A-level trends for popular degree courses revealed

In an article on Which University, 15/02/13, career and education choice experts bestCourse4Me.com take a closer look at typical A-level combinations - and grades achieved - by students who go on to take popular degree courses.

When it comes to thinking about applying for a place at university, a lot of students start their research online: visiting university websites, UCAS and services such as Which? University to find out more about different courses and universities on offer, and crucially, the entry requirements or points you need to be considered.

But it's also worth looking at the qualifications recent students on different degree coursesactually took, and the grades they actually achieved - information bestCourse4Me (bC4Me) analyses to help match prospective students to the right degree courses.

Actual qualifications vs entry requirements

What's really revealing about looking at the actual qualifications students achieved is that they can be very different from the entry requirements listed by a university department. As well as on the bC4Me website, you'll also find them on Which? University course pages:

Meeting the quoted entry requirements is key to application success - but looking at these in combination with actual achievements data will arm you with extra knowledge:

  • How flexible (or inflexible) a university might be when it comes to the stated entry requirements.
  • An idea of the typical academic background of your potential peers.
  • How broad (or narrow) typical A-level subject combinations studied are.

The moral of the story is: ‘do your research!’. Digging into the actual A-levels and grades attained by previous students who were accepted on to your chosen course – and applying accordingly – could give you the edge over your fellow students come offer time. Good luck!

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