Do I drop my 4th A-level?!

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    Hi there, I am in Y12 and am currently studying Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Economics, and because all these subjects but maths have been 'reformed', I cannot gain an AS level in Chemistry, Physics or Economics - only Maths, and I wouldn't drop Maths after Year 1. Therefore, if I choose to go ahead with all 4 I am making a commitment to keep them for 2 years. I would say I am really enjoying Physics, Chemistry and Maths, but no so much Economics. I seem to be doing well in it so far, but I need to make a decision very quickly on whether I should drop Economics. I achieved 9A* and 1A at GCSE so my tutor says they feel I would be able to continue with 4 if I wanted. Very few in my college are doing 4, with the majority doing 3 + EPQ. I would do the EPQ if I dropped Economics. The reasons behind not dropping it as of yet is because I am worried it will make me a less competitive candidate for good university courses. Can someone help me make a decision?
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    Hi there, I am in Y12 and am currently studying Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Economics, and because all these subjects but maths have been 'reformed', I cannot gain an AS level in Chemistry, Physics or Economics - only Maths, and I wouldn't drop Maths after Year 1. Therefore, if I choose to go ahead with all 4 I am making a commitment to keep them for 2 years. I would say I am really enjoying Physics, Chemistry and Maths, but no so much Economics. I seem to be doing well in it so far, but I need to make a decision very quickly on whether I should drop Economics. I achieved 9A* and 1A at GCSE so my tutor says they feel I would be able to continue with 4 if I wanted. Very few in my college are doing 4, with the majority doing 3 + EPQ. I would do the EPQ if I dropped Economics. The reasons behind not dropping it as of yet is because I am worried it will make me a less competitive candidate for good university courses. Can someone help me make a decision?
    You've achieved really good GCSEs so you would definitely capable of doing 4. But the maximum number you need is 3 A-Levels so don't feel obligated to keep Economics on further if you aren't enjoying it or feel it will draw your attention from your other subjects.

    BTW, what subject do you want to apply for at university, because you may want to keep it on if it's relevant to economics.
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    (Original post by MBK14)
    Hi there, I am in Y12 and am currently studying Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Economics, and because all these subjects but maths have been 'reformed', I cannot gain an AS level in Chemistry, Physics or Economics - only Maths, and I wouldn't drop Maths after Year 1. Therefore, if I choose to go ahead with all 4 I am making a commitment to keep them for 2 years. I would say I am really enjoying Physics, Chemistry and Maths, but no so much Economics. I seem to be doing well in it so far, but I need to make a decision very quickly on whether I should drop Economics. I achieved 9A* and 1A at GCSE so my tutor says they feel I would be able to continue with 4 if I wanted. Very few in my college are doing 4, with the majority doing 3 + EPQ. I would do the EPQ if I dropped Economics. The reasons behind not dropping it as of yet is because I am worried it will make me a less competitive candidate for good university courses. Can someone help me make a decision?
    I was reading an article about Russel group universities. Which said that the fourth a level Is irrelevant to them and also they don't necessarily love economics as an a level. (As they don't like other career specific subjects e.g. Law or electronics) they say the best thing to prepare you for economics is maths and science. (I think geography was on that list too but as your not taking it Dw)

    Hope this helped a bit.
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    Thanks guys. I will be doing a science degree I'm certain


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