Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 08:48:17 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Five pointers for choosing your A-Level

photo by

By
17th-Sep-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Elizabeth Koprowski :
First, let's take a moment to recap. A-levels (short for General Certificate of Education Advanced Level) are academic qualifications awarded by many educational institutions in the UK, Commonwealth (and former Commonwealth) countries, and other countries around the world. A-levels are normally split into two years - AS and A2 - and demonstrate that a student has achieved a level of competence in certain subjects. Most universities in the UK, and in other countries, consider both the subjects studied and the marks earned when assessing applicants for undergraduate programs. This is why it's very important to make good choices when it comes to your A-levels. While some university degrees have no specific A-level requirements, others will expect you to have completed certain qualifications and just about every program will look at your exam marks, as well as your academic portfolio. So it's crucial that you choose subjects that a) will interest you; b) you can succeed in; and c) will qualify you for the degree(s) that interest you. So, without further ado, here's a quick guide to choosing the right A-levels.
1. Remember that A-levels are harder than GCSEs
A-levels are hard. Really hard. Your course work will be more advanced, and there will be more of it. Lessons will be a lot more about independent learning, and you'll be expected to motivate yourself to complete work and study for exams. So, as tempting as it might be to overload your A-level schedule with advanced subjects or to take loads of courses to 'keep your options open' it's better to focus on a core that will help you apply to your chosen schools and programs. A good starting point is what are known as "facilitating subjects." These eight subjects (math, chemistry, biology, physics, history, geography, English, and modern and classical languages) are the most likely subjects to be required by university programs. Choosing two of these, plus a third subject that interests you and relates to your potential degree, is a sure-fire way of making sure that you have lots of options when it comes to applying to universities.
2. Check entry criteria for the degree (or degrees) you're considering
Facilitating subjects are a fail-safe for entry requirements, but that doesn't mean that they cover every degree or that they're always necessary. Make sure to take some time to give serious thought to your future. Do you want to study medicine? Teaching? Technology? Figure out a few potential degrees and research the kinds of courses and experience necessary to succeed. And don't forget to check the requirements at individual universities. Take architecture as an example. Architecture programs don't normally require any specific A-levels, but the degree (and career) will require both mathematical and artistic skills. Furthermore, some architecture programs lean more heavily on the artistic side of the subject, while others concentrate more on the math and engineering aspects, so a strong art portfolio or good marks in maths will count more depending on where you apply.
3. Pick subjects you're good at
So, your grandpa was a barrister, and your mum is a solicitor, but you're really good at computer programming and web design. Don't pick subjects because someone else has told you to, or because you think everyone has to study maths, a science, and English to succeed in life. Choose your A-level subjects based on your goals and strengths. If you hate a subject or struggle to achieve good marks, you're only setting yourself up for frustration and failure. Instead, consider what interests you, what makes you happy, and where you are most likely to succeed and pick courses based on those criteria. Even if a subject is hard, if you love it you'll work hard to succeed.
4. Contact universities directly
Don't be afraid to approach your top-pick universities to find out more about their entry requirements and specific programs. Schedule a visit. Email the departments where you hope to study. Talk with the representative when they come to your school. Ask the questions you have about degree requirements, entry criteria, portfolios, and joint honours. Remember this is your future and the more information you have, the more informed your decisions will be. you can contact the admission offices directly on this wesbite by filling the form and ask you questions on the school profile of your choice.
5. Don't just follow your friends
School friends are for life, but just because you've grown up together doesn't mean that you have the same academic interests or career goals. It may sound fun to take all your A-levels together, but you won't get into your top-choice university by socializing. Besides, if you take A-level courses that interest you and help you achieve your goals, you're likely to meet and learn with other like-minded students. You'll have plenty of time to catch up with friends after class, and just think - twenty years from now, your reunions with old school friends will be way more interesting if you've all chosen exciting, unique careers that you love!
So, while you're hanging out in front of the fire eating chocolate oranges and watching old movies, take some time to consider your degree plans. University might seem a long way off, but the next two years will fly by and if you make good choices now, you'll be on track for a brilliant and exciting future.
Read more about studying in the UK.
(Elizabeth Koprowski is an American writer and travel historian. She has worked in the higher education system with international students both in Europe and in the USA).

