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How Important Are A-Level Results (Aside From Getting Into Uni)

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    I'm in my final year of sixth form and my A2 exams are fast approaching.

    I've received an unconditional from my chosen university, meaning that people are asking me why I'm revising so much; they're insistent that A-Levels don't matter once you've gotten your university place and I'd like to know if any of you have found this to be true?

    The course I am doing has a placement year, so do A-Level results play a part in finding a work place, or do placement employers focus more on grades throughout the university course?

    I've also been looking at graduate jobs and have seen very few with A-Level requirements, so I'm wondering if A-Levels actually affect graduates at all? I'm hoping to go into the marketing sector, if that helps.

    I mean, teachers were adamant that GCSE's were going to decide the rest of your life, but they've proven to be pretty pointless so far - could it be the same with A-Levels?

    Thanks in advance!

    It's pretty much the same, there are a handful of graduate schemes where they'll have an A level cutoff of like ABB/AAB but it's not common outside of law I think it is.

    (Original post by odetosleep)
    They don't matter that much, but it's still in your best interests to do as well as possible.

    Let's say (hypothetically) you and another graduate are identical except for your A level results - you have AAA and the other person has DDD. There's a high chance that could be a deciding factor.

    Anyway, for all you know you could end up dropping out of university so your A level results will then be pretty important again if you want to get onto a good apprenticeship scheme or whatever.

    Essentially they will be useful until you get to the next step, just like GCSEs were.

    From UCAS:

    • Even though you've already met the academic requirements, you might also need to get a DBS check, provide proof of your qualifications or meet some financial/medical requirements.
    • By accepting an unconditional offer you are committing to go to that uni or college, so you can't make an insurance choice or be entered into Clearing.
    If you're taking exams, your results won't affect whether or not you get accepted. But, although your uni place won't be dependent on your grades, they'll probably still have an impact on your future employment.

    These days many employers will be looking for GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, so don't write those off yet.

    Some jobs use a UCAS points filter system when whittling down applicant lists, so A Level grades may also be significant in future.

    A good degree result doesn't necessarily override poor school exam results. The best idea is to work as hard as you can at every stage, then you never have to worry.
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