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    So I am currently in my first year of sixth form and am taking maths further maths physics and economics, however I am not enjoying physics and am not doing nearly as well as any of the other subjects I also don’t see the point of doing a fourth a level when I could spend the extra time solidifying my knowledge in the others and so on. I want to do a maths/economics course at a good uni would dropping physics be a good thing to do or would it harm my application significantly ? Thanks
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    (Original post by Ineedadvice10101)
    So I am currently in my first year of sixth form and am taking maths further maths physics and economics, however I am not enjoying physics and am not doing nearly as well as any of the other subjects I also don’t see the point of doing a fourth a level when I could spend the extra time solidifying my knowledge in the others and so on. I want to do a maths/economics course at a good uni would dropping physics be a good thing to do or would it harm my application significantly ? Thanks


    I'm taking 4 A Levels (I'm in second year A level) which are similar to yours except I'm doing chemistry as opposed to economics. I had (and still have) the issue you're having with (but for me it's chemistry which is the weak one). In all honesty I wish I'd dropped the fourth subject looking back. Unless you're applying to a TOP university there's not much point, especially considering your possible course choices. Only Oxbridge and a few others expect (but don't ask for) 4 A Levels.

    I know I'd rather have 3 top grades than 4 mediocre ones!
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    (Original post by Ineedadvice10101)
    So I am currently in my first year of sixth form and am taking maths further maths physics and economics, however I am not enjoying physics and am not doing nearly as well as any of the other subjects I also don’t see the point of doing a fourth a level when I could spend the extra time solidifying my knowledge in the others and so on. I want to do a maths/economics course at a good uni would dropping physics be a good thing to do or would it harm my application significantly ? Thanks
    The main issue here is that you wouldn't be taking further maths as a 4th subject, something which a lot of unis require. Having said that, most top unis don't mind it as long as you're applying for a maths related degree.

    I'm in my second year of sixth form and have just dropped my 4th subject leaving me with just maths, further maths and physics. I had to contact each of my unis (LSE, UCL and Warwick) and ask directly whether they would accept me with further maths as my 3rd A-level, and only once they said yes did I go ahead and drop it.

    So my advice would be to stick with all 4 subjects until you have a better idea of what exactly you want to apply for. Once you've chosen that then you can contact individual unis and ask what their view on it is.
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    I did 4 A-levels (Maths, Further Maths, Spanish and Psychology) and in my second year dropped Spanish (it was an a-level so i didn't even get an AS in it!) and even though i wasted an entire year (i hated it!!!!!!!!), i can tell you my grades went from AAU to A*A*A so it is 100000000% worth it if you feel like your other grades are suffering.
    Of course, 4 A-levels look great for Uni applications but it isn't necessary so don't put yourself through any unnecessary stress if you're not enjoying Physics.
    XO
 
 
 
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