Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    hi
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    I'm currently studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History at my sixth form, being in Year 12. After completing January mocks, I obtained:

    Maths - B
    Chemistry - C
    History - C
    Physics - U

    I'm considering dropping a subject since teachers and friends are saying that doing four A Levels isn't necessary, especially with how the extra subject seems to be dragging my grades down. The subject I would drop would be History, however, having studied it up to now and greatly enjoying the content it feels wrong to get nothing out of it. The head of sixth form at my school is able to enter us for an AS in whichever subject we choose if we're not ready to let go of something right now, or there's the possibility that we would change our mind in the future.

    The problem is, I'm worried that keeping it on to AS will continue to affect my other subjects and in turn my predicted grades in the summer. Would keeping it to AS be wise? Should I just drop it now? (I really don't want to) Should I push through it and keep all four to A2 considering this is only the first set of exams?

    I also haven't decided what to do at University- I've been thinking of Medicine or some form of Engineering although I can't seem to make up my mind. This is why History would be the subject to drop- I took it because I know I'm good at it and am able to get a good grade, as well as really enjoying the subject as a whole.

    I'm really confused right now, so any guidance will be appreciated.
    Yeh drop one, there's no real advantage to taking 4 A-levels as offers are based on three subjects.
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    I'm currently studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History at my sixth form, being in Year 12. After completing January mocks, I obtained:

    Maths - B
    Chemistry - C
    History - C
    Physics - U

    I'm considering dropping a subject since teachers and friends are saying that doing four A Levels isn't necessary, especially with how the extra subject seems to be dragging my grades down. The subject I would drop would be History, however, having studied it up to now and greatly enjoying the content it feels wrong to get nothing out of it. The head of sixth form at my school is able to enter us for an AS in whichever subject we choose if we're not ready to let go of something right now, or there's the possibility that we would change our mind in the future.

    The problem is, I'm worried that keeping it on to AS will continue to affect my other subjects and in turn my predicted grades in the summer. Would keeping it to AS be wise? Should I just drop it now? (I really don't want to) Should I push through it and keep all four to A2 considering this is only the first set of exams?

    I also haven't decided what to do at University- I've been thinking of Medicine or some form of Engineering although I can't seem to make up my mind. This is why History would be the subject to drop- I took it because I know I'm good at it and am able to get a good grade, as well as really enjoying the subject as a whole.

    I'm really confused right now, so any guidance will be appreciated.
    For Engineering you will need Physics, but a U in your mocks doesn't bode well.

    And for Medicine many universities require Biology (but not all, so double check)

    Fundamentally you "only" need 3 A-levels. Drop one. And get your remaining ones back up to AAA...

    Good luck!
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Just to let you know:
    Universities tend to prefer AAA rather than A*ABB

    If you are struggling, drop a subject because it's better to get a good grade for all subjects rather than 4 random grades.
    Quantity is not always > Quality
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    I'm currently studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History at my sixth form, being in Year 12. After completing January mocks, I obtained:

    Maths - B
    Chemistry - C
    History - C
    Physics - U

    I'm considering dropping a subject since teachers and friends are saying that doing four A Levels isn't necessary, especially with how the extra subject seems to be dragging my grades down. The subject I would drop would be History, however, having studied it up to now and greatly enjoying the content it feels wrong to get nothing out of it. The head of sixth form at my school is able to enter us for an AS in whichever subject we choose if we're not ready to let go of something right now, or there's the possibility that we would change our mind in the future.

    The problem is, I'm worried that keeping it on to AS will continue to affect my other subjects and in turn my predicted grades in the summer. Would keeping it to AS be wise? Should I just drop it now? (I really don't want to) Should I push through it and keep all four to A2 considering this is only the first set of exams?

    I also haven't decided what to do at University- I've been thinking of Medicine or some form of Engineering although I can't seem to make up my mind. This is why History would be the subject to drop- I took it because I know I'm good at it and am able to get a good grade, as well as really enjoying the subject as a whole.

    I'm really confused right now, so any guidance will be appreciated.
    Universities clearly state that someone doing 4 A levels will neither be advantaged nor disadvantaged from the normal 3.
    So if it's dragging your grades down, I suggest you drop it. But at the end of the day, its your choice
    Good luck for your a levels!
    • Aston Villa FC Supporter
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    I'm currently studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History at my sixth form, being in Year 12. After completing January mocks, I obtained:

    Maths - B
    Chemistry - C
    History - C
    Physics - U

    I'm considering dropping a subject since teachers and friends are saying that doing four A Levels isn't necessary, especially with how the extra subject seems to be dragging my grades down. The subject I would drop would be History, however, having studied it up to now and greatly enjoying the content it feels wrong to get nothing out of it. The head of sixth form at my school is able to enter us for an AS in whichever subject we choose if we're not ready to let go of something right now, or there's the possibility that we would change our mind in the future.

