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Choosing A-Levels

Think about your skills and interests:

Do you have the motivation to put in the amount of work needed to succeed at this level?

Why are you thinking of joining the 6th Form?

Which subjects do you currently enjoy?

What are you good at?

Think about the future:

If you have a particular career in mind make sure your subject choices are suitable.

Have a look at the careers your subjects could lead to – do any of them sound interesting?

Are you considering studying a particular subject at university? Does it have any specific entry requirements? Find out by looking at, the official website for searching and applying for university courses. You might also look at where you can access advice on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as advice on the best choices if you don’t know what you want to study after school and need to keep your options open.

Think about studying:

Are you expecting to achieve a higher grade (C or above) in this subject or a similar subject at GCSE?

Check with your teacher or the Head of department that they are happy with you taking this subject.

Are you prepared to start carrying out a lot of your work independently?

Other things to consider:

Some subjects have a large overlap of content (e.g. Health & Social Care / Sociology or Geography / Geology or Environmental Science). If you are considering two very similar subjects check to make sure you can count them both for entry to university.

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