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AS and A Levels... Suit some but not all
Member Name: Laurenlil
Advantages: Desired by employers an higher education institutes
Disadvantages: difficult and hugely time consuming
Looking back, it is odd to think I elcted to stay on at my school to take further examinations for AS and A levels as I hated them through GCSE, but in so many ways I am glad I did.
The brilliance of AS and A Levels is that they are designed to channel a students talents and aptitudes towards 3 or 4 subjects, often priming them for employment in their chosen area or for university , which is generally the main reason students take AS and A Levels.
AS and A-Levels are extremely good qualifications to take and have on your CV as you never know in the future whether you will want to take a degree or further education course for which AS and A Levels are a requirement. Employers are also impressed by the fact that a person has taken a pchoice to better thair educational level and increase their skills as AS and A Levels are not obligatory unlike GCSEs.
The one downside wit AS and A Levels is the tremendous amount of work that accompanies them. Whils studying the two years at these levels I spent the majority of my weekend (if not more) doing homework, essays and study. I found that my socail life and hobbies had to take a back seat for two years and this was not hugely agreeable to me or my class mates.
Also the tremdous academic jump between the difficulty of GCSEs and AS Levels is enormous, with most students feeling disheartened by the results of their first lot of AS Level exams.
However, I would reccomend any student to take AS and A Levels as they will e vaulable to you in later years is not immediatley.
Summary: Recomended for those who want options in the future