Thinking Of Your A-Level Choices? Some Things You Need To KnowPosted: 18th of March 2015 by
Choosing your A-levels is a big step towards your future. Whether you are planning to go on to university, look for work, take a vocational qualification, or not aren’t yet sure, there are some important things to think about when making your choices.
Firstly, if you are planning to study something particular at university, you will need to take certain subjects. For example, if you want to study Economics you will need maths and sometimes economics at A-level, if you want to study geology you will need two subjects from maths, physics, chemistry, or biology. The same goes for if you have a desired career after university, if you want to become a pharmacist, then you will need to study chemistry and either biology, maths, or physics.
You should check the entry requirements for certain subjects at different universities to make sure you are choosing the right subjects for your next move.
However, when it comes to getting a university place, there are some subjects that are more desirable than others. So, if you aren’t sure what or even if you want to study after A-levels, these subjects will open the most doors for you. These subjects are known as ‘facilitating’ subjects as they allow entry onto the widest range of university courses, and include biology, chemistry, English, geography, history, maths, modern and classical languages, and physics.
That said, some universities discourage students from taking several subjects that are similar to each other, such as with business studies and economics. A little diversity might help, if you can manage it. Of course, it is important to take subjects that you feel you will do well in, so if you have a talent for art, design, or music, and want a career in these areas, by all means take those subjects.
It is important to take subjects that you are good at or feel would suit you at A-level. This is because A-levels are widely known to be tougher than GCSEs. If you struggled with a subject at GCSE, you probably won’t do well at A-level, since the step up in difficulty is not to be ignored.
Some A-level subjects are seen as less desirable by certain universities, so if you have a desire to go to somewhere in particular it might be worth checking. However, you should not be put off studying one of the less-preferred subjects like history of art, classical civilisation, economics, geology, government and politics, law, media studies, philosophy, psychology, religious studies or sociology. If you get the grades and also take one or two of the facilitating subjects listed above, you shouldn’t have any issues.
Overall, if you are thinking about university while choosing you’re a-levels, then be sure to do a little bit of research online to see what different colleges desire for certain courses. Your teachers may also be able to advise you on this, so do ask at school too.
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