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    Hi,

    I recently got my AS results and they weren't particularly good (E in chemistry, D in maths and a C in biology) so now i'm rethinking what i might do next year.

    One of the options is to re-do the first year (and perhaps at a different college for a fresh start) with the same A levels. It would definitely mean that I would have a head start in a way in comparison to other students and i wouldn't feel like i was playing catch up in the second year of A levels. Also A levels will leave more doors open further down the line. But, on the other hand I didn't really find the subjects i was studying to be interesting/exciting and the past year has been quite stressful. Sometimes it feels like i'm hitting my head against a brick wall because i have been trying so hard in the subjects and not getting anywhere. I did well in my Gcses (all A's and A*'S) but that was only through lots of hard work. A levels feel like a big step up and I don't think i have the right personality to do them and i don't think i'm naturally academic as i have to put 10 times the amount of effort to do something that someone else can do just like that.

    Another option is to do completely different A levels but then again i'm a little fed up with the whole structure of the A level courses.

    I was also just thinking about doing a vocational course like animal management or horticulture or an apprenticeship. Anything outside the classroom and with lots of hands on practical work i would love to do.

    Could anyone give me some advice on what to do next it would be great to hear another point of view
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    Hiya,

    Firstly it's super important to do what you want to do - if you are finding A levels are a hard struggle and you don't enjoy them then perhaps it is best to take an alternative route like the vocational courses you have an interest in. Doing vocational courses may not lead to having many open doors but perhaps it's better to succeed in that vocational course than to find yourself struggling even more in A2 and if you don't enjoy A levels then it may not help the struggling circumstances.
    Also, if you were worried about limiting yourself by doing a vocational course - check online to see careers you can do with the vocational course you want to take, that may reassure you!
    Best of luck
 
 
 
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