How to choose your A Levels

how-to-choose-your-a-levels-fChoosing A Levels can seem a bit daunting as there is so much choice and it can seem difficult to know what the best options are. Your school should help you decide and attending any ‘options evenings’ is always helpful. In this blog post I will discuss four factors that you should consider when choosing what subjects to take.

Think about university options

If you are planning on going to university when you have finished your A Levels then you will need to take this into account when choosing what to study. If you know what specific subject you want to study then research what subjects are needed for that. This information can be found in prospectuses or on university websites. Some university courses require specific subjects at A Level whereas others require a particular type of subject. For example, Psychology courses generally don’t expect you to have studied Psychology but they do expect you to have studied a science based subject.

If you don’t know what you want to do at university then your school should be able to advise you but it might be sensible to do a range of subjects such as doing science and humanities based subjects to keep your options more open. Likewise, if you don’t know exactly what you want to do but know the general area, such as science that you want to go into then choose subjects in that area.

If you plan on doing something else after A Levels then you will still need to consider what A Levels you would need for this.

Consider the assessment methods

It is important to consider the assessment methods of whatever subjects you choose before you finalise your decision. For example, if you don’t like writing essays then choosing an essay based subject such as English Literature or History is probably not a good idea. Likewise, if you don’t like doing coursework then subjects like Art or Music probably aren’t a good idea. Information about the assessment methods of your choices should be available through your school.

Having done the subject at GCSE

Your school will be able to tell you whether or not it is a requirement to have done the subject at GSCE in order to do it at A Level. Although you don’t necessarily need to have done a subject at GCSE to do it at A Level it can give you an idea of what it will be like. If you have done a subject at GCSE there may be some overlap at A Level so you won’t feel so much like you are starting from scratch. On the other hand, if you did a subject at GCSE and didn’t enjoy it then it would probably be sensible to avoid doing it at A Level.

Being interested in the subject

At A Level you will be spending a lot more time on each subject than you would have at GCSE so it is important that you enjoy whatever you choose to study. Don’t just choose a subject because it ‘looks good’ if you don’t like it because then you are unlikely to have any motivation to study it.


Leave a comment to let me know if this article has helped you decide your A Level options 🙂

Ellen Allsop

Hello! I'm Ellen Allsop, the creator of EAsy :)

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