What subjects should I take?
With a great variety of subjects available it's important that you choose subjects you enjoy, that you are good at and that support you in your future plans. In addition, your estimated grades should indicate that you are qualified for your chosen subjects.
If you are planning to progress into higher education, you
should try to ensure that your combination of subjects
keeps open a range of options which is appropriate for you.
Your current plans beyond A level may mean that you are
already sure about two or even three subject choices.
this is not the case, it may be advisable to choose at least
one or more of the following subjects, providing they play to
your strengths and you would enjoy studying them: Maths
& Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English
Literature, History, Geography, Modern and Classical
Languages. By choosing these subjects you are likely to
maximise the options in your degree choice.
Any of the other Advanced level subjects on offer may be
entirely appropriate for you and it’s important to remember
that the overall combination of subjects is more important
than the impact of any one subject choice. For example,
if you are considering a future in a specialist area such as
Art, Drama/Dance, Media/Film, Music, PE or if you plan to
concentrate on a range of subjects in the Political & Social
Sciences or in the Economics/Business field.
Students taking one subject with a vocational or practical
bias as part of a wider portfolio of subjects should not
experience any problems in applying to a competitive
university. You may find it helpful to look at the Russell
Group website www.informedchoices.ac.uk
gives really helpful advice as to which A level subjects are
required or recommended for different degree courses. It
also shows you what degree courses different combinations
of A levels may lead to.
Depending on how clear you are about your choices, you
are advised to enter between three and five A level subjects
on your application in your order of priority.
Information about a selection of career paths
The following information contains general guidelines
which should always be supplemented by specific careers
advice and careful research should be undertaken into the
requirements of specific courses in higher education via the
UCAS website or individual universities prospectuses.
Please visit our Careers department if you wish to enquire
about other specific career paths; we will also discuss these
with you at the informal guidance meeting following your
application to Hills Road Sixth Form College.