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4 a levels?

hi, I'm taking bio chem psych and maths next year and just wanted to know how many hours a day/week people who take 4 subjects study in general. thanks !!
Original post by kickingnames
hi, I'm taking bio chem psych and maths next year and just wanted to know how many hours a day/week people who take 4 subjects study in general. thanks !!


Hiya, I'm currently in Y13 and I took 4 A-level subjects for about a month (Maths, English Lit, Art and Product design). At the beginning I thought I would be able to handle the workload as I did quite well in my GCSEs. Once I got into it though, I just found the workload overwhelming and I barely had any free time. It's not for everyone so don't beat yourself up about it if you feel like you can't handle it, dropping english was the best decision I could've made for myself. I'd say, try out 4 subjects for a bit and see how you feel about the workload- it will get more intense nearer to the exam period. I'm pretty sure most schools/collages allow for you to drop your 4th subject at any time if you need to. Personally, I think getting 3 really good A levels compared to 4 ok A levels is the better option. Hope this helps!
I will depend on each course and what your college sets as work for each one but i'm doing Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science and Music Tech. I have 4.5 hours of lessons each week and then set homework usually takes 2.5 - 3 hours on average however music tech is slightly less. Additionally I am working towards 1-2 hours for each subject additionally to revise prior topics.
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It’s different for everyone but most people normally do at least an hour each day for each a-level. I personally spend more time on my alevels that I find difficult and may only work on those some days. I’m yr13 rn n I do chem psych and bio. Most of the people in my classes that did the same as me plus a fourth alevel ended up dropping their weakest/least fav one halfway through yr 12. if your going to do all 4 I think you would have to be careful not to get overwhelmed as it can easily get very stressful closer to exams but as long as you stay on top of it and consistently revise majority of the week you should be fine-just be careful to not get too tired xx
Original post by kickingnames
hi, I'm taking bio chem psych and maths next year and just wanted to know how many hours a day/week people who take 4 subjects study in general. thanks !!

Not a good idea - no-one needs those 4 A levels
Original post by Muttley79
Not a good idea - no-one needs those 4 A levels


I disagree, taking 4 is simply advantageous when side-by-side against another candidate. It would be useful to have if the OP has the ability to handle it.
Original post by noahwdennis
I disagree, taking 4 is simply advantageous when side-by-side against another candidate. It would be useful to have if the OP has the ability to handle it.

Wrong - some schools only offer 3 so 4 cannot used in this way - it would be illegal - the only 4 my school [selective] allows is if Maths/FMaths are two.
Original post by Muttley79
Wrong - some schools only offer 3 so 4 cannot used in this way - it would be illegal - the only 4 my school [selective] allows is if Maths/FMaths are two.


I agree they can't say this in the entry requirements, but generally the students who do 4 are more likely to get into the top unis that 3.
Original post by noahwdennis
I agree they can't say this in the entry requirements, but generally the students who do 4 are more likely to get into the top unis that 3.


This is to do with correlation, not causation. Except for some very specific courses like Cambridge Engineering, having 4 a levels is never an advantage over having 3 a levels.
Original post by noahwdennis
I agree they can't say this in the entry requirements, but generally the students who do 4 are more likely to get into the top unis that 3.


No that just isn't true ....
Original post by Muttley79
No that just isn't true ....


It does depend on the A levels/degree subject. For any person it would be very rare, for example, to get into an Imperial Physics course without 4 A*s (usually including further maths) - but this example of course only applies to incredibly competitive and specialist subjects.

Aside from this OP, I'd advise starting with 4 subjects and seeing how you get along. This kind of thing really does depend on a person's preferences and style of study. To do your four subjects very well, bear in mind you'd have 4-5 hours of each subject a week, and probably an expected 4 hours of homework/consolidation at home per subject. Overall, you will also have much less free time than a person with 3 A levels but it is manageable if you enjoy your subjects and ensure you don't fall behind. Good luck!
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Original post by arialle
It does depend on the A levels/degree subject. For any person it would be very rare, for example, to get into an Imperial Physics course without 4 A*s (usually including further maths) - but this example of course only applies to incredibly competitive and specialist subjects.

Aside from this OP, I'd advise starting with 4 subjects and seeing how you get along. This kind of thing really does depend on a person's preferences and style of study. To do your four subjects very well, bear in mind you'd have 4-5 hours of each subject a week, and probably an expected 4 hours of homework/consolidation at home per subject. Overall, you will also have much less free time than a person with 3 A levels but it is manageable if you enjoy your subjects and ensure you don't fall behind. Good luck!

I've already said Maths/FMaths is an exception but otherwise 4 is not sensible. I'd avoid imperial btw
Original post by arialle
It does depend on the A levels/degree subject. For any person it would be very rare, for example, to get into an Imperial Physics course without 4 A*s (usually including further maths) - but this example of course only applies to incredibly competitive and specialist subjects.

Aside from this OP, I'd advise starting with 4 subjects and seeing how you get along. This kind of thing really does depend on a person's preferences and style of study. To do your four subjects very well, bear in mind you'd have 4-5 hours of each subject a week, and probably an expected 4 hours of homework/consolidation at home per subject. Overall, you will also have much less free time than a person with 3 A levels but it is manageable if you enjoy your subjects and ensure you don't fall behind. Good luck!

I actually think even with imperial it's still just a correlation thing. For computing, they said almost everyone who gets an offer has 4 (or 5) a levels, but they don't consider people with more a levels any differently to someone with just 3. I'd assume it'd be the same for physics there.
Original post by kickingnames
hi, I'm taking bio chem psych and maths next year and just wanted to know how many hours a day/week people who take 4 subjects study in general. thanks !!

Heya!
Please remember that unis just require 3 alvls, you don't need 4 and A*A*A* looks much better than A*AAB:h: Unless the 4th one is FM. What are you thinking of doing at uni? Medicine? Also, people typically spend around 3-4hrs after school and more hrs during the weekends.

I hope this helps!
Milena
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