Choosing your Subjects
For details of our A-level curriculum for September 2017 entry , please refer to our Sixth Form Application Booklet which can be viewed by following this link: Sixth Form Application Booklet
We strongly recommend that you discuss your ideas with your parents, the teachers in charge of the subjects in which you are interested, the school careers advisers and your form teacher. If you still need further information and advice, please do not hesitate to speak to the Director of Studies or to one of the Sixth Form Heads.
You should make your choice with the following criteria in mind:
- You must have demonstrated the necessary ability to cope with the subject at a higher level.
- You must want to study the subject. Motivation, interest and enjoyment are particularly important at this stage. There is no point to staying on at school for two years if you are not going to be happy in what you are doing. Also you must not choose a subject merely because you cannot think of anything else or because you want to be with your friends.
- You should choose the combination of subjects in which you feel most able to produce the best possible results at A-level. A most important factor will be the final quality of your eventual A-levels; passing alone is not enough.
- You must be sure to choose courses which combine sensibly and to some purpose. A good subject combination would be one in which three subjects strongly support one another and/or are essential requirements for specific careers/courses you wish to follow.
Performance in GCSEs is some guide to ability, though not a completely reliable one. A good record of achievement throughout the school and a genuine interest in the subject are better guides, taken together with the results of ISCI/Future wise or other vocational guidance tests. On this basis students should be able to make their choices without too much difficulty and the decision is likely to be an incentive to do well in the GCSEs.
The choice of university course may not necessarily be closely determined by the subjects which a student studies at A-level. A large number of degree courses do name specific A-level subjects as entry requirements, particularly for mechanical, scientific and engineering degree courses. However, there are many more subjects which can be studied at university or college and an increasing number of courses cut across the traditional subject divisions to be found within schools. Entry requirements for these may be only loosely specified. Students wishing to study particular subjects should investigate these requirements prior to choosing their A-level courses.