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    Hey everyone,

    Just a quick query; I started Year 12 in September 2015 and so am sitting the new A-Levels. The content is essentially the same as before, however the exams are structured slightly differently and essentially, the new spec means AS exams DO NOT count towards your full A-Level, as they previously did.
    Instead, you can sit AS in Year 12 if you want to/your school wants you to/you're dropping that particular subject, but you then take an AS exam (or multiple) as well as your A-Level exams for that subject at the end of Year 13.

    Despite this, my school is still entering all Year 12 candidates for the AS exams this year in order to just generally gauge how well we're all doing in our subjects. However, my question is this; I am hoping to apply to do Medicine at Uni this year (submitting my UCAS in October). Due to the way the new A-Levels are structured, do Unis no longer take into account your AS grades at all when considering your application? That is to say, although I'm targeted all A's at AS, if I were to, for some reason, mess up my exams and get a ABBC (for example) would it affect my chances? Or, due to the new system, would the universities disregard these grades, or at least pay them less attention, and instead focus more on A-Level targets and/or GCSE grade (as I've heard they might?)

    Sorry this got a bit long and convoluted, hope anyone can help me out! The new exams have me really stressed, and I'm worried I may not do as well as I want!

    Nah they take into account our grades which is really unfair if other schools are predicted all A's without having to do AS exams yet for us we have to do them.
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