Choosing your A-level Subjects

During the decision-making process there are a number of things you need to take into consideration. If you are a young learner having just finished your GCSEs, it may seem confusing as to what you want to do in the future, but hopefully you will have a basic thought about what your career will entail.

It is important to choose your subjects based on what you will need to embark upon your working life, for example if you wanted to work in science, you would be better to select at least two science subjects and mathematics, as opposed to choosing a subject such as art or music, which bears little relevance to the scientific field.

Another thing to take into consideration is how well you have performed in your GCSEs. If you achieved high grades in certain subjects it may be that these are the ones you take to A-level, which will in turn shape your career for you. Another factor is university admissions requirements, as a number of courses specify which A-level they want you to have, which narrows down your options.

You should never take a subject because your friends are doing it or because you think it may be easy. It may seem like a good idea at the time, but when you cannot get a job in your chosen field because of your A-level grades, you will have to repeat the whole process again.

A-level Subjects for Adult Learners

If you are an adult student wanting to further your career options by obtaining A-levels, you will have a better understanding of what you want to achieve and what subjects you need. Often it is the case that you will already have several A-levels that are irrelevant to your new career path, so you simply need another that will give you the background knowledge and correct qualification to get the job or get onto the course you want.

For example, if you suddenly went from being a photographer with A-levels in media studies, art and drama to wanting to be a zoologist, then you can opt to sit an A-level in biology and you will get onto the course you want. At this stage it is appropriate to ask the admissions officer at a university, a careers adviser or an organisation you may wish to work for what the requirements are, which will narrow down your subject choice and could save you the time and effort of completing several courses.

What Sort Of A-Level Subjects Can I Take?

With around eighty different options you won't be short of A-level subjects you can take. Below are some of the more popular options:

•  Mathematics.

•  English Literature.

•  English Language.

•  Sciences: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology,

•  Languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Punjabi, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Portuguese, Japanese.

•  Art: Fashion, Textiles, Fine Art, Photography, Art and Design, Art History.

•  History: Archaeology, Modern History, Ancient History.

•  Geography.

•  Drama.

•  Media Studies.

•  Sociology.

•  Health and Social Care.

•  Home Economics.

•  Geology.

•  Astronomy.

•  Politics.

•  Philosophy.

•  Sports Studies.

•  Music.

•  Economics.

•  Accounting.

There are many more to choose from, of course not all institutions offer the same choices. Before you decide upon your course you may wish to better understand the options your institution has, as well as considering the option of distance learning if you are an adult. There is a lot to take into consideration, but the pages on the website will guide you through some of the different subjects and what they entail.