From the moment 2020 exams were cancelled due to Covid 19 I’ve worried about year 11 and year 13 kids. I’m SO relieved that neither of my children have been affected, but the rug has been pulled out from under these teenagers’ feet so many times that I’m surprised any of them still have the energy to get up, never mind to move forward with their lives. But they must, and every new development in the A Level saga brings new processes to navigate, and new decisions to make.
I’ve been chatting with Jemma from The Education Hotel, who is helping students to decide on their next steps after A Levels. This isn’t a sponsored post, but I thought this advice for students was super clear, and might help now that teacher predicted grades have changed goalposts. Here’s what Jemma advises:
What to do now that you have your A Level predicted grades
1) What about my University place?
2) Shall I use Clearing?
3) What if I think I’ve been Under CAGed
4) Shall I do Resits for A levels?
4) Should I consider a gap year?
If your CAG’s have come back and are better than you expected, you may be considering a gap year and (re)applying to different universities. Maybe you decided that medicine is actually for you? Or that you changed your mind and you would like to go to Imperial University instead of Leeds? This will mean a whole new UCAS application but you will be applying with your CAG grades/October grades (if you are sitting). Would you consider trying again for the university you have always wanted to go to? The Education Hotel helps students to apply to top UK universities for competitive courses via our university placement courses. Past students have entered Oxford Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Durham, Imperial and more for subjects across the board.
EXTRA EXTRA ! What about GCSE’s?
These have also been returned to teacher assessed grades (CAG’s) which has led to a collective sigh of relief from parents and students everywhere. For those students looking to improve upon those grades – October sittings will impact less on your AS level studies and I expect many students will not be wanting to think about GCSE’s once they have passed. However May exams will still be taking place if you want an extra year to focus on Math GCSE.
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