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how many a levels do i do?

ive picked physics, maths, and politics but im really contemplating doing biology as i have an interest in ecology but is 4 too many? on top of that it doesn’t really coincide with any of my subjects. i still have no idea what i wanna do specifically but what im thinking of at the moment is going into physics, politics and obviously ecology. please help!!
Reply 1
4 is not too many but if you pick the 4 you need to put extra effort
Reply 2
4 is not too many, but i would recommend 3. No uni really cares about 4 (check for ur course as occasionally there is a very niche course). What I did is i started of with 4 A levels and went down to 3 as I wasn’t bothered with the workload and there really was not a point. Most of my friends did 3 apart from one who did 5. Tbf she was just incredibly intelligent and enjoyed it but there is absolutely no point.
Have you looked to see what the required A level subjects are for the degree course you want to do?
BSc Biological Sciences (Ecology) | The University of Edinburgh
Ecology (BSc) - Undergraduate, University of York
Ecology and Conservation BSc : University of Sussex
Etc.

No Uni will want more than 3 A levels and they wont give you any extra brownie points for doing any more - they will just make you a 3 A level offer. And - remember, AAA will always look better than ABBB, and that result could cost you a Uni place.
You could start 4 with a view to dropping one within half a term when you work out which one is least what you expected. But I agree with others. You should only do 3 to maximise your grades.
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Reply 5
Original post by emiirly
ive picked physics, maths, and politics but im really contemplating doing biology as i have an interest in ecology but is 4 too many? on top of that it doesn’t really coincide with any of my subjects. i still have no idea what i wanna do specifically but what im thinking of at the moment is going into physics, politics and obviously ecology. please help!!

Rather than 4, you are better off doing 3 plus EPQ.

If you are struggling to narrow your choices down to 3 though, starting with 4 and dropping the one you don't like a few weeks in, is a good strategy.
Reply 6
Original post by emiirly
ive picked physics, maths, and politics but im really contemplating doing biology as i have an interest in ecology but is 4 too many? on top of that it doesn’t really coincide with any of my subjects. i still have no idea what i wanna do specifically but what im thinking of at the moment is going into physics, politics and obviously ecology. please help!!

3-5 is a good number of A levels, but remember that they have a tremendous amount of workload compared to GCSEs. Of course, if they all support you with the career path you are choosing, then go ahead!
Reply 7
Original post by Sonia334
3-5 is a good number of A levels, but remember that they have a tremendous amount of workload compared to GCSEs. Of course, if they all support you with the career path you are choosing, then go ahead!

Tbh the others are right, getting AAA is much better than ABBB, unless you truly feel you are capable of doing 4. I think maths is really necessary though, so I'd go with 4 in your case.
Reply 8
I would recommend you 3 for A levels coz the workload is quite high for A level
Original post by emiirly
ive picked physics, maths, and politics but im really contemplating doing biology as i have an interest in ecology but is 4 too many? on top of that it doesn’t really coincide with any of my subjects. i still have no idea what i wanna do specifically but what im thinking of at the moment is going into physics, politics and obviously ecology. please help!!


do 3. 4 will unnecessarily stress you out for nothing

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