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How To Make The Right A Levels Choice

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Deciding on your future is often a dilemma felt by students across Manchester and Cheshire this time of year. Many are compelled to pursue A levels as they improve your chances of gaining a long-term career.

They also give you the opportunity to properly consider all options while adding to your bag of qualifications.

Given, though, that A and AS levels are undergoing some changes, how do you know you’re making the best choice?

Swot up on the changes 

The new AS level is now a one year course, and doesn’t give you any marks towards your A level exam as in the past. Because new A levels are more linear in structure now, you can’t take exams after modules but at the end of the two year course.

Speak to your teachers about what the new exams ‘look’ like to see whether they are for you. Plus, be aware that UCAS have revised their points tariff for university entry. Check out the changes here.

Study what you enjoy

While A levels are different to – and much tougher than – GCSEs,  we still advise students to take subjects you absolutely love. If you are inspired by a subject, you’ll be inspired to work hard for it. As that’s what it takes!

Do your syllabus homework

If you’ve enjoyed a GCSE subject, we advise you carefully check out the A level syllabus whether you’re staying on at school or heading to sixth form college. Look at the range of topics and study opportunities – plus consider workload.

Look ahead now 

Already have a career in mind? Check out entry requirements for specific university courses now. Many of them require specific A level subject combinations, for instance – especially Medicine, Economics and Geology (amongst many others).

Improve your GCSE chances

First things first: you must secure your GCSE grades to open up your choices. Call 1-2-1 Home Tutors when you need a local private tutor to help boost confidence and give you the best chance of exam success this summer.

A Level Results week

Friday, August 16th, 2013

If you received your A Level results this week you might want to have a look at our blog posts on what to do if your grades aren’t what you expected and what happens if your grades are better than expected. We’re here to support you if you need additional tutoring for resits or exploring options.

Choosing A Level subjects

Monday, March 4th, 2013


It’s that time of the year when students in year 11 are deciding if they want to go onto sixth form or college and study A Levels. This is also the time when they have to decide what subjects they want to study. So if you are in this position how do you begin to pick the right subjects for you?

  • The first thing to do is not panic! Not many people have a good idea of what they want to do with the rest of their life at 15.
  • If you have a rough idea of a future degree or career then you’ll probably need subjects in that area. But it’s also worth considering a back up plan. So, for example, if you want to study Medicine and become a doctor you need specific science subject. You might also want to consider taking something that sits well alongside (such as psychology) to give you alternate career/degree choices or something entirely different (such as French) if you decide that career path isn’t for you half way through your A Levels.
  •  Always check university requirements in detail, if you have an idea of what you want to study at Uni thenyou need to check if they have any specific A Level requirements. Not all courses or universities do but make sure you know this before making A Level choices.
  • The Russell Group is an association of 24 UK Universities. These tend to be quite prestigious and they publish a list of “facilitating subjects”, the advice is to pick two of these as A Levels if you want to apply to a Russell Group Uni.
  • Don’t be pressured into taking subjects you don’t like or don’t want to study – two years is a long time to stick at something you hate.

You can find more useful advice in this article. If you want to know more about one to one private tutoring at GCSE or A Level in Manchester or Cheshire you can contact us here.