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Course Guide

What A Levels should I choose? It’s a perennial question that any student in Year 11 is going to ask and that’s quite right because the choice of A Levels is a really important one.  For those who are ambitious to take vocational courses at university, for example medicine or dentistry, then you’ll have to look carefully at the advice from universities because those courses will probably require you to take particular A Levels. For others, the two guiding principles that we suggest you let rule your decisions are:

  1. Which subjects do you love?
  2. Which ones are you good at?

In most cases, there’ll be an overlap between the two because we know students tend to excel in subjects they enjoy. Choose those ones!

The overwhelming majority of our students choose 3 A Levels as the core basis of their learning in the Sixth Form.  Some then choose to do an EPQ on top of those. Some may choose to do a fourth but this is the exception. We want our students to be academically engaged and have their intellectual horizons broadened. We believe the best way to do that is to ensure that they have enough unallocated time in their weekly timetable to do their own independent reading around a subject, to attend lectures, to listen to podcasts, to contribute to our school publications on topics of interest to them, to write essays for essay prizes or take part in science and maths challenges.

Our overriding concern when advising students about their choice of A Level is making sure their programme of study is going to bring them academic stimulation, will ensure they enjoy their learning, and is one which is going to lead to success.  We’d love to talk to you more about your possible A Level choices with us, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

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