I’ve been wanting to write this post for ages and finally the time has come! Today I’m going to share with you my honest opinion of 6th form so far to hopefully answer any questions you may have or eliminate any worries.
To start with, I’m taking English literature, English language, geography and art and in my GCSEs I was awarded an 8, 9, A* and A respectively (if you don’t live in the UK that probably makes no sense to you so I’m sorry about that!). They’re my favourite subjects and I was extremely grateful that I was able to continue studying them ☺
Initially, I chose to study biology instead of English language but after the first few lessons I realised it really wasn’t what I wanted so I made the decision to change – so far, I definitely feel as though this was the best choice for me! Possibly later on in the biology course I would have found my feet and enjoyed it more but my gut instinct was that I’d made a mistake in choosing the subject and so I swapped to English which had been a very close second.
The initial 4 subjects I’d chosen are very broad and cover a lot of different areas and this is partly why I chose them: I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to go after 6th form or what I wanted to do so I figured that if I kept all of my options open I’d be able to take pretty much whatever I wanted at uni, provided I get the right grades of course. Now they’re a bit more closed since I’m taking both English subjects but also in that time I’ve decided I do definitely want to go down an English related route, so that’s probably no bad thing 🙂
Overall so far I can’t say I’ve noticed a massive increase in the content – there is a lot more to cover but I don’t feel like (so far *nervous giggles*) it’s been too much of a step up from GCSE (although maybe I was just expecting way too much…).
And now, the dreaded topic…homework! Again I think maybe I had listened to other people a bit too much about the amount of homework you get and how you start drowning in it after the first week – it’s not true!! Yes, you do get more than at GCSE level, but you also have free periods so you can do a lot of it then. My school recommends that you spend the same amount of time on homework as you spend in lessons (so for me, 4 hours per subject per week at school and then the same at school) and honestly, I feel like if you utilise your free periods to the maximum you’re going to be able to have a lot of time at home to do what you like.
I hope this post helps a few people; are you thinking of going into 6th form? What are you hoping to study? If you have any questions at all please let me know and I’ll answer them as best as I can!