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    I'm currently in year 11 and I have to choose which A levels to study at 6th form.

    I've already got a 'B' grade in GCSE English language.
    My target grades are C's, but I know I can get B's and above if I study hard.

    I'd like to do a sports course. My school's 6th form offers A Level PE & BTEC National Diploma in Sport. I didn't do GCSE PE :mad: , but I'm good at sport.

    Could people that do A Level PE & BTEC National Diploma in Sport help me choose which course is the best for me please.
    Also could you tell me the pros and cons of both courses.

    Your help is much appreciated, thanks.

    Hey there, I finished my btec sport course last year and would highly recommend it. With the course being 100% coursework and zero exams it means when you come to your A level exams at the end of your two years, you will already have finished your btec course. This would give you much more needed time to focus on your other subject exams
    Plus having not done G.C.S.E P.E doesn't matter at all really for btec as just under half of my btec class hadn't done it

    With A Level P.E, from friends I know to have done it, it is very difficult throughout the year and finishes with some very tough exams, also when I chose my courses you had to be at county level standard for two sports to be accepted for A Level P.E. If you really want a good insight into the course, I've just recently put my to year folder on ebay for quite cheap, it would give you an idea of what excactly is required and provide a great study aid throughout your course as its distinction grade

    Good luck with everything though

    I completed the BTEC a few years ago and I got into Loughborough for Sport Science (Distinctions in all units). I also know people who have used there BTEC to do degrees in business too.

    Make sure if you are going to apply for top university's that you really do well in all your GCSEs as I can't stress how important they are (including graduate jobs after uni!).

    If you prefer doing exams and think you'll do better that way then choose the A-Level and if you prefer doing coursework with no exams then pick the BTEC. Take a note though that if you're doing a diploma you'll be doing 18 units in one subject and you'll have that lesson 18 times a week, which you might ger bored of.

    I am in year 10 doing GCSE PE, i was wondering if doing County level at my sport (netball) has an effect on my grade or any part of the exam? As i have the opportunity to trial so I'm wondering does it make a difference in your grade if you do a high level?
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