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    So to cut this short I don't know what to do. I have done my first year of A levels at a sixth form and I got the grades B E D, not good I know. I don't know whether to redo the year at my current school which I hate by the way or go to a college to redo my A levels with subjects I enjoy more, however the only thing putting me off college is that they are a lot further away (20 min car ride). But I may have to get the bus, also I'm scared as I will know no one at a college What would you do in my situation?
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    You have to do a pros and cons about staying or going.

    Understand why you performed poorly
    How are you likely to perform at A2?
    What do you want to do as a career and what do you want to study at Uni?

    If I really didnt like my A levels, then i would change them to soemthing I did like and stood a better chance of getting better grades to get into a better uni.

    Bus or car ride doesnt sound that long , especially as you dislike your old school, wnat a fresh start and it might leade you where you wnat to go in just 2 years.

    If you are starting A levels fresh then most people wont know each other. Its not a big deal and you will soon make friends if you make an effort.

    You know yourself and the situation better than us. If it were me I would be very open to switching to college to study stuff I was interested in that would get me to a better place. Friends and distance wouldnt be an issue. Its not me though, so its your choice.

    I got BEDU in my AS, this year I have really struggled with tiredness and general health... despite that, this year I left sixth form with CCD respectively... I also took an extra maths course which I got a B in. I only retook the exams for the E grade. I reckon if you're up to it you could do an EPQ to boost yourself a bit too.

    College requires a lot of self discipline, but can help in terms of getting a feel for what uni is like and may offer more course options. if you want to take the risk, I'm sure it'll be fine, besides, it is very unlikely that your final results won't get you into a uni (not necessarily OxBridge, but somewhere will have you)

    Restarting may help if you don't mind it, there were times I wish I had - you approach a levels with less naivety, but then I had the extra incentive to carry on as I would've had to start the new spec and do the 2 year course.

    I had to travel between sites to do my subjects - it's honestly not the most convenient use of study time, but I'm sure if you'll enjoy it more, you'll be better off further from home... also, don't worry about making friends, it just sort of happens, I had some of my lessons moved to a new site for yr13, and its fine, there will be new kids in the same boat as you, and you can keep old friends too - maybe you can revise together occasionally to be closer to home...

    why don't you just resit the exams?
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    thanks for the advice!
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