What A-Levels do you need for university?

Prospective candidates will need to research their desired courses to understand what A-levels and grades they need to get into university. Each degree course has varying UCAS entry requirements, and with all of the information thrown at students during the UCAS application season, it can be hard to work out what subjects to choose to study.

Choosing the A-levels

If students have a subject choice in mind, they can look up different UK universities and university degree courses to ensure they are on the right track for what universities want from their applicants. For individuals who are unsure what they want to study just yet – there are a handful of A-level subjects that are most commonly asked-for subjects – can study ‘facilitating’ subjects that look good to lots of institutions. These subjects will allow you to study various degrees such as a; Biology, Chemistry, English Literature or Language, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern/Classical Languages andPhysics and Astronomy. However, don’t just pick these A-levels because you think that they are the only ticket into getting a degree, if there is an area that you are really interested in, or if you hold a talent for creative subjects, that will allow you to do an Art, Design, Musicor or a Film degree then you should definitely pursue these. Our subject degree guides will provide a good basis of what they will involve and what to expect from the degrees.

Are A-levels the same as GCSE’s?

The reasons behind studying A-levels are primarily because you need those qualifications to study a degree or a particular career, it is a subject or area that you enjoy and are good at, or it is a subject you haven’t had the opportunity to study previously, but you think it’ll be perfect for you. However, either way, students should be prepared to feel a big leap between A-levels and GCSEs in regards to difficulty and independent study. A-levels are more intense than secondary school education, and there will be differences between the way you are taught, how you learn, what is expected of you and how you are assessed.

Do you need everything a university wants?

Generally, candidates who apply to their universities should be studying the subjects, and predicted to achieve the grades that are listed in their entry requirements. Although, some universities will only list one or two subjects or grades that they want from their students, meaning if you have other subjects or grades – it won’t harm your application. However, if you find that you don’t achieve the grades you were predicted or what the uni wants, you can contact your university on results day and discuss your application, or enter Clearing.

 

Don’t listen to hearsay (and we’re not talking about the amazing 90s band)

Don’t take everything you hear as the solid truth because a lot of information can be spread that isn’t completely correct. Especially if it regards what a university will accept for grades, or subjects. The best call of action is to contact the university themselves, check in their paper or online prospectus, or wait until they respond to your offer – if you are applying to that university.

There are plenty of degree options that don’t ask students to have specific A-levels, or control what they take at college and sixth form completely – don’t get stressed about what you should pick!

Put in the research

The only thing that is really important about choosing your A-levels is to make sure you research the subjects, and if you do have a certain degree subject in mind, look into what universities have as their entry requirements. Students need to focus on studying subjects that they enjoy, are passionate about and are essential, really good at! Universities like to read personal statements and references as part of the application process, therefore, if you do find that you don’t necessarily hold the exact entry requirements for that degree, they may still interview you or offer you a place by looking at the whole picture.  If you unsure what degree would be best for you, take our what degree should you study quiz, it takes your personalilty traits and provides you with 2 courses that match with your answers.

Don’t pick A-levels that people tell you to do

Lastly, another vital point to consider is that your family, friends and teachers may tell you to pick certain A-levels as they believe it will get you into university – but that isn’t always the case. It isn’t that your close friends and family do not know what they are talking about, it just might not be the right advice for you! Also, when you start studying at college or sixth form, you might find out that your original career path or degree idea is no longer what you want to do, and you could go in a completely different direction! So, choosing subjects on your merits and interests is the best way forward.

There are hundreds of institutions around the UK where students can study for degrees, diplomas and foundation courses and they all ask for different entry requirements – there is no strict list of A-levels that students need for university.