The two years spent studying at sixth form are crucial to A-level success.
This is an exciting time for students with many switching schools to help prepare for the transfer to University. Some choose to move from state to Independent sixth form because of the many scholarships and bursaries that are available for sixth form entry.
Academically, there are huge benefits gained by moving to a sixth form where teachers have prior experience of students that have already made the move to top Universities. It is also a good idea to consider the range of extra-curricular activities on offer to develop skills such as team work, leadership and independence – all great preparation for the future.
While it is important to be happy wherever you study, your choice of sixth form needs to prioritise the academic rather than the social advantages. When it comes to applying for University, there is no getting away from the fact that some A-level choices are more desirable than others for admission tutors.
The prestigious Russell Group of Universities have defined a list of facilitating subjects that many of the top Universities hold in high regard because they open more doors and are better respected. These ‘facilitating subjects’ are unsurprisingly the traditional academic ones – Maths, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography and Classic & Modern Languages.
The advice given is that taking two ‘facilitating subjects’ will keep a wide range of degree courses and career options open to you. This is because these are the subjects most commonly required for entry to our Universities and hundreds of courses require one or more of these ‘facilitating subjects’.