A Levels

Taking A Levels gives you a broad knowledge of usually 3 academic subjects. They are a good choice if you haven’t decided on your career and enjoy traditional studying.

What are A Levels?

This route is often referred to as the academic pathway and is often the chosen route for those wishing to progress to University

Lots of young people choose to do A-Levels post-16 and these are excellent general qualifications that are valued by employers and universities. A-Levels offer a great route into Higher Education such as University or Degree and employment.

Are A Levels right for me?

You can take A Levels in schools, sixth form centers or at some Further Education Colleges. They are very well regarded by universities and employers.

A Levels will give you a chance to find out about your favorite GCSE subjects in greater depth or you can choose to study one of the subjects that many schools and colleges only offer at A Level such as Law, Economics or Psychology.

They are good preparation if you are thinking of going onto higher education or if you are not sure of your career plans, as they can keep your options open.

To study A Levels you will need to have done well in your GCSEs. Most schools and colleges will expect you to have gained grades 9-4 (A*-C in old grades) in your GCSEs with a minimum of grade 4 in English Language and Maths. Specific requirements can vary from four passes to six passes, so you should check with each institution. Often you will need a GCSE at grade 6 or above in a subject if you want to go on to study it at A Level.

What else should I know

Some universities will only take students with A Levels and won’t accept vocational qualifications. Employers often find A Levels easy to understand and so quickly know what qualification level you’re at. A Levels keep more options open for you if you haven’t decided your ideal career or what you want to study at university.

You will usually study three or more A Levels over two years. There might be a bit of coursework but assessment is mainly exams right at the very end of your second year.

If you have chosen your career already, and you need a degree to start that career, it’s important to check which A Levels universities ask for. For example, for dentistry you might need chemistry, biology and either maths or physics.

Don’t worry if you have no idea about a future career. You can choose subjects that give you more options at university. These subjects, like English literature, Maths or modern languages are called facilitating subjects https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/204/facilitating-subjects

Remember, even if you decide to do A-Levels at 16 you could still do an Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship later. Many employers offering Higher or Degree Apprenticeships are asking for A-Level grades and UCAS points - just like universities.

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