If you do 3 AS Levels is that enough to get into uni?

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I want to do 3 AS so I am able to focus on them completely. I've chosen English Lit, Psychology and Politics. I don't know if I have to really do a 4th AS or not.. Help is needed.

Posted Wed 5th September, 2012 @ 00:29 by ax5za

7 Answers

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That helped a lot! Thank you so much :)

Answered Wed 5th September, 2012 @ 21:58 by ax5za
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Yes that should be fine as long as you carry them all on to A2 as nearly all unis require 3 full A levels. Having the extra AS doesn't really matter as they focus on your full ones and whether they reach the grades needed for the course. Hope this helps :)

Answered Fri 7th September, 2012 @ 19:47 by Katie W
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No 3 AS's are fine ! 

You just need to make sure that you do really well in them, try and get minimum 3 B's. And your subjects are a really good bunch as well, so you shouldn't have much to worry about. 

Hope that helps.. 

Answered Wed 5th September, 2012 @ 20:59 by Prince Ahmed
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it actually depends on the number of UCAS points you get from your grades. different uni courses and universities have a minimum requirement. you could ask your teacher for more information and you college or local library should have some booklets about UCAS points                                      

Answered Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 19:32 by Nisa.Jahan
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it actually depends on the number of UCAS points you get from your grades. different uni courses and universities have a minimum requirement. you could ask your teacher for more information and you college or local library should have some booklets about UCAS points                                      

Answered Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 19:32 by Nisa.Jahan
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Some universities have a requirement of a 4th AS level (UCL do for most of their courses and Warwick do for some courses, for example) so if you only have 3 AS levels you will not be able to apply to these universities.

On the whole offers are made on the basis of 3 A level grades (either in UCAS points or in grades) so as long as you carry on all of the 3 subjects to A2 you will meet the entry the majority of entry requirements other than those who require a 4th AS as I said above.

If you're applying for competitive universities only having 3 A levels with no AS may be held against you even if you meet the entrance requirements in a situation where they're comparing your application to others. If you have AAA at AS and someone else with similar GCSE results/personal statement to you has AAAA due to a 4th AS, then it may well be that the offer is given to that candidate instead as they have shown that they can achieve highly across a number of subjects.

Taking an additional AS level can also benefit you if your exams don't go as planned or if you change your mind about what you enjoy. A lot of people find that A levels are very different to GCSE, particularly with subjects like politics and psychology that you're unlikely to have studied before. If you have a spare AS level then you've got more flexibility for if you end up finding a subject hard or have a bad day in the exam whereas if you only start of with 3 A levels you have no choice but to continue all of them to A2.

Answered Mon 10th September, 2012 @ 15:26 by Emma (admin)
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It is fine but i wouldn't reccomend it

If you only do 3, you can't drop one you decide you don't like as you won't have another to continue to A2

also unis look favourably upon 4 As

I did 4 As and dropped maths that i got an E in. 
An E at As is worth 20 ucas points
When i applied to uni the course requirements was BBB/300ucas points (B=100)
As i had an As they took that into account and reduced my offer by 20 points meaning i only needed BBC

therefore i would suggest trying one, you can always drop it after january if it is too much:) 

Answered Mon 10th September, 2012 @ 00:42 by Alex