The Most Popular Subjects at A-level

by Anita Naik

Whether you have already chosen your A-levels or you're still struggling to choose, here's what you need to know to help you make the right choices for your future.

According to Schools Week the most popular subjects at A-level have changed for the first time in five years.

Maths remains the most popular subject, and attracts significantly more students than any other subject, with more than 90,000 people having sat A-level Maths exams this summer. The reason for this subject's popularity is it opens the door to a wide variety of university courses giving students key skills, like problem-solving and data analysis that can help is a large number of careers.

Psychology is now the second most popular A-Level, having swapped places with biology. Psychology is popular because it's concerned with human behaviour and allows students to run experiments with real people and delve into case studies. Psychology also has an element of science and statistics, which again opens the door to a range of university courses and jobs.

STEM subjects like Biology, Chemistry and Physics remain in the top 10 studied subjects, with computing seeing the most significant increase in entries up 11.7 per cent.

As widely reported there has been a decline in modern languages being studied at A-level, with numbers of students down 40 per cent. However, Spanish A-level has seen a significant increase in students, with entries up to nearly 9000.

With all of that in mind, if you are thinking about taking A-levels you need to also choose subjects:

· You will enjoy

· You and your teachers believe you will do well in

· That will help you get into university or a career of your choice

What will help here is to read the A-level specification, as a subject may not be what you think it will be. This way, you can get an idea of the workload and subject matter involved. If you're still unsure talk to students already studying these A-levels and see what the reality is for studying these subjects.

If you don't know what you want to do in the future, you can still make smart choices by choosing facilitating A-levels. These subjects are commonly asked for in universities' entry requirements, regardless of what you're applying for.

Russell Group universities recommend you choose at least two traditional subjects to ensure, you will be considered by their admissions tutors. Their website Informed Choices will help you to read about the types of degree you are interested in to see which subjects may be good preparation and the combinations of A-levels to consider.

Facilitating Subjects

· Biology

· Chemistry

· English

· Geography

· History

· Maths

· Modern and classical languages

· Physics

Whatever you choose, it's also vital to remember that A-levels are more challenging than GCSEs, and you shouldn't overload yourself with too many subjects. You will also have more independent study time and less classroom time, so you need to be able to work on your own and in a different way to GCSEs.

What can help if you find yourself struggling to cope with the workload, or change your work style from GCSE to A-level is to work with a tutor to help you make the transition more easily.