Students choosing A levels urged to consider the long-term

Politics / Thu 28th Apr 2016 pm30 12:07pm

By Eric White

GCSE students in Harlow are being warned to think about how their choices for A levels or equivalents may affect their university applications, following a national study.

Consumer group Which? found almost a third of more than 1,000 UK 18- and 19-year-olds university applicants surveyed said they would choose different subject choices if they were to have the option again.

41% of students surveyed also stressed they wish they had considered which subjects would be of most use.

The Russell Group of selective universities said that clearer information on how subject choices will affect future prospects was vital.

Research from Youth Sight found only about half of the university applicants felt well enough informed about the effects of their subject choices.

Further findings from the research were some students regretted taking subjects that were not challenging enough, something which therefore made it difficult for them to enter onto their desired career path.

Russell Group director general Wendy Piatt said it was “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.”

Students should visit http://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer where a search tool can give them advice on how their subject choices will affect their future.

It is also a useful device for students who have little idea on their career path, or for Parents who would like more information on the subject.

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