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    Most of us take A-levels, a system which makes us specialise our education from age 16, focusing on 4 subjects (then 3 in the following year). Afterwards, we go to university and study a single subject course for the duration of 3 years.

    I was watching newsnight yesterday and they debated about the new proposals for A-levels, and I was interested in a point raised by someone, that in most other countries (including America), students study a wider range and greater number of subjects/courses in their equivalent of A-levels, and that even their university system is much broader compared to ours - apparently they pick about 4 subjects with 1 of them being a 'major'.

    Personally, I prefer a broader system both in our last years in secondary school and in university, its a bit strange to focus our education so narrowly from such a young age. I think this is partly to blame for the ignorance in people of other subjects apart from their own.

    What do you all think?
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    (Original post by Red Richie)
    Most of us take A-levels, a system which makes us specialise our education from age 16, focusing on 4 subjects (then 3 in the following year). Afterwards, we go to university and study a single subject course for the duration of 3 years.

    I was watching newsnight yesterday and they debated about the new proposals for A-levels, and I was interested in a point raised by someone, that in most other countries (including America), students study a wider range and greater number of subjects/courses in their equivalent of A-levels, and that even their university system is much broader compared to ours - apparently they pick about 4 subjects with 1 of them being a 'major'.

    Personally, I prefer a broader system both in our last years in secondary school and in university, its a bit strange to focus our education so narrowly from such a young age. I think this is partly to blame for the ignorance in people of other subjects apart from their own.

    What do you all think?
    Yes. I think our education system needs to change. Apparently in the US, at degree level, you are studying for educational purposes. Then after the degree, if you want to become a doctor, lawyer, etc... you can specialise in those fields and take up a law degree etc..

    I do feel that we kinda forced by 16 to determine our career path.
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    But we need to do the broad subject thing whilst at school.
    In America its kind of a money making thing to study their "A Levels" at uni itself as the fees can be up to 50 000 dollars a year depending on the uni you go to.
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    (Original post by The_Male_Melons)
    Yes. I think our education system needs to change. Apparently in the US, at degree level, you are studying for educational purposes. Then after the degree, if you want to become a doctor, lawyer, etc... you can specialise in those fields and take up a law degree etc..

    I do feel that we kinda forced by 16 to determine our career path.
    I know that feel bro
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    (Original post by Red Richie)
    I know that feel bro
    I regret choosing law. I chose it because of a) Parents and b) Didn't know what to do in life.

    I think we need times to actually determine our futures. Rather than being forced to decide at 16 when you barely know what you want to do in life.

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