Is it a bad idea to only do 6 higher level subjects? The 6 are:
4 of the subjects have a project worth 50% of marks (except DCG, that's 40%) and the other 2 (Maths & Economics) are my best 2 subjects, I find them really easy. I'm currently doing Geography but I'm finding it much harder than my other subjects. I want to drop Geography and do 6 H.L. subjects (I'm doing O.L. English and I'm exempt from Irish & Languages) but I've been told that I shouldn't because if 1 of my exams go wrong I have no back-up subject.
What should I do?
Stick with honours for as many subjects as you can unless you reach a point you genuinely feel that subject is too hard for you. Otherwise you're seriously impacting the maximum points you can get.
Only if you KNOW that you can pass them. Not FEEL, you must KNOW. You must have confidence in yourself and have good self-judgement. If your answer something along the lines of: "Not really... but maybe if I try much harder I could pass them all", then perhaps the reality is that you won't be able.