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5 Things to Consider Before Choosing Your A-Levels Courses

A student selecting his a-level courses

If you’re done with your GCSE, now is the time to start thinking about which courses you’ll take in A-levels. If you want to apply to courses via UCAS, the A-level grades are converted to UCAS points, and there is a minimum requirement for you to be considered for a certain university.

A-levels are taken in over 50 countries by students, with more than 55 subject choices. Most students take four courses in AS and end up dropping one in A2. A maximum of five courses can be taken, and most universities require at least three A-level courses.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing your A-level subjects.

Keep Your University Degree in Mind

If you already know what you’re going to study at the university level or if there is a certain field you’re passionate about, it’s recommended that you take subjects that will help facilitate you in further studies.

Some university degree courses require specific subjects at A-levels or GCSE level, so you need to check with the prospective universities to figure that out.

If you still aren’t sure about your future plans, keep your options open by taking a range of subjects that can be helpful in the future.

A-Levels are Tougher than GCSE’s

Many students take a particular subject in A-levels just because they did well in that subject; they think it is suitable for them, or that they’ll enjoy it. But A-levels are tougher than GCSE’s, and the jump in difficulty is hard for some students to manage. Always keep in mind that there will be differences in study methods and course outlines.

Two college students taking an a-level course together

Myth Vs Reality

Don’t take everything you’ve heard about A-levels as a fact. Everyone has a different experience, including your elder sibling or friend. Always search and look up what you hear and fact-check everything. Entry requirements for your dream universities are always something you should keep in mind when choosing your A-level subjects. Don’t rely on small talk or rumours.

Courses Universities Don’t Accept

There are particular courses that universities don’t accept. For example, an architecture university will not accept a combination of biology and economics. Many universities have “non-preferred” subject lists, so always check that out.

Be Careful with Your Combination of Choices

If you’re taking a new course in your A-levels, then make sure you take a course with it that you have studied before. Too many new courses can be hard to manage, and a completely new field of interest with no previous experience is daunting for many.

At Oxford Learning College, we offer A-level online classes for several subjects to help you enrol in your dream school. Our A-level bundles offer a combination of subjects that can help you secure admission to top schools across the UK. We also have distance learning online A-Level courses in two modes. Students can either choose fast track A Levels online or standard online A-Level courses in the UK.

Contact us here to learn more about our course offerings.