a mistake? I dunno.
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    Oh right. Mate I think you should contact UCL and talk to them about it if you are unsure. Better to be safe than sorry.
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    Manchester asks for 4 AS too
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    (Original post by akpai22)
    Oh right. Mate I think you should contact UCL and talk to them about it if you are unsure. Better to be safe than sorry.
    Nah, I'm not bothered, there's no way I'm firming or insuring UCL.

    I was just posting here as a data point for something that suggests UCL doesn't look for 4 AS's anyway.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Maybe it was a mistake? I dunno.
    we all know that it was because you are ridiculously smart, son
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    Fair enough. So do you intend to study physics, fm and maths? Because I study physics, chemistry, maths and Further maths

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