Thoughts on dropping subjects at AS level this close to exams?

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Almost finished year 12, been doing Religious Studies which is like combined Philosophy and Ethics and not really achieving good grades in it at all. 

Been considering dropping it simply because I know I won't pass the exam and I might as well focus on the exams I actually have a shot in so I can get into Year 13 with the right grades. Risk of getting kicked out or having to repeat Year 12 is real for me at the moment.

Should I stick with it for the sake of an AS level or drop it and focus on my other exams? It's basically two subjects for one final grade and they're not even easy..

I spoke to my head of year and he was encouraging me to stick with it simply because if I do manage to get at least a D in that then it'll help me into Year 13 if I fall behind on another exam.

Anyone else in a similar situation? 

Posted Sun 18th March, 2012 @ 18:02 by Emma

12 Answers

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How many other AS are you doing, and what are they? If 4/5 overall, drop RS. If only 3, it will leave you with only 2 Alevels if you drop...

Then again if your head of year thinks it will help they probably know more than I do...

Answered Sun 18th March, 2012 @ 18:09 by Elizabeth
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I'm doing 3 other A-Levels aside from RS.

Psychology, Law and English Literature. The fact that they're all really exam oriented makes it feel a bit like a gamble whether to keep RS and potentially fail everything OR drop RS and have less pressure and possibly perform better in my exams.

Answered Sun 18th March, 2012 @ 18:15 by Emma
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Well you could look at it this way; If you keep RS. and then you do badly in your other exams, you are going to most likely put it down to not having dropped RS.

If you keep it and do well, then no problems; just keep the AS and drop it then.

If you drop it, and then do really well in the other exams, surely you will be pleased that you dropped it.

If you drop it and fail everything... let's hope that won't happen!! But yeah just trying to stick it in a different light... make sure you don't spend too much time mulling over it- won't help anything

What does your RS teacher say?

Answered Sun 18th March, 2012 @ 18:23 by Elizabeth
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He seemed happy enough to let me go, but not in a rude way just supporting my decision I guess. My gut instinct would be to drop it and have a more focused revision. I might just leave it and hope for the best..

Answered Sun 18th March, 2012 @ 20:30 by Emma
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i do RS at A-level as well, i alos do psychology, english literature and language, business and general studies. I would stick at RS..... just concentrate on revising your other subjects.... you never know the RS exam may turn out easy (i hope), tbh an E is a pass at A-level, so shouldnt be too hard to pass.

Answered Tue 20th March, 2012 @ 20:05 by Abitracey
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drop it if you need to, it doesnt matter if you have an exam, if u want to drop it then drop it, it could help you because you will have more time to focus on yur other subjects before the exam, and you can spend more time revising them :)

Answered Thu 22nd March, 2012 @ 15:59 by Gabby Tracey
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literally i know how you feel! i do comms and have had a pretty **** year regarding teachers so not realy got into it and i'm worried about the exam. I'm at a grammer school so being typically snobby we're not allowed to drop anything and the school are much more like 'you've got this far' which i can actually understand and that does make sense. At the end of the day you're better off doing what you're head of year says, after all if you do completely have a disaster in the summer they're the ones deciding your fate next year! good luck!

Answered Wed 25th April, 2012 @ 19:27 by Treac94
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Don't drop it, but you don't have to bother revising for it. The actual exam won't take up much of your time and you'll be surprised at how much you can remember when it comes to it, without even revising. You never know you might get a half-decent grade! It's worth doing it.

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 11:50 by No Namee ♥
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I think everyone has mentioned everything they can, but remember if you even get a D or something in this exam...

You will STILL GET UCAS MARKS. Which are always useful :)

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 13:00 by misshapenskies
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We can keep with any a level subject at school provided we pass with an E. If you just concentrate with the other subjects you could still get the AS.

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 18:11 by Sarah
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Like some other people have advised, I'd stick with it but don't revise for it too much. I reckon it wouldn't hurt to take the exam, even if you do poorly it's still an AS level at the end of the day. Just focus more on your other exams and try not to get too stressed out about the RS one. As you're doing 3 other subjects it doesn't really matter whether you take it or not, but why not give it a shot? What do you have to lose?

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 00:13 by Vortexology
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its better if you carry on rs at as and at least do your best shot in the exam because its better than getting no grade than a grade  ...but remember to concentrate on your other alevels bcuz they are really important so you can progress onto a2....good luck :)

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 09:56 by ELectrica!