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Is it worth re-sitting AAB at A level

Hi I've just received my A-level results and was left disappointed. I achieved AAB and was predicted A*AA and studied maths, physics and economics. I've been accepted into my insurance uni, a lower tier RG is there a point re-sitting or should I work towards my degree (Physics)? Will my results affect my employment prospects?
yes but not significantly. if you first choice was oxbridge, ucl, imperial, etc then its quite likely you'll have an easier time getting into certain jobs (but not all) than if you're going to a lower tier university

but remember: resits cost a year of your life. career-wise, its probably equally easy to job hop & upgrade in that time

what are you looking for career?
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Original post by HoldThisL
yes but not significantly. if you first choice was oxbridge, ucl, imperial, etc then its quite likely you'll have an easier time getting into certain jobs (but not all) than if you're going to a lower tier university

but remember: resits cost a year of your life. career-wise, its probably equally easy to job hop & upgrade in that time

what are you looking for career?


I'm attending a top 20 uni rather than a top 10 one, and to be honest like many people I've little idea of what I want for my future but I just don't want these results to close lots of doors and limit my options.
Original post by rohan1500
Hi I've just received my A-level results and was left disappointed. I achieved AAB and was predicted A*AA and studied maths, physics and economics. I've been accepted into my insurance uni, a lower tier RG is there a point re-sitting or should I work towards my degree (Physics)? Will my results affect my employment prospects?


What would be your aim if you resat your A-levels? There is, I think, a need to weigh up a uni in A*AA territory potentially being squeamish about someone who's resitting all their A-levels, when AAB could get (and has got) you into a very reputable uni.
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russell group already means nothing besides employment propsects, what's the problem with a "lower-tier" russell group? whatever that means. a place like newcastle or something may not have durhams reputation but i don't think its worth an entire year of your life to change
Original post by rohan1500
I'm attending a top 20 uni rather than a top 10 one, and to be honest like many people I've little idea of what I want for my future but I just don't want these results to close lots of doors and limit my options.

A top 20 uni is great, and this won't close doors for you at all. You can always do a masters/PhD in a top 10 uni later if it's important to you, and build up your CV while you're at uni which will open more opportunities
Original post by rohan1500
Hi I've just received my A-level results and was left disappointed. I achieved AAB and was predicted A*AA and studied maths, physics and economics. I've been accepted into my insurance uni, a lower tier RG is there a point re-sitting or should I work towards my degree (Physics)? Will my results affect my employment prospects?

If you're not happy at your chosen university and course then it would be worthwhile to resit to gain A*A*A* and re-apply to Harvard, Yale, Princeton and MIT or even Cambridge, Imperial, UCL and KCL. :wink:
In my opinion, no, absolutely not.

Those grades aren't just serviceable, but very good. I appreciate they're not in line with your expectations but the reality of life is that unless you are planning to go into a highly competitive or specialised field, your degree will be worth very little when it comes to getting a job later on. Applying that same logic, your A level results will be worth even less. If you're aiming for Oxford/etc and you will not settle for less, then obviously you already know the answer.

Otherwise, if you are able to get into a university that you like with a good course, then for god's sake do that instead.
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Which university would you be attending?
Original post by ajj2000
Which university would you be attending?

University College, Oxford University!!! :biggrin: lol
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Original post by ajj2000
Which university would you be attending?


Southampton
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Original post by human404
A top 20 uni is great, and this won't close doors for you at all. You can always do a masters/PhD in a top 10 uni later if it's important to you, and build up your CV while you're at uni which will open more opportunities

Thanks for the advice.
Original post by rohan1500
Southampton

Southampton is pretty great for physics. Certainly not a lower half RG.

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