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    Hi,

    Last year I received very bad A level grades (DEE) and since then I enrolled on a Foundation Year Course at Keele University. I have recently finished my Foundation Year and received 80% average for the year. Due to a high score, I decided to transfer to Aston University to study Computer Science starting year one since Aston is a very good university.

    But the issue I'm having is that majority of the Graduate Jobs/scheme requires a certain UCAS points (300) but with my grades, I will definitely not get in. But since a Foundation Year is a level 3 qualification, can I use this as an alternative? 80% is equivalent to AAB (340 UCAS points). I am very worried if they won't accept this and worried if I can't get placement year/internship or a grad job even if I end up getting a first?

    What do you think I should do? Retake A levels or carry on how it is?
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    (Original post by jaideep97)
    Hi,

    Last year I received very bad A level grades (DEE) and since then I enrolled on a Foundation Year Course at Keele University. I have recently finished my Foundation Year and received 80% average for the year. Due to a high score, I decided to transfer to Aston University to study Computer Science starting year one since Aston is a very good university.

    But the issue I'm having is that majority of the Graduate Jobs/scheme requires a certain UCAS points (300) but with my grades, I will definitely not get in. But since a Foundation Year is a level 3 qualification, can I use this as an alternative? 80% is equivalent to AAB (340 UCAS points). I am very worried if they won't accept this and worried if I can't get placement year/internship or a grad job even if I end up getting a first?

    What do you think I should do? Retake A levels or carry on how it is?
    As a Computer Science graduate, I can tell you that it's mostly the top firms that care about A-Levels (we're talking GCHQ here) which only account for a very small percentage of all graduate opportunities. Perhaps it's where you're looking but when I looked for a graduate job, I hardly came across companies that looked at A-Levels. I got BBC at A-Level, it's hardly impressive, I missed my entry requirements for uni but it didn't stop me from finding a placement and a graduate job at top companies.

    What does matter is getting at least a 2:1 and having relevant experience in your industry.
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    (Original post by UWS)
    As a Computer Science graduate, I can tell you that it's mostly the top firms that care about A-Levels (we're talking GCHQ here) which only account for a very small percentage of all graduate opportunities. Perhaps it's where you're looking but when I looked for a graduate job, I hardly came across companies that looked at A-Levels. I got BBC at A-Level, it's hardly impressive, I missed my entry requirements for uni but it didn't stop me from finding a placement and a graduate job at top companies.

    What does matter is getting at least a 2:1 and having relevant experience in your industry.
    Which Uni did you go to? And where did you do your placement year?
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    Which Uni did you go to? And where did you do your placement year?
    City University London and my placement was at a telecommunications firm.
 
 
 
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