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Lost in transition: What to do after scoring badly in the A Levels • Studyramen

Lost in transition: What to do after scoring badly in the A Levels

It’s the new year and with it comes the sombre reminder that results would soon be released for the batch of students who sat for their A levels. As the days inch closer towards the release of results, a myriad of thoughts and emotions would probably be running through your mind.

Some would eventually attain their desired results – with tears of joy and ecstatic wails on their faces. However, for others, results day might be less of a celebration. If you find yourself staring at your result slip feeling utterly demoralised, fret not. As someone who has lived through the agony of receiving bad A level results, I’m here to tell you that results day is not the be-all and end-all.

In this article, I’ll be sharing some possible paths you can consider if you’re wondering what to do after A-Levels, especially after scoring bad A-Level results.

Looking for a course that meets your rank points

If your score falls short of your ideal course, consider looking for alternative courses that meet your current rank points. Compare your grades to the IGPs (indicative grade profile) for various university courses.

Should your grades be close to the 10th percentile, you still stand a decent shot at admissions. Furthermore, ABA (aptitude based admissions) or discretionary admissions with a decent portfolio can always boost your chances.

While looking through courses you are eligible for, do thorough research about the various modules offered, career prospects and whether the course is something you can see yourself pursuing for 3 to 4 years.

Sample of NUS’s IGP

Here is a table of the links to the IGPs of the various local universities:

NUS IGP

https://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/undergraduate-programmes/indicative-grade-profile-(igp)

NTU IGP

https://www.ntu.edu.sg/admissions/undergraduate/indicative-grade-profile

SMU IGP

https://admissions.smu.edu.sg/admissions-requirements/indicative-grade-profile

SUSS IGP

https://www.suss.edu.sg/full-time-undergraduate/admissions/indicative-grade-profile-igp

SIT IGP

https://www.singaporetech.edu.sg/sites/default/files/2021-01/SIT_Indicative_Grade_Profile_0.pdf

SUTD IGP

https://www.sutd.edu.sg/Admissions/Undergraduate/Application/Admission-Requirements

Considering private universities

For most students who fail to meet the cut off for local universities, a popular alternative is to look at private universities. Well-known private universities include Kaplan, SIM, The PSB Academy, Curtin University, James Cook University and MDIS.

To find out more, check out the 9 best private universities in Singapore.

Retaking the A Levels

If your grades fell short of your dream course, another way forward from bad A level results would be retaking the A-Levels. Retaking requires commitment and dedication from your end as it means taking a year off to study again for the major exam. Here are some steps you can follow to see if retaking is the right choice for you.

Firstly, analyse your current grades and identify where you may have faltered. If you are able to spot areas of improvement, then draft out an action plan that you can follow.

Secondly, check SEAB’s website to confirm you can retake all your subjects and consider changing your subject combination if required. Thirdly, decide if you’d be retaking as a private candidate or going back to your JC.

In most cases, if you fail an H2 subject, then JCs would be open to having you come back and join the new JC2 batch. However, in the case you do not meet the requirements to retake in school, do not be afraid to reach out to your tutors to see if your school could support you (such as by providing consults if needed).

Retaking is a tough choice but with enough determination and consistency, it is a choice worth making in the long run. Find out how this retaker scored 88.75RP.

Applying to a Polytechnic course

Bad A-Levels results might also be an indicator that perhaps the A level curriculum is not suited for you. If you see yourself as more of a hands-on learner and if you have a passion for a certain field, then consider enrolling in a poly course instead.

While it may sound like a longer route, especially if you intend to pursue a university education, the experience you can glean from a polytechnic education would make you more adept in your selected field. Here’s a guide to choosing the right polytechnic.

Taking a gap year to work and upskill

When thinking “what to do after A levels” applying for a gap year might not be the first thing you might think of. However, there are many benefits of taking a year off before going to University – as long as you plan your time wisely and set goals for yourself.

People embark on gap years for different reasons, some might want to work or upskill while others might want to retake the A levels or study something different. To learn more about taking a gap year, be sure to hear from those who did it, such as these 3 students who shared their gap year experience.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what to embark on after A levels, should you choose to take a gap year.

Part-time or Internships

If you believe that gaining more exposure in a certain field would be more beneficial, then try looking out for part-time or internship opportunities. Furthermore, taking a gap year to work after A levels and applying for university afterwards can prove to give you a better shot at discretionary admissions.

Contrary to popular belief, there are many jobs for A level students. Do not fear the lack of experience – just make sure to prepare a portfolio and show your passion to learn. A level internships are common especially given that you have 6 months after the release of results before university commences.

Websites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, JobStreet and STJobs are good places to start looking. If you are not sure what to do after A levels, specifically the kind of jobs you want to apply for, you can find out more from 15 online jobs for students.

Upskill

Other than internships or part-time positions, you could also take the time to upskill via various online courses. Course sites such as Coursera, Google, SkillShare and Udemy have various modules you could consider. Having skills would make you stand out for others applying for A level internships.

Students may also use this time to pursue a side hustle. If you have a passion for entrepreneurship or have a skill that can be monetizable, then consider starting up your own business. Find out more tips from 3 students who found success with their side hustles.

Always a way ahead

We hope this list has been helpful for all those considering different paths after the results. Remember, bad A level results does not define your ability or skills and is simply a redirection for the next step ahead! Believe in yourself and trust the process.

In the meantime, should you want to learn more about how you can maximise your opportunities as a student, give Study Ramen a follow on our Instagram, subscribe to our Telegram channel for updates and connect with us on Linkedin.