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    how much are they respected?
    are they worth anything without A grades to go hand in hand with them?

    They are respected and they do have value if you don't have A grade in the subject.

    I thought they were really easy to fail.. so not having an A and doing it would be rather stupid.

    i don't know how helpful they are, but i thought i was gonna do english at uni, so signed up for the english one. now i wanna do german but still wanna do english at A2 tho but was kinda shocked when i got my results.

    eng lit AS: C
    eng AEA: distinction

    If your doing well in your subject and you like it, it's definately worth doing the AEA because it shows passion for a subject, plus could be some safety if you were to miss an offer by a grade, but pass the AEA.

    AEAs should be respected because they are tough exams in academic subjects. However, they have an awareness problem. The entry is low and many teachers have not heard of them (mine hadn't), and if people within the education system don't know about them, its very unlikely those outside of it will know so I don't imagine an AEA on a CV is a great advantage.

    However, don't let that put you off. If you like your subject, its a good exam to do and a great feeling of personal satisfaction if you pass.

    If you're thinking of doing an AEA, bear in mind they're being withdrawn after summer 2009.

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