Guidance to decide my subjects for A levels

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I'm just starting my A levels and i have been thrown into a mental distress that if i should take all of the 4 pure sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths;
I just really don't know if i would be able to maintain all four together or if i should drop one of them.
Will i have enough career choices even if i dropped one of the four?
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It just depends on how smart you are. So what grades have you previous got in GCSE? And even 3 of those should give ample career paths
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You’ll definitely be fine with taking just 3 subjects; when I was applying to unis I didn’t even see one that required you to take 4, you wouldn’t be limiting your career prospects by taking 3. Some of them do require you to take certain subjects though, so maybe think about what career you’re most likely to want to pursue and drop one of the 4 according to which one is least vital to it
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Depends what career path you're thinking of taking - research possible careers you're thinking about. If you don't think you could maintain all 4 subjects, drop one, 3 is already hard and depending on the college, you might get more homework / independent studies.

I was taking 4 subjects at the start of the year (maths, fm, physics and history) and I ended up dropping fm because I didn't want to sacrifice all of my social life and hobbies, plus my college gave independent studies / homework that took minimum 4 hours each, usually taking longer. You might be in a different situation but it's just from my experience, everyone I knew dropped 4 subjects in the end but you could do well.

As someone already said, all unis only require 3 A-Levels, some only requiring fm for some subjects, you also don't want to risk the grades of 3 of the subjects to be able to have 4 qualifications, it's better an A*AA than an AABB.

Do you know what career you may want to go in?
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(Original post by tej3141)
It just depends on how smart you are. So what grades have you previous got in GCSE? And even 3 of those should give ample career paths
I have 4 A’s, 1 B and a C; I still have two remaining subjects that I’m going to finish off.
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Depends what career path you're thinking of taking - research possible careers you're thinking about. If you don't think you could maintain all 4 subjects, drop one, 3 is already hard and depending on the college, you might get more homework / independent studies.

I was taking 4 subjects at the start of the year (maths, fm, physics and history) and I ended up dropping fm because I didn't want to sacrifice all of my social life and hobbies, plus my college gave independent studies / homework that took minimum 4 hours each, usually taking longer. You might be in a different situation but it's just from my experience, everyone I knew dropped 4 subjects in the end but you could do well.

As someone already said, all unis only require 3 A-Levels, some only requiring fm for some subjects, you also don't want to risk the grades of 3 of the subjects to be able to have 4 qualifications, it's better an A*AA than an AABB.

Do you know what career you may want to go in?
I really want to give a go at medicine or psychology so yes, I’m going to drop and work on the subject line-up again. Thanks for the advice though.
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(Original post by ahmadjpeg)
I'm just starting my A levels and i have been thrown into a mental distress that if i should take all of the 4 pure sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths;
I just really don't know if i would be able to maintain all four together or if i should drop one of them.
Will i have enough career choices even if i dropped one of the four?
I do Biology, Chemistry and Psychology and it's quite stressful and I did quite well in my GCSE's. Having four a-levels aren't worth the pressure and could affect your grade quite a bit. Having three a-levels at a good grade is better than four with a lower grade so I suggest maybe dropping one. Dropping one can affect your career choices but it just depends what you want to do really like for example medicine you need Chemistry with one other science but that can also include Biology, Physics or Maths so you just pick whichever three you feel would be best for you and your interests
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Hihi,
As others have said, studying three ALs well is much better than four doing okay. I studied Maths, FM, Physics, and Chemistry and took all four because I was comfortable, so it's however you feel. For medicine, I'd be inclined to drop physics as the others are required/highly recommended, but it's up to you. Dropping one of bio/chem/phys is unlikely to affect any future career prospect (with the exception of medicine with my personal recommendation above), but if you study well and keep yourself motivated and most importantly yourself happy, there's every chance you could do all 4 and do well!
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You could probably drop one any time you want, so you could stay with 4 for now until it gets too much and then drop one. Or you might decide to carry on with all of them. Universities only require 3, so you probably won’t be limiting your options
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