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Future Voices: The unexpected leap from GCSEs to A-levels

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 October 2016

A-level results are out today. Picture: PA

A-level results are out today. Picture: PA

There is no doubt that arriving at sixth form is a daunting experience; new friends, new teachers and a new environment, who wouldn't be nervous? However, the worst part of all has to be the unexpected leap from GCSEs to A-levels.

As many young people across the UK conquer their first term of being A-level students, the work load begins to pile up, sometimes leaving stressed out teens and overdue work in its wake. As someone who has re-sat their AS year, and come out with a complete difference in grades second time round, I can safely say: time-management is key.

My advice? Use your free periods, get the work done the day it is set, and stick to the deadlines. One quote I remember my teacher saying in my first year was “at high school you are spoon fed”.

To some extent, this is true.

When you take the leap and start A-levels you instantly become more independent. Sure, teachers help and support, but the work you put in certainly shows. Sometimes an A at GCSE becomes a D in A-level. This can be disheartening but it doesn’t define your intelligence.

Eve Jonas, 17, Great Yarmouth, was overwhelmed with the subject choices, and said: “It’s weird when you go from doing essential subjects to whatever you want. I was surprised that you could get more work through doing three to four subjects, rather than 11 GCSEs.”

A-levels are an exciting time, so enjoy it the best you can. If you have any worries or struggles be sure to speak to your teachers, tutors and fellow students for support.

How are you finding your A level experience? Get in touch on Twitter @FutureVoicesNfk

Brogan Quinn, 18, Aylsham

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