Which Course?

The decision of what to study following Year 11 is a significant one. If chosen wisely, your time in the Sixth Form will equip you effectively for the subsequent phase of your life. Our curriculum, designed to offer a vast array of possibilities, allows you the flexibility to specialise or maintain a broad selection. Utilise the information provided here to aid your decision-making process. We are confident that judicious choices will prepare you well for entry into top universities, superior apprenticeships, or high-quality employment.

Given the extensive range of A-level courses available, selecting the most suitable combinations can be challenging. It is crucial that this decision is informed, achieved by thorough research into the various courses on offer. As an initial step, ponder the questions below and discuss potential options with your parents, other family members, and friends. We are also available to assist you in your decision-making process. Please consult with subject staff, your Form Tutor, or the Head of Sixth Form for additional information, advice, and guidance.

Which subjects genuinely interest you?

This is of significance as you will be studying them for the forthcoming two years and it will be necessary for you to maintain a consistent level of motivation to deliver your utmost efforts.

In which subjects do you excel in?

This is important as it will enhance your chances of success. This is vital as gaining access to top-tier universities and the most desirable employment opportunities is becoming increasingly competitive.

Are there any new subjects that sound intriguing (e.g., Psychology, Economics)?

If so, engage in conversation with subject staff and conduct further research into what each subject entails.

Which subjects complement each other?

Certain combinations naturally synergise well, for instance, Maths and Sciences, History and English Literature, Performing Arts, Music and Art. However, you might prefer a more diverse and balanced selection of subjects to keep your options open. If you are uncertain, seek advice.

Do you have a specific career path in mind?

If so, investigate which qualifications you might require in the future and therefore what subjects you might need to study in the sixth form.

Which subjects will optimally keep your options open?

Many students at your stage are uncertain about their future aspirations. The information below provides further guidance on which subjects to choose to keep your options open.

How do I choose 'facilitating' subjects?

Your A-level subject choices significantly influence your university course options. Be aware of the entry requirements, both in terms of grades and subjects, as universities have become more specific about their expectations due to the increase in top A-level grades over the past five years.

If you’ve decided on a university course, scrutinise the requirements at various universities to ensure your A-levels are suitable. If undecided, select subjects that maximise your course choices. Certain A-levels are essential or useful for many degree courses, so choosing these keeps your options open. Consult the Russell Group’s Informed Choices Guidance for advice on optimal subject combinations for a wide range of courses at top UK universities.

Universities, particularly those in the Russell Group, highly regard a list of ‘facilitating subjects’. Aspiring students should consider at least two of these subjects in their A-level combinations. Universities are becoming more demanding and transparent about their expectations, with Cambridge leading in publishing clear entrance requirements. For instance, for Medicine, Chemistry at A-level is essential, along with one or two subjects from Biology, Physics, and Maths.

Applicants need to be well-informed and prepared before making A-level subject choices. This can be achieved by researching university requirements, consulting the UCAS website, or referring to independent guides. Maximising GCSE grades is a priority, but understanding university requirements is equally important to keep options open and increase chances of success.

Russell Group: Informed Choices Guidance Bookle

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