Starting Sixth Form - How to choose your A Level subjects
The A Levels you choose now can make a big impact on your future at university and career, but with so many options available it can be confusing to know what subjects are best to study! If you’re not sure what subjects are best for you, here are some things to consider when making your choices.
What subjects do you enjoy and what are you good at?
The grades you get in your A Levels are very important and will impact your chances of getting into university, so choosing subjects that you are good at and enjoy will give you the best chance of success.
A Levels can be challenging and a step-up in difficulty from what students are used to in pre-16 education. By choosing to study a subject you know you’re good at will not only give you a higher chance of succeeding in it, but will also ease the transition into higher education. Choosing a subject you are interested in or enjoy will also boost your ability to do well in it. Remember, you have to study these subjects for 2 years! Pick something that will keep you stimulated and excited to learn.
Some sixth form colleges will have a minimum grade requirement for some of their A Levels, so make sure you check with your college when deciding what to study.
What do you want to study at university?
Most students are studying A Levels to go on and study at university, as these are typically the qualifications needed to do so. Usually students need to study 3 or 4 A Levels to satisfy a universities entry requirements.
It makes sense to select your A Levels around your chosen university course. This not only makes you a more attractive candidate to that university but will also give you a great foundation of knowledge when you move onto your degree. For example, if you want to study Medicine at university, you would be advised to choose topics that relate to the medical field such as Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.
While many universities will consider you with whatever A Levels you choose, some course requirements mean you need to study certain A levels to enrol on the course. The university will make this clear, but if you’re not sure what your chosen university’s entry requirements then speak to your sixth form college as they will be able to help.
If you haven’t decided what course you’d like to study at university, then it may be best to study A Levels called ‘facilitating subjects’. These are subjects that are widely accepted for most degrees, giving you more options for what you can study. These include:
By choosing to study at least two of these, you can keep your options open for a wide range of degree courses at Russel Group universities.
Still not sure Talk to your Sixth Form College!
If you’re still not sure what A Levels to take, speak to your college! They will be able to provide some guidance about what subjects they think will set you on the right path.
At LILA* we promise our students that they will ‘love to learn’. We ensure they love to learn by putting them at the heart of everything we do. If you’d like to study your A Levels with LILA*, please get in touch.