Wednesday 28 July 2021

A Parents’ Guide To A Levels

 If your child’s looking to go to university the most common way is studying A Levels either at a Sixth Form College or through the high school they’re currently at. 

It’s a huge change from their GCSEs and they’ll need more of a helping hand as they go through them, which is why parents should be clued in. Here’s a guide to A Levels from this Sixth Form College in Hampshire.

They’re a much bigger jump from GCSEs

While GCSEs are a challenge for young students, there’s a much steeper hill to climb when they reach A Levels. Your children should be prepared for such a big jump when they start the first year and choose subjects that they have a defined interest in that they know they’ll excel in. 

Look at A Level specifications

Take a look at what’s expected of each student when they take a subject at A-Level. This will give your child a gauge of how much they should be prepared for when they begin studying. Past exam papers and subject specifications from exam boards will help with this; there are a few different exam boards that your child may encounter so make sure they’re looking up the correct curriculum.

Don’t completely abandon the work your child did on their GCSEs

In parts, the curriculum for A-Levels will directly lead from what students learn in their GCSEs. It’s tempting to get rid of all the revision work after you’ve finished it and got the grades you wanted, but at least keep the work from the subjects you’re going to continue studying.

Get a headstart - start revising!

Your child will have a big break from their GCSEs before starting A-Levels and they deserve the chance to have time off. However, having 2 weeks head start with a bit of revision of what they learnt for GCSEs will take the load off when they return to school or college, and be a kickstart to their confidence.

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