This is How You Pick Your A-Level Subjects

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    In our previous A-Level article, we gave you an extensive guide on the basics of A-Level, including information about scholarships and fees.

    Whether or not you know what degree course you will take, you’re still required to pick specific subjects for your A-Level.

    We’re here to give you an easy guide on how to make your choices! Hopefully, you’ll find it easier to decide once you’ve read our advice.



    Find Out What A-Level Subjects Are Offered at Your College

    There are over 50 subjects offered by the Cambridge International Advanced Level, and around 19 by Edexcel Advanced Level.

    Not all subjects may be available at local institutions.

    For example, Computer Science is offered at Taylor’s University, but the subject isn’t available at HELP University College or KDU University College.



    Find Out the Minimum SPM Requirements to Apply For A-Level

    If you plan to take non-Science subjects in A-Levels, you need at least 5 credits in your SPM to be accepted, and there are generally no pre-requisite subjects required from SPM.

    However, if you plan to take Science-related subjects for A-Level, most universities have fixed SPM requirements, such as a minimum of C’s in certain or all your Science SPM subjects.



    Check the Mandatory Subjects for Your Undergraduate Course

    So you already know what you’re planning to take for your degree?

    That’s great!

    You should also know that some degree courses require specific mandatory subjects to be taken in your A-Level.

    We’ve compiled a handy list of popular degree subjects Malaysian students usually opt for after A-Level, as well as their mandatory and recommended subjects.

    What are recommended subjects?

    These subjects offer a broader exposure to the field you’re interested in, and would strengthen your results when you apply for top universities.


    Mandatory subjects: Mathematics and Physics
    Recommended subjects: Further Mathematics, Chemistry


    Mandatory subject: Mathematics
    Recommended subject: Economics


    Mandatory subjects: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry
    Recommended subject: Physics


    Mandatory subjects: Biology, Chemistry
    Recommended subject: Mathematics


    Mandatory subject: None
    Recommended subject: English, Economics, Sociology

    Accounting & Finance

    Mandatory subjects: Mathematics
    Recommended subject: Economics

    Computer Science & IT

    Mandatory subjects: Mathematics, Information Technology
    Recommended subject: Physics



    Find Out How Many A-Level Subjects to Take

    Taking 3 A-Level subjects with the right combination is sufficient to enrol into any degree course.

    Students who aim to get into top tier universities abroad can consider taking on 4 subjects.

    Do keep in mind that it will be challenging!


    You Can Take ‘Facilitating Subjects’ If You Are Undecided

    Facilitating subjects allows you to have more course options when you finish your A Level, as they are frequently asked for by universities.

    Examples of facilitating subjects include Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, English Literature, Geography, Physics, and History.

    You can apply for an Arts degree with Science-related subjects.

    However, the university might require you to take an additional test.

    What Your Strengths and Interests Are

    We understand that picking your A-Level subjects may be difficult.

    It is important that you know whether you can do well and are interested in them.

    For instance, you may have always been good in languages and writing essays, so picking subjects such as English Literature and Law would not be a problem.

    And luckily for you, there are now a lot of FREE online resources (such as Cambridge International and GoConqr) for you to get a better picture of the subjects.

    If you want to get more information on A-Level and other pre-university courses, contact our counsellors today!