Monthly Archives: March 2013

Are Some A-Level Subjects Better Than Others

education_iconWhen I attended the Wulfrun College of Further Education in Wolverhampton, I took what was then called the ‘Advanced Ordinary’ Level.  I’m wondering whether it was a con because hardly anyone I know have ever heard of it.  But it did actually exist in the 1970s!

So now I turn my focus to ‘A’ Levels which is something we can all identify with!

Located on the small island of Tenerife – it is rather hard to understand the significance of  ‘A’ Levels when competing internationally with other students.  Yes, there is a big world out there and considerable thought has to be given to the actual university.

Many Year 11 students will be making important decisions about what ‘A’ Levels to choose.  And of course, some might decide to take “easier” subjects rather than the “harder” subjects!  But should the focus be on what subjects will steer you to your career choice?

According to the Nick Morrison article in The Telegraph 7.00 am GMT 23 March 2013 – if a subject does not interest you – then you are less likely to achieve top grades.

This is an example of the current London School of Economics (LSE)  list of non-preferred A-level subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama/Theatre Studies
  • Home Economics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Sport Studies
  • Travel and Tourism

As opposed to the Trinity College, Cambridge:  A Levels suitable only as fourth subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Science
  • Citizenship
  • Communication Studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Dance
  • Environmental Science
  • General Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Home Economics
  • ICT
  • Leisure Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Performance Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Perspectives on Science
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Sciece for Public Understanding
  • Sports Studies
  • Travel and Tourism
  • World Development

The subject choice will be complicated!  Read the whole article at the below link:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9948905/Are-some-A-level-subjects-better-than-others.html

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