My journey goign through A-levels with not so great GCSE grades

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So I started off with fairly low grades in my GCSE's, I got;
6 - English lang
4- English lit
U - Geography
1 - Computer science
5,5 - Science
4 - Maths

so yeah my grades were pretty crap but my choices for A-levels and BTEC's where wide, so far I am doing BTEC sport, BTEC Applied Science, and BTEC Business but will hopefully replace it with A-level media studies
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So I started off with fairly low grades in my GCSE's, I got;
6 - English lang
4- English lit
U - Geography
1 - Computer science
5,5 - Science
4 - Maths

so yeah my grades were pretty crap but my choices for A-levels and BTEC's where wide, so far I am doing BTEC sport, BTEC Applied Science, and BTEC Business but will hopefully replace it with A-level media studies
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How are you doing 3 btecs ? I suppose you could do another A level in Biology as you already a grade 4 in Maths and 2 Grade 5s in Core and Additional and then combine that with btec sports studies, but make sure you look at the units in the given btec , some universities require certain units in order to enrol on their degree A level Media Studies, A level Biology with Btec level 3 sport studies; https://my.sacu-student.com/sacustud...g' />0::NO
This site may help to give an idea of combination of courses you can take if your planning to undertake a degree
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thanks man, tbh i thought btecs where easier than a-levels but it turns out that ill just get buried in coursework, the uni im planning to go to take all BTECs and an alevel and its a russel ggroup

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How are you doing 3 btecs ? I suppose you could do another A level in Biology as you already a grade 4 in Maths and 2 Grade 5s in Core and Additional and then combine that with btec sports studies, but make sure you look at the units in the given btec , some universities require certain units in order to enrol on their degree A level Media Studies, A level Biology with Btec level 3 sport studies; https://my.sacu-student.com/sacustud...g' />0::NO
This site may help to give an idea of combination of courses you can take if your planning to undertake a degree
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thanks man, tbh i thought btecs where easier than a-levels but it turns out that ill just get buried in coursework, the uni im planning to go to take all BTECs and an alevel and its a russel ggroup
Ah no worries man, btecs are easier then a levels but it really depends on units chosen for the btec, and the subject itself i know a person that went to UCL by studying a btec extended diploma and A level Computer Science. In respect to the level of complexity predominately depends on the subject and units.


I made a mistake i wanted to take A level Computer Science and Btec Level 3 extended diploma in Business which would have open many doors for me. Unfortunately, my maths let me down during my gcse, but i passed every single subject except for maths., so i just went with my Btec extended diploma in IT Cyber security and Networking, planning to an additional 4-5 units, independent studying. But then again, anything is possible if you put your head down.

Which btec and a level are planning to take and which russell university are you applying for ?
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well im currently taking BTEC sport, BTEC business single, BTEC applied science but im planning on changing business to A-level media studies but by head of 6th form is being a bit of an idiot about the whole thing
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Ah no worries man, btecs are easier then a levels but it really depends on units chosen for the btec, and the subject itself i know a person that went to UCL by studying a btec extended diploma and A level Computer Science. In respect to the level of complexity predominately depends on the subject and units.


I made a mistake i wanted to take A level Computer Science and Btec Level 3 extended diploma in Business which would have open many doors for me. Unfortunately, my maths let me down during my gcse, but i passed every single subject except for maths., so i just went with my Btec extended diploma in IT Cyber security and Networking, planning to an additional 4-5 units, independent studying. But then again, anything is possible if you put your head down.

Which btec and a level are planning to take and which russell university are you applying for ?
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im also looking to study at kings college london, and to study engineering
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Ah no worries man, btecs are easier then a levels but it really depends on units chosen for the btec, and the subject itself i know a person that went to UCL by studying a btec extended diploma and A level Computer Science. In respect to the level of complexity predominately depends on the subject and units.


I made a mistake i wanted to take A level Computer Science and Btec Level 3 extended diploma in Business which would have open many doors for me. Unfortunately, my maths let me down during my gcse, but i passed every single subject except for maths., so i just went with my Btec extended diploma in IT Cyber security and Networking, planning to an additional 4-5 units, independent studying. But then again, anything is possible if you put your head down.

Which btec and a level are planning to take and which russell university are you applying for ?
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im also looking to study at kings college london, and to study engineering
Kings college has pretty high entry requirements, you would need to do A level, Maths, Physics and A level Computer Science. or you could it with a combination of a btec level 3 extended diploma in electrical and mechanical engineering in combination of possibly two a levels which is A level Physics and Computer Science or A level Physics with A level Maths
https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer

Use this site to help you in which courses you can do at the end of your course , if your doing a btec level 3 extended diploma it is considered as an A level, reason why im stating this because btec wont be listed when finding your courses.

Im sending off my UCAS application for Staffordshire , Aston and Coventry and Solihull Pretty soon .

Try looking for work experience in engineering. DM me just to remind me if you need help finding work experience because i can send you the link which may be useful in giving an insight in engineering at a prestigious company
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If you struggled with your GCSEs, I’d advise that you stick with your chosen BTEC courses rather than switch to A-Levels, exam style content doesn’t suit everybody, which is totally fine!

Depending on what you wish to do at university, 2 A-Levels are usually needed though.
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