A Russell Group guide to making decisions about post-16 education 201 2
Preface How to use this guide Foreword The Russell Group Acknowledgements Index Post-16 qualifications and how they are organised Pre-16 qualifications and university entry Making your post-16 subject choices Subjects required for different degree courses How subject choices can affect your future career options The five-point plan for making your post-16 choices Abbreviations Links
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Welcome to Informed Choices. We hope that you will find this a helpful guide as you consider the best courses and subjects for you to study in the sixth form or at college. We also hope that your parents or carers, teachers and advisers who are helping you make these important decisions will find it useful too. The Russell Group of Universities has produced this guide because we think that it is really important for all young people — especially those whose parents didn’t go to university — to have clear information about how the subjects that they choose to study in the sixth form or at college can affect their options at university and their chances in life. That way, they can make well-informed decisions. As a group of 20 leading universities in the UK, we want to help ensure that young people are well-informed. We have developed this guidance in close consultation with admissions staff and managers in all Russell Group universities and with very helpful advice from the Institute of Careers Guidance. When it comes to choosing your A-levels or other advanced level qualifications, it can be tempting simply to choose subjects that you enjoy and which interest you. But it’s also important to think a bit further ahead and to consider what you might want to do in the future. If the idea of going to university appeals — whether or not you know which subject you want to study — having the right information now will give you more options when the time comes to make up your mind. There’s no getting away from the fact that the subjects you study in the sixth form or at college will determine which degree courses will be open to you in future. For some degrees you will be required to have studied a particular subject or subjects beforehand. It is really important that you do not make things harder for yourself by choosing subjects which won’t equip you for your chosen university course or show your talent for a particular subject. If you don’t yet know what you’ll want to study at university, there are some subjects which will keep your degree options open until you decide which course to take. This guide will help you to see which advanced level subjects — which we call ‘facilitating subjects’ — open doors to more degrees and more professions than others. It’s not about ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ subjects, but the right ones.
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Informed Choices | Russell Group 2012
Preface How to use this guide Foreword The Russell Group Acknowledgements Index Post-16 qualifications and how they are organised Pre-16 qualifications and university entry Making your post-16 subject choices Subjects required for different degree courses...