A letter to students from Katja Behrens, Acting Principal, Greene’s College Oxford

Dear Student,

Sour results? Let’s make lemonade.

Retaking your examinations can determine your future academic and career path. Retaking your A levels may be necessary if you have a specific degree in mind and missed out on the grades. Do not let one little setback stop you from achieving your life goals!

With so many options available, from enrolling at your original sixth-form college, choosing a different college, or opting for online courses, making a decision can be difficult. As such it is crucial to get it right.

Depending on how much time you wish to allocate to your retakes, you could travel abroad, work, volunteer, get involved with a charity, or gain valuable experience alongside your studies.

At Greene’s, there is so much flexibility; students can study abroad, for example at our campuses in Estoril and Lisbon in Portugal, or have a part-time job alongside their studies. Some opt for a hybrid option with both online and face-to-face tuition to allow for maximum flexibility.

In terms of universities, most accept A level resits, and many even see retaking A levels as a sign of your strength and commitment. Some universities will require you to provide an explanation of why you retook your A levels and expect extenuating circumstances, so framing the university application in the right way is crucial. You can always call a university to find out what their guidelines are.

It can be a daunting prospect, but with the right approach and support, it is possible to improve your results and achieve the grades you need to move on to the next stage of your education and career. Transition means change, and being able to cope with change is a key life skill.

We can support you with developing your own approaches to your retake programme. To learn more click here.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

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