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    Hello! I was wondering if you guys could give me some advice about a-levels; I know this will be the first year for the new courses, but I was wondering what everybody else is thinking or what you guys have been told by teachers, etc !

    Initially, I wanted to do 3 a-levels: geography, biology and religious studies. I only wanted to do three because I think I would do better putting more time and effort into three, and focusing more than I would on 4 - but the difference in UCAS points has made me really unsure. E.g. ABBB gets the same amount of ucas as A*A*A* - it's crazy. If I did decide to go for 4, I think I would take sociology.

    For anyone wondering I'm predicted all A's and A*'s at GCSE, excluding maths which is my worst subject at a 6/B (but I'm doing way better than I thought at the minute, so I'm working really hard in the attempt to get an A), and I want to study midwifery at university. Specifically, I'd love to go to Nottingham! (Atm it requires ABB, I think.)

    But yeah, what is everyone else doing/thinking/being told?
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    (Original post by JaieJ)
    Hello! I was wondering if you guys could give me some advice about a-levels; I know this will be the first year for the new courses, but I was wondering what everybody else is thinking or what you guys have been told by teachers, etc !

    Initially, I wanted to do 3 a-levels: geography, biology and religious studies. I only wanted to do three because I think I would do better putting more time and effort into three, and focusing more than I would on 4 - but the difference in UCAS points has made me really unsure. E.g. ABBB gets the same amount of ucas as A*A*A* - it's crazy. If I did decide to go for 4, I think I would take sociology.

    For anyone wondering I'm predicted all A's and A*'s at GCSE, excluding maths which is my worst subject at a 6/B (but I'm doing way better than I thought at the minute, so I'm working really hard in the attempt to get an A), and I want to study midwifery at university. Specifically, I'd love to go to Nottingham! (Atm it requires ABB, I think.)

    But yeah, what is everyone else doing/thinking/being told?
    Hiya,

    I think it depends on how you personally feel that you'll manage. A-levels are a big step up from GCSE so you will take a while to adjust to this level (exam technique e.t.c). Personally, I would reduce any unecessary pressure (especially around exam time) and just focus on getting 3 very good A levels. If all 4 are on the new system, you will have so much content and so many exams at the end of the 2 years. Most universities will give an offer based on grades rather than a number of UCAS points so the extra UCAS may not be worth it. If you were seriously considering doing 4, you could always start with 4 and drop 1 if it became too much.
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    (Original post by JaieJ)
    Hello! I was wondering if you guys could give me some advice about a-levels; I know this will be the first year for the new courses, but I was wondering what everybody else is thinking or what you guys have been told by teachers, etc !

    Initially, I wanted to do 3 a-levels: geography, biology and religious studies. I only wanted to do three because I think I would do better putting more time and effort into three, and focusing more than I would on 4 - but the difference in UCAS points has made me really unsure. E.g. ABBB gets the same amount of ucas as A*A*A* - it's crazy. If I did decide to go for 4, I think I would take sociology.

    For anyone wondering I'm predicted all A's and A*'s at GCSE, excluding maths which is my worst subject at a 6/B (but I'm doing way better than I thought at the minute, so I'm working really hard in the attempt to get an A), and I want to study midwifery at university. Specifically, I'd love to go to Nottingham! (Atm it requires ABB, I think.)

    But yeah, what is everyone else doing/thinking/being told?
    I would suggest that you take 4 A levels and then drop one at As level as this ensures that you don't have to continue with a subject you don't like and bear in mind that subject content at A level is very different to that at GCSE. For example I know someone who loved studying history a GCSE and got an A* but then hated it at A level and got an E, so just be sure of what subjects you want to take beforehand and it may be worth looking at the subject content on the exam websites. Also universities usually accept UCAS points from the three highest subjects and not four. Hope this helps 😁
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    Higher ranked Unis give out offers based on your a level grades. I don't think they care much about the number of UCAS points you have (especially Russell Group unis)


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    Hello! When I did A Levels it was recommended that people take to take 4 A Levels and when it came to the mock exams we were asked if we wanted to drop a subject. In some cases the teacher would chat to the people who they believed was struggling and might not achieve the grade they wanted. I would take 4 A Levels (I heard sociology is a good subject) and if it becomes too much work speak to your teachers about dropping your chosen subject.

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