Choosing A Levels

Making Choices

The admissions policy for joining our Sixth Form can be found here.

It can be bewildering trying to choose A Levels when you are not sure what you want to do after you finish Sixth Form.  The best advice comes from The Russell Group (representing leading UK universities) pages on their website https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/

    We understand that you have differing career aspirations, interests and strengths, and we aim to ensure that you have an individualised programme which allows you to achieve your full potential.

    It is important to realise that your GCSE results will indicate the most appropriate pathway for you, and your A level or BTEC choices need to be considered carefully. A few subjects can be taken without previous study at GCSE, and some will be brand new to you. You should check the specific requirements are detailed in the booklet and on the A level and BTEC course guidance link on our website.

    Choosing courses is a really important decision, as your future career could depend on it. You should aim to thoroughly research your subject choices when choosing your courses. Choose subjects that you feel enthusiastic about and inspire you. Think carefully about the guidance from your teachers, tutors and family.

    Following their Sixth Form studies, some students embark on a career through an apprenticeship or employment when they leave school. Considering a vocational Level 3 BTEC extended certificate alongside 2 A levels may be exactly the right route for you.

    Another great resource is the Which University guide. Here, you can look at potential degree courses and they will show you what A levels their students studied at school, to give you an idea of the path you could take.

    You should choose subjects with complement each other effectively, in order to showcase your talents accordingly. For example, students should usually take more than one Science subject if they wish to continue this at university. Students who wish to pursue English should choose a complementary essay subject to highlight their skills, such as History, Religious Studies or a Language. Economics and Physics complement Mathematics very well too. Some useful advice on this can be found here http://university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices/six-things-you-need-to-know-beforemaking-your-a-level-choices.

    Updated: September 2020