Does your school have A Level Option Blocks (Please do... very important for me)

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AaronL
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Hi my school does these really annoying option blocks.

The option blocks are you must take one subject from option 1, one from option 2 and the same for options 3 and 4.

But I wanna know if your school has this because I wanna move schools if other school don't have this because all my best subjects are in the same option number.

So does your school have option blocks?
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Yes, they do. I believe most schools/colleges do, however they see what each student wants to take and try to allocate these subjects into each block so that students do get at least 2-3 of their wanted subjects. Some subjects also have places in more than one block, at my school due to a high demand for that subject. I'm sure you will be fine and get at least some of your subjects (2-3) i myself got 2, as one did not have enough interest and the other was in a wrong option block and couldn't be changed.
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Yep, every school I know of has had option blocks.
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Mine didn't, I did A-Levels in 2003 though. We could choose any 4.
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Mine did! Spanish clashed with chemistry so I ended up having to do Spanish privately. I didn't know that schools in the UK did that too!
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As far as I know, most schools do. It makes it far, far easier in terms of timetabling, and means that people get more of their choices and a better education in them (rather than having five groups with three people in them, or people not getting their first choice because of timetable clashes).

Are there no other possibilites that you may enjoy, or the chance of joint courses between local schools? Bear in mind that what you enjoy now, you may end up hating come end-of-GCSE or start-of-Alevel, too.
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Mine doesnt.
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When I was in 6th form we could choose any combination (i.e. no blocks), but there were just under 1000 people in the sixth form which could be why.
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Yes we had them too...
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Mine doesn't, because it's so big virtually any combination of subjects can be timetabled.
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Yes
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Yeah I couldn't do Philosophy or French because they were in the same block as Chemistry and Biology which took priority. Pissed me off a bit at the time.
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Yeah, because of timetabling. However they are quite free

Year 12 options blocks 2010-11

Option A Option B Option C Option D Option E
Biology Applied Business Art Applied ICT Applied Art and Design
Business Studies Biology Economics Chemistry Drama & Theatre Studies
English Language English Literature Law Dance French
History Further Maths Music English Literature History
Photography Geography PE Geography Mathematics
Physics Mathematics Product Design History Media Studies
Psychology Psychology Spanish Music Technology Psychology
Sociology Sociology Textiles Philosophy and Ethics
PE
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We had option blocks for GCSE, but not for A-levels at college. It must be horrible not being able to study the A-levels you want just because of a timetable schedule!
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Yep, mine did and unfortunately I couldn't take the subjects I originally wanted to do. :sad: I think most schools/colleges do it tbh.
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No, nor did any of the 6th forms I applied to.
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Yes, although one school I applied to offered a free choice, and assigned subjects to blocks once they knew what everyone wanted to take. Much better system, I think. A couple of people were disappointed, but fewer than people I knew at "blocked" schools.
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Yes, it does but usually popular subjects appear in more than one block like the sciences.
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They have to have option blocks to set the timetable. I managed all 4 of my subjects as did the majority of my year.
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The college I'm going to doesn't. You can take any combination whatsoever. I think option blocks are a little unfair if you can't do what you want to do, and quite pointless really.
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