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    Hi. So I'm in a very difficult situation... I'm currently in year 13 taking 3 A Levels. I'm thinking of dropping one of my subjects which means I'll be doing 2 A Levels. As most unis want 3 A Levels, I am planning on doing an A Level in my gap year through a distance learning course to make up for it. However, this would mean that I'll be taking my A Levels in a 3 year frame and I read that a lot of unis will look down on students taking this route. I've already received offers from unis starting this September, if they won't accept me this year due to my circumstances I'll just re-apply again next year hopefully with better grades. But my main concern is that will I be limiting my Uni choices by going down this route and will it make me less competitive since I'm hoping to study Law which is a very competitive course? I'm not applying to top unis, my choices will be Keele (top choice), Liverpool, Essex, Oxford Brookes and Lincoln.
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    If you're planning to do law, I'd strongly advise not to drop your third A-Level. It's already hard enough to get anywhere with places like Dentistry, Law and Medicine, and two will make your life a lot more difficult.

    If you are really, really struggling with this A-Level, and you feel it is going to bring down your other two as well, then in this case, it is understandable why you would drop it. It's better to have two good sets of A-Levels than three bad sets.

    However, if you're just doing it because you no longer like the subject, or are just finding it a little difficult, don't. Try and work through it, attend revision classes and such, just work really hard.

    It's really easy to mess up this year, and if you're already getting offers from universities, I recommend to go and give it a go. You only half a year left of this long battle of schools and colleges to go. I'm sure you'll get through.
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    (Original post by Writer_Refresh)
    If you're planning to do law, I'd strongly advise not to drop your third A-Level. It's already hard enough to get anywhere with places like Dentistry, Law and Medicine, and two will make your life a lot more difficult.

    If you are really, really struggling with this A-Level, and you feel it is going to bring down your other two as well, then in this case, it is understandable why you would drop it. It's better to have two good sets of A-Levels than three bad sets.

    However, if you're just doing it because you no longer like the subject, or are just finding it a little difficult, don't. Try and work through it, attend revision classes and such, just work really hard.

    It's really easy to mess up this year, and if you're already getting offers from universities, I recommend to go and give it a go. You only half a year left of this long battle of schools and colleges to go. I'm sure you'll get through.
    Hello. Thanks for the reply.

    The reason why I want to drop A Level History is that i'm finding it extremely difficult, despite all my attempts to improve I just can't get the technique right. In my year 12 end of year mock I got a really low D, since then I've been trying to improve my grade but when I do get confident and think I'm making progress, my teacher asks us to write an essay and I end up getting the same result! It's extremely annoying as I prioritse History to my other subjects, yet I'm getting better grades in my other subjects than History, which I spend MOST of my time doing work for. I don't want to seem like a quiter, but sometimes you just need to accept defeat. I want to focus on the subjects I'm best at and get good grades on those.
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    (Original post by nicolecampos)
    Hello. Thanks for the reply.

    The reason why I want to drop A Level History is that i'm finding it extremely difficult, despite all my attempts to improve I just can't get the technique right. In my year 12 end of year mock I got a really low D, since then I've been trying to improve my grade but when I do get confident and think I'm making progress, my teacher asks us to write an essay and I end up getting the same result! It's extremely annoying as I prioritse History to my other subjects, yet I'm getting better grades in my other subjects than History, which I spend MOST of my time doing work for. I don't want to seem like a quiter, but sometimes you just need to accept defeat. I want to focus on the subjects I'm best at and get good grades on those.
    If that's your final decision, that's completely fine. It's just I saw a reflection of myself in this story- I had a similar situation with English Literature. After countless disappointing class-assessments, I was at the verge of dropping the subject altogether. However, after a set of mock exams, everything was flipped around, despite thinking I'd screwed it up.

    I was actually intending on dropping it straight after mocks, but after I saw my results, I just couldn't drop it.

    I think confidence in the subject is key. My confidence in English wavered a lot, but after a good set of results, I suddenly found my old love for the subject again. I thought maybe, there'd be a chance something similar could happen with you.

    I understand you've been through a lot of hardship, your position is very difficult, so it's fine if you choose to drop- that is your choice, and no one has any right to go against that.

    It's just, if you do feel you can turn things around, give it a go. I know it's difficult seeing those results after so much hardwork, that feeling you just want to kick yourself hard in the shins. The hopelessness, seeing the futility in putting anymore effort- so I know why you'd not want to continue anymore.

    We've all reached that stage in our lives, no matter what kind of A* student we were back in highschool. So, you needn't fret one bit, friend, for I fully support whatever course you choose ^^
 
 
 
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