Choosing three or four subjects to take at A-level isn’t a decision you should take lightly. Take your time and ask lots of questions – you will find the combination which is right for you!
You should have a real interest in the content – the things that you learn about – but you should also think about the skills that the subject requires. One subject might require a lot of learning detail, another might require a lot of independent reading, some subjects involve a lot of essay writing, others a lot of creativity. Each of these activities requires skills you must be confident you have or can develop.
The way a subject is assessed might also be important to you, particularly if assessment involves project work.
Some subject combinations are complimentary and fit well together, such as studying Physics and Mathematics or another science. This can help you in your studies and enable you to meet entry requirements for higher level courses in future.
There are also new subjects that you have not studied before so it’s really worth taking some time to find out what’s involved in these new courses.
The AS and A2 level subjects available are:
- Business Studies
- English Literature
- Further Mathematics
- Government and Politics*
- Health and Social Care
- Media Studies
- Nutrition and Food Science
- Physical Education*
- Religious Studies
- Software Systems Development*
- Technology and Design
* Collaboration subjects – offered with schools in the East Belfast Area Learning Community.
It is envisaged that most pupils will take 4 AS subjects but that some will be advised to only take three based upon their performance at GCSE.
All pupils follow a non-examination programme of Careers and Physical Education.
- Drama, Media Studies and Psychology are examined by AQA.
- Physical Education and Sociology are examined by WJEC.
- Health and Social Care is examined by OCR.
- All other A level subjects are examined by CCEA.