Our new student blogger, Talia, has some suggestions to help with choosing A-Level coursesTuesday, May 13, 2014 12:00 AM
It’s that time of the year again. The nail-biting, stress-inducing couple of months that is ‘Exam Season’. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be feeling overloaded with work, exams and controlled assessments, but don’t worry, by results day all your efforts will have paid off!
Once you have your results there comes a big question – what should you take for A-level? Some of you may have already decided earlier in the year, and in that case, congratulations!
You can sit back and relax for the rest of the summer. If however you’re still undecided, stay calm. There are plenty of resources available to help you make the best decisions for next year (and don’t worry, you’ll still have just as long to unwind in the sun.)
Here are some great ways to choose A-level subjects:
- Results: what have you done well in? It’s most likely that those will be the subjects you will succeed in next year too, so consider these when making your choice.
- Career: does your chosen route of study require certain A-levels? Although many of you may be undecided about University courses, if you have a basic idea of what you would like to study then you can narrow down your A-level choices by seeing if any subjects are required for a certain degree. (BestCourse4me.com has a great section that shows you what careers you can reach with chosen subjects)
- Enjoyment: are you going to like what you choose? Often it can be difficult to go against a parent or friend encouraging you to take certain A-level subjects, but it’s important to choose what you enjoy studying. A-levels will require a lot of work, and you’re more likely to feel motivated if you’re studying subjects you love.
If you’ve considered all of these options, you’re likely to pick A-levels that will be the best choice for you. But say you’re stuck between two subjects. Last year, I was debating between Maths and Drama. Although I loved Drama, I had done well at Maths GCSE, and knew it would stand me in good stead for the university course I was interested in. I contacted my school, who agreed that I could take a trial run of Maths for a few weeks. If I disliked it, I could swap back to Drama without any issues. I ended up loving Maths, and I am now so pleased that I chose it. I still act outside of school in a group session, so I have been able to keep both interests going. If you’re unable to choose between two subjects, why not try what I did, and get in touch with your school for a test run for a few weeks. You’ve got plenty of time in September to play around with your choices and settle on the best combination for you.
I hope this has been useful to anyone struggling with A-level choices. Good luck on Results Day, and have a lovely summer- after all your hard work, you deserve to relax!