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Bangabandhu a great leader of the people and for the people


THE nation mourns the 43rd Shahadat Anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today with prayers and solemnity all over the country. He was assassinated with almost all of his family members in the wee hours of that fateful night at his home in the city. It was a night of ...

Editorial »

Our migrants are being defrauded and harassed in Malaysia but govt remains mum


SOME 270 Bangladeshi workers have allegedly been defrauded of over Tk 3.6 crore by an agent over securing valid work permits under the Malaysian rehiring programme. The Bangladeshi nationals had handed over their passports, other relevant documents and paid between Tk 144,000 and Tk 160,000 each to the agent for ...

Sports »

U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky teaches Japanese elementary and junior high school students at an event in Tokyo on Tuesday. The 21-year-old American, fresh off a five-medal performance at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, answered questions about her career and training routine before jumping into the pool with more than 100 star-struck Japanese elementary and junior high school students to give them tips.


.

Football »

Salah reported over allegedly using mobile while driving


AFP, London :Egyptian star Mohamed Salah could be in trouble with police after his club Liverpool passed a video apparently showing him using his mobile phone while driving.A spokesman for last season's Champions League finalists said they passed the video, which had circulated on social media, on to police after ...

Entertainment »

Tamannaah excited about giving retro twist to `KGF`


Tamannaah Bhatia says she had fun shooting for a 'retro number' in the period drama "KGF".Tamannaah shot for the recreated version of the song "Jokae naanu balliya minchu", a song which was picturised on late Vijayalalitha in director Rajkumar's Kannada film "Paropakari". "This is the first time I will be ...

International »

Trump administration pressures judges to speed deportations


AFP, Los Angeles :US immigration judges say they are under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump's administration to speed up immigrant deportations - or risk removal if they delay.This pressure is highlighted in the case of a judge in Philadelphia, Steven Morley, who was informed that a case he was ...

Editorial »

Quota reform: Free the students and fulfill their rational demands


CABINET Secretary after weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday told journalists that the committee formed by government to review the existing quota system proposed abolition of almost all the quotas in public services giving priority to talent. However, the court directives will be sought before taking any decision over freedom fighter ...

Cricket »

Ashraful eyes Bangladesh comeback as ban ends


Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful said Monday that has set his sights on a comeback with the national side after his five-year ban for match-fixing ended."I am feeling really nice as I was waiting for this day for the last five years. (I told myself) when August 13, 2018 came ...

City »

State Executive Member and Advisor to the BJP President in West Bengal, India Dr Anindya Gopal Mitra called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office yesterday afternoon.


Entertainment »

What Sara Ali Khan`s fans demand on her birthday


Even before the debut of her release film Sara Ali Khan is already a popular name amongst the masses. On the occasion of Sara’s Birthday, fans across the nation took Twitter by storm as #HBDSaraAliKhan and #WeWantSaraOnSocialMedia saw a strong India trend. Soon, social media went into a tizzy as ...

Entertainment »

Hichki story has universal resonance: Rani Mukherji


Actress Rani Mukherji, who has bagged the Best Actress Award for Hichki at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM), says the film is a story that has universal resonance, and its spirit of positivity won over Indians and locals in Australia. “I feel very proud and thankful that Hichki has ...

International »

Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang


AFP, Seoul :North and South Korea agreed Monday to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, the South's Yonhap news agency reported following high-level talks in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.The two sides "agreed at the meeting to hold a South-North summit in Pyongyang in September as planned", ...

Editorial »

Make the BRTC capable, or shut down its operation


BANGLADESH Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is now on the verge of collapse due to administrative and financial mismanagement. Newspaper reports said BRTC as per its own estimate incurred a loss of Tk 413 crore in 2016-17 fiscal. When bus transport has become very lucrative business in the private sector with ...

Football »

Choton expects best from her girls against Nepal


Bangladesh U-15 national women's team head coach Golam Robanni Choton said her girls are upbeat to give their hundred percent to win against Nepal in the SAFF U-15 Women's Championship.Bangladesh will face Nepal in their second group B match scheduled to be held today at Changlimithan Football Stadium in Bhutan."We ...

Entertainment »

I saw a chained elephant on a school trip to the zoo and became upset: Dia Mirza


Like any child, actor Dia Mirza, too, was entranced when she first saw an elephant. "The first time I saw an elephant was on the streets of Hyderabad. I was very young and was just so enamored by that sight. It was so unusual to see an elephant in an ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news