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Re-taking A levels


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Not all students were jumping for joy when they received their A Level results, but whether your results were expected or a disappointing surprise, you need not be maudlin for long. For many, A Levels are the gateway into university and the majority of courses require students to achieve specific grades to enrol on a course. Yet, before you resign yourself to days spent studying for retakes, it is a good idea to contact your selected university to determine whether they will accept the grades you have achieved. It is also worth remembering that universities can be sympathetic towards those who have genuine extenuating circumstances for not achieving the expected grades and if your mock exams show markedly higher results than the real thing, this could go in your favour.

However, if you have tried all other avenues, you may have to accept defeat and knuckle down to some more revision.

Should I Bother?

Before you make the decision to retake you’re A Levels you need to be honest with yourself and determine the true reasons why your grades were lacking.

I studied for hours on end and still failed!

If you were truly committed to studying, but still failed to achieve the grades then perhaps that subject is not your strongest and you may need to think about a different career path. This is certainly true if previous course work and exams reflect similar grades to the final exam result. Do not despair – it is better that you face facts now than at university where standards are markedly higher and work schedules tougher. You may want to think about studying a different subject and retaking the entire year if possible. Although this may seem drastic, remember that it is only a year, but a year doing a subject at which you can excel.

I thought I could wing it!

retaking a levelsWell that plan obviously failed. If you know that with revision and dedication you can achieve the required grades then do retake you’re A Levels. You may still have offers from universities who are happy to offer you a place with the grades you have, but if none of these are the university you set your heart on, you may regret a hasty decision. As exam retakes occur in January or June the following year you will need to reject any offers and attend university next year (should you achieve the required grade).

Pro’s and con’s of retaking A levels

There are pros and cons whether you opt to go through clearing and attend university this year without resitting exams, or you choose to retake you’re A Levels and wait until the following year. If you select not to re-sit your exams then you can begin university life at the time you expected. Should you decide it is best to retake your exams, think about all the ways you can spend your time when you are not revising:

• Work – earn money to put towards university costs
• Travel – If you are able to take your exams in January, you can broaden your horizons for considerable amount of time before university. Students re-sitting A Levels in June can use the extra time to work before travelling then returning for university.

If you are proactive and make the right decisions for you, there can be a positive outcome.





About Denise Morgan

About Denise Morgan

Denise has five years' experience writing for various web-based companies. During this time she has also contributed to magazine articles and brochures. In addition to writing, Denise is a gigging singer/songwriter and is proud to have featured on the first series of BBC One's The Voice UK, having been selected by the great Sir Tom Jones. Denise is mother to the most talented and ridiculously intelligent two year old that has ever been and ever will be (until she creates another one that is). This kind of hyperbole is restricted only to her progeny and is not a reflection of her usual writing styles... Denise and her son live in Manchester along with their five cats - yes that's right, five.

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