I am currently doing 4 a levels but i wanted to drop one , would having 3 a levels make me look average when applying for uni .
Can i still get on to the same courses as i would with 4.
AAAA is worth more than AAA. AABB is worth less than AAA. Which one will you get?
Most unis only ask for 3 A-levels (quite often not including General Studies) and sometimes 1 AS. Whatever subject you're thinking of dropping, stick it out to at least get the AS and then if you're not doing General Studies, you could drop it and it probably wouldn't make a difference unless you want to apply to Oxbridge or for a really competitve course. If one of your subjects is General Studies, you should carry on with all 4. In any case, 4 is obviously better than 3 and it could help you out if for eg you miss you offer, but if continuing all 4 would be too much work and harm your grades, it would be better to drop one.
3 A-levels are sufficient already (minimum uni requirement). You would be able to go onto a course you want with 4 A-levels.
Usually the excellent/good universities accept 3 A-levels, while he bad/mediocre (sp?) ones accept 2 A-levels.
Fishpaste that is debatable in my opinion
If I had the choice of getting AAA or AABB to get to my uni I would go for the AAA as your mind is less spread over more subjects.
I agree with you. I think most uni's will base your offers using 3 A-levels, no matter how many subjects you are doing.
AAA obviously LOOKS better BUT this is EXACTLY what uni's r complaining about. The grades don't SHOW the REAL potential of the student. Unis make a more WHOLE decision when they look at you. Your grades are a major BUT minor aspect, but they look for personal attributes and how you could flourish in their university environment; whether its Oxford or Birmingham!
Another way to look at it would be as follows:
Lookining at the AS level part as 300 points and
looking at the A level part as 300 points.
What do you think?
4 A-levels is harder than 3, even if the grades are AABB compared to AAA ye? Surely that isn't questioned? On that basis, i would expect unis to take ppl with AABB over AAA. But the number of a-levels u take must depend on the grades you expect to get. I agree with the points about general studies tho.
besides, lots of unis want ucas points, so 4 a levels has major advantages. Not that i agree with ucas points, but there we go...
I agree with you that 4 A-levels is an advantage in tariff points. The problem of tariff points is that, you can do any combinations to get the points. You can even hve a grade D and/or E in that will add up to the tariff points, and you still get in.