Friday 4 December 2020


 If your child is going to be choosing their A Levels soon, it is important to be as clued up as possible on the process so that you can offer as much support as possible. It’s an exciting time for young people because they are able to study subjects that are specific to their interests and are given more independence.


However, it can also be a worrying time, as a student’s a levels will determine what they do for a career or university course. 

The most important thing you can do for your child during this process is be patient and listen to their thoughts and opinions. Ask them about which of their GCSE subjects the enjoy the most and if they’d like to carry them on at a level.  Consider what they might want to do after their a levels; if they want to go to university, you can have a look into some of the course options and what their entry requirements are. Don’t force your own opinions on your child as it’s crucial they make their own decisions about their future.  


There will be open evenings at your child’s school that you can attend together to find out more about some of the a level subjects they can study. Be sure to take a list of questions along so that you can make the most out of the experience. 

You might also want to encourage your child to speak to some older friends or relatives who have already been through it all, as they may be able to share some insight. 


It’s important to note that a levels aren’t compulsory; there are other routes your child could take, like an apprenticeship which would involve hands-on work experience and prepare them for the world of work. 

Be sure to do lots of research into all of the different options and have lots of chats with your child about their own thoughts.

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