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    I am currently choosing my A-levels for next year. We have been advised to choose 3 but I wanted to do 4. I was wondering if there were any advantages to taking 4 A-levels or whether I should just choose 3.


    The biggest advantage to taking four is so you can choose which one to drop. It gives you more leeway in your subjects and if you find that you really don't get on with one then you can get rid of it. Another positive is a wider variety of people you can talk to and get to know, hence more friends.

    Negatives: less free time, more work. Wherever you go, as long as your GCSEs are good (I'm talking like all A*s, As and Bs, maybe one C, and probably you only need two or three A*s), they'll let you start with four. If you really want to do four, have a good reason to do so when discussing at interview/enrolment and consider an Extended Project as an alternative to a fourth.

    To be hones, it all depends on ur ability to cope with the pressure and ur ability to organise and divide ur time between them all. Personally I will not advice u on choosing 4 A-levels as they can be really stressful. At the end of the day, if u r able to cope with it then it's fine. But u can always drop one A-level within approx the first two weeks of study. So have a go and decide. Instead of getting 4 D's it's better to get 3 A's. But can I ask what course are u planning to do at uni? (If u made up ur mind).

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    I want to study physics at university but I'm not sure what A-levels I will need except physics and maths.
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    (Original post by harveywalker2000)
    I want to study physics at university but I'm not sure what A-levels I will need except physics and maths.
    Look at universities' websites for physic entry requirements as a rough guide.

    The good thing about doing 4 AS Levels is that if it gets too tough/you end up not liking one, you can drop one and carry on with 3. However, this all depends on whether you can handle the workload.
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