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I'm applying to do combined economics (PPE, Econ & Politics and Econ & Inter. Rels) at Oxford, St. Andrews, KCL, Durham, Exeter and NCH but I want to take photography as an AS. This wouldn't be for academic reasons, purely for pleasure and a kind of escape from intense academia, but I'm not sure if I should do it?

I've just done my ASs in maths, physics, economics and history (awaiting results) and am dropping physics but also taking up mandarin lessons (just for an hour each week).

What do you think? Will it be too much? My school's also quite active in other ways so I have to be involved in sports training and matches Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as well as interhouse debating, MUN, lunchtime sport etc. which is why I'm concerned.
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If you want to do photography then do it outside of school instead of taking up an AS in it. It will not help your UCAS application and could hinder your other subjects as there is a LOT of coursework required for photography. I really think this would be rather pointless; you take alevels to help you get into uni ect and not just to have a bit of fun ? Bit confused TBH
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(Original post by Sarahorr1_)
I'm applying to do combined economics (PPE, Econ & Politics and Econ & Inter. Rels) at Oxford, St. Andrews, KCL, Durham, Exeter and NCH but I want to take photography as an AS. This wouldn't be for academic reasons, purely for pleasure and a kind of escape from intense academia, but I'm not sure if I should do it?

I've just done my ASs in maths, physics, economics and history (awaiting results) and am dropping physics but also taking up mandarin lessons (just for an hour each week).

What do you think? Will it be too much? My school's also quite active in other ways so I have to be involved in sports training and matches Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as well as interhouse debating, MUN, lunchtime sport etc. which is why I'm concerned.
Wow that is a lot of activities, i think you shouldnt because it will put more pressure on you. I think you should do as a hobby instead, if you really wanted to. I think do it as an As level will take a way your times of focussing on other A levels. Universities are looking for quality not quantity. Also, if you write in your ucas form about your additional As Level, they will ask you to get an A grade in that.
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If you want to do photography then do it outside of school instead of taking up an AS in it. It will not help your UCAS application and could hinder your other subjects as there is a LOT of coursework required for photography. I really think this would be rather pointless; you take alevels to help you get into uni ect and not just to have a bit of fun ? Bit confused TBH
I do the things I do because I enjoy them, not just to get into university. There's no point in doing them otherwise. This would be for me to learn more about something I love, I don't really care what universities think.
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Wow that is a lot of activities, i think you shouldnt because it will put more pressure on you. I think you should do as a hobby instead, if you really wanted to. I think do it as an As level will take a way your times of focussing on other A levels. Universities are looking for quality not quantity. Also, if you write in your ucas form about your additional As Level, they will ask you to get an A grade in that.
It has nothing to do with university, I doubt I'd mention it just like I won't mention the AS I did in year 9 because I did them for me not for application teams. But yeah, I do do a lot so... Tbf I can always drop it at any point in the year because it would just be an extra. Also my school offers 'e sector' where you can do extra things such as photography but to a slightly lesser intensity than the examined course, which I'm considering too.
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If you want to do photography then do it outside of school instead of taking up an AS in it. It will not help your UCAS application and could hinder your other subjects as there is a LOT of coursework required for photography. I really think this would be rather pointless; you take alevels to help you get into uni ect and not just to have a bit of fun ? Bit confused TBH
Also I'm at boarding school so I can't actually go and do things 'out of school'- even holidays are too busy
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Also I'm at boarding school so I can't actually go and do things 'out of school'- even holidays are too busy
ohhhh ok right yh that makes more sense now ah i feel sorry for you like i really hope you get into your firm then... I'm at a comprehensive school and they do let people do ' year 14' but I'm just gonna enter myself as a private candidate next year and sit the exams as it won't cost that much really as I'm only gonna be retaking a few units and then outside of school i will do things like learn to drive to pass the time...
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I'm applying to do combined economics (PPE, Econ & Politics and Econ & Inter. Rels) at Oxford, St. Andrews, KCL, Durham, Exeter and NCH but I want to take photography as an AS. This wouldn't be for academic reasons, purely for pleasure and a kind of escape from intense academia, but I'm not sure if I should do it?

I've just done my ASs in maths, physics, economics and history (awaiting results) and am dropping physics but also taking up mandarin lessons (just for an hour each week).

What do you think? Will it be too much? My school's also quite active in other ways so I have to be involved in sports training and matches Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as well as interhouse debating, MUN, lunchtime sport etc. which is why I'm concerned.
I wold not take it as an AS as i really think it would be a littel too much with Madrin and sports if you really wan't to do it see if your school have a photogrophy club or look round the net for one.
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