What options do I have if my 'A' Level exam results are bad? (Response A)

This query comes from a student:

What options do I have if my 'A' Level exam results are bad? Just trying to plan ahead. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

The Response:


In my opinion, these are your options:

- Enter a private university like SIM: you could do a part-time course and work a full-time job at the same time. That way, you gain both working experience and a degree at the same time.

- Retake 'A' Levels: you could engage private tutors if you have the funds, or take preparatory courses at MDIS. However, you have to be very disciplined at this, otherwise you could end up wasting a year if your grades do not improve. Unfortunately I do know of 1 person who had wasted 2 additional years retaking the 'A' Levels as he didn’t do well enough both times. Of course, if you are disciplined enough and do well enough to enter the university course of your choice, that would be the ideal outcome.

-Consider overseas universities that are less selective than the local ones, if you have the funds to do so. You can consider Australian universities as they are well-regarded and could be less selective.

-Enter polytechnic, do well enough there to enter the university course of your choice. I have a friend who did this and although this is a very long route, he managed to graduate with a business degree from NUS and is doing reasonably well now, on his way to starting his own company.

Hope the above advice helps.


Eric Chng

(Senior Councilor: May 2013 - December 2020)

Answered On 25 February 2016