Sixth form offers opportunities to either continue subjects you have studied at GCSE or to embark on new ones. Choosing the right subjects in the right combination to ensure your ability to make a strong application to university or other pathway to higher education can be tricky.
From September 2015 ‘A’ levels are changing, so there are some important new factors to consider in the way your chosen subjects are assessed. Choosing the IB Diploma over ‘A’ levels is also an important decision.
Firstly you need to enjoy, feel motivated and be inspired by the subjects you choose in the sixth form. Review the content and the academic skills required for each of the subjects you are considering. You must be interested in the syllabus and feel confident that you have the required academic skills to do well in it. For example, some subjects require a lot of independent research and background reading, essay writing, creative thinking, logic, maths skills, project work. It’s crucial that your subjects match your strengths.
Secondly, your combination of subjects must fit your career aspirations. Review entry requirements for university courses via the UCAS website. Ensure you’re keeping your options open. If the subjects you need to fulfil career aspirations don’t match your strongest academic skills and interests, meaning you’re choosing subjects you find very difficult, consider changing your career aspirations.
Seek guidance from your school and other advisers, but remember you need commitment and motivation to work hard to achieve success in sixth form, so be sure they’re your subject choices and career ambitions and not those of friends, relations or others offering helpful advice.
If you wish to discuss the range of IB or BTEC Diploma courses available at St Benedict’s, feel free to call our Sixth Form office on 01789 767030. Julie McCaslin (Sixth Form Administrator) or Simon Smallman (Head of Sixth Form) will be only too happy to address any questions or concerns.