Futures Magazine Volume 3 Final - Flipbook - Page 11
F U T U R E S
W H A T ' S
T H E
P L A N ?
So you're making some big decisions this year and you have to decide what you are doing after year 11 or
year 13. You think you're prepared, but do you have a plan A and a plan B? Most students don't, but all
students should. Here's why:
Unfortunately, the grades you want are sometimes not the
grades you get. If you want to study Biology at A level after year
11, chances are you will need a minimum of grade 6 in your GCSE
Biology course. If you don't get the grade 6 you need, you need to
consider what your plan B subject is for sixth form as soon as
Perhaps you have applied to your school's Sixth Form for after
year 11 as you feel this is the right thing to do. Consider, would
you learn better at a new Sixth Form, or perhaps in a College
environment? If you think you potentiallly COULD like a new
change in environment - put in a backup application elsewherejust in case.
By now, you have probably had chats with your teachers, parents
and friends about your next steps. It is important to listen to
others' opinions, but ultimately more important to trust your
intuition. If it is telling you that you might be happier/more
successful elsewhere than you have already applied, why not put
in a backup application to another place, just in case you change
There is usually a considerable amount of time between making
next step applications and results day. If you have only applied to
one place or have only considered one pathway, you run the risk
of changing your mind by the time you get your results. Why not
put in a plan B application to somewhere just in case you do?
Consider your options, research them thoroughly
and write down a Plan A and a Plan B.
You've got this!