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In my school the person can take up to 5 A-levels, as they fit in the timetable times. Most uni's based the subjects on 3 instead of 4. It's kind of pointless taking 4 A-levels as almost all uni's require 3.
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I think it is always important to rememeber that many schools do not give the opportunity to do 4A2 due to restriction of resources and timetabling issues. Therefore it is unfair to compare.

Everyone has said that you only actually NEED 3 but if you are considering applying for a good red brick uni - most of the time tariff points aren't relevant as they ask for a triple grade. Uni's don't ask for 360, they ask for AAA.

The other thing to consider is that your 4th may detract from the grades you get in your three, unless you predicted AAA and there is no question about it - why aren't you trying your hardest to get the best you can in the three, the 4th a level is really for people who experience no challenge with gaining AAAA.

Aside from grades, perhaps you could invest the time more widely - you want to show the uni you are more than a handful of grades.....get out and do some community service, learn something new, read widely, get involved with something non academic.....you want to say 'you know I'm bright...now let me show you what else i have up my sleeve'

And there is more to life than univeristy....why not do something with the time that will develop you rather than your UCAS?
The MP's could make changes.
StudentA: has 9 GCSE's could take 3 to 6 A-levels.
StudentB: has 10 GCSE's could take 3 to 6 A-levels.
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fair enough.. perhaps though (& i mean this in the nicest possible way ) you're not really qualified to comment?

because you don't know first hand how the school system here will exert quite an influence on the number of GCSEs you can take. at my school it was a maximum of 9, or 10 if you took statistics & no more were possible due to the timetable. at other places, students commonly did 12/13.

that hardly implies anything about the ability of the students at 2 types of school for higher level study, just the constraints in their education so far.

Pupil X - 12Cs
Pupil Y - 8A*s

which looks outwardly more capable to build on their existing level of specific knowledge & continue the 3/4/5 subjects of their choosing onto a higher level? remember, we don't do 6 or so subjects per day, like you guys.. we have considerably more specialisation at 16 - so it's arguable your results in GCSEs subjects you don't continue at A2 are irrelevant.


under your system i would have taken '2 to 4 A-Levels'.

i actually took 5.5 (considering AS as 1/2 an A level) & an AEA. & considering i got top grades in all of them, i hardly think i was overstretched. :p:
You could take more then that was just a base to work from. In fact under my you take up to 6 (maybe 8).
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(Original post by annabellewalter)
I think it is always important to rememeber that many schools do not give the opportunity to do 4A2 due to restriction of resources and timetabling issues. Therefore it is unfair to compare.
It's not difficult to teach yourself 3 modules.

The other thing to consider is that your 4th may detract from the grades you get in your three, unless you predicted AAA and there is no question about it - why aren't you trying your hardest to get the best you can in the three, the 4th a level is really for people who experience no challenge with gaining AAAA.
Don't be so elitist. Some people just enjoy studying the extra subject.

Aside from grades, perhaps you could invest the time more widely - you want to show the uni you are more than a handful of grades.....get out and do some community service, learn something new, read widely, get involved with something non academic.....you want to say 'you know I'm bright...now let me show you what else i have up my sleeve'

And there is more to life than univeristy....why not do something with the time that will develop you rather than your UCAS?
Again. They might find learning enjoyable.
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It's kind of pointless taking 4 A-levels as almost all uni's require 3.
I agree with Daz here.. my A levels weren't purely a means to an ends.. i did them because i enjoyed the subjects, so it wasn't pointless in the slighest. :p:

& if anything the broad range of subjects that 4 A2 + GS & an AS gave me has been a great help for uni education.

i suppose it all comes down to pragmatic considerations of how you will achieve the bets results you can i suppose. & in my case taking 4/5 was fine.. not even especially busy.
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