How hard is it to be doing 5 A levels?

  • 2 votes

I'm starting sixth form in September. I'm taking maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and biology. I'm probably also gonna do Polish as it's my native language. 

I feel like I can cope with this and I'm prepared to work hard. 

Is it hard? Some of my teachers said go for it, and others say don't bother or it's too hard... 

I had 6 A*, 4 As, 3 Bs and 1 C in my GCSEs. I want to do physics at university.

Posted Mon 27th August, 2012 @ 21:53 by Natalia
Edited by Natalia on Mon 27th August, 2012 @ 21:56

11 Answers

  • 3 votes

I am doing 5 a levels as well, but as you mentioned that you are prepared to work for it then I am sure you will be able to cope!  My teachers said it is essential to put extra time in outside of school, which I know doubt will do.

Hope this helps

Answered Sat 1st September, 2012 @ 13:26 by Former Member
  • 3 votes

people alos tend to do 3  as thats what most universties want , i did 4 and even that was quite hard and felt that it effected some of my subjects , you could do 5 A-LEVELS IN  AS and then drop 1-2 which wouild be best as A2  is considerably harder than AS 

Answered Sun 2nd September, 2012 @ 16:54 by marie
  • 3 votes

If you feel like you can do it then go for it!!! You seem really determined to do well and that's what you need. One of my friends did 5 and she came out with 4 As and a B for AS, then she's dropped one and is doing 4 full A levels which is more than most as most do 3. As long as you're prepared to put in the work you should be fine. I started off doing 5 but dropped one after a few weeks as i do a lot of extracurricular stuff so i didn't really have the time to put in outside school without letting all my other grades suffer. But if you have enough time at home then its definitely do-able :)

Answered Fri 7th September, 2012 @ 19:52 by Katie W
  • 3 votes

Im not saying don't go for it but, 5 A levels is a huge amount of work especially considering the courses you are picking are of the most challenging. Of couse the decisision is up to you but if you could ask your teachers if you could have some form of taster session so you can drop a subject after a couple of weeks if you end up thinking, you dont like the subject or its just too much work.

Yet on the other hand if you feel capable of doing 5, do it! It will look excellent and you can still drop a subject at the end of the year, for A2 is that is more challenging then AS. either way good luck on what you choose.

RTF :)

Answered Fri 7th September, 2012 @ 23:46 by Ragnaros the Firelord
Edited by Ragnaros the Firelord on Fri 7th September, 2012 @ 23:53
  • 2 votes

it depends really in what you got your A* AND As in ..... you could try it in semptember and if its feel a bit too much just drop one of them

Answered Tue 28th August, 2012 @ 13:02 by janaid
  • 2 votes

I did 5 ALevels to begin with and it was so hard and too much work...I ended up dropping one of them (sociology) and just continued with doing 4.

However, 4 A levels was still A LOT of work..... good luck :)

Also, i did well in my GCSE's and underestimated how much harder A levels were and as a result didn't do as well as  hoped in my first year. So be prepared not to get all A's unless you really work hard! .. i managed to pull myself toegther in the final year and came out with A B B B ... only just though!

Answered Tue 28th August, 2012 @ 14:45 by hayley baskerville
  • 2 votes

Hey it is a hard step up fro GCSE to A-Level, there is so much more work to understand and keep on top of, it is a very big change so dont underestimate it, but if you feel your able i dont wanna put you off :)

But also wanna mention unis now dont rate doing extra subjects at a-level as much, so if you do 5 subjects at a-level, they'll ask you for 5 As, whereas if you only did 3 subjects they'd just ask for 3 As (just an example), so its a lot more pressure and doesnt really help you get any further when trying to get a place at uni :) like i said dont wanna put you off but just have a good think about it first :) 

Good Luck!!!! :)

Answered Tue 28th August, 2012 @ 21:37 by hoppy
  • 2 votes

I think judging by the amount of GCSE's you did (15!!!!) you should be able to do 5 A levels. I'm only doing 10 GCSE's and that's what most people do so it would be too much of a jump for me.

Answered Thu 30th August, 2012 @ 12:00 by Aparna
  • 1 vote

I think you should drop one of them, i would find that too much, but maybe you could try it and then drop one if it's all too much.

Answered Tue 28th August, 2012 @ 13:20 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
  • 0 votes

janaid i got A*s in Maths, physics, chemistry, biology, Spanish and Polish. As were in Geography, RE (short course), RE (full course) and ICT. I got Bs in English language, Classics and Welsh, and C in English lit. :) 

The thing is I just feel like I can do it- it doesn't seem that hard if you work a lot.... 

Answered Tue 28th August, 2012 @ 14:18 by Natalia
  • -3 votes


Answered Fri 7th September, 2012 @ 21:39 by anum