(Original post by wanderlust.xx)
No, it really doesn't. If anything, it gets far better. When I was doing A levels, I found the whole thing to be ludicrous. Teachers were teaching for the majority - they were dynamic and engaging, and tried to keep kids entertained and so the minority who were actually pretty clever didn't understand what was going on.
The stress of exams, the panic of university offers, choosing the degree, being clumped with a hundred other people in your position who constantly remind you of how you're not doing well in X or how they're really good at Y... it was atrocious.
I wish someone had told me that A level's really don't mean as much as you think they do. I mean fine, they're the tools to get into university, yes. But even if
you don't get A*A*A* or something stupid and you end up at say, Exeter or Kent, or somewhere that's distinctly "average", you can still pull yourself up, get a 2:1 or above and then go do a masters at a really
Even if you don't want to do an MSc, the degree itself will rule your A levels out. As far as graduate jobs and applications go, they're stupidly competitive because nobody knows what to do and it feels like the 'logical step' - GCSE -> A levels -> Uni -> Graduate job, right? Wrong. There are loads of employers who will see your degree, as long as you do well in it, and ask you for an interview.
Don't want to continue after A levels? Still doesn't matter. Spend the next 3 years working your way up in office positions, get some professional qualifications and bam, your A levels are once again sitting there as a certificate, and nothing more.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't worry about your A levels, far from it. I'm saying your degree is waaaaaaaaay more important, and A level grades don't mean much in the real world. Hell even at degree level they mean nothing. I got ABC at A2 and there are people who got AAAA who are struggling to keep up with a 2:2. It's a whole different ball game once your exams are over.