A Parents’ Guide to A Levels

Guide to A Levels

After they have left school, your child will have the opportunity to study A Levels. They are qualifications which will enable them to earn and secure places at university. Each grade is awarded a different number of points based on a tariff system, making exam success all the more important for reaching the next step in their academic career. If university’s not something that your child’s considering, it can still offer a good foundation for the future as it can help them to get job ready and form an in-depth understanding of what they’ve learned prior at school. If you’re a parent that’s new to all of this, we have created a short guide with the help of a prep school in Surrey.

What Grades Will My Child Need to Get into University?

This will all depend on what it is that your child wishes to study and the university that they choose to go to. Higher ranked universities such as prestigious Russell group universities tend to have higher entry requirements whilst others don’t. 

How to Decide on The Right A Levels

Full time students can study up to a maximum of 4 A levels or their equivalent. It can be a tricky decision to decide on what to study as they invite different career opportunities. The decision is ultimately theirs as it will be what they choose to study for the next two years and at a much higher level. While it is early, it would be beneficial for them to start thinking about next steps and what it is that they want to do after they finish sixth form or college as there may be specific subjects that they need to study in order to get there. You may find sites like prospects and UCAS to be helpful in making these decisions.

What Commitment Is Involved?

There is far more work to do at A level compared to GCSE. Whilst the subjects are fewer, there is much more content to cover as well as expectation and independent study. For every 1 hour of class, children are expected to study for an additional 3 hours at home. 

*This is a collaborative post.