Top 5 Respected A-Level Subjects

Which A-Level subject do you think is more respected than the other? Can you guess? Below you will find the list of the five most respected subjects this year, according to student polls, which try to reflect what students think across the UK. Read further to know whether your preferred one is amongst them, but do not be put off if it isn’t! In recent years we have seen an uptake of science subjects amongst sixth formers which in no way should deter you from following your heart if it lies in Humanities and Social Science disciplines. We aim to write our next article on the so-called ‘informed choices’ where we can explore which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at top UK universities.

After completing GCSEs, students often consider what to do next and take a long view of their further academic paths. While making a decision on A-level subjects, they wonder whether the choice they make is the right one. Some A-Levels are easier, others require more dedication, and some are merely more liked by students than the others. Here we present the so-called ‘respected’ subjects within the student circles.

5. A-Level English Language

The English Language A-Level Course introduces advanced language study and it helps to develop students’ ability to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. A high grade in A-Level English Language reflects a student’s proficiency in written communication, a skill that is unbeatable in terms of employability and getting an offer from your first choice University.

The course includes the study of:
1) spoken and written words;
2) how writers use language to:

  • fulfil purposes;
  • target specific audiences;
  • reveal attitudes;
  • evoke emotions.

Basically, by studying English A-Level, you will learn how to communicate better within your own speech and writing, and how others use speech and written context to convey ideas to various audiences.

4. A-Level Chemistry

Chemistry is the A-Level subject that medical students need for their further academic and professional journeys, and one of the three major subjects of the A-Level Science group: Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Universities typically require at least one of the science subjects, whereas medical schools sometimes require both Biology and Chemistry.

A-Level Chemistry covers a variety of general concepts, such as:

  • the structure of the atom;
  • the interaction of matter and energy;
  • how to control reactions;
  • patterns in the Periodic Table;
  • understanding carbon-based molecules.

Worth noting, Chemistry is the second most popular science subject taken in England! A-Level Chemistry is a good choice if you are going down either the scientific or mathematical route in further education.

3. A-Level Further Maths

Ranked recently as the hardest A-Level, Further Mathematics at A-Level is a highly respected qualification. Young people recognise it as a highly desirable qualification that helps to achieve their aspirations for University study and future careers.

A-Level Further Maths is respected when complimented with a scientific or mathematical career path. It is an excellent preparation for a degree in Mathematics and can lead to a diverse range of careers: Advertising and Marketing, Finance and Banking, Business and Operational Research, Engineering, IT, Medicine and Health, Insurance and Risk Civil Service, Life Sciences and even more.

What is more, as technology continues to develop, more mathematically reliant jobs come to the labour market.

2. A-Level Biology

Taking A-Level Biology at Sixth Form College is a fantastic idea, if you like the subject content, as all the Universities regard it highly. The syllabus provides skill sets including, the scientific method, data analysis and statistics, observation, and understanding of correlations and causal relationships.

The subject is important as the basis for a wide range of biologically and medically-related careers, with most psychology degrees included. The subject is relevant for those, who wish to study radiography or operate CT or fMRI scanners in a clinical setting. Furthermore, biology is important if a student would like to become a forensic scientist, ecologist or biomedical technical scientist.

At the Advanced Level, this subject includes the major components such as:

  • cell biology;
  • biochemistry;
  • physiology;
  • microbiology;
  • genetics;
  • ecology;
  • evolution.

The subject contains a substantial amount of mathematical content, however, same as Chemistry, it also contains essay-style questions. That proves that you have an understanding of the scientific method, can balance arguments and convey that concisely in your writing.

1. A-Level Maths

The most popular A-Level of all is the Queen of the subjects – Mathematics. A-Level Maths is a requirement for a big number of University degree courses. A-Level Maths can be related to the subject syllabuses of Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and more.

This subject is considered the most respected due to the fundamentals of a number of other subjects. It literally opens many option ‘doors’ to your further study.
A-Level Maths is traditionally a two-year course broken up into different modules. The common modules include:

  • Core Maths;
  • Mechanics;
  • Statistics;
  • Decision Maths.

As a rule, the content students learn at A-Level Maths is similar to that of what they learned in their GCSEs, but with more in-depth and complex immersion. The main examination boards are Edexcel, OCR and AQA.

So, is your chosen subject among the listed most popular A-Level subjects? Are you ready to put your efforts into effective learning? Cherwell College Oxford provides bespoke education, which is the best-ever instrument for your academic achievements both with GCSEs and A-Levels.

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