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What You Guys Think About Your A-level Choices 1 Year On

Louise Dunne
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Were you one of the 1020 students who completed a survey about your A-level choices? Well the results are in and there are some remarkable revelations…

3 in 10 regret a-level choices, 4 in 10 wished they thought about how it helps them get into uni, 59% unaware unfavourable subjects

What our research found…


Think back to when you were choosing your A-levels. Did you have a uni course and degree in mind, or did you choose your subjects to be in the same class as your mates? We found that 3 in 10 (28%) university applicants wished they had chosen different A-level subjects, and 4 in 10 (41%) wished they had thought more about what subjects would help them get a place at university.

Maybe you decided to take, what you thought would be, the ‘easy options’ instead of thinking about your future career. We’ve all heard rumours about universities frowning upon certain A-level subjects but this can’t be true can it? Well I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it is. However, don’t worry, you’re not the only one as 59% of those we surveyed were unaware that many universities have a list of A-level subjects they view less favourably (e.g. general studies and media studies, but please check with your univerisity’s preferences before making your choices).

Although, the students are not all to blame for not choosing the best suited A-levels to them. Only half of the applicants felt suitably informed about how their A-levels could affect their choice of university or course. And 30% said the information and advice they did receive on which A-levels to take, failed to notify them on how it may affect their degree and university choices.

So you may have experienced problems with your A-level choices and had to learn the hard way. But hopefully after the findings of this research, which we conducted for Which? University, those who are choosing their A-levels now won’t have the same regrets.

What do you think of this research? Do you wish you’d chosen different A-levels? Leave your comments below…

No regrets guys - think ahead about your A-level choices

No regrets guys – think ahead about your A-level choices


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