Choosing a levels... is 6 a levels possible?

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I’m currently in year 10 and I’m thinking about my a level choices. I’m thinking of doing Maths, FM, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Chinese, as I am interested in a science related career eg medicine, chemical engineering. (I am fluent in Chinese so it won’t be a lot of hard work) Should i drop FM or Chinese as some universities wont count native languages? Or should I keep all of them?
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I don’t think doing six a levels will be possible, particularly because you are picking some of the absolute hardest. Even if you are fluent in a language there will be some work required for it.
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6 AS levels is about as hard as you'll be working at Cambridge so I recomennd it ONLY if you get mostly A*s/9s. If you only get 1-3A*s etc then only do a max of 4.

But if all 6 A levels are in traditional (hard) subjects then i don't recommend it.

Maths, F Maths, Physics, Chemistry is ENOUGH, Biology as well will be a stretch. I wouldn't do Chinese too - the essays will take precious hours away from your study of those subjects.
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(Original post by mp99)
I’m currently in year 10 and I’m thinking about my a level choices. I’m thinking of doing Maths, FM, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Chinese, as I am interested in a science related career eg medicine, chemical engineering. (I am fluent in Chinese so it won’t be a lot of hard work) Should i drop FM or Chinese as some universities wont count native languages? Or should I keep all of them?
:lol: stop the pointless trash you puny gcse student
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You can do alvels out of school. Even if you are fluent in a language, it doesnt mean that the a level is going to be easy. The workload would be insane as well, if you're doing 6.
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6 is A LOT. Most people think 5 is already a bit too much... personally I would say there is no point doing 6, it is better to do say 4 and get the highest grades than 6 mediocre grades... AAAA at AS is more impressive than ABBBBB. (Unless you are an absolute genius...but word of caution. I know lots of people with 15A*s and As or more who have all sucked at A level. The way it is taught is different, the jump in difficulty is significant.) Plus, most universities only look for 4 AS levels and 3 A level grades - why put the extra stress on yourself?

With Chinese, you may be native but you will still have to learn the syllabus and the way in which they want you to answer. I'm native in another language and the GCSE exam had names for all types of special tenses/phrases that I didnt know had a name but they also expected you to slot it into the essays etc. I just say it without thinking what to use so for me that was hard...it may sound easy but probably isn't as easy as you think. Saying youre native is fab already on the ucas form and no one ever really checks so you dont need to legitimise it with an a level (I have worked for my uni's admission office before)

Lastly, if youre thinking about medicine etc. then you are going for a super competitive course. You need to do things that make you stand out. Go volunteer in a hospital or on a samritans helpline or at a school or do dofe or pick up a new hobby. You need to put something unique and interesting on your UCAS form when you apply to uni. If youre doing 6 a levels you probs wont have much time to do anything else but study...so overall this wont be good for your uni career.

Hope this helps :-)
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whY would you want to do 6 lmao, you really don't need that many and it'll just be unecessary work
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All I can say is don't bother with Chinese. Lots of unis don't count it anyway and it's still a lot of work despite your fluency. You'll be okay with maths, biology, chemistry, physics and that's pushing it. If you're desperate to do FM then think about your most likely career path and drop the science that doesn't fit with that. Unis only assess off 3 A-levels and 4 is not necessary although it may be advantageous - I think it would be in your case. UK unis prefer specialism rather than just loads of A-Levels.
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You’ve only recently started GCSE’s and considering six a-levels already? I would strongly suggest doing your GCSE’s first which can be hard enough but a-levels are another thing all together. I’m talking as a student in year 12 currently who’s taken four a-levels that all include long essay writing. You could never achieve high grades if you did six a-levels as it would be impossibly difficult. The workload is unimaginable. I have at least three/four essays to write every week without having to write revision notes on top of that.
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You could do your Chinese A-level early.
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Just **** off mate. 4 A-Levels is hard enough for most people, AND YOU WANT TO DO 6? If you are going to do medicine, you need 3 really good grades and things like experience / volunteering. Not 6 crap ones.
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(Original post by mp99)
I’m currently in year 10 and I’m thinking about my a level choices. I’m thinking of doing Maths, FM, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Chinese, as I am interested in a science related career eg medicine, chemical engineering. (I am fluent in Chinese so it won’t be a lot of hard work) Should i drop FM or Chinese as some universities wont count native languages? Or should I keep all of them?
3 are required, no more.

