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Hi there, I’m a student who finished high school using my own country’s curriculum, but I am now taking an additional year to write the Cambridge International A levels. I have just started and am trying to decide whether or not a 4th a Level will add any value to my application. I am taking Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. Having to do both the AS and A2 exams is supposedly quite hectic so I might drop computer science and just take 3. I want to study Mathematics at Cambridge as my first choice. Any advice?
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(Original post by Ciffsome)
Hi there, I’m a student who finished high school using my own country’s curriculum, but I am now taking an additional year to write the Cambridge International A levels. I have just started and am trying to decide whether or not a 4th a Level will add any value to my application. I am taking Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. Having to do both the AS and A2 exams is supposedly quite hectic so I might drop computer science and just take 3. I want to study Mathematics at Cambridge as my first choice. Any advice?
They only require 3.
They can sometimes be more lenient if you have 4 or it comes to a tiebreak.

If your 4th is poor then it adds nothing. Go for 3 good ones.

Many of your competitors will be at the top of their game. Consider an EPQ and food experience.
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You probably already have high school qualifications from your own country and if they are very good I would suggest contacting the Cambridge Admission Office to see their equivalence in terms of A-levels and whether they'd be accepted.

There is sense in taking another year to do A-levels especially in Maths and Further Maths but you could consider not doing computer science and physics. I would suggest focussing purely on Maths and studying for the three STEP papers as well as doing maths competitions and other maths related extra-curricular instead. You could even take the Additional Mathematics A-level as that will definitely help in applying for maths at Cambridge.
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I would 3 and focus the remaining time preparing for STEP, admission test, interviews, competitions, etc.
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Thanks for all the help everyone👌🏼
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