You have finally finished school, the stress and pressure of GCSEs are a distant memory, you got the grades, celebrated and basically you are feeling great! Then the questions start… What’s next? Will you go to college? What exactly are you going to do with your life?
The decision regarding what A-Levels to study can feel huge; it will have an impact upon what degree you will study and at which university, which can then dictate your future employability and career. Basically, it is one of the first decisions that we make that has the potential to impact upon us for years to come. Our academic writers from across the UK have a few tips to help you out.
- Ability and enjoyment
Whilst choosing your A-Levels can be a daunting process, the majority of assignment and essay writers in the UK agree that one of the most important factors to consider is whether you will enjoy the course. The subjects that you particularly enjoyed at school and achieved a good grade in are often the first place to look and it is much easier to succeed when you are enjoying the task ahead. It is also important to be realistic about your abilities; for example, as someone who is completely tone deaf, has a complete lack of rhythm and has attempted to play an instrument around three times in my life, music would not have been the right choice for me.
- Listen to the advice of others
When I was choosing my A Levels, my mum wanted me to include English Language, but I knew best and instead studied Drama, History, and Psychology. Ten years later, I am an English teacher who writes part time. Whilst only you can be responsible for this decision, listen to everyone who has an opinion, speak to people who are working in the field that you aspire to, talk to your current teachers, your family and your friends. However, at the same time you should remember that you know best, and do not listen to anyone who is trying to pressure you into a subject that you have no interest in.
- Be decisive
Whilst it is an option to change courses or drop a subject when you have already started college, the stress involved in doing so is something that you should aim to avoid. Be decisive, choose subjects that you love and follow your instincts regarding what is best for you.
- Course content, assessment and workload.
When considering your A Level options, our assignment writers suggest that one of the important factors to consider is the content of the course and the workload. Even for seasoned pros, it can be difficult to truly assess how long a particular essay will take and prior to college, students may underestimate just how long a 2000 word essay on the effects of photosynthesis will take to complete. Also remember that in college, you should also start thinking about enrichment courses or classes and ensuring that you have lots to talk about in your personal statement when it comes to applying for university.
- The Future
If you have a clear idea of your future career path, then this decision will probably be a lot easier. If you currently don’t have any idea what you want to do in the future, don’t worry! Keep your options open, have a look at what the Russell Group universities call ‘facilitating subjects’ and choose an open mix that will allow you another two years before you need to figure out exactly where you want to be in the distant future.