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    Hi everyone. I am a year 11 student, and having just started the year I am already considering my AS-Levels. There are lots of subjects I am quite interested in doing. I took GCSE Maths a year early and got an A*, and here are the rest of my predicted grades:
    Further Maths: A*
    English Lit: A*
    English Lang: A*/A
    Biology: A
    Chemistry: A
    Physics: A*
    Religious Education: A/B
    Geography: A*
    Spanish: A*
    French: A
    Economics: A*
    At AS-Level, I am not sure whether to take 5 subjects - Further Maths and Maths being two of them. The AS Levels I would consider taking are Spanish, Economics, English (either), Physics and perhaps chemistry. I am leaning towards Maths, FM, English, Spanish and Physics but are there better combinations here? And will I be able to handle 5 AS-Levels? (btw sorry for the length!)

    Keep in mind where you want your A-Levels to take you. For example, if you want to do Medicine, you'll need Chemistry and most likely Biology. If you want to do Engineering you'll need Maths, Physics, and most likely Further Maths; You can look on university websites to find out which A-Levels you need for the course you wish to study, and how high your attainment will need to be.

    A-Levels, as I'm sure you'll already know, are a HUGE step-up in difficulty from GCSE. You will have about five hours per week of contact time for each subject, and will then need to double that in your study periods/at home. No university course - even ones like Medicine - requires you to have more than three A-Levels, so if you do not think that taking four A-Levels is something that you really want to do, don't do it. Taking five is, in my opinion, perhaps too much, particularly if your school mandates things like General Studies/extra-curricular sessions. Once again, however, if you really want to take five A-Levels, and couldn't possible choose one to drop, it would be feasible. Finally, remember than 3 A*s is much better than 5 Bs!
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