After finishing their IGCSE’s, students have a choice to either continue with sixth form (GCE Advanced level) or leave school for university, take a gap year or step inside the working environment. In my opinion, it is a colossal gap between A levels and IGCSE’s. Finishing your A levels, gives you a wider range of your university choice, but stopping at your IGCSEs may be constricting and cause difficulty once you’ve entered university. The fact is, IGCSE knowledge is just not enough, I cannot explain to you how different it is, but for you to see for yourself if you’re really curious (past examination papers for both A level and IGCSE’s are available online). To summarise it, IGCSEs are just scratching the surface where A levels are ocean deep. I always thought my teachers and people who actually finished them were actually trying to scare me or was just exaggerating it, but when I actually experienced the difference, whether it may be the content of the subject, the responsibility, even the time management skills needed, I had a striking sense of realisation that it was not just my teachers bluffing. The reason for that is, sixth form students have their own study periods adapted for themselves. Using this time wisely is not always the easiest thing. Distractions are everywhere and I do find myself getting sidetracked but this is the reason for these periods, being able to realise your weaknesses and trying to combat them. These skills are crucial for university, because your professors probably will not be spoon feeding you the knowledge. It is more beneficial due to the fact that you are able to choose 4 subjects (Advanced subsidiary) and continue with 3 in the later year. Your choices are tailored to you and your path. Overall it is more in-depth and academically rigorous but it certainly would pay off in the future. My interest and passion in each subjects I have chosen has increased continuously throughout the course. The further I learn, the clearer understanding I have of myself that my knowledge wasn’t superior but rather limited and brief. Einstein once said “The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know”. I find that this statement is ridiculously relatable with the situation I am in right now, and I would not be understanding this idea at all, if it was not for me continuing my further education.
Jameena Rattanaphitayaporn, Year 13.
A level English
A level Biology
A level Mathematics
AS level Chemistry
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