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Choosing the Right Subjects

It is really important that students select subjects they enjoy and are likely to succeed at. At the same time, students need to make informed decisions when deciding which subjects and qualifications to study. Choosing the right subjects can give students significant advantages when applying to university and for work. Universities have particular subjects that they prefer, and this will be discussed with students at their sixth form interview. We recommend that students select at least two of the following university ‘facilitating’ subjects if they wish to secure a place at top universities: maths, English literature and language, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, history or languages. We also suggest that students research which subjects and grades are required for entry at their preferred universities or into their preferred employment. We are here to help you make the right decision!

The majority of students will select three courses which they will continue through Years 12 and 13. Before choosing subjects they should ask themselves:

  • How well do I expect to do in my GCSE exams?
  • Which career pathway do I wish to take?
  • Which subjects do I enjoy the most?
  • Which subjects do I get the best grades in?
  • Am I aiming to go to university? If so, are there specific subjects I need for entry onto my preferred degree programme?
  • Am I aiming for an apprenticeship? If so, are there specific subjects I need for entry into my preferred training?
  • What sort of career am I interested in?

If you have any queries about courses, please drop Mr Lewis an email to request a conversation at: joe.lewis@swindon-academy.org


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