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I have to hand in my A-Level options by next week and I'm considering doing French or Spanish as a 4th option. I already know I'm doing Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

I'm currently predicted a grade 8 in French & Spanish for GCSE
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I have to hand in my A-Level options by next week and I'm considering doing French or Spanish as a 4th option. I already know I'm doing Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

I'm currently predicted a grade 8 in French & Spanish for GCSE
Lots of people do languages as a 4th. I personally found the content to be slim and the workload fairly low (as long as you expose yourself to the language through other media as part of your normal life)
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At AS level, there isn't that much of jump compared to GCSE so if you are currently finding them easy, go of it. There is a much, much bigger jump between AS and A2 though.
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I have to hand in my A-Level options by next week and I'm considering doing French or Spanish as a 4th option. I already know I'm doing Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

I'm currently predicted a grade 8 in French & Spanish for GCSE
What are you hoping to do after A Levels?
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Sorry I'm a bit confused as to what the question is 😂 are you asking about choosing between french and Spanish? (Btw I do Spanish and Italian a level and Iove them you should defo do a language!)
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I do spanish a level and its so fun! I haven't found it that much of a step up and the contents not that bad really. Its really nice because its so many subjects in one - bit of history, bit of politics, bit of literature. Doing it alongside sciences is so nice because its a bit of a break from the other subjects
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What are you hoping to do after A Levels?
Medicine at University
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Thanks for the responses, I wasn't sure if a language would be too much of an additional workload, I think I'll add it to my application. This was rlly helpful!
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My own degree is in Modern Languages and I will always encourage people who want to do languages; the one thing I would say in your case is to make sure that doing an extra A Level doesn't impact on your chances of getting top grades in the A Levels you need, which will be your Maths, Chemistry and Biology A Levels. There is so much competition for places to read Medicine, I wouldn't want you to take any risks with your grades.

There are ways of keeping up your languages; I've come across some magazines for people doing languages at school recently and they look very good. I think that you get access to online material too. You could do this and keep up your language interests.
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My own degree is in Modern Languages and I will always encourage people who want to do languages; the one thing I would say in your case is to make sure that doing an extra A Level doesn't impact on your chances of getting top grades in the A Levels you need, which will be your Maths, Chemistry and Biology A Levels. There is so much competition for places to read Medicine, I wouldn't want you to take any risks with your grades.

There are ways of keeping up your languages; I've come across some magazines for people doing languages at school recently and they look very good. I think that you get access to online material too. You could do this and keep up your language interests.
In some schools I looked at they offered it as an EPQ. Do you think this would be better than doing an A-Level for it?
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In some schools I looked at they offered it as an EPQ. Do you think this would be better than doing an A-Level for it?
Hmm ... not sure.

I've asked Ecolier to chip in on this, he knows about applications to read Medicine and how to give yourself the best chance.
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Ive applied for medicine with bio chem and spanish and it absolutely doesn't affect your application and its a major asset tbh - think being aware of how you communicate type thing

I'd say if your not sure about doing 4, pick the top three - even if that doesn't include maths
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Ive applied for medicine with bio chem and spanish and it absolutely doesn't affect your application and its a major asset tbh - think being aware of how you communicate type thing

I'd say if your not sure about doing 4, pick the top three - even if that doesn't include maths
It shows OP has other skills and that they're not just a one trick 'STEM' pony
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I have to hand in my A-Level options by next week and I'm considering doing French or Spanish as a 4th option. I already know I'm doing Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

I'm currently predicted a grade 8 in French & Spanish for GCSE
I wouldn't do four subjects, just pick Biology, Chemistry and Maths or one of the languages - whichever you're most likely to get an A / A* in.

Unless you wanted to apply to Cambridge, then you should take Maths as your third subject.
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