Uni applicant diaries: what I wish I'd known about Year 12
Just started your A-levels? We asked last year's lower sixth students and applicant bloggers Catherine and Hannah what they wish they'd known about Year 12...
"Taking subjects you enjoy is SO important..."
- Catherine JonesBefore going into Year 12, I felt so focused on getting the right AS grades and getting into university that I wish I had known that it's not the end of the world if your grades aren’t the best - they need to be the best for you.
I am now taking art, geography and physics; I changed from taking maths because I realised that you have to take what you actually like studying. It doesn't matter if they don’t 'match' or if you don't know what you want to do yet. I wish I'd known that lots of graduate-level jobs aren't specific to a certain degree, so it's really worth taking what you enjoy.
It's not always just about the grades, either. As I'm looking to study fine art, it's also about the portfolio. I wish I'd known this earlier, so I would have had more time to work on it - along with the extra reading that's important for the courses I'm looking at, too.
"Six AS-levels is a LOT to take on..."
- Hannah Hawken
I wish that I had been warned more strongly not to choose too many AS-levels. It is a very important year, and six was too many for me (English, history, French, Spanish, art, critical thinking). The AS-level I've dropped is English, as I have started a lot of literature in French and Spanish this year, and feel that is sufficient preparation for studying those subjects at university.
Finally, it would have been nice to know that some universities require written work for specific courses. I would have had more time to improve my technique, rather than having to revisit them after summer!