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A shake-up of the exams system makes it all of the extra vital for youngsters to consider carefully about their A-level selections, main universities say.

Sixth-formers now have fewer probabilities to attempt a topic at AS-level earlier than committing to taking the total A-level.

This implies their topic selections carry extra weight, in keeping with the Russell Group, which represents 24 research-intense UK establishments.

The warning got here because the group printed its up to date Informed Choices information.

The steerage offers college students and colleges recommendation on the topics and topic combos which can be most helpful for programs provided by Russell Group universities.

“As much as 15% fewer college students are taking AS-levels after adjustments imply they not depend towards A-level grades,” the Russell Group mentioned.

“College students due to this fact might have much less alternative to attempt a topic earlier than taking it to A-level and their selections now bear extra weight.”

Director common of the group, Dr Wendy Piatt, mentioned: “We’re wholeheartedly dedicated to making sure our doorways are huge open to gifted and ready college students from all backgrounds, however our universities cannot provide locations to those that don’t apply or don’t have the proper grades in the proper topics.

“Too usually, college students drawback themselves by selecting a mixture of topics at A-level that won’t equip them with the suitable abilities and data for his or her most well-liked college course.

“Topic alternative at GCSE and A-level or equal impacts everybody’s choices for diploma programs, so we ensure that essentially the most helpful and related data is on the market to college students all over the place, by way of Knowledgeable Selections.”

In April, the patron group Which? mentioned too many college candidates realised too late that they’d chosen the unsuitable topics at age 16.

The buyer group surveyed greater than 1,000 UK 18- and 19-year-old college candidates and located virtually a 3rd (28%) mentioned they wished they’d chosen completely different topics and 41% wished they’d thought-about which topics can be of most use.

Underneath a significant overhaul, AS-levels have been decoupled from A-levels to kind a standalone qualification.

New more durable two-year A-level programs, with exams on the finish, are being launched over a three-year interval.