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22/01/21

Retweetd From KRSCP

Children and young people might be feeling particularly worried or anxious at the moment. The changes to lives and routines means there is a lot of uncertainty. For advice on supporting your child’s mental wellbeing, go to https://t.co/gVND3DYYjS

22/01/21

Retweetd From Colin Stitt

This is an urgent Safeguarding Alert which needs your attention to a dangerous challenge. Please, watch, read and share with Safeguarding Professionals,Teachers, Parents and Carers! https://t.co/A7PFOdVJQS

22/01/21

Retweetd From Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Here in the UK, and around the world, millions of people face discrimination and hostility simply because of their identity. Join the nation in standing against prejudice and hatred by lighting a candle at 8pm on . Together, we will .

21/01/21

Retweetd From YoungMinds

Accessing mental health support early can make a critical difference for young people - and can save money and resources for services later down the line. It’s time the Government make early mental health support a national priority. Young people and parents deserve better.

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21/01/21

Retweetd From YouthOutLoud

It's still a very difficult and lonely time for many of us. We miss our friends and family deeply. So today, YOL! is sending you all a virtual hug for 2021 and want you to know that For help and support ==> https://t.co/b6Mugyxist https://t.co/1HhMmM8g7m

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20/01/21

Retweetd From Hampton School Partnerships

Delighted that over 90 Year 12 students from could join us for the Oxbridge Introduction Presentation. Some great questions asked! https://t.co/bZvvUpziqK

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19/01/21

Retweetd From YoungMinds

If your teenager is struggling with their mental health, here are four things you can do. https://t.co/1aDCCerAx9

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15/01/21

Retweetd From Richmond Borough Mind

RB Mind’s Helpline offers a confidential listening service for anyone over 18 living in Richmond. We offer a safe place where you can speak to someone who will listen, offer you support and guide you to further help if needed. Find all the details at https://t.co/TpVj09PVGT https://t.co/Yg1GMrufUk

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15/01/21

Retweetd From Safer Schools

has released significant privacy updates for it's younger users, but will they work❓Find out in our new article - available here 👉 https://t.co/Uq2VQZg1ag https://t.co/HLgmRtHYjk

14/01/21

Retweetd From Victoria Derbyshire

From today, those experiencing domestic abuse will be able to go into a Boots or indie chemist & seek help. If they say the codeword ‘ANI’ they’ll be taken to a private room & asked if they want to call 999 or domestic abuse helpline. ANI stands for Action Needed Immediately

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14/01/21

Retweetd From YoungMinds

Services that can help you get through lockdown if you need support. https://t.co/xGn4FjlEHM

13/01/21

We have a session set up with a survivor, in collaboration with the lovely people at Richmond Synagogue, so they can share their experiences with our students https://t.co/NV4z2VMTmf

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12/01/21

Retweetd From The Brilliant Club

The pupils launching onto today with will experience university-style learning and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to go on to, and excel at, highly-selective universities. See what some pupils will be studying below! https://t.co/x11Ev8UscT

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11/01/21

Retweetd From Kingston Hospital

Are you struggling or finding things difficult during lockdown? Reach out to where you can find support, advice or just someone to talk to. It’s a free, anonymous 👥 online service and there for you when you need it 💻. 👉Get in touch https://t.co/dcsoAacDfp https://t.co/9MN3OLwpMG

07/01/21

Retweetd From KRSCP

Kooth is offering support in Kingston and Richmond: find out more https://t.co/VXhL2I56Zr

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07/01/21

Retweetd From YouthOutLoud

Want to improve your wellbeing? Do it ! The project combines creative activity, light touch art therapy and positive psychology to enhance mood and improve emotional wellbeing. NO NEED TO BE GOOD AT ART! Email julia-arts.org for bookings and information https://t.co/z71H049Wyi

07/01/21

Thank you. This is so kind 😊 https://t.co/UqkbxfFbLG

07/01/21

Retweetd From Julie Penna

I’d like to praise and for the provision of work, their incredible support and for all of their hard work not only during the pandemic, but always.

06/01/21

Retweetd From Matt Haig

Hollie McNish had a good point over on Instagram. That if you or your kids are stressed by the idea of 'lockdown' and 'isolation' reframe the concept as 'hibernation' which makes it sound more fun and squirrelish.

Choosing My A Levels

When you are thinking about which A Level subjects to choose there are a range of factors you may wish to consider: Which subjects do you enjoy? Which subjects do you do best in? What would you like to study at university? What kind of career would you like?  You may even have thought about questions like:  Which university would you like to study at? Which course would you like to apply for?

If you know what you want to do, for example a career in medicine, it is easier.  Research the universities that offer the subject, look at the entrance requirements for the courses that interest you and make your choice accordingly.  However, most 15 and 16 year-olds are uncertain...you feel the need to keep your options open. That is why we at Waldegrave will be encouraging you to consider taking at least two facilitating subjects like maths, English literature, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, history or languages. 

The Russell Group and Oxbridge

The prestigious Russell Group of universities published a guide called "Informed Choices" which explains in detail which A Levels they are looking for. To view the guide, please click here.  Universities in the Russell Group are often referred to as competitive universities or top universities.  If you know you want to apply for a competitive university course you should check to make sure that the subject combination you have chosen would be acceptable. More Russell Group information

What else do I need to think about?

It is important to recognise that there are many excellent universities with wonderful reputations and highly respected and sometimes specialist courses (i.e. Bournemouth is considered the best for Digital Media) that you might want to explore.  These universities often have direct links with the employment sector and have courses that are feeding into the industries and employment streams of the future.  In these cases universities are looking for a passion and enthusiasm for the subject and an indication that you can cope with academic study at undergraduate level.  These courses are more likely to be interested in your overall UCAS point score (which is the way you add up your total ‘points’ for both AS and A2 rather than the grades).

Which subjects go well together?

Remember that breadth of subjects is valued, and therefore subjects with a significant curriculum overlap might be avoided (i.e. economics and business studies or sociology and psychology). However there are subjects and careers, perhaps the Arts, where closely related subjects like Art, photography, media and fashion, or drama, music, dance and English literature might be seen as really attractive for specific careers or degree choices. So you need to be clear about what you want! You need to be sure there is coherence in the subjects you have chosen.  Mixing media, maths and chemistry might be perfect if you would like to develop a career in science journalism?

For anyone who's still unsure about their future career I would always advise a mixture of A Levels. A passion for a non-degree related subject is highly valued by admission tutors. It shows you are a well rounded candidate.

Some Top Tips

  • Choose subjects which interest you and can hold your attention for at least two years... and possibly a lifetime!
  • Research your next steps and career choices. Do your subjects link well?
  • Research your university choices and entrance requirements carefully.
  • Consider what being a ‘top’ university means to you.
  • Try to be broad and balanced in your choices and keep your options open.
  • If you are unsure, call the admissions office of the universities you might consider and ask for feedback on your A Levels choices and their grade entry requirements.
  • Remember getting a higher grade in a subject you love may open more doors in the future than a lower grade in a subject you tried your best in but just couldn’t sustain for two years. Choose carefully which A Levels you can achieve!