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    So, I'm still doing my GCSE at the moment but I plan to go to college in September to do my A-Levels. I've been advised to apply now so that I have a better chance of getting in rather than later on in the year but that means I need to have a rough idea of what I'm going to do for A-Level.

    Now, my problem is that there are 5 subjects I want to take. I really want to do all of them but I've been told by people that I'm never going to cope because the jump from GCSE to A-Level is huge and nothing compared to the jump from Year 9 to GCSE. So far, the grades I've gotten for all my subjects are A*s and As.

    Also, the subjects I want to take for A-Level: Psychology, Government and Politics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. Any advice on what I ought to do?
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    With all linear subjects? No just no. I don't mean to sound pessimistic. However take it from someone who is about to finish their A levels in 4/5 months. You'd have to do AS & A2 at the end of year 13 for all 5 subjects. Revision would be insane closer to the time along with uni applications. Psychology and Biology, I have been told are content heavy in the new specifications. People doing three are struggling with them. My advice is to really think about this decision. Before when A levels were modular I would say go for it as once you did your AS exams, you had less pressure in A2 but for the current system, you most likely would struggle. If you could be strict on yourself and disciplined for at least year 12, take 5 and see how you go. Those grades won't count for your actual grades but at least you'd have a better idea of what you can cope with. You can always drop one, or two in your case.
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    To avoid unecessary stress, take 3 or maybe 4 at a push. The new A levels have even more content included in the spec at a higher detail. I'm doing three now and let me just say that that is more than enough. You're a very bright student with those A's and A* grades but you won't need 5 A levels. If the top universitites can say that 3 is enough then it shows that they've considered how much more difficult things have become. Honestly, 5 A levels is not worth the stress, cramming or lack of social life even if you are someone who is highy dedicated to their work.

    My friends were planning to take Chemistry, they did a taster class and were completely put off by it. Take the A levels that are relevent to your future aspirations or if you aren't ure what they are, take the ones that leave you options open.
    Maths is very good, maybe choose that with one or two sciences and then a fourth if you want to?
    I haven't taken science but I have heard that Psychology isn't as respected by some universities (unless you are planning to go to uni and/or do Psychology)
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    (Original post by a.mandie)
    So, I'm still doing my GCSE at the moment but I plan to go to college in September to do my A-Levels. I've been advised to apply now so that I have a better chance of getting in rather than later on in the year but that means I need to have a rough idea of what I'm going to do for A-Level.

    Now, my problem is that there are 5 subjects I want to take. I really want to do all of them but I've been told by people that I'm never going to cope because the jump from GCSE to A-Level is huge and nothing compared to the jump from Year 9 to GCSE. So far, the grades I've gotten for all my subjects are A*s and As.

    Also, the subjects I want to take for A-Level: Psychology, Government and Politics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. Any advice on what I ought to do?
    Please don't - where I teach no-one is allowed to do 5 even if they get all A*s at GCSE.
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    5 A levels is silly. It confers no advantage on a university application, and adds a huge amount of stress and work to an already hectic couple of years. You're also proposing to do five difficult subjects! I'd strongly advise against this course of action.
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    Hello a.mandie,

    There is a complex emotion which many of us constantly feel throughout our lifetimes - regret. This feeling is a negative one, and regret can lead to a variety of negative things, such as depression and stress. If you take five A-levels, you'll be struck with an immense amount of this emotion. I'm sorry to say, but to avoid negativity, I advise you NOT take five A-levels.

    As Michael Jordan once wisely said: Listen, you got at least three-fourths of your life to go. That’s three more lifetimes to you. So don’t blow it. Don’t do five A-levels. If you’re doing it, stop it. Get some help.

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    a-levels are called are short for 'advanced-levels' for a reason. Choosing 5 is insane, you will lose your complete social life and won't have any free periods whatsoever since the new a-levels are linear, you will be doing nearly 20 exams at the end of year 13!!!! Please re-think this properly.
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    Drop Psychology and government and politics. Useless A levels. Psychology's a pseudo-science. Government and Politics is just BTEC History.
 
 
 
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