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Dilemma portfolio courses and a level choices ?

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Theas18 Sat 10-Jan-15 13:12:50

Posted before about dd2 being an all rounder and finding a level choices a pain. She doesn't know what she wants to do At uni either.

Having been through this with the other 2 and them ending up on " non mainstream" courses ( ie not straight history or straight science to parallel exactly school subjects) ive been pointing her at more " portfolio" type degrees eg human sciences .. Careers advice outside mainstream choices at school is a bit thin on the ground - it's a very good grammar etc so has it easy with a lot of parents wanting " my son the doctor.... My daughter the lawyer" type things.

Initial plans were A2 in music history english and maths. A heavy written load and, apart from the maths, slightly risky due to the lack of clear " right or wrong answers" which you get with sciences.

Mock results great - A and A* s as expected. But of course the * s are sciences.... So now she's dithering again!

What does the wisdom of mn suggest she thinks about/ looks at either to focus her uni plans or settle her A level choices?

( she honestly doesn't know and, apart from being desperate to drop MFL due to shyness amd geog because of the teacher would enjoy anything!) oh and doesn't want to persue music as sees it as a choice to go into teaching - which is probably correct really)

Kez100 Sat 10-Jan-15 14:47:12

Our College let the unsure students apply for all the subjects they thought wanted to do (my son applied for six) and they had to finally decide on 4 on results day. It gave them a bit longer to think and also got them through the exams working hard on all and not distracted by "have I made the right decision"

Theas18 Sat 10-Jan-15 15:26:07

Kez that sounds a good idea. Trouble is our school doesn't hqve blocks or set combos but tailors to demand so chasing and changing when things are set isn't easy ...

TinklyLittleLaugh Mon 12-Jan-15 12:49:53

I am encouraging my daughter to choose a mixture of Alevels as she is dithering about her future direction. FWIW DD has A* for the first GCSE of triple science that she did last summer, and will probably achieve similar this year. She is not doing a science A level though because she just doesn't like it.

Eastpoint Tue 13-Jan-15 21:14:23

Can you ask the school if students ever change in the autumn term? My dd is a year older than yours & when they went back to school 26 requested changing subjects. They were given 3 weeks to finalise. I don't know what would have happened if they were making unusual choices. It might be worth her talking to friends in the year above to learn what actually happens.

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