How do certain subject combinations relate to university courses?

The A level subject choices you make when in Year 11 can have a significant impact on the course options available to you at university. In considering your Advanced Level choices, it is a good idea to consider the broad ways in which certain subject combinations tend to relate to broad groups of university degree courses. A student who is good at science often chooses Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics. This will keep open all the science/mathematics options at university. For the sake of maintaining a wider outlook on life, however, many students will replace one of the sciences with an arts/humanities subject or a social science. In terms of science choices, if you know you are inclined towards the life sciences you should choose Chemistry and Biology. If you know you are on the engineering side you should choose Mathematics and Physics.

A student who is good at arts/humanities/social sciences often chooses a combination of subjects at advanced level from 'essay' based subjects. A large range of university degrees in the arts/humanities, social sciences and business fields will be open to such a student, but not normally degrees in the mathematics/sciences field.

Some students will emphasise their linguistic abilities by doing not one but two foreign languages. Students who study languages are highly sought after by universities for language degrees or degree courses with a language component.

If you have a talent in music you may well want to study it at university. If so, it is important that you take Music to Advanced Level.

If you have a talent in Art you may well be thinking about an art foundation course as a precursor to a degree programme. Studying a subject like Art or Design Technology at advanced level will provide you with the basis for your portfolio, which you will need to gain entry to an art foundation course.

Making sure you choose the right A-Level courses is crucial





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