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Good Afternoon! I just missed my Firm & Insurance and also clearing due to me being away on holiday. I also changed my mind about my degree which means that I would have to do 2 new Alevels in one year. What would be the best course of action? Thanks?

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Abubakr Karimabadi

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I’m sorry you’re in this predicament but don’t worry, you can still make the most of it! A-levels are very difficult exams so to do two new ones in one year when they’re designed to be done over two years is asking a bit too much of yourself. A lot of colleges and 6th forms will not allow you to do this anyway. If so, you’ll have to pay for the exams yourself and study for them yourself. I don’t think it would be realistic for you to pursue this path, especially after falling short on the A-levels you chose and did over two years. If you can’t find a degree at a university you’re happy with then it’s best if you take a gap year and retake those exams and simply try again. The worst thing you can do is simply go to university for the sake of it. Short-term satisfaction over long-term gain is never the way to go. There’s nothing wrong in taking a gap year so long as you use it productively. It’s better you take one or two years more to graduate in a degree you enjoy from a university with a good reputation than to graduate a year or two earlier in a degree and from an institution you’re not entirely happy with. Of course, the decision is ultimately yours and if you feel you can do it then I wish you all the best with it! If you need any more advice or would like to give me specific details you can’t share here, feel free to message me as I’m more than happy to help :)

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Celeste Cohen

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Call a selection of unis that you’d like to go to next year and talk to admissions and the course departments that you’re interested in. They will give you the best advice on what you need to do to get onto the course you want. You might not necessarily need to sit the two A levels in one year if there is an extracurricular activity or work experience you could do instead. Good luck! 😊

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