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    3 A-Levels and an AS.
    LSE, UCL, Kings, Oxford ect...
    Whilst I know all the universities require 3 A-Levels, will I be disadvantaged by only meeting this requirement and not exceeding their expectations.
    For example, 76% of the intake of students at Durham university in a particular year took 4 A-Levels.
    Does this apply to the rest.

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    (Original post by new1234)
    3 A-Levels and an AS.
    LSE, UCL, Kings, Oxford ect...
    Whilst I know all the universities require 3 A-Levels, will I be disadvantaged by only meeting this requirement and not exceeding their expectations.
    For example, 76% of the intake of students at Durham university in a particular year took 4 A-Levels.
    Does this apply to the rest.

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    No.
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    (Original post by timster32)
    No.
    Any reassuring evidence?
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    (Original post by new1234)
    Any reassuring evidence?
    I got into the University of Glasgow with 2 B's and a C in my 3 A levels and an E and a D in my AS levels.
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    (Original post by new1234)
    Any reassuring evidence?
    The data you've looked at comes from when A levels were all modular. It's far more common for people to take 3 A levels now courses are linear.
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    (Original post by new1234)
    3 A-Levels and an AS.
    LSE, UCL, Kings, Oxford ect...
    Whilst I know all the universities require 3 A-Levels, will I be disadvantaged by only meeting this requirement and not exceeding their expectations.
    For example, 76% of the intake of students at Durham university in a particular year took 4 A-Levels.
    Does this apply to the rest.

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    Oh shutup
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    No. By doing the AS you're doing more than most people.
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    (Original post by Cubone-r)
    I got into the University of Glasgow with 2 B's and a C in my 3 A levels and an E and a D in my AS levels.
    What was the course?
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    (Original post by M_ix)
    What was the course?
    Psychology.
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    I have to agree with Reality Check on this one.

    Whilst I am doing Further Maths at A Level next year (I'm only doing this out of passion and talent for Maths, and not for University prospects). Unless you're a timemanagement wiz, you may risk lowering your overall spread.

    I know people who've gotten into Med Schools in Leeds, Kings College and Imperial with simply Maths, Biology, Chem at A*A*A, with an amazing personal statement and experience to support, wheras people who did 4+ ended up getting AABB or A*ABC because they only took it to bolster their prospects.

    In other words, Uni's will prefer a more concentrated, high achieving spread, than a less consistent plentiful one, the old adage, quality over quantity.

    But ultimately, like I said, whilst it doesn't eliminate you or decrease your chances of being picked, you must have a really good statement and experience to back, especially if you're doing a competitive field (i.e Medicine, Law)
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    No, although I would encourage you to take 4 A-Levels purely to get used to the workload/ rigour and the level of self-discipline and motivation expected of you at any of those universities (I recently graduated from LSE Law). I noticed a stark difference between students who did 4 or more traditional A-Levels or the IB or, even better, the Cambridge Pre-U, on the one hand, and those who did 3 A-Levels, on the other hand. I think it's important to do more than 3 A-Levels if not for the competitive edge, then certainly to avoid being shocked when you get to those universities, especially Oxbridge.
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    (Original post by LostYouth)
    No, although I would encourage you to take 4 A-Levels purely to get used to the workload/ rigour and the level of self-discipline and motivation expected of you at any of those universities (I recently graduated from LSE Law). I noticed a stark difference between students who did 4 or more traditional A-Levels or the IB or, even better, the Cambridge Pre-U, on the one hand, and those who did 3 A-Levels, on the other hand. I think it's important to do more than 3 A-Levels if not for the competitive edge, then certainly to avoid being shocked when you get to those universities, especially Oxbridge.
    It has changed so much since you did your A levels - many schools now only allow students to take three.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    The data you've looked at comes from when A levels were all modular. It's far more common for people to take 3 A levels now courses are linear.
    Oh okay. Thanks!
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    (Original post by scrunkie)
    Oh shutup
    Lol, relax.
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    (Original post by LostYouth)
    No, although I would encourage you to take 4 A-Levels purely to get used to the workload/ rigour and the level of self-discipline and motivation expected of you at any of those universities (I recently graduated from LSE Law). I noticed a stark difference between students who did 4 or more traditional A-Levels or the IB or, even better, the Cambridge Pre-U, on the one hand, and those who did 3 A-Levels, on the other hand. I think it's important to do more than 3 A-Levels if not for the competitive edge, then certainly to avoid being shocked when you get to those universities, especially Oxbridge.
    Hmm, I expect the workload to be hard to handle when I get to university and whilst I will struggle initially I am not too worried about the challenge. As long as it is not a significant disadvantage to me getting into university I would not take 4 just to prepare me for university. I expect university to be a challenge. Thanks though!
 
 
 
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