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    I am at the end of year 11 now, and have to choose which AS/A-levels to do for next year onward. I have two questions:

    1) Is it a good idea to take 4 A-levels and 1 AS-Level? I am an able student, with 9/10 A*s predicted at GCSE, and think that this could be a good potential way to take a broader range of subjects without overloading myself with work.

    2) Which subjects should I take to keep my options open? I already know that I want to do Maths, Further Maths, and Physics A-Levels. Other subjects that I have considered are: History, Chemistry, Government & Politics, French (1 A-level and 1 AS level, as stated in the previous question). Could somebody give me some ideas about which combinations of subjects would help to keep my options open for uni, as I do not currently know which direction I want to go course-wise.

    Any advice would be massively appreciated!
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    (Original post by Zapperzook)
    I am at the end of year 11 now, and have to choose which AS/A-levels to do for next year onward. I have two questions:

    1) Is it a good idea to take 4 A-levels and 1 AS-Level? I am an able student, with 9/10 A*s predicted at GCSE, and think that this could be a good potential way to take a broader range of subjects without overloading myself with work.

    2) Which subjects should I take to keep my options open? I already know that I want to do Maths, Further Maths, and Physics A-Levels. Other subjects that I have considered are: History, Chemistry, Government & Politics, French (1 A-level and 1 AS level, as stated in the previous question). Could somebody give me some ideas about which combinations of subjects would help to keep my options open for uni, as I do not currently know which direction I want to go course-wise.

    Any advice would be massively appreciated!
    1) I personally think that taking 3 A Levels and 1 AS Level would be better (although didn't they scrap AS Levels?), as A Levels are very different to GCSE in terms of content depth and workload, and sometimes even the most able GCSE students can find themselves struggling at A Level. Either way, I think that a maximum of 4 subjects is about right.

    2) As far as I know, unless you want to take a maths-based course such as maths, computer science or engineering, further maths isn't really necessary. Therefore, unless you're considering a maths-heavy course, I would suggest perhaps swapping further maths for another subject. The best subjects for keeping your options open at the facilitating subjects: maths, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, history, English literature and languages (French, Spanish, German etc).

    I hope that helps a bit?
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    (although didn't they scrap AS Levels?)
    That's one of the thing's that's been confusing me a lot actually, everyone seems to be saying different things about whether or not AS Levels are still a thing. Anyone that can provide a definitive answer would be extremely helpful! Even if AS Levels don't exist any more, I'd still like to do 4 A levels.

    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    As far as I know, unless you want to take a maths-based course such as maths, computer science or engineering, further maths isn't really necessary. Therefore, unless you're considering a maths-heavy course, I would suggest perhaps swapping further maths for another subject.
    The reason I've decided to do further maths is that I have always enjoyed maths, and it may end up being something I do take on to university, but at the same time, I don't want to put all of my eggs in one basket, hence the dilemma about taking a fourth A Level. If AS Levels aren't a thing anymore, I would reduce the shortlist down to History, Government & Politics, and French. Given the list of facilitating subjects, this potentially narrows it down to just History and French.

    Thanks for the tips
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    (Original post by Zapperzook)
    That's one of the thing's that's been confusing me a lot actually, everyone seems to be saying different things about whether or not AS Levels are still a thing. Anyone that can provide a definitive answer would be extremely helpful! Even if AS Levels don't exist any more, I'd still like to do 4 A levels.

    The reason I've decided to do further maths is that I have always enjoyed maths, and it may end up being something I do take on to university, but at the same time, I don't want to put all of my eggs in one basket, hence the dilemma about taking a fourth A Level. If AS Levels aren't a thing anymore, I would reduce the shortlist down to History, Government & Politics, and French. Given the list of facilitating subjects, this potentially narrows it down to just History and French.

    Thanks for the tips
    Yeah, I'm afraid I can't give you a definite answer on the AS Level situation as I'm no longer doing A Levels myself. I'm on a gap year so have been a bit out of the loop in terms of the changes being made to the A Level system!

    If you enjoy maths and are considering taking a maths/related degree, then yes, keep further maths! History and French are both solid subjects, so either would be good (although history may potentially be better as then you'd have an essay subject to go along with your maths/sciences?) Those are just my thoughts of course!
 
 
 
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