A Levels are often seen as a stepping stone for university and most of our students leave us at the end of year 13 for higher education. Increasing numbers of young people are now gaining higher apprenticeships, where they have the potential to earn more money than they would have done on an apprenticeship at the age of 16.

The government has changed the format of A Levels and is phasing the new courses in over a three-year period. The intention is for all courses to be linear in the future, with all exams sat at the end of year 13. Almost all of the subjects you study will be linear by September 2017.

Most students choose three A Levels, although those with a strong academic profile at GCSE will be accepted onto a fourth course. Some of the enrichment activities you do alongside your main subjects may lead to accreditation, including the extended project which is highly regarded by many universities.

It is important to start thinking about the sort of career you ultimately want and to work backwards from there. Some university courses specify which A Level they prefer candidates to have taken, so doing some research now will pay dividends later.



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