Careers Guidance For You

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    21st February 2024

    Choosing the right A-level subjects is a crucial step for students as you prepare for your future education and career paths. In the past, the Russell Group, a prestigious association of 24 research-intensive universities in the UK, provided guidance through the concept of 'Facilitating Subjects' believed to offer a strong foundation for undergraduate study. However, recent changes have led to a shift in approach, aimed at empowering students to make informed choices that align with their interests and aspirations.

    Facilitating Subjects included Mathematics, English Literature, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, and Languages (Classical or Modern). While these subjects were valued for their academic rigour and relevance to a wide range of disciplines, they were not strict prerequisites for admission although an inclusion of at least two of these subjects was recommended.  As such, subjects like Law, Business and Economics began to be discouraged for application to top universities unless two facilitating subjects had already been chosen. 

    Happily, this situation no longer exists.

    In 2019, the Russell Group announced the discontinuation of the Facilitating Subjects concept. This decision was made to promote a broader range of subjects and to discourage the perception that certain subjects were inherently more valuable for university admissions than others. Instead, the focus shifted to the 'Informed Choices' initiative.

    'Informed Choices' provides guidance on A-level subject choices most commonly required or preferred for various degree programmes at Russell Group universities and other selective institutions such as St Andrew's, Bath, Loughborough and Lancaster. Rather than prescribing specific subjects, the initiative encourages you to consider subjects that are relevant, rigorous, and aligned with the academic skills required, your interests and career goals.

    Example: Law.

    Law is often cited by as needing 'facilitating subjects'. Let's take a look at how expectations have changed: 

    A Law degree requires strong analytical, research, writing, and oral communication skills, along with the ability to engage in logical reasoning and critical thinking. Students must also excel in time management, attention to detail, and ethical reasoning to succeed in the rigorous academic and professional demands of the legal field.

    Previous Facilitating Subjects: English and History

    Informed Choices subjects: English, History, Politics, Economics, Sociology, Law, Latin, Classical Civilisation and Philosophy.

    Remember, you do NOT need to to choose three from the Informed Choices list - but two is recommended to develop the skills you will need to succeed. If you really only want to pick one, make sure you communicate on your UCAS application how you have gained the relevant skills for your degree subject within the study of your other A Levels. Taking an EPQ can also help enormously.

    Most studied A Levels by previous Russell Group Law students: History, English, Law, Psychology, Geography, Economics, Maths [source:]

    In summary, as you navigate your A-level subject choices, it's essential to research the requirements for potential courses and institutions (as some will specify essential subjects) while also considering the Informed Choices guidance. However, you should also prioritise subjects that not only meet academic requirements but also resonate with your interests, strengths, and future aspirations. By making informed decisions tailored to your individual goals, you can set yourselves on a path to success in higher education and beyond.

    For further resources see our portal section Higher Education

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