GCSE’s, A – Levels and university are probably the most important times of your life when in education. Each step up the education ladder brings different feelings and emotions to many people.


GCSE’s feel like the most nervous thing throughout your secondary school life, this is the first time you take your exams in order to go to college or sixth form. Throughout revision you think to yourself  ‘how am I going to do this with so many subjects to remember’. The pressure of getting the grades and being told that this will determine your future will always be at the back of your mind. However, at the same time, you can feel quite excited that you will be finishing all the subjects you dislike and soon will be focusing on those that you enjoy.

After the exams are over you feel as though the world is your oyster and that there is nothing to think about and no more stress to be feeling. This will happen for a couple of months until you realise that results day is just around the corner. Once that piece of paper has been opened and you see those grades you think ‘why did I worry so much’ because you’ve realised you’ve past and all that hard work paid off.

A – Levels

I don’t know about anybody else, but for me I would have rather done 11 GCSE’s than four A – Levels. Although you’re only doing four subjects the information needed seems so much more intense, the workload seems to increase and deadlines seem to be shorter. Once again the process of revision and having to meet deadlines and remembering the information can be difficult. Starting college or sixth form can make you feel all grown up and all that spare time can allow you to drift off from revision and homework. However, I would always suggest that you keep in mind that you have a goal to reach whether it be needing the grades for university, job or an apprenticeship it will all be worth it in the end!


I am currently in my first year of university and from what I have experienced I have enjoyed doing the work and being at the uni. Compared to A – Levels and GCSE’s there is so much more free time for you to do your work and when it does come your work you have to be more independent. The difference with university is that you feel as though you have really narrowed down what you want to do with your future. You will feel as though you are one step closer to that chosen goal of yours and in turn will make you more determined to do the work and succeed.

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