We all know the pain of having to choose our GCSE options from a block of subjects where we are only allowed to carry on with 3 or 4 subjects we love. Unfortunately, we have to narrow down what we want to study even further when we leave year 11, and it can be difficult to work out exactly what you want to do.
As it comes up to the time to fill in your college/ sixth form applications, you will have to choose 4 subjects to study from a vast array of lessons you have never even heard of! It can be a difficult choice because choosing the right options is key to ensuring you can study the course you want at university. Now, this might sound daunting, especially if you do not know what you want to study when you continue into further education, but it is a lot easier than it seems. My school has started to ask us about what we wish to study and a lot of us have no clue! The local colleges near me offer so many courses, a lot of which I don't understand yet, but there are many ways for me to get help with choosing what I wish to study. For example, I really enjoy lessons such as Geography and German, so I already have two ideas for what I could study when I apply to college/ sixth form.
Here are some good tips I used to help me make the right choices and I thought I would share them with you!
🌸 Think about lessons that you really enjoy at GCSE level, and whether you might want to carry them on later in life.
🌸 If you have plans for future careers you may want to pursue, look up different universities and see what A levels they expect you to have taken.
🌸 Ask your school for careers advice, and they will talk it through with you and help you to decide what is best to do.
🌸 Research some of the courses offered that you have never heard of- things such as anthropology for example- I had no clue what this was at first!
🌸 Attend any open evenings at local colleges/ sixth forms near you and don't be afraid to ask about the subjects!
🌸 You are allowed to apply to more than one college/sixth form, so if you cannot make your mind up, apply to many and choose nearer the time!
🌸 And finally, remember that you can change your mind before you start college/sixth form, and some even allow you a couple of weeks once lessons have started to change your mind!
I hope this helps you in deciding your A level courses!
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