Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    I know there are many threads similar to this, but I've just started year 12 and am taking 4 AS-levels (not including General Studies). I know I want to study English at Uni but was wondering if it'd be worth taking an extra AS-level to increase my chance of getting into the Uni that I want to, or is it pointless? This AS-level would be English Lang but I'm unsure if it'd be too much work but will be prepared for it if it will make my application look better.

    Thanks everyone.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    No, waste of time. Use your spare time on your other subjects.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Oxy)
    No, waste of time. Use your spare time on your other subjects.
    Okay, thank you.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Taking an extra A-Level would not increase your chances of getting into the Uni you want to go to. Especially English Language, which wouldn't help you in the slightest with an English Lit degree [which is what I assume you want to do] as it is so different.

    An interview in The Times with the Director of Admissions at Cambridge, Geoff Parkes I think it is [around A-Level results day] revealed he doesn't like how people are doing 4/5 A2's and hopes the A* grade will deter people in yr12 now from doing so and will encourage them to do 3 A2's instead.
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    There's no point. You current choices are very respectable, and in your situation, it would be better to work at your current subjects and do really well rather than to struggle with an extra AS.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    hey if you ca cope with an extra subject then take an extra subject


    But its beter to get 4A's thn 5B's so choose wisely
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Oxy)
    No, waste of time. Use your spare time on your other subjects.
    Brilliantly put
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    There is no need to take up another subject, but tbh, it can't do anything but help your application. Since you're trying to make your application shine, doing the 5th AS will get you noticed, but unless you think you can definitely handle it, it wouldn't be worth it.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    Don't I can hardly manage 4 however by all means if you think you can then take 5..but don't think it will put you at an advantage or anything like that it won't so to be perfectly honest it' more stress, time and time that could be spent on subjects you actually need for uni
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Oxy)
    No, waste of time. Use your spare time on your other subjects.
    yup
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    No one even needs 4. There are other ways to make yourself stick out. Unis such as Cambridge and Oxford are not really caring if u do 4, 5 or 6 A-levels its what else you can do.
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by Oxy)
    No one even needs 4. There are other ways to make yourself stick out. Unis such as Cambridge and Oxford are not really caring if u do 4, 5 or 6 A-levels its what else you can do.
    If you're doing Maths and Further Maths, some require four.
    • CV Helper
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    CV Helper
    Do it next year instead.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by .ACS.)
    If you're doing Maths and Further Maths, some require four.
    If they're going to do Maths at Cambridge yes..
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by Oxy)
    If they're going to do Maths at Cambridge yes..
    Even Economics at Warwick. (And Bristol look down on those with three A-Levels, having Maths and Further Maths and one other.)
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by .ACS.)
    Even Economics at Warwick. (And Bristol look down on those with three A-Levels, having Maths and Further Maths and one other.)
    Ok fine, still 4 is a waste for most courses. Go get some exp!:eek:
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    My GCSE results were good but average compared to what some people on TSR have! I got 2A*s, 8As and 1B. That's why I'm slightly worried that if I do 4 AS-levels I'm less likely to stand a chance at Oxbridge.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    GCSE's only come into it if the course is competitive. The interview + your A2 grades count a lot more.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    don't take a 5th subject for uni take it if you will enjoy it, makes a huge difference.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Don't unless you feel you can. i'm doing six ASes and I'm doing alright.
 
 
 

University open days

  • Heriot-Watt University
    School of Textiles and Design Undergraduate
    Fri, 16 Nov '18
  • University of Roehampton
    All departments Undergraduate
    Sat, 17 Nov '18
  • Edge Hill University
    Faculty of Health and Social Care Undergraduate
    Sat, 17 Nov '18
Poll
Have you ever experienced bullying?
Help with your A-levels

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

Rosette

Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Uni match

Uni match

Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

Study planner

Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

Study planner

Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student doing homework

Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

Study help links and info

Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.