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Although to some of you this may not be unusual, I will take it that it is the norm for most people.

At my school you take 4 AS levels + GS and then drop one of the AS's to take the others to A2 in the second year. However, even tho it is early days, I was wondering what it would be like to do 4 A2s?

Any thoughts from any of you that have done this?

I am (apparently) top end of the year, academically, but don't want to over-stress myself when exams come.

I'm currently taking Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. If I did drop one in yr13 it would most likely be Economics...

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Although to some of you this may not be unusual, I will take it that it is the norm for most people.

At my school you take 4 AS levels + GS and then drop one of the AS's to take the others to A2 in the second year. However, even tho it is early days, I was wondering what it would be like to do 4 A2s?

Any thoughts from any of you that have done this?

I am (apparently) top end of the year, academically, but don't want to over-stress myself when exams come.

I'm currently taking Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. If I did drop one in yr13 it would most likely be Economics...

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hi, i am in year 13 now, haha i did the exact same subjects as you last year, and further maths (5 AS levels).

This year i dropped Econ and i am doin 4 Alvels. However, i didnt do GS...

The courseload is not too bad, econ being slightly 'easier' than the rest of the subjects i take. got all A's last year so 4 subjects should be managable, if you start revising by about easter..
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hey im a2 year now too. im taking maths, further maths, physics and computing and im finding the work load fine. as long as your willing to work.
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(Original post by Alcohol5%)
Although to some of you this may not be unusual, I will take it that it is the norm for most people.

At my school you take 4 AS levels + GS and then drop one of the AS's to take the others to A2 in the second year. However, even tho it is early days, I was wondering what it would be like to do 4 A2s?

Any thoughts from any of you that have done this?

I am (apparently) top end of the year, academically, but don't want to over-stress myself when exams come.

I'm currently taking Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. If I did drop one in yr13 it would most likely be Economics...

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Yeh go for it. If you think you can handle it then by all means do it.

Just remember, three A's look better than two A's and two B's. If your going to think doing four A levels will risk you getting all A's then stick with the three.

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For my AS year i did: Bio, Chem, Maths, ICT, General studies.
For my A2 year i'm doing: Bio, Maths, FM(AS+A2), ICT, General studies.
It's perfectly possible to do 4 or even 5 subjects if you're prepared to work.
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It depends what you get in your GCSE's, if you get mostly A's and A*'s I'd say you would have little problem doing 4 A Levels, as long as you pick them carefully.
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I'm doing 5 A2s (excluding critical thinking or general studies etc), and I taught myself AS maths this summer so that I could do maths A2, giving me the insane figure of 6 AS levels! Anyway, the workload of 5 is quite large, but manageable, so I'd have thought 4 was well within your grasp. Oh, and don;t drop economics, it's the best! (And quite an easy A too!)
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How come Economics is an easy A Level? I've heard this off so many people.
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I thought it was pretty easy ...until I got a B :P
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How come Economics is an easy A Level? I've heard this off so many people.
It's just mainly common sense.
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How come Economics is an easy A Level? I've heard this off so many people.
I did no work in the year, did 20 minutes revision total (decided to watch cricket instead) and still got an AS UMS of 276 .

Higher than all of my other subjects (bar geog). It is comparitively easy.
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better than Geography still.
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better than Geography still.
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It depends what you get in your GCSE's, if you get mostly A's and A*'s I'd say you would have little problem doing 4 A Levels, as long as you pick them carefully.
I agree so long as you're prepared to put in the work, though if you're finding it difficult to cope with 4 subjects it'd probably be a good idea to drop 1, as generally speaking AAA is better than AABB.
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(Original post by Alcohol5%)
Although to some of you this may not be unusual, I will take it that it is the norm for most people.

At my school you take 4 AS levels + GS and then drop one of the AS's to take the others to A2 in the second year. However, even tho it is early days, I was wondering what it would be like to do 4 A2s?

Any thoughts from any of you that have done this?

I am (apparently) top end of the year, academically, but don't want to over-stress myself when exams come.

I'm currently taking Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. If I did drop one in yr13 it would most likely be Economics...

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Sorry, but what is 'GS'?

I think that A2s in maths, physics and chemistry in one year is plenty. There is nothing stopping you taking economics later in life if it bothers you. Incidentally, I got an A grade in economics even though I did not attend any classes for A2...I just relied on my AS knowledge, bluff and commonsense to get me through.

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How come Economics is an easy A Level? I've heard this off so many people.
I think that you meant 'from' not 'off'!

Economics was considered pretty tough when I was in the sixth form in the early 1980s. However, as it has been overtaken by business studies since then, only the better candidates usually take economics, hence why many consider it pretty reasonable. Many schools do not even offer it now because they do not think that enough students would be up to it. I am going through my PGCE teacher training specialising in BS and Econ and many jobs I see advertised do not even mention economics.

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It's just mainly common sense.
Yes and experience also helps, but this is often lacking in sixth formers due to their youth. Common sense and experience are developed over time.
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You will find reading the Economist or the FT every now and then will dramatically increase your chances of achieving a higher grade in Economics.

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I think that you meant 'from' not 'off'!

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No I definately meant 'off', now you can see why I haven't pursued English any further lol
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Sorry, but what is 'GS'?

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GS is General Studies
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