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    I sat my A-levels in 2009 and came out with B (general studies) C (English language) D (German) and D (English literature). I know they are not very good (I admit it, I was extremely lazy, had no interest in my subjects outside German, didn't do my reading in Lit. until two days before the exam, and I was a bit cocky about slacking off because I'd done fairly well in my AS year), but I got my place at my firm. I wanted to know, if I took 2 years out, how will this look?

    At the moment I am in Germany, and wanting to do a language degree I can see this looking good, however, if I was to resit my A-levels, but as well as doing German, choose 2 other A-levels that I have an interest in, will these be classed? I mean I would have done 2 German A-levels, which one will count because I will be doing one with the new syllabus but I will also have my D in the legacy paper. So I am really wanting ABB (I am 100% certain that if I do subjects I enjoy I will get BB in a year) and then an A in German. But if I do this, and reapply this coming UCAS session, could there be a chance that the universities will give me entry requirements for 5 subjects (3 from last year + the 2 new subjects)? Could the 2 year gap year also be seen as a negative thing, since I don't have any plans other than studying for next year.

    Many universities will accept non standard "qualifications" in languages, meaning if you have been living and working in a country where your language has been spoken for a period of time then this will more than likely cancel out the fact your A level German grade is fairly low. They would probably ask you to take some sort of exam so that they can gague what level of German you are at as obviously, the best way to learn a language is to go and live somewhere where you can use it on a day to day basis so they aren't going to penalise you for doing just that by only accepting formal language qualifications.

    If you spend a substantial amount of time living and working in a German speaking country with the two years then this will certainly not harm your application - it will benefit you. Therefore if you were able to count the existing C grade you could just do two A levels in the year and come out with BBC, or otherwise take an additional subject which isn't German.

    Universities would take into account that you already had one set of A levels. Some would accept them as part of your grades for the new course and others would either expect you to get higher than their typical offer or exclude your old ones entirely. You will have to ask if/when you contact them about the German level

    I started from scratch after messing up my A levels first time around and have offers from Newcastle and Manchester for Economics and Politics. Seems to be going alright for me so far.
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