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Is taking two A levels in 1 year and taking another one a year afterwards a nono if you wish to apply to uni?
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Hi,

Is taking two A levels in 1 year and taking another one a year afterwards a nono if you wish to apply to uni?
The question is why are you splitting them up like this? Are they the first A levels you've taken, or re-sits/additional ones/

The short answer is 'Yes, it's a nono'. Unis usually want to see three A levels taken together at the same sitting after a two-year course.
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Hi,

Is taking two A levels in 1 year and taking another one a year afterwards a nono if you wish to apply to uni?
If you were applying to a top university or for a very competitive/demanding course like medicine or architecture it would be a problem. There are certainly universities and courses that expect results from 3 A levels taken in the same year. However if there are any good reasons for your plan, exceptions might be made. In many cases and especially for the less competitive universities/courses it won't be an issue.
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The question is why are you splitting them up like this? Are they the first A levels you've taken, or re-sits/additional ones/

The short answer is 'Yes, it's a nono'. Unis usually want to see three A levels taken together at the same sitting after a two-year course.
I'm a mature student doing a resit (already done them once at sixth form).

I've had a change of plan since originally I only wanted to bump up two of my grades and I could only afford to sit two, however I would now like to go all the way and bump up all 3 grades for uni...

I guess my only option for this route is not to sit the exams this year and take them all next year with third subject?
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I'm a mature student doing a resit (already done them once at sixth form).

I've had a change of plan since originally I only wanted to bump up two of my grades and I could only afford to sit two, however I would now like to go all the way and bump up all 3 grades for uni...

I guess my only option for this route is not to sit the exams this year and take them all next year with third subject?
Have you spoken to the universities you're interested in to see their position on this? It's highly unlikely they would require you to sit all three again, particularly if you're a mature student. How old are you, and what course/uni are you thinking of applying to, if you don't mind my asking?
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Have you spoken to the universities you're interested in to see their position on this? It's highly unlikely they would require you to sit all three again, particularly if you're a mature student. How old are you, and what course/uni are you thinking of applying to, if you don't mind my asking?
I haven't looked at the unis yet, don't have a particular one in mind - just asking on here to get a general confirmation that taking courses seperately seems to be looked down upon, so it seems more I've got to rearrange the way I will sit my exams (if my college will allow that). Unfortunately I'm interested in doing Chemistry, so just seems sense that I just need all 3 (good) grades due to competition, difficulty etc.
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