Take on what you can realistically manage

It’s always daunting to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life. The transition from O-Level to A-Level requires very critical analysis of courses to undertake otherwise it is possible for a student to fail to get the intended career course.

Dear Counsellor, I am joining form three next year where  I will choose A combination for my A’ level. Many people tell me that i should do sciences because they are more MARKETABLE and respected. What should i base on to choose the right combination? Yours Neza Uwamariya

It’s always daunting to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life. The transition from O-Level to A-Level requires very critical analysis of courses to undertake otherwise it is possible for a student to fail to get the intended career course. There is no golden rule when it comes to choosing an A-Level subject combination but doing a little research can help you make smart choices. When you are considering which subjects to take, remember this decision will have long-term consequences on what careers are open to you. Many students have absolutely no idea about which combination to take for A-Level or even later at university. You need to keep your options open. The best thing to do is to choose subject combination that spurs career pursuit. If you have clear ideas about what you want to study at university, you should check whether your plans require specific subjects. Choose subjects in which you predict to get good grades – chances are, you’ll do well in these subjects at A-level. This will giv
e you the greatest choice when it comes to applying for university.

Only take on what you think you can realistically manage, the decisions you make now will set you on a course that can be difficult to change, so it’s important to make the right subject choices at this early stage. You will need the time to think carefully about your interests and skills and about possible directions after “A” level. Your current teachers know your intellectual strength and weaknesses therefore it’s certain worth asking their opinions on the subject you’re thinking about and ask them about the workload you can expect from the subjects you think you might want to study. Your parents, family and friends can help shape your views but remember your interest and ability will always play the guiding role. Also, speak to your current course students to get an idea of what the course involves and what’s likely to suit you. Some schools or colleges have restrictions on certain subject combinations, so you will need to check your options. Just be prepared for a big jump in the level of difficulty dur
ing this transition

Essay-based subjects such as English Literature or History demonstrate analytical skills and critical thinking. Science subjects such as Physics or Mathematics demonstrate logic and familiarity with scientific principles while Practical subjects such as Art or Music demonstrate self-discipline and creative thinking. If you pick a range of subjects across these fields, you’ll have more than enough to show your capabilities in different areas and you will be preparing for yourself a bright future.

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