Focus on Education

The Russell Group of UK universities have sought to provide advice to those choosing A Levels through their Informed Choices programme for a number of years. The most controversial part of this has been the list of so-called “facilitating subjects”. While intended to help ensure that students took A Levels that gave them the greatest options for post-eighteen study, this short list of academic A Levels has been criticised for causing the marginalisation of creative subjects in schools. In the second half of May, a new Informed Choices website ( was launched that takes a different approach to guiding student A Level choices, and it is hoped this will address the concerns with the old system. The new website has been well received and is well worth the attention of students in their GCSE years who are considering what to study next. Please click here to read more about this from the BBC.