Choosing subjects to study at A-Level can be a bewildering and tricky decision. There are so many subjects – some which you might not even know whether you will like and wish to try, and others that you know you will likely need if you wish to follow a certain degree programme at University. If you are still undecided about your future career, then choosing the right A-levels can be a helpful way of guiding you in the right direction for future studies. This article looks at some of the things to consider when making your choice and offers some helpful advice.
Assignment writers UK recommend that you conduct your own research into the various subjects available at A-level and that you investigate exactly what an A-level course would entail before you apply for it. Assignment writers UK receive many calls for help from students who do not understand what is required for their essay writing, but these sorts of problems can be avoided if you research the format of an A-level course before you start it. If you really don’t get along with a subject then it is of course possible to change subjects during your academic year, but this is a disruptive option for your studies and also means that you have to catch up with what you have missed on the new course.
Whatever you choose to study, you will invariably need to learn the ropes of essay writing – which however it may sound, does not need to be a chore! You will have learnt the basics of answering exam questions at GCSE level and at A-level these academic and critical abilities go up a gear. While this may be more challenging, it is actually more interesting as you are given greater freedom to express yourself and your ideas and to discover in the process what it is about a subject that really interests or motivates you to study it. In English Literature, for example, essay writing is the main vein of expression, but you do not have to follow a set format. Essay questions tend to be open to interpretation, giving you much more freedom with your answers and ideas than at GCSE level. There are, of course, basic essay writing conventions that you will need to learn and observe – such as introducing your work, providing a clear progressive argument, making sure your punctuation and grammar are good and rounding it off with a conclusion. However, once you learn the correct techniques you are free to experiment with ideas.
When choosing a subject to study it is really important that you pick one that you know you will feel motivated to pursue. This motivation might be the dream of following a certain career which you know you will need particular A-level subjects to achieve. Or, you might just love a subject so much that you wish to continue studying it!
When choosing A-level subjects you will have a grounding in most subjects from GCSE, but it’s important to remember that A-level offers something different – in many cases the courses offer a flavour of university study and with this comes more pressure but also greater freedom of expression. Be prepared to try out new things and not to be put off by new subjects. You might find a course in a new subject brings out strengths and abilities that you never knew you had. If it doesn’t work out you can also change courses! But most of all, pick something that you are motivated by and that you believe will help you in the future.