You may have already decided which A-levels or BTECs you want to study in September, or you might be really struggling to choose. Two years is a long time to study a subject, so it is really important that you make the right choice. Here are some points to consider:
What do you want to in the future?
If you know what degree you want to study at University, then you may need to choose specific A-Levels to be considered. For example: to study Economics, you usually need Maths. As each University is different, the best idea is to check the entry requirements on University websites.
BTEC or A-level?
We offer A-levels in a wide range of subjects. They are assessed by exam and most of our students usually choose three subjects.
BTECs are more vocational and are assessed by exam and coursework. We currently offer six options – Business, Engineering, ICT, Law, Health and Sport.
It is possible to study both A-levels and BTECs together. If there is a particular University course you want to study then please research the entry requirements.
Post 16 study will be a lot tougher than your GCSEs
Think about why you want to study a particular subject at A-level or BTEC. Do you need it for your chosen career? Is it a subject you enjoy and do well at? Or is it a subject you have not studied before but think it sounds interesting? But be aware – you will see a big difference in the way that you are taught and the commitment that will be expected of you.
Bridging Week is the perfect opportunity to try your chosen subjects before you enrol in September. You can try a variety of subjects and by the end of the week you will hopefully be confident in your final decision.
Your GCSE grades
Ultimately your GCSE results will play a part in which courses you can go on to study. Our standard entry requirements are 5 A*-C at GCSE. To study A-levels you also need a minimum of GCSE level 4 in English and Maths. Many of our subjects have more specific entry requirements, i.e to study Maths you need a GCSE level 6 or higher at GCSE. All of our entry requirements can be found in the course guide on our website.
If you haven’t had a careers meeting, you can speak with Ms. Cook or Mrs Turner in the careers library, for advice and guidance about your decisions.
Hopefully this post has raised some points to get you thinking about your choices. If you wish to discuss further or have any questions please contact the Post16 team on 01642 736583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.