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Im in year 12 right now and I take economics,maths,fine art, and history of art. I have been struggling with keeping up with all the work and understanding the concepts. I am thinking of however dropping history of art since it's a fairly new a level and is difficult to revise for. But the thing is all of my friends wants to do 4 a levels to the end. Is it okay to only do 3 a levels if I want to go to a uni such as UCL? Thank you!
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Im in year 12 right now and I take economics,maths,fine art, and history of art. I have been struggling with keeping up with all the work and understanding the concepts. I am thinking of however dropping history of art since it's a fairly new a level and is difficult to revise for. But the thing is all of my friends wants to do 4 a levels to the end. Is it okay to only do 3 a levels if I want to go to a uni such as UCL? Thank you!
Most schools won't let anyone do 4 A levels unless they include Maths/Further Maths - it's fine
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Im in year 12 right now and I take economics,maths,fine art, and history of art. I have been struggling with keeping up with all the work and understanding the concepts. I am thinking of however dropping history of art since it's a fairly new a level and is difficult to revise for. But the thing is all of my friends wants to do 4 a levels to the end. Is it okay to only do 3 a levels if I want to go to a uni such as UCL? Thank you!
No university require nor deduct merit from an applicant for not having more than 3 A-levels AFAIK. The vast majority of uni applicants, including for UCL, take 3 A-levels (2nd year) so it is no problem to drop if you think it is the right decision.
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My brother did 4 A Levels and applied to the University of York and got accepted (a Russel group University) but only his top 3 was considered. So I'm not sure doing 4 is even useful. 😅
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As above, no UK University asks for more than 3 A levels, and doing 4 doesnt get you any extra brownie points.

As you have already realised, its hard work doing 4. If you are struggling, drop one - because AAA will always look better than BBBB.
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If you're struggling with the work then I advise you to drop one, you won't be disadvantaged in any significant way. The alternatives are to continue with 4 subjects for the duration of year 12 and then take an AS at the end of the year, or simply spend more time studying.
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(Original post by soflo)
Im in year 12 right now and I take economics,maths,fine art, and history of art. I have been struggling with keeping up with all the work and understanding the concepts. I am thinking of however dropping history of art since it's a fairly new a level and is difficult to revise for. But the thing is all of my friends wants to do 4 a levels to the end. Is it okay to only do 3 a levels if I want to go to a uni such as UCL? Thank you!
Definitely drop one. Especially if you want to go to UCL as they require around A*AA. It will be so much harder to get those top grades with the pressure of another subject.

Also if you'd like any help with alevel maths or economics... feel free to ask me!
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As above, no UK University asks for more than 3 A levels, and doing 4 doesnt get you any extra brownie points.

As you have already realised, its hard work doing 4. If you are struggling, drop one - because AAA will always look better than BBBB.
I agree.
Better to do 3 and get good grades than do 4 and get not quite as good ones.
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Do 3! Theres absoutly no benefits in stressing you out even more when 4 a levels are not needed. All universities in the UK only require 3 and you wont have a better chance just because you do 4 a levels. Also its better to get 3 A*'s than to get 4A's.
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