Where to start if you haven’t got any idea?

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Do you want to go to college but don’t know what to study? Do you feel confused by the large amount of subjects available? Are you worried about making a wrong decision? We’ve put together some useful pointers to help you out.

  • Thinking about you… There are lots of factors that can help you decide what subject is the best fit for you. These include: your interests; your strengths and what you’re good at; your personality; your experience and your career plans. For instance, are you good at practical tasks? Do you have a particular talent? Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Did you do particularly well in a subject at school and would consider taking it further? Would you like to go to university and therefore require a course that carries UCAS points? These are all good talking points and, once you‘ve worked through them, you should have a clearer picture of what will suit you, what you’ll enjoy, and what will be a good fit with any career plans you may already have.
  • Getting the information… Take a look through the College prospectus. This will give you a taste of the careers each subject could lead to, what higher education options will be available, what it’s like to study in each department and what past students have gone on to do.
  • Looking beyond the title… You now know the subject area, but what about the course? Two courses that look similar on paper can be very different in reality. For instance, what modules does the course cover? Will you be assessed via exams, coursework or both? How many days a week will you be in College? How much are you expected to study at home? An open evening is the perfect chance to get down to the point with the subject tutors and really make sure you’re choosing the best course for you.
  • Taking the step… You’ve thought about what you want and researched the courses; now it’s time to make your application. You’ll be invited to an interview once you’ve applied. Don’t panic, this is a two way process and simply an opportunity to make sure you will be completely happy on your chosen course. You’ll also have your welcome day to look forward to at the end of the summer – a taste of things to come in November!
  • We’re here to help… We understand it can be stressful choosing the right course, but it should be an exciting time too! Just remember that our Careers Team are here to help not just current students, but prospective students as well. So drop in or give them a call if you need any advice. They’ll be happy to help.

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How to prepare for A Levels

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Going from studying a variety of subjects to specialising in just four at A Level is a big change. There are a few differences to be aware of between secondary school and A Level study. As well as a change in subjects, you are about to experience a new academic timetable and different way of learning. To get ready for the change, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your A Levels.

Summer reading

You can start to prepare for your A Levels the summer before the start of term. If you can’t wait to start learning about your favourite subjects, get a head start on your course by reading around the subject. Some teachers will provide you with recommended reading – but if you don’t have any, any general background reading on the subject is a great place to start. Summer reading is not compulsory for A Level study, but it might help you feel more prepared about starting your A Levels, as well as showing perspective universities that you are interested in your chosen subject.

Going back to school

One of the biggest differences you’ll find is the absence of a school uniform. One way you can prepare for your A Levels is to plan some possible outfits – or even go on a shopping trip. By planning what you want to wear before the start of term, you won’t have to worry about it once you’ve started your course, allowing you to focus on your studies.

The absence of a school uniform doesn’t affect the quality of the education of a school. Usually you will be allowed to dress as formally as you like. Lots of students use the opportunity of no uniforms to show their personal style. Pick clothing that you feel comfortable and confident in to make the most of your A Level experience.

Getting organised

With the start of a new school year, comes new stationery. If you’re starting a new academic journey, there is no better way to start fresh then by picking new school supplies. Upgrading your stationery can help you to plan for the more intense level of study and adapt to the level of organisation you’ll need as an A Level student. Some useful items to have in your schoolbag include:

  • Subject-specific folders
  • Diary or a planner
  • Well-stocked pencil case
  • Subject-related revision materials

What to expect during your A Level studies

The biggest difference between GCSE and A Levels is the number of subjects you study. You will now be specialising in up to four subjects based on your university and career aims. Classes sizes for GCSE students will vary depending on where you study, but A Level students typically have the benefit of learning in smaller classes, ensuring you get the attention you need to succeed.

Time management

Many students wonder how hard A Levels are, especially when they see how the study schedule can differ from secondary school. However, you will benefit from free lessons which you can use for extra study time. Being an A Level student requires a lot of time management and independent study. Teachers will be giving you more responsibility and will expect you to complete a larger quantity of work to a higher standard.

To be successful in your A Levels, you will have to manage your time effectively. This means not only keeping track of your homework and assignments, but also allocating time for any extra study beneficial to your subjects.

Preparing for university

Alongside your studies, being an A Level student also means applying for university. You will probably already have an idea of what you want to study before you begin your course. As an A Level student, you should start researching your university options as early as possible. Your college will be able to help with this and offer you guidance.

Your application

Before you start your A Levels, you may want to start thinking about the university application process. Applying for university as an A Level student involves applying through UCAS and writing a personal statement. Your personal tutor will be able to guide you through the process, but there are plenty of things you can do yourself to make sure your application stands out from the rest.

Joining clubs and societies

Participate in extracurricular activities to ensure you are getting a well-rounded education, both inside and outside the classroom. By joining clubs and societies, you can learn more about your chosen subjects – or show dedication to learning something new, a trait which can impress universities. Some examples of extracurricular activities and achievements to include on your application include:

  • Sports teams
  • Volunteering experiences
  • Certificates and awards
  • Musical qualifications
  • Trips, lectures and exhibitions

Gain practical experience

The same attitude goes for practical experience, which you can mention in your application as an example of your hard work. Practical experience will help you gain valuable skills that can be useful in the future. Many schools offer subject specific volunteering experience as part of their A Level programme.

Just a few of the skills you may develop through work are:

  • Time management
  • Budgeting
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Organisation
  • Leadership
  • Networking

Of course, the first step in anybody’s A Level journey is to make sure you’re choosing the right subjects for you. Choose subjects that complement one another and that will help with your career aims, but most importantly, that you enjoy.

 

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Colleges in the UK for international students

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Studying in the UK as an international student can be a life-transforming experience – you will learn new things, meet new people, open up a wealth of career opportunities and develop a range of skills such as leadership and critical thinking. After deciding that the UK is where you want to study, you will have to make the crucial decision of what school or college you will want to attend to help you get into your desired university.

Which international school or college is right for me?

Schools and colleges in the UK for international students offer fantastic opportunities for you to prepare and achieve the requirements you need to access a UK university. There are a range of colleges and schools in the UK that are suited to international students, but the real challenge lies in choosing the right one for you.

There are a few things you will need to consider: What is your preferred programme of study? Do you want to be in or close to any major cities? Which university are you aiming to study at after college? What degree do you want to study?

With so many choices across the UK, it can be hard to know where to start when choosing the perfect school or college from abroad. Luckily, Bloomberg College has three unique colleges in three famous UK cities, all offering a comprehensive education to prepare you for university and a successful future.

Why study at Bloomberg College?

Study an education tailor-made for you, surrounded by students from all over the world. You will experience and engage in a high-quality British education that is trusted by universities and focuses on international students.

At Bloomberg you will:

  • Gain a high-quality British education
  • Learn to value different opinions
  • Improve your English
  • Experience British culture.

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