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Choosing Courses

When choosing the subjects to take in sixth form, it is essential to consider the career or university courses you may wish to follow in the future. Universities and employers will often have specific subject combinations that they are looking for from successful applicants so it is better to make sure your choices now match you future plans, than finding out in the future when it is too late.

This guide is provided to help you think about your course choices – If you have a specific university course or career in mind it is always best to research on the www.ucas.com course search feature; check university websites or the careers websites in the VLE.

 

Degree/Career Choices

Essential/Desirable Subjects

Agriculture

BTEC Science may be useful. AS Biology may be required.

Anatomy and Physiology

Biology and Chemistry are required by some universities with BTEC Science acceptable at many others.

Archaeology

Generally no specific requirements though some prefer Chemistry.

Architecture and Building

Mathematics or Physics may be required. Art is sometimes required or desirable.

Art & design

Art or Product Design depending on area.  Portfolios of work are usually required.

Biosciences

Biology and Chemistry are required by some universities with BTEC Science acceptable at many others.

Business and Management

BTEC Business is acceptable for most university courses, although some universities can have Mathematics requirement at GCSE or AS/A2 level.

Chemistry

Chemistry and another science.

Computer Sciences & IT

BTEC ICT is acceptable for most university courses, although some universities can specify more traditional AS/A2 Level subjects as well.

Dentistry

Chemistry, plus one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics; Biology often required to at least AS - although it is recommended to have all three Sciences at A Level. GCSE grades of at least B often required in English, Maths and Science. Relevant work experience is essential.

Drama

English Literature or Drama.

Economics

Mathematics preferred/required at some Universities.

English

English Literature and or English Language

Engineering

Mathematics and Physics, Chemistry required for Chemical Engineering

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Geography; one or more Science subjects required for some courses.

History

History (often, but not always required)

Laboratory Science

BTEC Science or an A Level Science course

Law

No specific requirements, although English, History, Classics, Mathematics or a Modern Language is useful.

Mathematics

Mathematics, Further Mathematics also often required.

Media Studies

English, Film or Sociology can be useful.  Relevant work experience is often considered.

Medicine

Chemistry, plus one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics; Biology often required to at least AS. GCSE grades of at least B often required in English, Maths and Science. Relevant work experience is essential.

Modern Languages

Main language at A level always required.

Music

Music required often with graded examinations in at least one musical instrument or vocal performance.

Nursing

A Science subject at BTEC or A Level. Biology can be required at some universities.

Pharmacology & Pharmacy

Chemistry plus another Science.

Physics

Physics, Mathematics and sometimes Further Mathematics.

Physiotherapy

Biology or another Science subject or Physical Education.

Politics

History, Law, Modern Languages or English useful.

Psychology

Traditional Science subject or Mathematics often required.  Often a GCSE Mathematics requirement.

Sports Science

Science subject and Physical Education can be useful.

Teaching

Secondary Teaching will require A Levels or BTECs in the subject you wish to specialise in. Primary school teaching will require mainly subjects that feature in the national curriculum. Specific GCSE Maths, Science and English grades are often required by some universities. Health and Social Care BTEC can also lead to Primary Education courses.

Veterinary Science

Chemistry, plus one of Biology, Physics, Mathematics; Biology often required to at least AS - although it is recommended to have all three Sciences at A Level. GCSE grades of at least B often required in English, Maths and Science. Relevant work experience is essential.

For more information about 16+ or to discuss the courses available please contact the Sixth Form Team on  01207 292 180 or email 16+@ndacademy.co.uk .