Eleanor blogs about choosing A levels

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 12:00 AM

Hi there, my name is Eleanor and I am currently coming to the end of year 12: where did the time go? I am currently sitting my Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology AS exams.  Welcome aboard the crazy train!

Choosing our A levels is arguably one of the most exciting and terrifying processes that we experience. Not only do we have to choose what we want to do with the rest of our lives, but we also have to decide where we want to study.

It all sounds scary doesn’t it, but when we think it through logically, it becomes a lot easier to decide what to do for your A levels.

The first thing to consider is whether there is a particular career that you want to pursue. For me this has always been medicine (although I think at one point fairy was on the list too). I want to help other people and make a difference in the world. You have to carefully consider what makes you happy and choose a job you want to do every day for the rest of your life. Make sure to talk to others in the career you’re interested in. Their opinions and experiences are invaluable.

If you don’t know what you want to do, the best thing is to choose subjects that you enjoy and are good at, as these are the subjects that you will get the best grades in, both during A levels and later on at uni, if that’s what you want to do.

A major factor to consider when choosing the combination of A levels is also the amount of time that each subject will consume. Supposedly, all A levels consume the same amount of time, but in reality those requiring coursework, such as English, media and art, take up more time during your week, so bare this in mind. Would you actually have the time to take, for example, English, Art and two sciences?

Another major point, that I didn’t believe but honestly is true, is that the jump from GCSEs to A levels is HUGE! A subject that you may have found reasonably easy at GCSE suddenly becomes rocket science (literally in some cases) and feels impossible. I found this with Physics. I achieved As in Physics and Maths at GCSE, so thought I’d be fine. Physics has been my most challenging subject this year, purely because you need to be so mathematically minded, and I’m not particularly.

So I would say that for whatever subject you choose, try to get a taster session in it, talk to your teachers and particularly people already in year 12 and 13 and LISTEN TO THEM! After all, they’re only just been where you are now.

I wish you all good luck for your exams, and remember your health and happiness is as important as your results.

Be happy, successful and beautiful people.

Eleanor x

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