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Hi!
I'm a year 11 student who is picking their a-level options and I wanted a bit of advice! Right now, I would like to do History, Politics, Economics and English Literature for my a-levels but a lot of people are telling me that 4 a-levels will be a lot of hard work. I'm currently aiming to study HSPS at Cambridge and I want to prove to myself that I can do it. If I had to drop one it would most likely be English Literature but I enjoy all of those subjects so I'm thinking it would be worth it to just do all 4 subjects but I also worry that I won't have enough free time to do extra-curricular activities or other things e.g socialising. My predicted grades: History 8, English lit 9 (others: Maths, English lang, drama, triple science are all 9s and Spanish is predicted an 8)

What do you guys think?

Thank you!!!
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3 unless you are willing to only study the whole week
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4 is unnecessary in all honesty, and could possibly bring your other grades down. By all means do it if you know you can, but 3 is plenty and won’t disadvantage you in any way. If your sixth form offers it, perhaps consider taking one for AS and then dropping it in the second year?

Honestly, I thought I was going to struggle to drop my 4th when I made my choices: English lit, psychology, RS, and economics. They all seemed so interesting!

I dropped economics after the first lesson 🙃
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My eldest did 4 + EPQ, but my youngest is choosing 3. Eldest found first term of year 12 really hard doing 4 with the further maths, but she stuck with it in the end.
It really depends on your mindset. If you thrive on working and studying then yeah give it a go and see how you feel. You can always drop one if you finding it tough going.
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In my opinion I don’t think doing 4 is necessary to do well, you’re only required to have 3 and it’s a lot of work. You can put the energy you’d put into the 4th one into the other 3 to give yourself a better chance of doing good in those. Plus, for personal statements and stuff they like to see learning outside of school so you can put your time into further reading and extracurriculars (and socialising of course).

Ultimately it’s up to what you think is right for you. If you’re having reservations it might not be worth the worry. You can always try it anyway and drop it if you don’t like it (I think anyway).
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Absolutely no advantage in doing 4 A levels. Universities will ignore anything more than 3. They won't consider it impressive and they certainly won't give you any extra points. If anything, it'll just show that you're indecisive.

If you're interested in another course, read about it in your spare time. That would actually be so much more impressive on a personal statement or interview as it would display your ability to independently pursue interests in your spare time (as many adults do with stuff like coding, foreign languages or current events upkeep).
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(Original post by zuhall004)
Hi!
I'm a year 11 student who is picking their a-level options and I wanted a bit of advice! Right now, I would like to do History, Politics, Economics and English Literature for my a-levels but a lot of people are telling me that 4 a-levels will be a lot of hard work. I'm currently aiming to study HSPS at Cambridge and I want to prove to myself that I can do it. If I had to drop one it would most likely be English Literature but I enjoy all of those subjects so I'm thinking it would be worth it to just do all 4 subjects but I also worry that I won't have enough free time to do extra-curricular activities or other things e.g socialising. My predicted grades: History 8, English lit 9 (others: Maths, English lang, drama, triple science are all 9s and Spanish is predicted an 8)

What do you guys think?

Thank you!!!
You could always start with 4 to see how you go then drop one
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im doing 3 (also epq) and one of them is psychology. i just got an offer from oxford.

my friend got an offer for the same course, did 4 facilitating subjects and EPQ as well. 4 seems like a waste of time really...
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