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im applying for maths at Oxford, durham and Warwick (so far) an im doing four a levels. would these universities give me a 3 a lvl offer despite me doing four?? in which case would be hugely beneficial as I could drop one and remove the risk of it affecting my other grades. I just think it will be hard and pointless to carry on with 4 when I could be doing 3
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im applying for maths at Oxford, durham and Warwick (so far) an im doing four a levels. would these universities give me a 3 a lvl offer despite me doing four?? in which case would be hugely beneficial as I could drop one and remove the risk of it affecting my other grades. I just think it will be hard and pointless to carry on with 4 when I could be doing 3
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Yes they will make an offer based on 3A levels just check you meet their specific entry requirements re subjects on their respective websites.
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Yes they will make an offer based on 3A levels just check you meet their specific entry requirements re subjects on their respective websites.
thanks for the reply. would this mean after receiving a 3 a level offer I could drop a subject ?
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thanks for the reply. would this mean after receiving a 3 a level offer I could drop a subject ?
To be honest you could drop it now. What subjects are you doing?
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im applying for maths at Oxford, durham and Warwick (so far) an im doing four a levels. would these universities give me a 3 a lvl offer despite me doing four?? in which case would be hugely beneficial as I could drop one and remove the risk of it affecting my other grades. I just think it will be hard and pointless to carry on with 4 when I could be doing 3
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Many universities only require 3 A Levels so you could drop the subject you need/enjoy the least if you think it is harming the rest of your grades.
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I was talking 4 subjects and applied for maths physics and philosophy (natural sciences) at Durham and got a 3 a level offer that even specifically excluded my fourth subject (chemistry, offer was for maths fm and physics) so yeah not worth taking 4 as almost all offers these days are on 3
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im applying for maths at Oxford, durham and Warwick (so far) an im doing four a levels. would these universities give me a 3 a lvl offer despite me doing four?? in which case would be hugely beneficial as I could drop one and remove the risk of it affecting my other grades. I just think it will be hard and pointless to carry on with 4 when I could be doing 3
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No Warwick will make one of the possible grade combinations (off the top of my head A*A*A* or A*A*A with a 1 in any STEP or A*A*AA. I know people who did STEP and got in with A*AA though.) dependent on four A-levels. This is however just one of the routes available.
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To be honest you could drop it now. What subjects are you doing?
biology, chemistry, maths and further maths. it would be biology that I drop as it requires a lot more work than chemistry in my opinion, and I kinda don't wanna drop it now because I don't do an epq so if I apply with 4 heavy a lvls it would look better if that makes sense
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I was talking 4 subjects and applied for maths physics and philosophy (natural sciences) at Durham and got a 3 a level offer that even specifically excluded my fourth subject (chemistry, offer was for maths fm and physics) so yeah not worth taking 4 as almost all offers these days are on 3
wow. did you end up dropping chem ?
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biology, chemistry, maths and further maths. it would be biology that I drop as it requires a lot more work than chemistry in my opinion, and I kinda don't wanna drop it now because I don't do an epq so if I apply with 4 heavy a lvls it would look better if that makes sense
Just drop it. Universities don't care about extra A levels and will simply ignore it.
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wow. did you end up dropping chem ?
no I got an offer for Cambridge for natural sciences which did require all 4 but that's a bit unique bc all subjects were directly relevant and I don't know of many unis/subjects apart from Cambridge natsci that regularly give 4 a level offers, Oxford maths certainly doesn't
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Just drop it. Universities don't care about extra A levels and will simply ignore it.
this is not true of warwick maths, one acceptable grade combination given will include 4 a-levels. cam natsci as above is another that routinely offers based on 4.
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no I got an offer for Cambridge for natural sciences which did require all 4 but that's a bit unique bc all subjects were directly relevant and I don't know of many unis/subjects apart from Cambridge natsci that regularly give 4 a level offers, Oxford maths certainly doesn't
would you think that applying to universities (Oxford) with 4 a levels would look better? I preferably would like a 3 a level offer if its pointless doing the fourth tho
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conclusion here i think should be: Oxford and Durham yes are very likely to only give 3 A level offers while Warwick more routinely gives 4 A level offers if you're taking them. my personal recommendation would be to drop one now to reduce your workload and make it more likely that you'll have time for the MAT, Oxford interview prep, STEP for Warwick and getting the A level grades in your top three
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this is not true of warwick maths, one acceptable grade combination given will include 4 a-levels. cam natsci as above is another that routinely offers based on 4.
I really don't like the Warwick maths offer of 4 A Levels. Every other uni/course in the country (aside from natsci as mentioned) only requires 3 A Levels so Warwick doing this just creates confusion in my opinion. Plus two A grades at A Level is clearly not equivalent to an A plus an 1 in STEP for a maths course. I don't think they should be encouraging students to take an extra A Level that could interfere with their maths/FM/STEP prep.
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I really don't like the Warwick maths offer of 4 A Levels. Every other uni/course in the country (aside from natsci as mentioned) only requires 3 A Levels so Warwick doing this just creates confusion in my opinion. Plus two A grades at A Level is clearly not equivalent to an A plus an 1 in STEP for a maths course. I don't think they should be encouraging students to take an extra A Level that could interfere with their maths/FM/STEP prep.
I think it's their way of encouraging candidates to do STEP by setting a tough non-STEP offer.
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would you think that applying to universities (Oxford) with 4 a levels would look better? I preferably would like a 3 a level offer if its pointless doing the fourth tho
honestly don't think it makes a significant difference, 4 a levels shows the ability to cope with a heavy work load but at the end of the day all they care about is your maths skills MAT and interview. I recommend taking just three
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I think it's their way of encouraging candidates to do STEP by setting a tough non-STEP offer.
Their non-Step offer of 3 A*s is already damn hard so a 4 A Level offer seems pointless.
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I really don't like the Warwick maths offer of 4 A Levels. Every other uni/course in the country (aside from natsci as mentioned) only requires 3 A Levels so Warwick doing this just creates confusion in my opinion. Plus two A grades at A Level is clearly not equivalent to an A plus an 1 in STEP for a maths course. I don't think they should be encouraging students to take an extra A Level that could interfere with their maths/FM/STEP prep.
agree with this, it's a weird incentive that can have a damaging effect on other parts of the application. even Cambridge phys natsci doesn't exclusively give 4 a level offers even to those taking them and I know multiple people with 3
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biology, chemistry, maths and further maths. it would be biology that I drop as it requires a lot more work than chemistry in my opinion, and I kinda don't wanna drop it now because I don't do an epq so if I apply with 4 heavy a lvls it would look better if that makes sense
I get what you are saying and it gives you the chance to change your mind if chem gets too difficult for example but check when school enters you for exams as you need to drop it before then. Son did 4 strategically because knew he would not get A in Chem but wanted to help with future biology degree. Got A*AA offer from Oxford and got in with his A in extra A level History.
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