NotanOtter also has a DS taking his first AS levels this month (had another thread earlier).
Will your DS keep all subjects going next year, or does Critical Thinking & GS stop after 1 year? DD dropped to 4 subjects this year as 5 was killing her, but her friend got 6 AS levels grade A, is taking 5 full A2 levels, and has just been rejected for Maths at Cambridge
I work wih GP's, and have been talking about where they studied. They all avoided Oxbridge (some turned down offers ) as the medicine courses there are different to those at say the London Teaching Hospitals or Uni's attached to City Hospitals like Southampton. Oxbridge isn't everything. Glasgow & Edinburgh is popular for Med students too.
RiaParkinson,at my DCs grammar school (obvs selective and state) the university at which most got a place last year was Oxford, (and all of the sixth form apply to university, most of them Russell Group, and get a place)so I don't think your DS will be at a disadvantage
For Medicine it is quite common to only get 1 offer out of the 5 choices or whatever though.
Some pupils don't get a medicine place, then re-apply following year with their 3/4 As at A level and then usually get a place (inc. Oxbridge).
How come some AS levels are being taken this term. My son has not said anything about any exams this term. Are these retakes? He is doing Maths, Biology, History and RS, But I don't know the board. Should I be worried that he doesn't realise he's got exams?
DS2 (Upper 6/Y13) is doing 5 AS/A2 modules - including two AS retakes - over next two weeks, starting this morning. He didn't take any AS modules last January so I presume it depends on the school/college. AS General Studies is a joke for the academic student - DS1 attended no lessons and had seen no exam papers and still got an A at AS - though apparently some work is required for A2.
Dd will have done Maths and Chemistry AS modules today, some of her year group will be resitting maths AS modules they did last year as they were fast tracked and feel they could get a better result. One of her friends at another school is doing a chemistry module but is not taking her maths module until the summer.