Year 11 is the most important time in a child’s life as it is when they sit their GCSEs and decide on the path that they want to take once they leave school. Among the options that they have are A Levels. They can be studied at either college or sixth form and help to prepare them for the world of work/university.
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Unlike GCSEs, there are points that each grade earns, and these are known as UCAS points which help them to secure seats at university. It’s a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly which is why we’ve created some guidance for parents on how to support children on this with the help of a sixth form in London.
What to consider when choosing A Levels
Whether your child’s staying on at sixth form or going to a college, they can attend open days and discuss their options with course tutors. As they are the ones that will be delivering the content and potentially teaching them, they will be the best people to consult and will be able to provide a run-down of what’s covered.
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A Levels provide a gateway to university but that’s not to say that it’s the only means to get to where you want to be. Resources like prospects and other career sites outline the various pathways that you can take and that might not even require A Levels. This is a good point to note as not everyone learns the same way. Some prefer exams whilst others enjoy practicals and completing coursework. Nursing is an example of a course that students can get on to by studying vocational courses such as BTEC Health and Social Care.
Forums like the student room are great sources of information. Students can speak to other students to learn about personal experiences and advice that they would recommend. With regards to courses, they can learn about course structures, what they entail and how beneficial they were in helping them for the future.
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