    The problem is, I'm worried that keeping it on to AS will continue to affect my other subjects and in turn my predicted grades in the summer. Would keeping it to AS be wise? Should I just drop it now? (I really don't want to) Should I push through it and keep all four to A2 considering this is only the first set of exams?

    I also haven't decided what to do at University- I've been thinking of Medicine or some form of Engineering although I can't seem to make up my mind. This is why History would be the subject to drop- I took it because I know I'm good at it and am able to get a good grade, as well as really enjoying the subject as a whole.

    I'm really confused right now, so any guidance will be appreciated.
    Are you sure you want to drop history? Just I see you got a U in physics in the mocks but a C in history.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    You should drop one if your grades continue like that, but your grades might improve, so give it time - you can always drop a subject, but you might not be able to pick it back up
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    I think I will do this, AAA will look much better than me possibly messing up by keeping four. Thanks for helping!
    Cool. And as per the other respondent, it absolutely is quality > quantity.

    Ok, so... which subject are you dropping?
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    Bear in mind with Medicine, many unis require 3 A Levels and an AS Level (usually at a B or an A. If you drop it this far into the year, you will have to declare on your UCAS. If I were you, I would drop one after AS. In my mocks I got BCDU in AS and ended up getting AAAB overall at the end of the year. Just put the work in from now and you should see an improvement. I'm here for any maths or chem questions you may have
    • Aston Villa FC Supporter
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    I want to keep Physics over History because it is something that will lead onto what I could do at University, History is very unrelated. I mostly took it because I enjoyed it - I definitely feel that I can do good in Physics if I spend more time on it.
    If you are confident of turning things around then that's great but remember it is better to have an A level in history at a C than a U in physics.
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by slowdive)
    Bear in mind with Medicine, many unis require 3 A Levels and an AS Level (usually at a B or an A. If you drop it this far into the year, you will have to declare on your UCAS.
    (Original post by hepl)
    This is why I'm probably going to do it to AS, I don't really want to completely drop at the moment. I will probably regret doing that.
    No university now requires a 4th AS for medicine, afaik. (Willing to be proved wrong on this, but please find one that does... )
    And you don't have to declare a subject on UCAS if you formally withdraw from the exam.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    I think I will drop after AS since there's still the option to continue if I change my mind and can cope with the work. Congrats on your grades, by the way! And thank you for the offer, I'll keep it in mind.
    Thank you! Seems a sensible choice, especially if you can bring your Physics grade up. Play to your strengths in AS so you don't have to do any retakes to get you where you want to be. Good luck
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    I think I will drop after AS since there's still the option to continue if I change my mind and can cope with the work. Congrats on your grades, by the way! And thank you for the offer, I'll keep it in mind.
    Are you sitting AS-levels in all your subjects? If so they all have to be declared on UCAS, including a U if that's what you get. Even if you then take it on to full A-level.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jneill)
    Are you sitting AS-levels in all your subjects? If so they all have to be declared on UCAS, including a U if that's what you get. Even if you then take it on to full A-level.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Nope, all subjects apart from Maths are linear so year 13 exams only.
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    Nope, all subjects apart from Maths are linear so year 13 exams only.
    So you won't have an AS in history then?

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jneill)
    So you won't have an AS in history then?

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Those doing four subjects have the option to do the fourth up to AS only, the school just needs to know soon so they can enter us for the exams this year.
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    Those doing four subjects have the option to do the fourth up to AS only, the school just needs to know soon so they can enter us for the exams this year.
    Ok, but then you are risking diverting your resources from the other 3 subjects.

    A C at AS in History will be of no relevance for Engineering or Medicine. I strongly advise dropping it and focussing on your 3 main subjects.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jneill)
    Ok, but then you are risking diverting your resources from the other 3 subjects.

    A C at AS in History will be of no relevance for Engineering or Medicine. I strongly advise dropping it and focussing on your 3 main subjects.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Ugh, you're right. I think I need to talk to my teachers more about this, but thank you for your help.
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hepl)
    Ugh, you're right. I think I need to talk to my teachers more about this, but thank you for your help.
    No problem, and yes discuss it with your teachers.

    Good luck!

    Edit to add: how are you getting on with medical work experience if that's the route you are considering?

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jneill)
    No problem, and yes discuss it with your teachers.

    Good luck!

    Edit to add: how are you getting on with medical work experience if that's the route you are considering?

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Thanks! I've literally only recently been considering it, so I haven't gotten anywhere. I don't think I'll end up going down that route to be honest.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
    Help with your A-levels

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni

    Rosette

    Essay expert

    Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

    Study planner

    Create a study plan

    Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

    Study planner

    Resources by subject

    Everything from mind maps to class notes.

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student doing homework

    Study tips from A* students

    Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

    Study help links and info

    Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

    Sponsored content:

    HEAR

    HEAR

    Find out how a Higher Education Achievement Report can help you prove your achievements.

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.