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    Went to sixth form in 2013, in the first year I did really badly and already knew I'd have to stay on for an extra year.Was predicted BBC but came out with unexpected grades in my A levels this year - D in A2 Literature, E in A2 Business and C in AS Media Studies - 140 UCAS points overall. (Couldn't continue with A2 media due to unmitigated circumstances.I really wanted to go to university this year but overall have struggled a lot throughout this year and this is really shown through my grades.Does anyone have any advice in terms of what I can do this year in order to progress onto university next year? My thoughts are either an access course or possibly gaining points doing a BTEC/ resitting a few exams.
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    Went to sixth form in 2013, in the first year I did really badly and already knew I'd have to stay on for an extra year.Was predicted BBC but came out with unexpected grades in my A levels this year - D in A2 Literature, E in A2 Business and C in AS Media Studies - 140 UCAS points overall. (Couldn't continue with A2 media due to unmitigated circumstances.I really wanted to go to university this year but overall have struggled a lot throughout this year and this is really shown through my grades.Does anyone have any advice in terms of what I can do this year in order to progress onto university next year? My thoughts are either an access course or possibly gaining points doing a BTEC/ resitting a few exams.
    You've got a few options. Most universities will require 3 full A Levels, so you may need to top up your Media AS (note that with the changing of the specifications, there will effectively be a time limit.

    Alternatively, you could
    - do a foundation year
    - do a foundation degree or HND, and then do a top up year to get a full bacherlor's degree
    - do an Access to HE course (though this is mainly aimed at students who have been out of education for a few years, not those who are trying to compensate for low A Level grades)
    - do additional qualifications to get more UCAS points (like a BTEC)

    Whichever path you choose to take, I would suggest trying to work out why you have struggled so much, and working to resolve those issues (or remove yourself from them, depending on what the issue is). If you're fundamentally struggling with academic work, then you may want to look at whether or not university is the right path for you - it could be that there are better options out there, such as an apprenticeship - you can now get degrees via the apprenticeship route.
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    resitting exams are totally worth it, and whats better is that you keep your highest grade.

    When studying my A2 and juggling resits for As,i found that my As subjects became easier, made more sense and became a lot clearer by studying it at A2.
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    If I were you I would look into alternative career routes, i.e. not university.
 
 
 
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