5 A levels? Watch
i'm doing maths, physics, chemistry, biology, general studies at A-level and further maths AS and an extra maths module (because my school doesn't offer the full aths a-level ggrrr). AS was fine (i got all As), A2 isn't much harder but the exams are scaring me because we have to relearn most of the AS course for the synoptic papers in chem, bio and physics which is a right pain! the only other thing i'd say is i think im the only person at my school doing 5 and an AS (or im in the minority) and everyone else has so many frees...
i think its worth it in the end though, and i enjoy all my subjects, despite the coursework!
i'd say go for it, if it doesn't work out you can always drop a subject and it dosn't matter!
Maybe the other 3 courses are not offered by the school, so she might go to college and do it.
Interesting - are these for all subjects and do all schols do them? I have heard nothing about this!
Thank you for this information - I would definitely be interested in this, but even if they are available to me I'd have never heard anything about them at my school .
What did you think of the AEAs Zarathustra? (and anybody else whohas done them)
They're all three hours long. The reason they're not exam-board specific is so that everyone can take them regardless of their schooling (provided they're doing the right subjecct, obv) so you will be allowed to do them. Chances are your school (or at least the relevant departments) might not be familiar with them either (-I'm going to be the first person at my school to have been entered for the the Rs one)...
You don't need to do it until late year 12 earliest, but when that time comes set about talking to your subject teacher / head of department for the subject that you want to do, to find out if they'd be willing to enter you. Don't be put off it they don't know what it is - just give them the information and tell them you'll sort out the entries. If they say ok, go see your school examinations officer with your name and the exam code and make sure it's on the first issue of your May/June timetable. This all won't be for ages, obviously.
Umm...what else can I say? As far as I know (from talking to people around my age group etc.) most people do one, maybe two. There are of course lots of people on tsr doing more though ( ). I myself am doing RS, English & Psychology (though my school tried to stop me with the whole "no-one here does three line". Nice try.).
And, er...oh they're supposed to be at the end of the exam season so they don't interfere with your others, only that hasn't worked out with the damn psychology one this summer - it's going to be bang inbetween my English and Sociology synoptic papers. Grrr...
Oh and in answer to your question - I haven't done them yet! They're on my list for this summer, lol.
Re: whoever said not to bother as they won't be included in offers. Even if not included they will be noticed - it looks good if you're doing them (see earlier post about my Cam interview). However, some offers might include them (I know Cam do it sometimes) - this is not a good thing. You could be brilliant at whatever subject and still not pass it, as loads of people don't. It's tricky come UCAS time trying to decide between wanting them to know you're not doing it but not wanting to risk getting an AEA offer! I took my chances and it worked out...
No idea if I've covered anything useful. Happy to field anymore questions, though as I said I've only done the sorting-out-taking-them and not actually taking-them part!
EDIT: Look at this!
i'm doing 5 a levels this year...two sciences, a language and two arts...it's tough since i've never been to a welsh lesson and i have to teach it to myself and i'm not a welsh speaker, neither are any of my family...i also have to teach myself music. both of these are because my school wouldn't change the timetable to accomodate clashes, so i said i'd do them anyway myself. it is a lot of hard work but i'd do the same again probably.
HAS anybody done AEAs yet? My school has certainly not heard of them and I dont know where to get information
How did other people find them?
i'm doing maths, chem, bio, bus stud and gen stud....
it is kinda hard wiv lots of work..... but it can be done and i'm making sure i achieve the best possible i can.......... i know people who've done 5 and got B's and A's.....
so anything is possible
Staylor - do you have any idea what degree you'd like to do, or what job you'd like to get after that even?
wrt whether or not it is necessary to do 5 - I'm not sure my views on this. Firstly I think that if you don't know what you want to do after school, and you're good at a lot of things, then personally I reckon the more the better. Doing 5 a-levels doesn't have to hamper on your social life etc - it's very possible to enjoy it just as much as everyone else and still do extracurricular stuff. (I may get beaten down for this but...) I also reckon that although not necessary (offers etc only specify 3) I think a larger number of a-levels (provided you've got extracurricular stuff etc) reflects that you are able to work under pressure, which I've been lead to believe is something that would definitely impress Cambridge.
instead of choosing your A-levels choose the degree you want. I found it was so much easier when you consider your uni placement before choosing your A-levels.
I would also only choose 4 A-levels. You seem like someone who would do a University degree and A-levels would only be the icing on the cake when it comes to getting a job once you have a degree.
My personal opinion would be to drop a science and IT if you onyl wanted 3 A-levels.
If you wanted 4 I would drop just IT. IT is a joke and it requires no more skills than the average computer enthusiast. and you certainly dont need it for any degree course.
I know what you mean about the IT - I did the Unit 2 AVCE exam in January and really hated the wording. It was extremely hard to get high marks (or it seems so - I dont have he marks back yet ) The course so far though wasnt so bad. I managed it okay though there will be some differences if I continue it.
On the bright side, my IT teacher wored out that if you get a C in your coursework and an E in the exam (i think), you still came out with a C (though that still isnt great ).
They at least seem to realise how hard the exam is