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    I'm meant to be choosing a-levels. I want to be a research scientist, preferably in chemistry or biochemistry fields (at the minute...), and more along the lines of medical research, but I want to keep my options as open as possible for if I change my mind. Unfortunately, there won't be the option for AS anymore when I get to Sixth Form so I can't do one to just AS and 4 to A2. If I start with 5 and then drop one I'll have the knowledge but no qualification to show for it.

    I'm predicted 11A*s at iGCSE and this is whilst juggling hockey training, an art scholarship, crest projects, DofE, violin, a bit of theatre, scouts, and would you believe it a surprisingly good social life. Maths is the subject I find easiest by far and my teacher basically expects me to do further maths, however, chemistry and biology (especially cellular or just small-scale stuff; genetics, neuroscience, and hormones are my jam) are what interest me most.

    I'm definitely doing maths and chemistry, but my choices between biology/physics/further maths change depending on which lesson I had last.

    I want to apply to Oxbridge (probably Oxford, visited a few times and it felt 'right') as well so I need to keep my grades as high as possible.

    Which 2 of those three would be the most beneficial? Would it be worth doing 4 and one for a year (if I did this the one would probably be FM) just for the extra knowledge? And would it be possible to do all five and keep up most of (I'll have finished silver DofE and will probably stop violin) my extracurriculars?

    Think about what you actually want to apply for as I doubt physics, chem and biology would all be needed for the course you want, also bare in mind offers are made on 3 A-levels so doing 4(or 5) is only for your own enjoyment really but if it makes your grades suffer (say AAAAA instead of A*A*A*) then definitely don't do it as it's just giving yourself a disadvantage for no reason.
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