GCSE and A-Level results can be very daunting for many students. One may end up thinking that these results will define the trajectory of their life and set the course for their future. It can cause sleepless nights, cold chills and bouts of anxiety. But is all this anxiety worth it? Are the GCSE and A-Level results really that important?
Let’s some discuss some points on how GCSE and A-Level results can be important,
1. They are the key to the next step in your academic career
Reputable sixth forms require a certain level of grades in GCSEs for entry. The more recognized they are, the higher the requirement. This is because they predict your grades in A-Levels based on your performance in GCSEs. Similarly, top-rated universities require certain grades in A Levels for admission in them. Some may even ask for your GCSE results during the admission application.
2. Your result can define your profession
Your GCSE and/or A-Level result may also determine which professional degree you can select in your university. Degrees like engineering and medicine will require higher grades than other degrees like social sciences. Moreover, these degrees will also require you to do study subjects or subject combinations in your A-Levels in order to be eligible to apply for them.
3. Your grades can get you your first job
When applying for your first job, you do not have any work experience to write in your Resume. Other than your skills you acquired during your academic career; your grades can speak volumes about your ability to succeed in your job role. It is also a strong indicator of other traits like hard work, analytical and critical thinking that are most sought after skills in professional life. However, once you start gaining professional experience the importance of your grades diminishes with time.
4. Your grades do NOT define your success in the future
Although it might seem, your entire future depends on these results, that is not the case. There are many other ways, where you can improve your grades by re-sitting the exam, changing courses or doing an apprenticeship. You may get straight A*s or Grade 9 but there is a chance you won’t be excelling in your professional career. There are many other examples of individuals who got mediocre grades and even dropped out of school but grew up to be successful, famous individuals. It is all about you’re right mindset, skills, creativity, and passion that can set you on the path to success.
In conclusion, no matter what your GCSE and A-Level results will be, it is not the end of the world. However, if you still have to appear for your exams or are considering a re-sit then give in your best shot to achieve the highest result. Consider one-to-one online tutoring to help you go through the specification in detail or discuss your specific pain points to get that extra support. You can also read our article on five summer activities that can improve your grade.