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    Hey guys. I was looking for your opinions on how I may be affected if I decide to leave sixth form with just my AS grades and look into full time employment? My personal circumstances have changed recently for the worst so I'm just exploring my options. Do AS grades even count for anything? I know of course a full A Level would be much better. The career path I wish to follow is the police force and based on my research it looks as though they're not that fussed on education. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Leaving at AS is like running half the track and quitting the race. Do what you want. If the police force career paths do not require any degrees then go for it.

    AS and A2 are changing in the next academic year and over the course of the next years.

    A level is one single course, so if you leave in AS year, you get no grade not even an AS in its own right - it's uncompleted. This will mean that in the future AS grades will not be recognised by employers on their own. It will also affect continuing to A2 if you ever decide to complete the A level. Although you will need to talk to a careers advisor or head of college/sixthform about this to confirm how easy it would be to continue it after a break.

    Obviously, it would be better to complete it - as you never know if you may wish to use them in future life and also because of reasons above - however if that's what you are really driven to do and you are not required a levels, talk to the recruiters for the police (they do recruitment days and drop ins) and just ask what they believe is the best option.

    Good luck
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