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A shake-up of the exams system makes it all of the extra essential for youngsters to think twice about their A-level decisions, main universities say.

Sixth-formers now have fewer probabilities to attempt a topic at AS-level earlier than committing to taking the complete A-level.

This implies their topic decisions carry extra weight, in response to the Russell Group, which represents 24 research-intense UK establishments.

The warning got here because the group printed its up to date Informed Choices information.

The steerage provides college students and faculties recommendation on the themes and topic mixtures which can be most helpful for programs provided by Russell Group universities.

“As much as 15% fewer college students are taking AS-levels after modifications imply they now not rely towards A-level grades,” the Russell Group mentioned.

“College students due to this fact could have much less alternative to attempt a topic earlier than taking it to A-level and their decisions now bear extra weight.”

Director normal of the group, Dr Wendy Piatt, mentioned: “We’re wholeheartedly dedicated to making sure our doorways are broad open to proficient and ready college students from all backgrounds, however our universities cannot provide locations to those that don’t apply or should not have the appropriate grades in the appropriate topics.

“Too typically, college students drawback themselves by selecting a mixture of topics at A-level that won’t equip them with the suitable expertise and data for his or her most popular college course.

“Topic alternative at GCSE and A-level or equal impacts everybody’s choices for diploma programs, so we make it possible for essentially the most helpful and related info is out there to college students in all places, by Knowledgeable Decisions.”

In April, the patron group Which? mentioned too many college candidates realised too late that they’d chosen the flawed topics at age 16.

The patron group surveyed greater than 1,000 UK 18- and 19-year-old college candidates and located virtually a 3rd (28%) mentioned they wished they’d chosen completely different topics and 41% wished they’d thought-about which topics could be of most use.

Below a significant overhaul, AS-levels have been decoupled from A-levels to type a standalone qualification.

New more durable two-year A-level programs, with exams on the finish, are being launched over a three-year interval.