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What is it like doing 4 Alevels?
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Really stressful some were easier but still hard.
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What is it like doing 4 Alevels?
It's hell. Mine were all essay based and I had breakdowns everyday.
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What is it like doing 4 Alevels?
I'm in year 12 currently doing 4 A-levels at AS level. It's definitely manageable in the first year but I am going to drop down to 3 for A2 as I've heard it's much harder and often you don't actually need 4 a-levels to go to university or wherever in the future.
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It's hell. Mine were all essay based and I had breakdowns everyday.
did u end up dropping any and what did u get
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It is manageable but it definitely depends on your subjects. One of my friends picked 2 sciences, maths and history and found the workload too much. I am coping with my 4 because I find one subject easier than the rest.

What subjects are you thinking of taking?
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I've just finished my a levels I did all essay subjects, history, rs, criminology and welsh baccalaureate. I didn't drop any of them they were difficult to balance the work load but if your determined to do well it helps. It all payed off as I've completely finished today.
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It is manageable but it definitely depends on your subjects. One of my friends picked 2 sciences, maths and history and found the workload too much. I am coping with my 4 because I find one subject easier than the rest.

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I was thinking of taking the same as your friend! Maths bio chem and history. I don’t think I can let history go I like it too much
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I've just finished my a levels I did all essay subjects, history, rs, criminology and welsh baccalaureate. I didn't drop any of them they were difficult to balance the work load but if your determined to do well it helps. It all payed off as I've completely finished today.
Thank you. Well done!
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I've been doing almost the equivalent of 4 A levels (Maths + Further Maths, Physics, and Chemistry). For these particular subjects, I found no issues with workload, though I did largely neglect Chemistry, as I don't need it for Uni and I had only chosen it because my Sixth form doesn't allow students to take only three courses if one is F Maths.

If you were to chose essay-based A levels, four would definitely be too much.

If you for some reason have to take a fourth choice as I did, make sure it's something fun (could even be a Btec) that won't take too much study time out of the three subjects that you'll actually need for Uni.


Edit: I just saw that you want to do Maths, Bio, Chem & History. Don't. Bio and Chem are drastically more difficult at A level compared to GCSE, each having two large textbooks of detailed information that must be remembered. I'd advise leaving out History, as A level Maths introduces some new stuff which gets used in both Bio and Chem, whereas History would just burden you with excessive work. You can still study History in your own time as a hobby if you're that interested, that way you get more freedom with which parts of history you actually learn about.
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It is manageable but it definitely depends on your subjects. One of my friends picked 2 sciences, maths and history and found the workload too much. I am coping with my 4 because I find one subject easier than the rest.

What subjects are you thinking of taking?
Yes, agree with this so much! I took maths and further maths as two of my options so definitely have had less work than people who took completely unrelated subjects though. Best advice is to just pick what you enjoy really and you can't really go far wrong!
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I've been doing almost the equivalent of 4 A levels (Maths + Further Maths, Physics, and Chemistry). For these particular subjects, I found no issues with workload, though I did largely neglect Chemistry, as I don't need it for Uni and I had only chosen it because my Sixth form doesn't allow students to take only three courses if one is F Maths.

If you were to chose essay-based A levels, four would definitely be too much.

If you for some reason have to take a fourth choice as I did, make sure it's something fun (could even be a Btec) that won't take too much study time out of the three subjects that you'll actually need for Uni.


Edit: I just saw that you want to do Maths, Bio, Chem & History. Don't. Bio and Chem are drastically more difficult at A level compared to GCSE, each having two large textbooks of detailed information that must be remembered. I'd advise leaving out History, as A level Maths introduces some new stuff which gets used in both Bio and Chem, whereas History would just burden you with excessive work. You can still study History in your own time as a hobby if you're that interested, that way you get more freedom with which parts of history you actually learn about.
Thank you! This is exactly what I was thinking but it’s actually letting history go. It’s one of my favourite and most enjoyed subject, along with the other 3, so I’m probably just going to have to let it go
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Hi! i do AS history going on to A level and it’s a lot of revision needed, I know that biology and chemistry have lots too, so it would be lots of revision based work. So i would recommend doing 3, otherwise if your still sure you want to do 4, you could drop one after AS
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I did bio, chem, maths, and physics and it was hard but manageable, although I don't know how much work there is for history and how different that is to the physics workload. I needed at least AAA for uni so I would always tell myself that if my 4th subject got in the way of my other 3, then I would drop it so I didn't compromise my chances of getting AAA. I would say maybe try all 4 to begin with to see whether it would be possible to handle the workload and then you can make your mind up about if you want to drop a subject later on.
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Hi! i do AS history going on to A level and it’s a lot of revision needed, I know that biology and chemistry have lots too, so it would be lots of revision based work. So i would recommend doing 3, otherwise if your still sure you want to do 4, you could drop one after AS
How is the amount of content compared to gcse for history? Because at GCSE I’m very good at just remembering dates etc I only really need to revise events like Manchuria or invasion of Poland. I heard that it becomes less important as you move into alevel so would I struggle massively or not?
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Depends on the subject and how well you did at O-level. If you have Maths, Physics, Chem and Bio then it will be easier than other combinations. Most of my friends had that combination and did pretty well without giving out their social life. Whereas there was this one girl who had Maths, Geo, Eng, History and she did pretty bad and also never saw her outside of school walking or playing.
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It is manageable but it definitely depends on your subjects. One of my friends picked 2 sciences, maths and history and found the workload too much. I am coping with my 4 because I find one subject easier than the rest.

What subjects are you thinking of taking?
what subjects are you doing:?
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what subjects are you doing:?
Maths, economics, geography, sociology
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Hi! I’m in y13 and I do maths, chemistry, physics and biology. It is A LOT of work and you need to be fully prepared to sacrifice free time to work for them. I’m not a particularly social person, but if you were it could be quite difficult to work during free periods when all your friends are off and chatting/playing games. It’s hard to properly judge it because our year has been very different with Covid, but I’ve been pretty stressed during our internal exams, so in a year with “proper” exams I can imagine it would be pretty tough.
However you can always take 4 and if it gets too much drop one, but I would go in with the mindset of completing all 4 as otherwise it’s a year wasted on a subject that you don’t get a grade towards.
Hope this helps!
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Hi! I’m in y13 and I do maths, chemistry, physics and biology. It is A LOT of work and you need to be fully prepared to sacrifice free time to work for them. I’m not a particularly social person, but if you were it could be quite difficult to work during free periods when all your friends are off and chatting/playing games. It’s hard to properly judge it because our year has been very different with Covid, but I’ve been pretty stressed during our internal exams, so in a year with “proper” exams I can imagine it would be pretty tough.
However you can always take 4 and if it gets too much drop one, but I would go in with the mindset of completing all 4 as otherwise it’s a year wasted on a subject that you don’t get a grade towards.
Hope this helps!
Thank you! I’m not the most social person either I think I’ll go with 4 and see how it goes
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