Wye Sixth Form Prospectus - page 8-9

Wye Sixth Form Prospectus
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Wye Sixth Form Prospectus
It is important that you choose a set of subjects that is going to give you a good foundation for further study and your
career. It can be hard to know which qualifications universities want, especially competitive ones. Stories of “soft” or
“banned” qualifications, with the exception of General Studies, are simply not true. At Wye, we offer subjects that will help
get to where you want to be, and offer you the best advice on how to achieve your goals.
Universities like to see applications from students who have taken one “core”A Level or BTEC subject need for the Course.
This will be advertised as either required or recommended on their website. They will also like one other Academic subject
that compliments the “core” subject. This could be Maths with Physics, or English with History. The third subject is usually
not important, so long as you get a good grade.
However, please note, for students looking to follow sciences, many of the top universities would prefer three science A
levels. Common combinations are:
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Maths / Further Maths / Physics - physical science or engineering degrees
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Biology/ Chemistry/ Maths - biological science, biotechnology, medicine or biomedical degrees
To help you with choices, you can speak to us, and look at these informative websites:
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russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college
It does vary somewhat between universities, as well as the courses that they offer, so you should always check first.
It is also difficult to say if there is a bad combination of courses either. This is because what one university may ask
for, another may say differently. By looking at the websites mentioned above, you will have a great starting point to
making an informed decision about the right Sixth Form choices for you.
Which Subjects for University?
The following subjects, however, do commonly specify “core” A Level subjects:
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Medicine/ Dentistry/ Veterinary Science - Chemistry plus one other science, usually Biology
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Engineering - Maths/ Further Maths and Physics (Chemistry for Chemical Engineering)
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Modern Languages - A Level in the language to be studied
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Sciences - A Level in the subject, usually supported with Maths
Please check the specific university website for any courses you might be interested in. The book “Which A Levels?” by
Alison Dixon is also a useful tool for helping you make the right choices for you.
In summary:
1. Check the “core” academic subject(s) required/recommended for university courses
2. Compliment this with at least one other good academic subject
3. Choose subjects that do not overlap or limit your choices
4. Check out the websites and book mentioned here
5. Speak to us!
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