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Explore the pivotal decisions in academic journeys, found all too common across the U.K.

Changing A level Subjects: Essential insights for informed transitions.

Why change A level subjects?

Changing A level subjects is acceptable for various reasons, such as discovering new interests, career shifts, or academic challenges. It fosters personal growth, tailoring education to individual passions and goals. Embracing change in pursuit of a fulfilling academic experience allows for a more aligned and meaningful educational journey.

Is It Ever Too Late To Change A level Subjects?

While timelines vary, in most schools or colleges it’s generally possible to change A levels within the first few weeks. Timely communication with educators ensures a smoother transition.

At Greene’s, you can change your A level subjects beyond this boundary, although of course this will affect your ability to apply or be ready for examinations (which have fixed dates and times). This is also subject to discussion with our Academic Office. Most Greene’s students tend to switch subjects in the Michaelmas term (September – December).

Will I Have To Retake The Year?

In most cases, changing A levels doesn’t require retaking the entire year. Adjustments are typically made to accommodate the new subjects within the curriculum.

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Choosing The Right Subjects

Consider your passions, future goals, and strengths. Research career paths and university requirements. Consult with teachers and career counsellors. Prioritise subjects aligning with your interests and aspirations for a fulfilling and purposeful academic journey.

Academic Implications of Changing Courses

Changing A level subjects may affect coursework and exam preparation. Ensure alignment with university or career goals. Communicate with educators to understand adjustments needed, minimising disruptions while maximising the opportunity for a more engaging and personally relevant academic experience.

What if My 6th Form Doesn’t Teach The A Levels I Want To Do?

Explore nearby schools or colleges offering desired A levels. Discuss options with your current institution, and consider external courses or online platforms for the required subjects. Greene’s has taught A levels in the tutorial method for over 55 years! (And our subject range is quite exhaustive to boot.) Reach out to us today.

About Greene’s

Greene’s College Oxford is an independent sixth form college with campuses located in the heart of Oxford, U.K. and in Lisbon & Estoril, Portugal. Our educational philosophy is based on one simple assumption: if students’ education is tailored to suit their unique qualities and needs, they are more likely to be successful. Study at Greene’s College Oxford blends small group or individual tutorials, dynamic feedback on learning, and one-to-one weekly Personal Tutoring sessions to ensure all students have personalised guidance.


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