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    I applied for Chemistry this year but only got BCC, short of the ABB requirements for my offer. I've spent the day on the phones looking for RSC recognised courses that will give me a place but failed to find anywhere suitable. (B in chemistry; C in psychology; C in maths)

    I don't want to spend a third year at my school and I'm wondering what people can advise. I can easily change the maths grade to a B with one resit (U in C4 dragged the grade down). I've been contemplating a Year in industry as something to do during my 'gap year', since doing some research I've ended up looking through chemistry-related apprenticeships.

    Having already completed my A-levels I'm conscious of being 20 or 21 by the time I finish an apprenticeship. I'm just looking of any advice, thoughts, places to look for apprenticeships and whether I'd be able to use the qualifications gained from the apprenticeship stacked with my a-levels to get into university.
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    (Original post by sBoon)
    Having already completed my A-levels I'm conscious of being 20 or 21 by the time I finish an apprenticeship. I'm just looking of any advice, thoughts, places to look for apprenticeships and whether I'd be able to use the qualifications gained from the apprenticeship stacked with my a-levels to get into university.

    http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ is where I found mine.

    You can also approach employers directly, and bear in mind that by working you change yourself and won't need to rely totally on A levek grades to get into university.

    Also, apprenticeships don't necessarily end after one or two years. I will have finished the first qualification after 6 months. But my employer is planning to put me into more courses and more training, so I'm bloody well staying.

    You may not want to go to university after you've done an apprenticeship. You can take your development as far as you like, and who knows. The employer may even pay for a degree if you're good.

    University is also not age-restricted. Who cares if you're 20, or 50 by the time you go? It's rather naive to think that if you don't go early you can't, your life is over.
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    http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ is where I found mine.

    You can also approach employers directly, and bear in mind that by working you change yourself and won't need to rely totally on A levek grades to get into university.

    Also, apprenticeships don't necessarily end after one or two years. I will have finished the first qualification after 6 months. But my employer is planning to put me into more courses and more training, so I'm bloody well staying.

    You may not want to go to university after you've done an apprenticeship. You can take your development as far as you like, and who knows. The employer may even pay for a degree if you're good.

    University is also not age-restricted. Who cares if you're 20, or 50 by the time you go? It's rather naive to think that if you don't go early you can't, your life is over.

    I know this is late, but this is for people in a similar situation.

    Do all three; so after results day, you missed your offer..etc, you really want to go to university..etc.

    Simply just retake the modules which brought your grade down in January, apply for entry for the next year -so if you finished your A levels in 2010 let's say, apply for 2011 entry, so for next year.

    In the meantime, find an apprenticeship (they pay really well + getting a job as a student is mega hard/impossible) and you grab an extra qualification in the meantime. You can leave when you want (notice given) and do what you want after that ..travelling..etc.

    Go for it

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