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How to Choose Your A Levels

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on 5 May 2013

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So What Are A Levels? A levels The 'A' stands for 'advanced' and they are the next qualification after your GCSEs. Provide UCAS points to apply later to university. Are split into 2 years (AS/ A2) How to Choose Your A Levels Along with agonising over which of those pairs of
Nike trainers to buy, choosing to study A levels is among the
biggest decisions in your life, so learning how they work
is a smart move. So how much do you know about A levels? For instance, did you know... Love, Life and Qualification Frameworks... You are going to have a stellar life, so it's a great
idea to put A levels in context, with the gazillions of other qualifications you will rack up in your career... GCSE D-G GCSE
C-A* A levels Higher National Diploma (HND) Undergraduate study at university
(BA, BSC) Postgraduate
study at university
PHD) You are here! 2 years 3/4 years 1-5 years 2 years Fast Fact: If you study A levels to PHD level straight through, you will probably have been in education 21 years! 1 year (N/A) Recipe For An A level 'Traditional' vs "Modern" A levels Still with us? A levels come in all shapes and sizes. One way of choosing between them however, is to look at the difference between "traditional" and "modern" A levels. See below for all the info... Traditional A levels Mathematics
English Literature
Physics Modern A levels Photography
Communications and Culture Studies
Media Studies
Textiles Insider How (Not) To Choose A Levels With your A Levels playing a big role in what career you eventually go into, picking them is no laughing matter. Below are some common pitfalls that the uninitiated fall into... 'I chose this A level because my friend was doing it'. 'I chose this A level because it was the last one with spaces'. 'I chose this A level because I thought it was easy'. 'I chose this A level because my teacher told me to'. 'I chose this A level because I had studied it at school'. Task: Now we have seen all the reasons not to choose an A level course, can you think of some really good reasons to choose your A level subjects? Your ideas... Insider Knowledge... With all the knowledge you've got about A levels, it's now time for the top secret teacher stuff...(shhh!) TOP SECRET Log onto the web and research what
level of education you would normally need for the following
jobs... Job Level of Education Required High School Teacher University Professor Office Receptionist Insider Task: Now we now a little bit about A Levels, it is time to broaden our knowledge. Having a chat with those next to you, why do you think people study A Levels, and what kind of skills do they learn? Your ideas... Task: Any Questions? Phew, that took a while! Now it's over to you good folks, with any questions you still might have... Insider Task: So we gave you a few freebies to start you off, but now try to list as many 'traditional' and modern A Levels as you can. Also, try to think over what might be the differences between them... Modern A Levels Traditional A Levels Points Mean Prizes... So you've chosen your A Levels and can't wait to get started. But what about the big picture? Basically each A Level gives you 'UCAS points' that can be used to apply for university courses such as the BSC in Medicine (needed to become a doctor). Have a peek below, to see how the points stack up... AS A2 Grade A*
20 140
40 Task: Now time for some maths (only a bit, we promise!) Using the table on the left, work out the amount of UCAS points the following A Level students have earned... 1. Josh-A2 English Lit (A*); A2 Sociology (B); A2 Chemistry (C)

2. Junwen-A2 Physics (C); A2 Maths (C); A2 Media (B); AS Business (D)

3. Ricardo-AS Economics (E); AS Psychology (D); AS Politics (C)

4. Maryam-AS Art (A); AS Media (A); AS Law (B); AS Geology (B) N.B. Remember, each course at university has a 'tariff', which is an amount of UCAS points needed to be considered. The best universities such as Oxford and Cambridge have high tariffs, so give your A Levels your absolute best! Secret No: 1: Some of the very top universities may not accept some modern A Level subjects and can even refuse to count them towards your UCAS points. So remember to check!

Secret No 2: Some top universities don't like you to resit modules. Research the uni you want to go to, and check if they will allow resits.

Secret No 3: Some universities actually PREFER that you DON'T study some A Level subjects such as Law and Psychology before doing degrees in them.

Secret No 4: On average, there are 6 people for every university place in England. This means that you have to work as hard as you can during your A Levels! So you've decided to hit the books and test your mind against the best and brightest, but what are the different ingredients for an A Level? Check below to see what you've let yourself in for... Stir in a large portion of 'academic rigor' (this means they will be tougher than GCSEs!) Don't forget to garnish with a liberal sprinkling of college or sixth form lessons For Recipe A Levels Finely chop into 'modules'. (2 each year) Add a generous helping of coursework or exams (depending on which A Level) ...And voila. The A Levels are ready to eat...I mean study! And remember to chat with your parents and teachers with what A Level courses they would advise, and have a peek at the hyperlinks below... http://www.britishcouncil.org/how_to_choose_the_right_subjects_at_gcse_and_a-level.pdf http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/QualificationsExplained/DG_10039018 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GCE_Advanced_Level A Level Skills
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