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How important are a levels?

Just wondering how important they are following uni, 3 years working, 5 years etc. If you're not one of the "top students" will it limit you later on? Or are they essentially redundant following a degree etc?
You ae right in that most employers will not care what A level grades you have once you have a degree - beyond the initial graduate entry schemes etc, however, they will know that you are unlikely to have got into Cambridge with 3 Cs, and that if you went to Bedfordshire, its unlikely that you have 3 As. There is much that can be read into CVs beyond what is actually stated there.
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Original post by Incrediblezed
Just wondering how important they are following uni, 3 years working, 5 years etc. If you're not one of the "top students" will it limit you later on? Or are they essentially redundant following a degree etc?

In the moment of time you do A-levels, they are an enabler. If you want to go to university, you need A-levels. If you want to do an apprentice, A-levels gives the employer a measure of who you are. That said, on the grand scale of things, A-levels become pretty insignificant pretty early on especially if you have a degree. They are also wiped out after a few years of work experience. It is also worth pointing out that life does not end if you either fail your A-levels or don't do as well as you hoped.

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