4 Things To Know Before Choosing Your A Levels
October 20, 2015
4 things to consider before choosing your A Levels
1. You need to make an informed choice
The most important thing to consider when choosing your A Levels is to be confident that you are making a choice armed with all the available information available to you.
Don’t be pushed in to doing any particular subjects by other people if you are not comfortable with the decision yourself – but always take time to ask your parents and get your teachers to help you make your final decisions.
Students often forget to do this, but it is very important to take a look at the syllabus and delve into the subjects you are thinking of embarking on. Look at course textbooks to get a sense of what each subject is like.
2. Think about possible careers
Try to think about your career, even if it seems like it is very much in the distant future. Even if you are not yet sure what you want to do, think about the areas of work that you might like to do in the future.
If you are good at critical thinking and very analytical, then why not think about subjects that are essay-based, such as English Literature or History? If you love science and are very logical, then maths or Physics should be up for consideration. If you think you will end up embarking on a career in the creative field, then why not give practical subjects like Music or Art a try?
3. Choose subjects you enjoy
You will do much better in a subject and get much better results if you choose a subject that you enjoy when choosing your A Levels. If you are predicted to get good GCSE grades in particular subjects, it is most likely that you will also achieve good grades in these subjects at A Level; so this will, in turn, lead to more options at university for you.
Think about your personal interests and strengths, choose subjects that you enjoy, and it will be a win-win situation.
4. Research universities
If you are aiming for top universities like Oxford or Cambridge, get in touch with the particular colleges to look at the A Level subjects that are most often required. Choosing subjects from this list will help with your application. To have a good chance of getting a place in these universities, you will most likely need to study at least 2 subjects from the following list: maths, English Literature, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, History, a foreign language, or Geography, but do your research in detail first.
Even if you are not sure what you would like to study at university and what sort of career you would like to embark on yet, do as much research now as possible so that you will embark on the right path to a great educational future. This is an exciting time in your life, so make the most of it but knowing all about the options open to you.