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Desperately need advice about turning 5 A level choices into 4: want to do PPE at uni watch


    I'd probably leave Chemistry. It's just a really hard A-level you see and it's not really necessary for PPE. If you had 3 subjects and Chemistry it would be alright but it's just you're choosing to oversubscribe yourself with subjects already, (not that I'm saying you won't pull it off, you could do) and you'll have enough on your plate that another a-level that isn't really needed for PPE could well affect how you perform in the others.:o:

    See how ur GCSE's go. Good Luck

    I think that Oxford likes core subejcts (Maths, languages Sciences) but aren't so keen on subejcts such as Politics. But since you are studying PPE you might want to keep that.
    Though Chemistry isnt really relevant to the course, you could drop it, but I have heard its a very hard a level, and its highly regarded.

    I have the same problem, where if i take 5 a levels, I would have no free periods, and even stay after school on a day or two. But I think in the long run it should be worth it.
    I would give you the same advice: If your school allows it, do 5 A levels. If the going gets tough, or you hate a subject, then drop it.
    Good luck
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    Thanks to everybody for all your advice; it's been really helpful, and even though loads of different people have given their views, the general advice is fairly clear.

    The majority have suggested that I start with all 5 and, if I can't cope, drop 1. At the moment, that 1 seems to be chemistry, which I feel you're all right in pointing out is probably the least relevant.

    Before starting this threat, I felt that French perhaps should be dropped as I could always study it later on in life, whereas I might not have another opportunity to study chemistry in a classroom situation. Whilst I think the likes of Oxbridge highly regard sciences, I agree that I won't be spreading myself too thinly in studying a language with the 'essential' subjects, and an extra essay subject, instead of a more theoretical one, is always useful in preparing for a PPE degree.

    I'll take all of your advice and start with all 5; even if chemistry is the least relevant, I still love it! If the going does get too tough, I'll either drop whichever subject I enjoy the least, or the one that's the most difficult, or simple chemistry if I simply can't cope with the extra work but don't know which subject is hindering me the most.

    Thanks again to you all x
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