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I know many people say 4 A-Levels isn't needed, but I would enjoy all the subjects equally. I am taking Maths, History, Economics, and Law (as my fourth- since I reckon I could get an A or A* in it).

My questions are: what is the work balance like with 4 A levels?
How many hours of revision should I do per subject? (I am quite studious as I'm getting 9s in GCSE, but would these 4 be too difficult?)
Will doing four A-Levels still give me ample time to do mock trials, LNAT studying, wider reading, sports, socialise, etc?
Would I be better off doing an AS in something like Chemistry or FM instead of Law (since I really enjoy those subjects) in terms of both application and workload?
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I know many people say 4 A-Levels isn't needed, but I would enjoy all the subjects equally. I am taking Maths, History, Economics, and Law (as my fourth- since I reckon I could get an A or A* in it).

My questions are: what is the work balance like with 4 A levels?
How many hours of revision should I do per subject? (I am quite studious as I'm getting 9s in GCSE, but would these 4 be too difficult?)
Will doing four A-Levels still give me ample time to do mock trials, LNAT studying, wider reading, sports, socialise, etc?
Would I be better off doing an AS in something like Chemistry or FM instead of Law (since I really enjoy those subjects) in terms of both application and workload?

All the reasons you have listed are exactly why its recommended that you don't do more than 3 A levels - you are risking everything else when you do not need to.
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You do not need 4 A-levels to stand out, at the end of the day you will have minimum entry requirements to meet and taking 4 may jeopardise your chances of getting them. It's good that you want to take 4 because you hold a great interest in them, but it is a lot of work. If you are willing to work hard and work even smarter from the beginning of year 12, by all means go for it. BUT, it doesn't necessarily make you stand out as an applicant. Top universities especially for Law will want to see your supercirriculars rather than doing an extra a-level. You do not need to do law at a-level to get into law at university. My friend is going into law and she's doing Biology, Sociology and Psychology. As long as you have essay subjects you'll be fine but it is a bit random that you're considering Chemistry AS with those subjects. Chemistry in my opinion has a more manageable workload in comparison to your essay subjects, I find that revision is done quite quickly in comparison to the time it takes me to revise Geography. However, Chemistry at AS is quite a big step up but it is doable, so if you was to take a science as an AS take chemistry rather than biology if you want to make your workload more manageable, Biology has a LOT more NEW content whereas Chemistry a LOT of it builds on from GCSE
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Ah okay, that's fair enough thank you! How is Further Maths at A level (with regular Maths of course)? Is the workload of FM at A/AS level manageable since it crosses over with Maths quite well?
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Ah okay, that's fair enough thank you! How is Further Maths at A level (with regular Maths of course)? Is the workload of FM at A/AS level manageable since it crosses over with Maths quite well?
No worries if you have more Q about Chem or Bio at A-level don't hesitate to ask! I mean in terms of Maths AS, content is generally GCSE Grade 8/9 topics/problems at the beginning of Y12 however, your workload will be dependant on how on top you are to start off with it as well as how good you are at it. I cannot speak about FM as we don't offer it at my school for A-level, but most people taking maths take FM too (it does look pretty good)
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(Original post by RetroSPECT3.0)
I know many people say 4 A-Levels isn't needed, but I would enjoy all the subjects equally. I am taking Maths, History, Economics, and Law (as my fourth- since I reckon I could get an A or A* in it).

My questions are: what is the work balance like with 4 A levels?
How many hours of revision should I do per subject? (I am quite studious as I'm getting 9s in GCSE, but would these 4 be too difficult?)
Will doing four A-Levels still give me ample time to do mock trials, LNAT studying, wider reading, sports, socialise, etc?
Would I be better off doing an AS in something like Chemistry or FM instead of Law (since I really enjoy those subjects) in terms of both application and workload?
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I did the typical 3 A-Levels at Sixth Form, plus an AS Level and EPQ.
I can say that although the workload was manageable, at times it was very busy and I had very little free time.

As Universities typically only require 3 A-levels upon entry, I would really consider if you think doing 4 would be worth the stress. It can seem good to do four full A-levels however sometimes it may be better to do three, and really focus on them to get good results.

Obviously it is your choice, but also remember to look after yourself and don't make yourself too overwhelmed!
If you cannot decide, I would recommend doing an AS level in your first year, and then you can choose to drop a subject. Also speaking to a teacher or careers adviser may help too!

Hope this helps
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I know many people say 4 A-Levels isn't needed, but I would enjoy all the subjects equally. I am taking Maths, History, Economics, and Law (as my fourth- since I reckon I could get an A or A* in it).

My questions are: what is the work balance like with 4 A levels?
How many hours of revision should I do per subject? (I am quite studious as I'm getting 9s in GCSE, but would these 4 be too difficult?)
Will doing four A-Levels still give me ample time to do mock trials, LNAT studying, wider reading, sports, socialise, etc?
Would I be better off doing an AS in something like Chemistry or FM instead of Law (since I really enjoy those subjects) in terms of both application and workload?
One of my teachers recommended doing around 5 hours per subject a week or a similar amount to what has been timetabled.
I have a friend who's really studious and going to Cambridge and she seemed to cope fine with 4.
However, it definitely is a struggle and several people dropped their 4th after a term as they couldn't cope so it is definitely a lot. A-levels are also a big jump from GCSEs, I got high GCSEs but found myself struggling with a-levels so be aware that top grades in GCSE doesn't guarantee the same at a-levels
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Hey

I did the typical 3 A-Levels at Sixth Form, plus an AS Level and EPQ.
I can say that although the workload was manageable, at times it was very busy and I had very little free time.

As Universities typically only require 3 A-levels upon entry, I would really consider if you think doing 4 would be worth the stress. It can seem good to do four full A-levels however sometimes it may be better to do three, and really focus on them to get good results.

Obviously it is your choice, but also remember to look after yourself and don't make yourself too overwhelmed!
If you cannot decide, I would recommend doing an AS level in your first year, and then you can choose to drop a subject. Also speaking to a teacher or careers adviser may help too!

Hope this helps
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ah thank you, that is some good insight! Do you think the same would apply for Further Maths? Would 4 a levels be manageable if I did FM (as it corsses over well with regular maths)? Thank you!
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One of my teachers recommended doing around 5 hours per subject a week or a similar amount to what has been timetabled.
I have a friend who's really studious and going to Cambridge and she seemed to cope fine with 4.
However, it definitely is a struggle and several people dropped their 4th after a term as they couldn't cope so it is definitely a lot. A-levels are also a big jump from GCSEs, I got high GCSEs but found myself struggling with a-levels so be aware that top grades in GCSE doesn't guarantee the same at a-levels
What were the 4 A levels? I hear that 4 A levels is rather encouraged if you take FM or Physics with Maths, but if they are 4 relatively different subjects then it's gonna be harder?
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What were the 4 A levels? I hear that 4 A levels is rather encouraged if you take FM or Physics with Maths, but if they are 4 relatively different subjects then it's gonna be harder?
She does maths, further maths, physics and chemistry I think.
Doing 4 subjects is hard either way but I would guess that it's easier if they are similar subjects.
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Further Maths is in a completely different realm to Maths tbh. Not necessarily in difficulty but they really don't overlap that much. It's just new (sometimes harder) concepts. It is as it says, "further" "maths" but don't think this means it counts as only half a subject or something. It still takes a full subject's amount of effort to do well in.
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