Is taking more than 3 a levels smart? Watch

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I feel I am a pretty intelligent chap (I relate myself to Light Yagami at times), and i managed to pass all my GCSEs without revision - so I'm wondering whether I will be able to handle the workload. My school will not let me do above 3 but I feel I can muster the courage to take on 8 alevels, 3 at school and self-learning 5 at home (this would be no problem). These would consist of business, history and english language at school and physics, maths, philosophy, chemistry and biology at home. I wondering with my above average academic ability whether this challenge would be possible within 2 years? My parents have confidence in me and I hope you guys can give me advice!
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You're mad... Universities in general only look at 3. There is no way it's possible to study 8!

4 is pretty much the max.
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You're mad... Universities in general only look at 3. There is no way it's possible to study 8!

4 is pretty much the max.
Why wouldnt more alevels increase my chances? Unis know the struggle of alevels and therefore value them
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Why wouldnt more alevels increase my chances? Unis know the struggle of alevels and therefore value them
Nope. Better to get 3A* than 8Bs or Cs
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(Original post by lia_r18)
Nope. Better to get 3A* than 8Bs or Cs
But consider 8 A*s/As; how would that work in the grand scheme of things
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But consider 8 A*s/As; how would that work in the grand scheme of things
The unis would still only look at 3
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dont kid urself mate
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(Original post by lia_r18)
The unis would still only look at 3
Do I get to pick which 3?
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Do I get to pick which 3?
No. Unless you only do 3 alevels...
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dont kid urself mate
Beg your pardon? This world is rotten
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I think you’re in denial mate. A levels are a lot different to GCSE’s.
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Also when you say pass all your GCSEs, how many 9s did you achieve... Even people who achieve all 9s tend to only take 3 - some may take 4 but they're mad.
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I think you’re in denial mate. A levels are a lot different to GCSE’s.
Yes I know, but when I was doing GCSEs I was significantly above the skill level that we were taught. This was evident by how my teachers often refused to respond to my complicated questions - which could only be the result of my higher breadth of knowledge; intimidating my teachers and leaving them baffled.
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Also when you say pass all your GCSEs, how many 9s did you achieve... Even people who achieve all 9s tend to only take 3 - some may take 4 but they're mad.
GCSEs don't matter when you get to a level anyway as long as you get in to the courses :dontknow:
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(Original post by Lwajura)
GCSEs don't matter when you get to a level anyway as long as you get in to the courses :dontknow:
The difference between someone who gets a 9 and someone who gets a 6 in GCSE maths is still obvious to a level maths grades... so yes it does matter
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You don’t get any extra credit from universities for taking more than 3 a levels. And if you take 3 you have far more time on your hands so you can ensure excellent grades. Uni’s want quality over quantity so taking 3 and get all A* or A is better than taking 8 and getting a real mix of grades and few A’s
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To all those saying universities only look at 3, they're not completely correct. They will look at more and it will probably increase your chances of getting an offer. However, let's say you do 3 you might get an A*AA offer if you do 4 then you might get an A*AAA offer. Doing more is not an excuse to do badly in any of them. Doing 3 A levels at school and then one at home is possible and very manageable if you have a true strong interest in all the subjects you're studying. But it would probably look better to have done 3 and then done volunteering or work experience to support your application and show you are a well-rounded candidate.
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You're either a troll or extremely naive if you think taking 8 A-levels is a good idea, there's a reason why universities only require 3 of them.
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(Original post by lia_r18)
No. Unless you only do 3 alevels...
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Gold!
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(Original post by Lwajura)
I relate myself to Light Yagami at times
As someone who studied Japanese at university and has lived in Japan, you sound like a weeb. And, that's coming from me...
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