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SIXTH FORM

Interest and Enjoyment

The Sixth Form gives you much more of an opportunity to make choices about what you study than so far in your school career, so there is not much point in choosing to study a subject you do not enjoy. 

Apart from anything else, you will naturally be prepared to put in the necessary effort for a subject you do enjoy. Remember, however, that there is often a considerable difference between the syllabus content of a subject at GCSE and A Level or BTEC Level 3, so make sure you know what the new syllabus will involve and be aware of the ways in which your knowledge and understanding will be tested.

A level courses are linear, two-year qualifications with all exams at the end of the course (in the Summer term of Upper Sixth Form), whereas BTEC Level 3 courses combine elements of continuous portfolio, case studies and terminal examinations.

Combinations of Subjects

At A Level or BTEC Level 3, some subjects naturally support each other. For example, it is sensible for Biologists to study Chemistry, and Physicists would be wise to take a Mathematics course. Others go together in the sense that scientists might choose three science subjects, and linguists two languages, although these patterns are less strong than they once were. 

When you are choosing your A level or BTEC Level 3 subject combinations take time to discuss your choices thoroughly to ensure you embark on the right subjects and the right methods of learning for you.

Usefulness

Beware of choosing a subject at A Level or BTEC Level 3 just because you think it might be useful in later life, if you have no particular interest or ability in it. Most A Level courses are academic rather than practical, and many careers provide their own in-service training in the practical application of subjects and skills which may only have been studied as far as GCSE or not at all. Remember that employers, as well as those making selections for further education, will also be concerned with a number of less measurable qualities, such as initiative, imagination and ability to work independently and in a team, in addition to a good performance at A Level or BTEC Level 3. Choose a combination of subjects that will allow you to develop both your academic skills and your personal qualities.

Academic Journey

Please visit the Sixth Form Academic Journey pages for futher information.

For more information from The Russell Group of leading UK universties about post-16 subject choices please click here.