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If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby iamamummy » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:26 pm

If don't do well for A levels to enter local uni , go where next?
SIM? Overseas? Start Work?

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby lapapillion » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:35 pm

I think can list down a few options:

1. Retake it as a private candidate
2. Start work
3. Private local university like SIM for a degree
4. Go overseas for degree

If it's a guy:
5. Go army

If it's a girl:
6. Get married

Is there any more? haha

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby JJ1111 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:50 pm

Can also go Polytechnic.

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby dazzlego » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:19 am

Yeah can go poly too. If result good then can go uni. If not, go back to the previous option :D

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby lapapillion » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:41 am

Oh yes, totally missed out that haha

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby superduper » Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:21 pm

dazzlego wrote:Yeah can go poly too. If result good then can go uni. If not, go back to the previous option :D



That's not that good. One big loop for guys.
Back to square one Polytechnic again.

Sometimes it's pretty hard to predict things.
Anyway its good to try complete JC. At least later on no regrets, whether results ok or not.

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby lapapillion » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:24 pm

It's so tough going through A lvls. Unless a person have a very good chance to get at least 2 As, it's going to be a tough fight for entry to the local university. The worst thing about A lvl is that you will fail. The worst thing that can happen is that you have a mediocre grade and you can't get into any courses in university.

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby dolphinsiah » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:51 am

lapapillion wrote:It's so tough going through A lvls. Unless a person have a very good chance to get at least 2 As, it's going to be a tough fight for entry to the local university. The worst thing about A lvl is that you will fail. The worst thing that can happen is that you have a mediocre grade and you can't get into any courses in university.


Totally agree with you..
The door of the local U is too small....

To squeeze in , a A level student must have 3As....

Now I am very worry for my child.....

I did a rough calculation on the numbers of local places are available for the average A level Students:

Total intake of NUS and NTU , should be 12,000
Foreigner Students-20% made available -2400
Poly Students -top 5% make available -600*4 polytechnics -2400
So what is left for A levels students = 7200

Each year , think abou 15,000 students sit for A levels....
Which means , 2 A levels student will compete for 1 U entrance....

:frustrated: :frustrated:

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby hercules » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:46 am

dolphinsiah wrote:Which means , 2 A levels student will compete for 1 U entrance....

:frustrated: :frustrated:



If taken linearly (presumably your numbers are correct), its 2:1.

However, for popular courses, it can be 10:1, 9:1, 8:1, etc (and that's where some kids turn to overseas). For non-popular course, places can be 'under-subscribed'.

It's not only about entering the U, but also about getting in a course that a child is interested in and not any course.

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Re: If don't do well for A levels go where next?

Postby superduper » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:20 pm

dolphinsiah wrote:
lapapillion wrote:It's so tough going through A lvls. Unless a person have a very good chance to get at least 2 As, it's going to be a tough fight for entry to the local university. The worst thing about A lvl is that you will fail. The worst thing that can happen is that you have a mediocre grade and you can't get into any courses in university.


Totally agree with you..
The door of the local U is too small....

To squeeze in , a A level student must have 3As....

Now I am very worry for my child.....

I did a rough calculation on the numbers of local places are available for the average A level Students:

Total intake of NUS and NTU , should be 12,000
Foreigner Students-20% made available -2400
Poly Students -top 5% make available -600*4 polytechnics -2400
So what is left for A levels students = 7200

Each year , think abou 15,000 students sit for A levels....
Which means , 2 A levels student will compete for 1 U entrance....

:frustrated: :frustrated:


Anyway, not everyone is cut out or disciplined enough to perform well in A levels in order to enter local Uni.

If don't make it, it's not the end of the world. Just go get a poly diploma in any skills that you're interested in acquiring and perhaps make a living out of, and perhaps later on when you've 'woken up', you may try to upgrade in some pte university degree programs. No need really to 'die die' must enter local uni.

BTW, if offered any course in local uni, just take it, no need to bother about 'popular' or not. 'Popular' is just a perception which can change over time. Any local uni degree course, regardless of its popularity, should be worth its salt! So just take it.

2 cents worth of thought...
cheers

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