Gap Year Options as an A2 resit student?

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    Hi,

    I was wondering what I could do to fill my time given it was very much a last minute decision and I didn't expect to be in this situation. Currently I am resitting maths and chemistry exams (5 in total) so have gone back to school and been given timetabled lessons so I'm a full time student. I'm also doing an EPQ. The trouble is I feel like unis (specifically Russell groups) will not deem this as a good enough use of my year. I've tried looking for relevant work experience but as I want to study science I haven't found any (the majority are either too long or aimed at undergraduates/year 12 students). I've been also trying to find a part-time job but again this has been unsuccessful. I really don't want to be rejected because of this but I can't find anything. I don't want to stop being a fulltime student as it took a lot of persuading for the school to let me back in. I don't know what to do Any suggestions?
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    Hi,

    I was wondering what I could do to fill my time given it was very much a last minute decision and I didn't expect to be in this situation. Currently I am resitting maths and chemistry exams (5 in total) so have gone back to school and been given timetabled lessons so I'm a full time student. I'm also doing an EPQ. The trouble is I feel like unis (specifically Russell groups) will not deem this as a good enough use of my year. I've tried looking for relevant work experience but as I want to study science I haven't found any (the majority are either too long or aimed at undergraduates/year 12 students). I've been also trying to find a part-time job but again this has been unsuccessful. I really don't want to be rejected because of this but I can't find anything. I don't want to stop being a fulltime student as it took a lot of persuading for the school to let me back in. I don't know what to do Any suggestions?
    I think your priority are your grades and getting those under control. EPQ will also take a degree of time. You could try and do some relevant vol work. Also reading articles to be more informed for your personal statement. Do get a job if you cna and keep trying. The extra monye is invaluable and will enhance your uni experience.

    Do take time to go to open days if needed and see if there are any summer schools or other opportunities put on by unis for A level age students.

    Grades first imo.
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    Boring as it might be, I would agree that getting the very best grades you can is of paramount importance. This is obviously not going to take 24/7, so I'd try to enjoy the time you have off - don't martyr yourself to it or you'll have had enough of it by the time the exams come round.
 
 
 
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