Choosing your Course
CHOOSING YOUR COURSE
Subjects will be placed in five option pools.
Pupils will have the opportunity to choose up to 5 AS levels from different option pools.
You should be sensible in the choice of course you make in the Sixth Form. It is important to choose a course best suited to your aptitude, competence and future aspirations.
Now you are at the end of compulsory schooling in Year 11 you will either:
Know your career intentions OR have a general idea of a future career OR not yet have made up your mind about a future career.
You will need to base your choice on these cases.
YOU HAVE A DEFINITE CAREER IN MIND
If after full consultation with your parents, career teacher officers and subject teachers you have a definite career in mind, you should know the entry requirements in terms of examination subjects which need to be passed and/or the further or higher education or job training which is involved. You should therefore choose the “A” level or BTEC Firsts course, or a combination of those which will fit these requirements. You will need to discuss with the Sixth Form advice team or subject teachers whether your ambition is realistic in terms of your respective strengths and weaknesses. A final choice may need to await your GCSE results.
YOU HAVE A GENERAL IDEA ABOUT YOUR FUTURE CAREER
You may have only tentatively chosen a career field, but are not yet certain of the specific career you would like to aim for e.g. “You may be inclined towards a career in social services, engineering or business”.
If this is the case you must look for all the advice and help you can get before choosing your course. You will be able to pin-point the subjects needed to realise your goal.
YOU HAVE NOT YET MADE UP YOUR MIND ABOUT A FUTURE CAREER.
If you genuinely have no idea what career you would like to follow the best course of action would be to consider the subjects you enjoy doing and are good at. If you have a broad base of GCSEs, and for example, enjoy an arts subject such as English and have performed quite well in it at GCSE, then this would be a wise choice of an “A” Level.
HOW DO YOU FINALLY MAKE YOUR CHOICE?
This booklet is designed to help you make your choices.
The contents are arranged alphabetically to make your task of searching through the information easy. It does not reflect in any way the importance we attach to one particular course over another, all are equally valued.
After reading the information you will need to decide whether “A” levels, BTEC Firsts or a combination of both is best suited to your particular aptitude and ability.
If you require more information please consult the appropriate department.