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i was wondering whether i should do 4 A2s, Maths/FM/Eco/Comp, or should i drop computing... how much of an advantaeg is doing 4? also what are the general offers when apllying with 4?

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If you think that you can cope with the workload of doing four A2s then it certainly gives you an advantage over other students who only do 3 A2s. But if you think that you wouldn't be able to cope, AAA is better than AABB, or even ABBB.

As for offers, I do 4 A2s and my offer was AAA not AAAA so just because you take 4 A2s doesn't mean that they will necessarily up the offer.

Hope that helps
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Because FM is one of those, your school may not like you to drop one - I persuaded mine on the basis that I had three additional AS's and the uni I wanted to go to okayed Maths, FM and Eco for their Economics courses (I rang and checked). To be honest though, I found that I had loads of spare time and really could have done another A Level without sacrificing much, and I doubt that it would have affected my grades. Offers are USUALLY made on 3 A-Levels, though some may specify the fourth.
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i was wondering whether i should do 4 A2s, Maths/FM/Eco/Comp, or should i drop computing... how much of an advantaeg is doing 4? also what are the general offers when apllying with 4?
The standard offer for UCL Economics (L100) is: AAA (including Maths and Economics)
That's what I got having applied with 5 A2s (Maths, Further Maths, Economics, Physics and Computing).

If you can keep up with all 4 subjects (including the substantial and time-consuming A2 Computing coursework), and end up with AAAA then you might as well do it.
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Computing isn't very valuable, you won't have an advantage applying with it as opposed to without it.
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The standard offer for UCL Economics (L100) is: AAA (including Maths and Economics)
That's what I got having applied with 5 A2s (Maths, Further Maths, Economics, Physics and Computing).

If you can keep up with all 4 subjects (including the substantial and time-consuming A2 Computing coursework), and end up with AAAA then you might as well do it.
cheers.. how did you find the computing cwk? what did you base it on? i want to do a stock control for a small takeaway business.
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Computing isn't very valuable, you won't have an advantage applying with it as opposed to without it.
Tian, you're back! :smartass:
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Computing isn't very valuable, you won't have an advantage applying with it as opposed to without it.
but sure it is still an extra A2 level.. it still needs effort, knowledge and intelligence to get an A in it.. so would it not be an advantage, even if its not the biggest advantage in the world, when AAAA is better then AAA..
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Drop computing.

They usually offer a 3 grade offer of AAA but with 4 they might offer AAAA.

Computing isn't highly "looked on" by top universites as far as the top uni's are concerned - I think.

And with Economics they would rather 3 A levels as it gives you more time to read more in depth on your subjects which they will really like.

Hope that helps,
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but sure it is still an extra A2 level.. it still needs effort, knowledge and intelligence to get an A in it.. so would it not be an advantage, even if its not the biggest advantage in the world, when AAAA is better then AAA..
If you think so, although at all the universities I've been to they've been quick to emphasise that they prefer people who do less A levels with more development into them to those who do long strings of A levels, especially those which are irrelevant.
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but sure it is still an extra A2 level.. it still needs effort, knowledge and intelligence to get an A in it.. so would it not be an advantage, even if its not the biggest advantage in the world, when AAAA is better then AAA..
I ahev spoken to the top uni's (Oxford) and they said they would rather 3 subjects to 4 subjects the majority of the time in specific subjects like economics.

they said the reason why is becuase if you take a smaller amount of a levels you have better grades usually but also, it gives you more time to read about your subjects in the libary and basically get more in depth with your subjects.

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cheers.. how did you find the computing cwk? what did you base it on? i want to do a stock control for a small takeaway business.
I found the programming quite satisfying but writing the report a little tedious (especially the Analysis and Design sections). It's going a bit off-topic so PM me if you want to discuss it more. And your idea sounds fine for the A2 project.
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If you think so, although at all the universities I've been to they've been quick to emphasise that they prefer people who do less A levels with more development into them to those who do long strings of A levels, especially those which are irrelevant.
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I ahev spoken to the top uni's (Oxford) and they said they would rather 3 subjects to 4 subjects the majority of the time in specific subjects like economics.
Didn't do me any harm applying with 5 A2s.

PS: I know that the logic is seriously flawed. :p:
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Didn't do me any harm applying with 5 A2s.

PS: I know that the logic is seriously flawed. :p:
You're special/sadistically hard working.
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I second that as well, if that'd who I think it is... ^^^

God I'm off topic today
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You're special/sadistically hard working.
Then why am I an TSR at the moment instead of doing some work? :confused:

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I second that as well, if that'd who I think it is...
It might be who you think it is, if you are who I think you are.
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Given that you live in MK, study in Aylesbury, lived in Hong Kong and are going to Cambridge to do economics and know Tian, I'm pretty sure you are who i think you are :P

Alex who helped teach me Mahjong right?
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Given that you live in MK, study in Aylesbury, lived in Hong Kong and are going to Cambridge to do economics and know Tian, I'm pretty sure you are who i think you are :P

Alex who helped teach me Mahjong right?
Nice deduction, and completely correct.
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i am not sure whether to do computing along with maths economics and german at a level. Are these good choices for a possible career in accounting.
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