Today is A Level results day, which is a very scary time if you've just spent two years working towards this single day. It was perhaps even scarier back before A levels got divided into coursework and modules! I hate to be that person, but I remember when I took my A Level exams, you literally sat a single exam after two years of study. I remember feeling a little bitter that people after me didn't have to retain that vast amount of knowledge once they become modulised.
Of course, results day is stressful regardless of what system you sat your exams under. Results are not the defining fork in the road to your future, but working for something for two years is a large investment which you'd want to pay off.
I didn't want to even take my A levels, I'd had enough of school and education. My mother made a deal with me; that if I took A Levels, she'd never ever ask me to go to university. I took the deal. I took English, Law and Psychology, all of which were judged purely on one or two exams at the end of the two years. Which is pretty mental if you think about it.
My mother stuck to her word, and never brought up the issue of university, and I had still had enough of education. I left home at 17/18, and only finally decided to attend uni 3 years later. Having my A levels gave me options later on, and I was relieved to have them for that reason. However I'm fully aware that there are a million paths to success, and the route of academia is only one of them. Not all careers need A Levels; not all careers need degrees.
Did you take A levels? What subjects? Tweet me or leave a comment - I'm nosy!