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BLOG: Choosing A Levels

When choosing your A Levels, it is always a good idea to think about subjects that you enjoy and are good at, as higher grades will give you more options afterwards.

You should also consider what subjects work well together such as maths and physics, biology and PE or biology and psychology.

If you’re planning on going to university or into a specific job, think about what A Levels you have to have. At university, courses like English, biology or history need that subject at A Level.

Scientific and technical subjects such as marine biology or engineering will also have specific requirements, depending on which university you want to apply for so make sure you check their website and see exactly what their requirements are. Vocational courses such as medicine, nursing and teaching will also have specific requirements so if you’re interested in applying for courses like this, make sure you check!

If you have a language A Level, you can start a new language at university. There are also a huge range of courses that will accept a variety of A Level subjects, for example sociology, accountancy and law.

If you’d prefer to get a job after A Levels and you want to go into a technological or scientific field such as engineering, then you will probably need maths and/or science. If you’re looking for something in finance or business then studying business studies, ICT or economics is a good idea. If you know exactly what A Level entry job you want to apply for after A Levels, make sure you look at the required qualifications. However most A Level entry jobs will accept a range of different subjects.

If you’re unsure about your future, try and keep your options open by choosing broad subjects that give you a range of skills. For example, history will give you research and essay writing skills; RE will teach you to think through abstract problems; computer science, maths and languages will give you practical skills.

Find details of university courses at www.ucas.com and get careers information from the Job Profiles on the National Careers Service website - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

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