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    The new A-Levels will mean I won't be able to drop one after AS, so I'd have to take four all the way through.
    I'm generally a straight A* student at GCSE, and the subjects I want to take at A Level are:
    English Lit
    Economics
    History
    Government and Politics

    Is it advisable to take 4 if I can't drop one?
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    You CAN drop a subject at AS by asking to be entered into the AS exams and not taking it up to A2. Your college or sixth form may sign you up for the AS exams even if they are new A-levels, which is what my college did.

    Take all of them if you want; it is definitely possible. You can drop one if you feel like it.
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    Depends on what you want to take at uni
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    (Original post by Michiyo)
    You CAN drop a subject at AS by asking to be entered into the AS exams and not taking it up to A2. Your college or sixth form may sign you up for the AS exams even if they are new A-levels, which is what my college did.

    Take all of them if you want; it is definitely possible. You can drop one if you feel like it.
    No, you can't drop it. The new exams are linear, so the only exams are all the end of year 13. There is no AS Level. They even made us sign a piece of paper saying that we have to carry through the subjects we pick for two years. It's the new exam structure starting Sep 2017.
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    (Original post by WillPhillips)
    Depends on what you want to take at uni
    no idea
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    I would do 3 that you're 100% certain about and do an EPQ in the first year which is the equivalent to an As and if you do well in, Universities will lower their predicted grades for you
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    (Original post by whoisme)
    No, you can't drop it. The new exams are linear, so the only exams are all the end of year 13. There is no AS Level. They even made us sign a piece of paper saying that we have to carry through the subjects we pick for two years. It's the new exam structure starting Sep 2017.
    I started the new A-levels in 2015 and the last two sentences did not apply. :confused:

    Honestly, I say it is worth it regardless. Your subjects all involve essay-writing and go together very nicely.

    If all else fails and you cannot cope with 4 A-levels (which I highly doubt), I think you can still drop a subject during the year or within two weeks of starting your course.
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    Dont do 4. You will regret
    Unis dont even look at the 4th subject.
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    (Original post by WillPhillips)
    Depends on what you want to take at uni
    Not really. No university has a standard offer of 4 A levels.

    OP - if you're in any doubt, then I'd chose three A levels which you really want to do and concentrate your efforts on them. A*A*A is a hell of a lot better than AAAA.
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    I'm having this dilemma too. The way I see it is that unless you're going for a super competitive oxbridge course or something, it's not worth potentially only getting mediocre grades in your 4 A levels (much better to get 3 A's/A*s).
    I'm planning on taking 3 A levels (German, French, Biology) then putting in the extra time that I would have otherwise spent on a fourth into doing something that'll help me stand out against other uni applicants!
    And in the long run, if you start with 4 A levels, I know they tell you you're not supposed to drop one but if you're really struggling and jeopardizing your other grades, I'm sure your school/college will allow you to drop one. Whether or not that'd be a waste of your time, you'd have decide.
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    (Original post by Reality Check)
    Not really. No university has a standard offer of 4 A levels.

    OP - if you're in any doubt, then I'd chose three A levels which you really want to do and concentrate your efforts on them. A*A*A is a hell of a lot better than AAAA.
    Not necessarily what I meant, but I accept your point.
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    It might be helpful if you miss your offer by say 1 grade. You would be more likely to be accepted over someone who took 3 (and also missed by 1 grade).
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    (Original post by Michiyo)
    I started the new A-levels in 2015 and the last two sentences did not apply. :confused:

    Honestly, I say it is worth it regardless. Your subjects all involve essay-writing and go together very nicely.

    If all else fails and you cannot cope with 4 A-levels (which I highly doubt), I think you can still drop a subject during the year or within two weeks of starting your course.
    There's a new scheme of A Levels starting in Sep 2017 where they're getting rid of the whole AS Level and A Level thing so it's rather just one set of exams at the end of Year 13 and we can't drop a subject and just get the AS because there is no AS.
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    (Original post by pasiphae)
    I'm having this dilemma too. The way I see it is that unless you're going for a super competitive oxbridge course or something, it's not worth potentially only getting mediocre grades in your 4 A levels (much better to get 3 A's/A*s).
    I'm planning on taking 3 A levels (German, French, Biology) then putting in the extra time that I would have otherwise spent on a fourth into doing something that'll help me stand out against other uni applicants!
    And in the long run, if you start with 4 A levels, I know they tell you you're not supposed to drop one but if you're really struggling and jeopardizing your other grades, I'm sure your school/college will allow you to drop one. Whether or not that'd be a waste of your time, you'd have decide.
    I see your point. I might drop politics, but I'm not sure.
 
 
 
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