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I am still undecided about how many A levels to take. At the moment I have opted for 4 Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. Can anyone else that is taking these subjects tell me how hard it is to manage 4?
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I do three subjects same as you, and the fourth - instead of bio, I do further maths.
If you are consistent then it should be...easy. It's not that tough compared to what everyone thinks. I personally feel like there is too much free time if you do only three subjects. About 5-6 hours a week and you get one extra qualification, its nice.
If you feel like your timetable is too congested, you should be able to drop one of the subjects within the first few weeks.
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Hi,
I currently take 4 A-levels (different combination, but mostly stem subjects), and am in Year 13 now.
4 A-Levels is not impossible, as long as you are sensible with your time. It was probably a mistake for me to an EPQ on top of the 4 A-levels, since that was rather overwhelming.
In my school, everyone who took physics as part of 4 A Levels dropped a subject after the first year. With that said, it's definitely possible if you are very committed.
Another option is if at the end of the first year, it becomes overwhelming, you can usually drop one subject and take it as an AS instead. That way you still get a qualification for the year's work.
Hope this helps!
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I have opted for 4 because I don't want to do an EPQ. The way my brain works I don't think I would be able to stop myself from writing a thesis so I think I would find an EPQ really stressful. At my school you have to either do 4 A levels or 3 and an EPQ.
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EPQ isn't that bad. I don't think it even matters what you write. My facilitator was a Law & RS teacher, and I did it about matter-antimatter asymmetry. They probably didn't understand 75% of the things I said in my presentation. What matters is the progress you make, the skills you learn, the way you overcome problems and how you show the examiner that you progressed/learnt skills/overcame problems (evidence).

If this still doesn't suit you, 4 subjects isn't that bad (for me at least). Although, I will say this much: EPQ is easier than an extra subject.
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I have opted for 4 because I don't want to do an EPQ. The way my brain works I don't think I would be able to stop myself from writing a thesis so I think I would find an EPQ really stressful. At my school you have to either do 4 A levels or 3 and an EPQ.
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I have a bit of a tendency to overdo things, I can get a bit obsessive and I like the fact that A levels have a Spec that gives me a boundary so I can't go off on a tangent.
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EPQ isn't that bad. I don't think it even matters what you write. My facilitator was a Law & RS teacher, and I did it about matter-antimatter asymmetry. They probably didn't understand 75% of the things I said in my presentation. What matters is the progress you make, the skills you learn, the way you overcome problems and how you show the examiner that you progressed/learnt skills/overcame problems (evidence).

If this still doesn't suit you, 4 subjects isn't that bad (for me at least). Although, I will say this much: EPQ is easier than an extra subject.
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This is really helpful to know. I am planning to do my best to stay on top of stuff. I have set myself and schedule and am intending to learn some of the spec for all of the subjects especially maths over the summer.
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Hi,
I currently take 4 A-levels (different combination, but mostly stem subjects), and am in Year 13 now.
4 A-Levels is not impossible, as long as you are sensible with your time. It was probably a mistake for me to an EPQ on top of the 4 A-levels, since that was rather overwhelming.
In my school, everyone who took physics as part of 4 A Levels dropped a subject after the first year. With that said, it's definitely possible if you are very committed.
Another option is if at the end of the first year, it becomes overwhelming, you can usually drop one subject and take it as an AS instead. That way you still get a qualification for the year's work.
Hope this helps!
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I am still undecided about how many A levels to take. At the moment I have opted for 4 Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. Can anyone else that is taking these subjects tell me how hard it is to manage 4?
I started this year with Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths.
I’d say doing four is okay if you’re generally a good and able student. It’s obviously more work but it’s manageable.
The main issue is which subjects you pick. I chose further maths but it was so much more difficult than my other three subjects so I spent too much time on that and my other three got neglected. I decided to drop further maths as an AS level (the only subject our school offers at AS) and am taking my other three to A2.

Honestly, if you really need all four subjects then do it but otherwise there’s no point doing four. It’d look better to do three and have EPQ or something. I wish I’d done that instead.

Most universities don’t take the fact that you’ve done four into consideration so EPQ or similar looks much better.
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I wouldn't know what to drop. I like all the subjects that I have picked. I have to do Maths and Chemistry so that leaves Biology and Physics and I really like them both. An EPQ is really not an option for me I am no good at essay subjects.
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I started this year with Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths.
I’d say doing four is okay if you’re generally a good and able student. It’s obviously more work but it’s manageable.
The main issue is which subjects you pick. I chose further maths but it was so much more difficult than my other three subjects so I spent too much time on that and my other three got neglected. I decided to drop further maths as an AS level (the only subject our school offers at AS) and am taking my other three to A2.

Honestly, if you really need all four subjects then do it but otherwise there’s no point doing four. It’d look better to do three and have EPQ or something. I wish I’d done that instead.

Most universities don’t take the fact that you’ve done four into consideration so EPQ or similar looks much better.
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