Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming deciding what to study for the two years before University or College or employment, particularly when being required to study just a few subjects under the A level system. More often than not, students will have been studying 8, 10, possibly more, subjects at Year 11 (grade 10) level. So how do you choose?
The key is to start from the end. What would you like to do after College at university? It is this that should really be the most important determinant of A-level choices.
We require students to take a maximum of four subjects at A-level and increasingly we advise taking three and then offering the possibility of undertaking the Extended Project Qualification during the course which counts for another half an A-level (an AS level).
So which three or four A-level subjects should you take?
You should think very carefully about combining your interest for a subject with your aptitude for it. Remember that you will be studying just a small range of subjects in great depth for many hours a week so you have to enjoy what you are doing! But part of the enjoyment will also come from being able to be successful in that subject too.
Some degree courses, such as medicine or engineering, require certain subjects to be taken at A-level; for example, Medicine almost always requires Chemistry. Some subject areas, such as Economics, require Mathematics increasingly. The key is to check what your chosen university and course require before you make your final choices.
There is also another factor to consider. British universities rank some subjects as being more important than others, what are called the facilitating subjects. Some courses at university will not accept some subjects as being “hard/academic” enough, and thus will not count them as acceptable subjects to have taken to count towards their entry requirements.
It is a minefield potentially.
We are here to help our students choose the right courses for their aspirations. Do contact us for further advice.