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Well, I got my A2 level results today. Overall, I didn't do too badly - I didn't fail any, and the ones I came close to had fairly reasonable reasons.
Business Studies: C
It's a pity I completely failed the last Maths exam - I would have gotten roughly a B to an A if I'd got about a C. Then again, I suppose that I'm lucky to be passing at all; at the start of the course there were 17 other people in my class. By the end, there was only one other.
Business Studies was higher than I expected. My final exam was a duo of 40-mark questions. One was about the recession, and its impacts on businesses. The other was about how a CEO can affect the culture of a company. Overall, I think I scored highly on the first one and fairly badly on the second one.
Geography was a good subject, but I didn't like it. There was far too much writing, and I didn't do very well in the first year. 25 mark questions are a pain.
ICT is where my not-quite-rant starts. I've refrained from doing it for a while now, but it's been one mess after another. The first two weeks of 6th form were a trial period, where I could swap between subjects. At that point, ICT was a one-year course. Three days after the trial period ends, we were swapped over to a two-year course. Bearing in mind that even then my sixth form was unpopular, so it seemed that they wanted to guarantee places in other courses. Either way, it wasn't what was advertised.
I was irritated, but still on course for a Distinction. I'd handed in my work, and everything was fine; fine until about a month before it was due to be moderated, when the class was told that we'd been taught the wrong things, and that we'd all fail. Cue a massive panic. I put it in again, this time at a set of Passes and Merits. My programming section was abysmal - then again, the teacher tried to teach everybody C++ in about 10 hours.
Again, that was fine. It survived until the last moderation, where the group got recalled from study leave to say that there was a small thing which needed tweaking. It turned out that it was the hypothesis of a data handling unit. Half the unit had to be re-written. Thus the pass.
Beyond that, I've spent my first month on a job. It's brilliant, and I see why so many people want to work in IT. I've learned a lot; SQL wasn't my strong point, but I can grasp it now, and think about how to do things in a functional language. Overall, I'm really enjoying myself. I was a little concerned about not going to university, but things have turned out better than I could have expected.
If you made it to the end of this long post, congratulations. You have a longer attention span than I do