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    I'm currently taking biology, chemistry, maths & physics. It's been around 3 weeks but I'm really not enjoying physics and want to drop it. Is there any advantage to taking 4 alevels versus 3? I'm looking at doing medicine at university if that helps.
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    (Original post by Spaztoid1)
    I'm currently taking biology, chemistry, maths & physics. It's been around 3 weeks but I'm really not enjoying physics and want to drop it. Is there any advantage to taking 4 alevels versus 3? I'm looking at doing medicine at university if that helps.
    firstly it keeps ur options open. Its better to just do biology, chemistry and maths if u find physics hard, but thats only if you are dead sure of doing medicine. If not, just do AS and drop one at the end of year 12, when u should be sure.
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    AABB is worse than AAA. So just do 3. Universities just look at top 3 a levels if you do 4.
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    I'm like near dead sure of doing medicine at university. I'm doing the new linear A levels so there are no AS levels would that mean its just not beneficial at all to taking physics and I should just drop it now?
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    (Original post by Spaztoid1)
    I'm like near dead sure of doing medicine at university. I'm doing the new linear A levels so there are no AS levels would that mean its just not beneficial at all to taking physics and I should just drop it now?
    what do u mean? I'm doing 5 alevels, further maths, maths, chemistry, biology and physics. I'm doing AS in all of that... I'm also thinking of medicine and dropping physics in AS.
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    I'm not doing AS levels? Thats how the new system works at least in my school. We apply with predicted grades to university and thats it no AS levels.
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    (Original post by Spaztoid1)
    I'm like near dead sure of doing medicine at university. I'm doing the new linear A levels so there are no AS levels would that mean its just not beneficial at all to taking physics and I should just drop it now?
    I believe your school can still put you in for the AS exams. If you carry on the subject to A Level then the AS won't count at all.
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    (Original post by Spaztoid1)
    I'm not doing AS levels? Thats how the new system works at least in my school. We apply with predicted grades to university and thats it no AS levels.
    u're school should be able to let u the AS exams. Ask them... BTW, in TSR cna u reply to the message rather than just posting onto the thread?
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    (Original post by Spaztoid1)
    I'm currently taking biology, chemistry, maths & physics. It's been around 3 weeks but I'm really not enjoying physics and want to drop it. Is there any advantage to taking 4 alevels versus 3? I'm looking at doing medicine at university if that helps.
    If you sure you don't want to do physics/engineering at uni then you may as well drop it. Your other A levels are perfectly fine for medicine, and if you don't like or need a subject don't take it.

    The only time you should take 4 A levels is if one's further maths, you're split between two degree areas with different subject requirements, or you enjoy the subject and are sure it won't affect your other grades.
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    (Original post by Spaztoid1)
    I'm currently taking biology, chemistry, maths & physics. It's been around 3 weeks but I'm really not enjoying physics and want to drop it. Is there any advantage to taking 4 alevels versus 3? I'm looking at doing medicine at university if that helps.
    Unis only base offers on 3 A Levels as not all schools are able to provide more, hence taking more than 3 does not give you any advantage during the application process. It should only be done if you're still unsure of what course you want to study at uni. Even then, having 3 still opens you up to a wide range of degrees, imo taking 4 is very rarely necessary.

    Dropping physics makes sense as it isn't required to study medicine. They wouldn't look at the grade even if you didn't drop it.

    It doesn't matter if you don't get an AS in it - as these are being phased out, the weight they carry is dwindling by the year.
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    (Original post by Spaztoid1)
    I'm currently taking biology, chemistry, maths & physics. It's been around 3 weeks but I'm really not enjoying physics and want to drop it. Is there any advantage to taking 4 alevels versus 3? I'm looking at doing medicine at university if that helps.
    Drop Physics, it's the least useful for medicine and no university requires 4 A-levels for any course, nevermind medicine.

    The danger of keeping a subject you are struggling with is it can drag down your other grades. Remember A*AA > A*ABC
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    (Original post by Spaztoid1)
    I'm currently taking biology, chemistry, maths & physics. It's been around 3 weeks but I'm really not enjoying physics and want to drop it. Is there any advantage to taking 4 alevels versus 3? I'm looking at doing medicine at university if that helps.
    I took the same A levels except French instead of Physics and I thought everything was going well until towards the end of last year when it all got too much. The new A levels are so different so most schools don't offer the option for 4 anymore. In my opinion you're better dropping Physics (I dropped French at the start of year 13) and getting strong grades in the other 3. Universities don't really care about your 4th, they look mainly at the first 3 unless you're maybe thinking of looking into Oxbridge, but even then I know people applying there for medicine who are just doing 3 A levels so it seems like the right thing to do if I was you. Save yourself the stress now, I wish I had!
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    Completely agree with everyone else on this thread, plus doing 3 instead of 4 will help you to focus more on the subjects you actually like instead of wasting your time on a subject you don't enjoy
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    Just do 4 or else you'll have too many free periods...
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    I am only doing 3 AS and still find it hard
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    (Original post by Wolfram Alpha)
    Just do 4 or else you'll have too many free periods...
    Nah, right now I have about like 3 free periods a week compared to about 27 lessons in one week.
 
 
 
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