Helping Your Teenager Choose their A Levels

A-levels are incredibly important because they influence the next steps of your child’s education. The A-level subjects they choose and the grades they achieve will determine which universities they can go to and which courses they can study. 
To help your children with their A-level decision-making, here is some helpful advice from an Independent College in Bath.

What subjects do they enjoy?
Take time to talk with your child about their favourite subjects. Explain to your child that it is important to choose A-level subjects that they enjoy, because enjoyment of a subject will lead to the best results.

What can they expect?
It is important that your child knows what to expect, so take them along to open evenings and ensure that they are asking the right questions to teachers. It may also help for your child to talk to older friends or relatives who have already been through this experience.

What will the work be like?
Bear in mind that A-levels are a big jump from GCSEs, so the subjects that may seem easy to your child now, might not seem so easy at A-level. With this in mind, it is a good idea to do some research into the type of work that will be expected from each subject your child is considering.

What research should we do?
If your child is interested in going to university or has a particular career interest, you could also do some research into qualification requirements. Certain university courses will look for specific A-levels, so it’s worth looking ahead before making any decisions.

What support can we give?
As parents is it important to support your child through the A-level process. Encourage them to talk to you about their plans and help them to collect as much information as possible to help with their decision-making. Most importantly try not to put any pressure on your child and allow them to make their own choices.

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