Are students with three A levels but no fourth AS levels given a place by universities? My subjects will be French, Business studies and Sociology (All AQA) I was considering on taking a fourth AS level such as environmental management/ mathematics.. However, the problem is that environmental management is a soft subject and falls in the blacklists.. Whereas mathematics is a respected subject.. However, I got a B grade (75%) in IGCSE (gcse equivalent) and I am scared that AS math may be too tough for me, and I do not want any grade less than a B for AS level.
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- Thread Starter
- 04-06-2016 21:57
- 04-06-2016 21:59
Sociology and Business are both soft subjects too, environmental management isn't far off. I think you should reconsider your AS levels as those are really random and don't make much sense. You should mention what course you want to study for actual advice and in terms of 4 vs 3 AS levels, you should probably do 4 if you can.
- 04-06-2016 22:12
Universities only ask for three A-levels anyway, the fourth is either used as a back-up if one of the subjects doesn't turn out very well for you, or sometimes it can help to prepare you better for your university course (eg doing further maths as a fourth AS if you want to do engineering or physics etc at university).
If I were you, I would start off doing 4 AS' because you can always drop one if you decide you don't like it/need it/or if it is too stressful. However, don't pick an A-level with the intention of dropping it (because then you're less likely to put effort into it which will just result in a bad grade if you aren't allowed to drop it), just choose one that you enjoy and are reasonably good at.
Do you have an ideal career path in mind? You still have a couple of months before you choose your A-levels so perhaps you could have a look at some university courses that interest you and see which subjects they require.
Maths is a really useful A-level to have btw, and even though some parts can be tricky, there are so many resources both online and in textbooks/revision guides that can help you