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    Hi, I am a Y12 student who has chosen Chemistry, maths, physics and economics a levels. I want to study a science degree at university and so will need Chemistry Maths and Physics a levels. The only one I could drop after Y1 is Maths as that is the only one out of my 4 which is unreformed. However I wouldn't drop maths. If I had to drop one it would be economics since it is the least relevant to my degree and I enjoy it less than my other subjects. My question is do I drop economics and do 3 + epq or continue with 4? I need to make a decision very very soon before I make a 2 year commitment to economics. The only reason I am doing 4 is because I am worried I will look less competitive as a candidate for a tough course at a great uni. Also I did see that at Imperial College for one course they did make most offers based on a certain combination of 4 a levels. Most at my college are doing 3 with a very small minority doing 4. Please can someone help me make a decision!!
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    (Original post by MBK14)
    Hi, I am a Y12 student who has chosen Chemistry, maths, physics and economics a levels. I want to study a science degree at university and so will need Chemistry Maths and Physics a levels. The only one I could drop after Y1 is Maths as that is the only one out of my 4 which is unreformed. However I wouldn't drop maths. If I had to drop one it would be economics since it is the least relevant to my degree and I enjoy it less than my other subjects. My question is do I drop economics and do 3 + epq or continue with 4? I need to make a decision very very soon before I make a 2 year commitment to economics. The only reason I am doing 4 is because I am worried I will look less competitive as a candidate for a tough course at a great uni. Also I did see that at Imperial College for one course they did make most offers based on a certain combination of 4 a levels. Most at my college are doing 3 with a very small minority doing 4. Please can someone help me make a decision!!
    In our school, most r subjects you can drop even though they are reformed eg you can drop bio (walk away with the AS grade) even though we r being taught the reformed spec that was introduced last year. Most ppl plan to drop as they (and teachers in fact) say that unis like that u have attempted one subject at AS but obviously only ask for three grades At the end of the two years.
    But in ur circumstance I'd say drop economics if it won't help u as you want to focus on ur other subjects as much as possibl. I do recommend that I find a work placement so that u can also write about the skills u gained in ur personal statement. 3 Alevels should be fine
    I do 4 because I think I might not do so well in one subject but do intend to drop it after yr12
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    You seem really sure about what you want to do at Uni. It seems you don't really enjoy economics. Then the answer is clear. Just drop economics. Do an epq only if you can - remember there'll be loads of stuff going on: Personal statement, researching courses, Voluntary work, work experience, other placements, activities and stuff that would be useful to put in your statement.

    Also you don't need 4 A-levels for whatever uni. No uni requires 4 A-levels, they might require a 4th AS but not a 4th A-level as far as I'm aware. Don't let that one mention of 4 A-levels cloud your judgement. For you, it's probably more worth it to get 3 amazing grades and extra curricular activities and whatever the hell else you want to boost your personal statement with and becoming an overall rounded person.

    I wanted to take 4 courses, but I'm actually very happy I DIDN'T. I thought I could handle it at the time - but my circumstances aren't like most other people's. I have family problems and other commitments and a very noisy and stressful life. Put that together with the facts that I didn't really know how to study to get top grades, and only now knowing how much work needs to go into the personal statement etc means that this decision to drop chemistry at A2 was VERY wise.

    If, and only if you've got 4 As and very high marks and also enjoy ALL subjects thoroughly, take 4 A-levels. I would do an epq if I were you. As with nearly all things, research this EPQ business beforehand.
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    (Original post by Kiritsugu)
    You seem really sure about what you want to do at Uni. It seems you don't really enjoy economics. Then the answer is clear. Just drop economics. Do an epq only if you can - remember there'll be loads of stuff going on: Personal statement, researching courses, Voluntary work, work experience, other placements, activities and stuff that would be useful to put in your statement.

    Also you don't need 4 A-levels for whatever uni. No uni requires 4 A-levels, they might require a 4th AS but not a 4th A-level as far as I'm aware. Don't let that one mention of 4 A-levels cloud your judgement. For you, it's probably more worth it to get 3 amazing grades and extra curricular activities and whatever the hell else you want to boost your personal statement with and becoming an overall rounded person.

    I wanted to take 4 courses, but I'm actually very happy I DIDN'T. I thought I could handle it at the time - but my circumstances aren't like most other people's. I have family problems and other commitments and a very noisy and stressful life. Put that together with the facts that I didn't really know how to study to get top grades, and only now knowing how much work needs to go into the personal statement etc means that this decision to drop chemistry at A2 was VERY wise.

    If, and only if you've got 4 As and very high marks and also enjoy ALL subjects thoroughly, take 4 A-levels. I would do an epq if I were you. As with nearly all things, research this EPQ business beforehand.
    Thanks a lot you've really helped.


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