FM is not needed for Medicine and is only somewhat helpful for Engineering.

Chinese is not required and if it's your native language it may be disregarded anyway (depending on the university, as you are aware).

Maths, Chemistry, Bio and Physics are fine and even then it may be best to figure out if you want to do Medicine or ChemEng sooner rather than later and drop either Physics (not that helpful for Medicine) or Biology (not that helpful for ChemEng).

A*A*A* is much better than A*AAAAB

BUT get those GCSEs out of the way before worrying about all this.
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(Original post by mp99)
I’m currently in year 10 and I’m thinking about my a level choices. I’m thinking of doing Maths, FM, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Chinese, as I am interested in a science related career eg medicine, chemical engineering. (I am fluent in Chinese so it won’t be a lot of hard work) Should i drop FM or Chinese as some universities wont count native languages? Or should I keep all of them?
Get rid of chinese as an option. Since you are already fluent in the language, universities will see straight through this as a way to meet the ends.

But I too would love to take more than 4 a levels. I'm thinking of taking Eng Lit, History, Economics, Physics, Maths and maybe further maths too. So, I totally support your idea to take more than the conventional amount of subjects AS LONG AS you keep in mind that its hard work and efficiency that will lead you to good grades.
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Be careful of what you say, you do not understand the difficulty of A Levels so to say 6 A levels while it is quite aspirational and brave would be seen as idiotic and arrogant by many A level students since unis only require 3.

In my opinion, since you want to take a science related degree, I would first and foremost pick A level Maths as your first subject and then you can build upon that. Try to keep it to a maximum of 4 A levels. Also if you want to do medicine, now would be a good time to get work experience to see if its really for you.

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I’m currently in year 10 and I’m thinking about my a level choices. I’m thinking of doing Maths, FM, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Chinese, as I am interested in a science related career eg medicine, chemical engineering. (I am fluent in Chinese so it won’t be a lot of hard work) Should i drop FM or Chinese as some universities wont count native languages? Or should I keep all of them?
What are you trying to do by doing 6 a levels? 3 is enough maybe 4 at a push but it’ll end up being like GCSE again just with extremely hard work. Also stop with the arrogance of thinking you may be good enough to handle it. Get as many 9’s as possible then think about it during your 10 week summer holiday after GCSE.
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DO INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

I know you may have lots of interests in lots of areas (I do and wish I did it)
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DO INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

I know you may have lots of interests in lots of areas (I do and wish I did it)
This is actually a really good idea.
Depending where you go, you'd be able to do all/most of these subjects, but without it being totally absurd.
OP: research to see what local colleges to IB
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whY would you want to do 6 lmao, you really don't need that many and it'll just be unecessary work
It’s double what you should do. Unis tell people NOT to do more than 3 unless it’s a maths related course then FM is needed. And for medicine you have the UKCAT and BMAT to study for so 6 and two extra exams. If you want, do an EPQ instead
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It’s double what you should do. Unis tell people NOT to do more than 3 unless it’s a maths related course then FM is needed. And for medicine you have the UKCAT and BMAT to study for so 6 and two extra exams. If you want, do an EPQ instead
Wait, this is 3 years old. Why is someone bringing it back up???
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(Original post by TTSSRR101)
It’s double what you should do. Unis tell people NOT to do more than 3 unless it’s a maths related course then FM is needed. And for medicine you have the UKCAT and BMAT to study for so 6 and two extra exams. If you want, do an EPQ instead
3 year old thread

Good advice though x

I hope OP didn’t go ahead and do 6 A-Levels!
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