Choosing A-levelsPosted: 5th of January 2015 by
Taking the A-levels route? Although enjoying your studies is important, the combination of A-levels that you choose to study is very important and you need to get it right - here's some guidance to help you.
A-levels are a stepping stone on your journey into the world of work and whatever you choose to study should help you on your way. Think ahead – if you are hoping to study business at university then how useful are those A-levels in Art, Photography and Drama really going to be to you? Always check university websites to find out whether they have particular entry requirements for the course that you want to do.
Choosing the right combination of subjects is important and many A-levels complement each other. This can make your life easier when it comes to developing a deep understanding of subjects and also at revision time, where there is a crossover of topics.
Generally you will be expected to have studied four AS-levels, dropping to three at A2. You want your combination to support your university application or to help you to develop a range of skills that will be useful for work or an apprenticeship. If you are heading for a future in science, it will be good to combine chemistry, biology and maths with a humanities subject, which includes developing skills in extended writing, such as history.
If you really don’t know what you want to study at university then including two facilitating subjects in your combination will stand you in good stead.
Facilitating subjects are those that are frequently required for entry to Degree courses.
Facilitating Subjects include: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, modern and classical languages and English Literature.
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