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    Currently my college has the 4AS level policy, regarding students starting in September. I have been toying with the idea that it may be better for me to study 3 subjects rather than four.

    I have attained A*AAAAAAAC at GCSE and would ideally like to attempt an application for a decent university. My idea is that I do 3 solid subjects in an attempt make a competitive application for University.

    Current A level option choices:

    History
    English Literature
    Philosophy and Ethics (RE)

    I personally feel that if I put as much energy as I can into the three"solid" subjects above, I could match my GCSE results in the subjects. I am by no means a mathematician or scientist (My C grade was in Maths), so my fourth AS would have to be yet another humanities/essay based subject.

    What is does everyone think about this? I would rather have AAA at AS than BBBB. Plus the college I am due to attend offers the EPQ qualification, so technically I will have an AS grade in something.
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    Currently my college has the 4AS level policy, regarding students starting in September. I have been toying with the idea that it may be better for me to study 3 subjects rather than four.

    I have attained A*AAAAAAAC at GCSE and would ideally like to attempt an application for a decent university. My idea is that I do 3 solid subjects in an attempt make a competitive application for University.

    Current A level option choices:

    History
    English Literature
    Philosophy and Ethics (RE)

    I personally feel that if I put as much energy as I can into the three"solid" subjects above, I could match my GCSE results in the subjects. I am by no means a mathematician or scientist (My C grade was in Maths), so my fourth AS would have to be yet another humanities/essay based subject.

    What is does everyone think about this? I would rather have AAA at AS than BBBB. Plus the college I am due to attend offers the EPQ qualification, so technically I will have an AS grade in something.
    At university you might be dealing with 4 or 5 modules per semester + assignments, so that's why they want you to do 4 AS levels, to prepare you, if you want to go to university. Doing 4 AS's is standard and I don't know anyone who didn't.
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    I've just finished my AS levels this year, and I did 4. Like you I am more a humanities guy but I knew I wanted to do geography at university, so I presumed you had to have a mixture of science and humanities since geography is a mixture of that (I should of looked in to it !! > ).

    I did history, geography, maths and physics.

    History was very good and interesting but very hard work!

    I enjoy geography so that wasn't a hassle.

    But then we come to the science stuff. Maths is a very useful AS level, but it is tricky (moreso for me!) so if you aren't good at it I wouldn't recommend. Physics was absolutely ghastly. Wasted so much of my time, the teachers were awful, and despite loads of extra work on it etc. I know I still did poor in the exam. Combined with history, keeping on top of everything was very hard.

    So why am I saying all this? Basically, make sure that all the subjects are ones you enjoy; the only reason I chose to do physics was because it was my best performing GCSE science exam and not because I liked it.

    Make sure that they're not all really hard work (from my friends, english is busy but not too hard, and RE is fine). As I said, juggling 2 of the hardest AS level subjects (history and physics) was very strenuous and if I hadn't done physics I know I could of done a lot better at AS.

    And yet, pick 4!!! I had no idea I would hate physics; if I had I wouldn't of picked it! Imagine if you can't stand one of the subjects you've picked, but because you've only picked 3 you can't drop it at the end of the year! Choosing 3 narrows your learning path down immensely, but from what I gather you don't really know what you want to do with your life yet!
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    Yeah, I am siding with History, English Literature, Politics and Sociology/RE
 
 
 
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