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How To Make The Right A Levels Choice

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.

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