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A Level results good but not brilliant

At the risk of sounding pretentious, my A Level results of A*(Eng) A (Spanish) and B (politics - completely unexpected, I have never gotten a B in my life) have really upset me as I was hoping for A*A*A at least. I want to go into a competitive industry - would they consider these grades not up to scratch? I know degree matters more (I kept my place at university THANK LORD through my EPQ) but if they were to check my record, would it be a deal breaker? Any responses gratefully received 🙏
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Original post by ChaoticKiwi
At the risk of sounding pretentious, my A Level results of A*(Eng) A (Spanish) and B (politics - completely unexpected, I have never gotten a B in my life) have really upset me as I was hoping for A*A*A at least. I want to go into a competitive industry - would they consider these grades not up to scratch? I know degree matters more (I kept my place at university THANK LORD through my EPQ) but if they were to check my record, would it be a deal breaker? Any responses gratefully received 🙏


I don’t see why it would be a deal breaker in all honesty. Future employers are probably more interested in any experience and skills that you have to offer!
Original post by ChaoticKiwi
At the risk of sounding pretentious, my A Level results of A*(Eng) A (Spanish) and B (politics - completely unexpected, I have never gotten a B in my life) have really upset me as I was hoping for A*A*A at least. I want to go into a competitive industry - would they consider these grades not up to scratch? I know degree matters more (I kept my place at university THANK LORD through my EPQ) but if they were to check my record, would it be a deal breaker? Any responses gratefully received 🙏

A*A*A at least when you can only get A*A*A* at most is quite demanding on yourself tbh. What industry is it that expects such high results from candidates?
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Original post by toxicgamage56
A*A*A at least when you can only get A*A*A* at most is quite demanding on yourself tbh. What industry is it that expects such high results from candidates?


Consultancy and law, etc - I guess more than anything I'm in shock because politics was my best subject and I was fully expecting an A*. I suppose the lesson is that nothing is certain💀
Reply 4
Feel the same way. Most people have told me that employers only care about your degree classification <---- this is really important (plus experience).
Original post by ChaoticKiwi
Consultancy and law, etc - I guess more than anything I'm in shock because politics was my best subject and I was fully expecting an A*. I suppose the lesson is that nothing is certain💀

You do realise that even Magic Circle law firms only ask for AAB. I'm doing law myself and I think you've set yourself incredibly harsh expectations. They'll be more than happy with the A*AB that you've attained. The only reason I'd be ****ed in this situation is if you've missed your uni which you haven't (which university btw?).
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Original post by toxicgamage56
You do realise that even Magic Circle law firms only ask for AAB. I'm doing law myself and I think you've set yourself incredibly harsh expectations. They'll be more than happy with the A*AB that you've attained. The only reason I'd be ****ed in this situation is if you've missed your uni which you haven't (which university btw?).

Oh is it really AAB?? That's reassuring! And Exeter :smile: Are you going to university in September?
Reply 7
Original post by ChaoticKiwi
Consultancy and law, etc - I guess more than anything I'm in shock because politics was my best subject and I was fully expecting an A*. I suppose the lesson is that nothing is certain💀

Same for me with maths. I got A*, ≈90%, for two years and only just scraped an A somehow.
Reply 8
Original post by azzot
Same for me with maths. I got A*, ≈90%, for two years and only just scraped an A somehow.

Certainly a humbling year for exam results.
Original post by ChaoticKiwi
Oh is it really AAB?? That's reassuring! And Exeter :smile: Are you going to university in September?

Yep, September 1st actually (annoyingly). Nice, Exeter is where I was going to go technically because I was going to do a degree apprenticeship for finance. I changed to law last second because my grades were way beyond what I was expecting (even had to check my name to see if it was legit lol).
Reply 10
Original post by ChaoticKiwi
At the risk of sounding pretentious, my A Level results of A*(Eng) A (Spanish) and B (politics - completely unexpected, I have never gotten a B in my life) have really upset me as I was hoping for A*A*A at least. I want to go into a competitive industry - would they consider these grades not up to scratch? I know degree matters more (I kept my place at university THANK LORD through my EPQ) but if they were to check my record, would it be a deal breaker? Any responses gratefully received 🙏

If you got into your university, it really does not matter, but I know exactly what you mean. I got A*A*B and although I didn't really know to expect, getting A*A*A would've opened my options if I decided to not do my course. My firm was A*AB because of EPQ but normally A*AA, yet I couldn't help feel disappointed. I know exactly your feelings, and I have been through them. The only thing those results are hurting are your massive ego. (I have a big ego as well) so don't trouble yourself. It won't affect anything apart from your feelings, so get over it.
Reply 11
Original post by ChaoticKiwi
Consultancy and law, etc - I guess more than anything I'm in shock because politics was my best subject and I was fully expecting an A*. I suppose the lesson is that nothing is certain💀

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