Which IGCSE Subjects Should You Choose for University?
What subjects should you choose? Will they define your future? The answer is no, and you should not worry too much about it, but there are a couple of things you should keep in mind before choosing your IGCSE subjects. The time to choose IGCSE subjects has come, and university seems ages away… and it really is. You have four years of school left before you even start your undergraduate course. Yet there’s someone in your class already freaking out about choosing the right IGCSE subjects for university, and it’s got you thinking. What subjects should you choose? Will they define your future? The answer is no, and you should not worry too much about it, but there are a couple of things you should keep in mind before choosing your IGCSE subjects.
University IGCSE Requirements
Most of the time, your IGCSE grades will not matter much, as universities will care mainly about your IB or A-Level grades. Although rare, some courses may have specific requirements at IGCSE level, but do not worry; these requirements are usually for mandatory IGCSE subjects like Mathematics or English, or a science in general. They will not ask for a specific IGCSE subject (apart from Maths and English), so don’t worry about universities rejecting you for choosing Biology instead of Chemistry for IGCSE.
Performance is more important
However, top universities will still look at your IGCSE results to get an overview of your academic achievement over time, so the better you perform, the stronger your application will be. Several universities look specifically at Maths and/or English, depending on the course, so you do not want to neglect them during IGCSE. For universities, it’s more about how you did in IGCSE, not what you did. But again, the main grades you will be using will be A-Levels, IB or equivalent, so do not panic if you do not get an A* in all your IGCSEs.
Keep your options open
Most students at IGCSE do not know what they want to study at university, which is completely fine. In that case, you want to study a range of subjects so that you have all your options open. Study at least a science, a foreign language, a humanities subject, and so on. That way, you will be sure that you will have a foundation for your undergraduate course, which will benefit your application and studies.