A Parents’ Guide to A Levels

Once a child has completed their GCSEs, they have a choice to make regarding their next steps. The most popular option for youngsters is to study A Level courses. Like GCSEs, these are available across various subjects and studied over a two-year period. If your child is approaching their A Levels in the next year or so, it’s important to ensure you are as clued up as possible so that you are in the best position to support them. With that said, I have teamed up with a sixth form college in Hampshire to offer you the following information and advice…

A Parent's Guide to A Levels

A guide to studying for A levels

What’s an AS Level?
During the first year of their A Levels, most pupils choose to study four subjects and then drop one for the second year, which becomes more challenging. As a result, they are left with one AS level qualification and three full A levels.

What A Level Subjects Should My Child Study?
Students should consider their future plans when selecting which subjects they’d like to study. For example, if they want to be a doctor, they will need to acquire science related qualifications. What’s more, students should study something they enjoy and feel they are good at – they shouldn’t study something because you want them to or because their friends are studying it.

When Should My Child Start Revising?
It would be wise to encourage your child to start revising around two months before their exams start, because there is plenty of content that they will need to cover. Perhaps you could help them set up a revision timetable which allows more time for subject areas that they might be struggling with and factors in rest time.

How Are A Levels Graded?
A levels are graded from A* to E and are mainly assessed through coursework and written exams. If your child is hoping to go into university, they will need to consider the entry requirements for each establishment so that they are not setting themselves unrealistic goals.

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