A Level choice 'more important with AS-levels changes'

A Level choice 'more important with AS-levels changes'


A shake-up of the exams system makes it all the more important for teenagers to think carefully about their A-level choices, leading universities say.

Sixth-formers now have fewer chances to try a subject at AS-level before committing to taking the full A-level.

This means their subject choices carry more weight, according to the Russell Group, which represents 24 research-intense UK institutions.

The warning came as the group published its updated Informed Choices guide.

The guidance gives students and schools advice on the subjects and subject combinations that are most useful for courses offered by Russell Group universities.

"Up to 15% fewer students are taking AS-levels after changes mean they no longer count toward A-level grades," the Russell Group said.

"Students therefore may have less opportunity to try a subject before taking it to A-level and their choices now bear more weight."