Will taking 3 AS Levels instead of 4 disadvantage me?Watch
Im planning to apply for these courses:
- Actuarial Science at LSE and Cass
- Maths at UCL, Imperial and KCL
With the exception of Cass and KCL, the other universities are all top universities. I know that doing only 3 A Levels wont disadvantage me, but what about only 3 AS Levels? I don't necessarily mind doing 4 AS Levels but I would like the extra time for extracurriculars to buff up my PS. I've also heard that certain universities like UCL require 4 AS? I don't know how true this is because I can't find anything on their website that says this. I will be having a session with the counsellor at my college later this week but I'd like to get an informed opinion on this.
Most UK students only take 3 A levels and do not take AS so you should be fine. However, the people most likely to do a fourth A level are those taking Further Maths but as long as you get top grades in Maths and FM I still think you'd be OK.
LSE stated that they like further maths as a fourth a level rather than part of 3. Just a heads up!
Can i ask why people taking Further Maths would do a fourth A level? As far as I know, for the courses I'm applying to, three including FM should be fine right? Unless it's recommended to take four when doing FM?
- Higher achievers are more likely to take 4 A levels. Most Further Maths students are high achievers
- Picking 3 A level with 2 of them as Maths seriously limits your choice of university degree. To pick just 3 A levels at 16 is a big risk if you might change your mind about your future career
- Some schools teach Maths & FM in fewer lessons than 2 other A levels, meaning that it's easier to fit in 4 A levels including FM into a timetable than 4 other A levels.