After “A” Levels: Next Steps



A marathon rather than a sprint. That’s the best way to describe an educational journey, in which the “A” levels is one of the major milestones. While national examinations are important, its significance on the long-term development and success of a person diminishes as one progresses through life.  Long after the exam is over, holistic education prevails. Nevertheless, this article will explore the short and long-term implications of the “A” levels.



University admissions

In the job market, the “A” level certificate has fewer advantages compared to a polytechnic diploma. Parents or students who choose the A-level route should aim to enter university too. Doing poorly at the “A” levels will affect entry to prestigious universities and courses. Increasingly, job seekers are more interested in skills rather than certificates. Parents should be more concerned about equipping their child with the right skills in the relevant degrees for the future economy.



Never-ending quest

Many jobs are being consistently disrupted and displaced. Courses available today may not have the corresponding careers in 50 years. Obviously, an “A” level certificate, a diploma, or a degree is not the end of learning. It is more important for the child to learn how to acquire new knowledge and new skills instead.

At CPD Singapore Education Services Pte Ltd, the focus is on skills-based learning. CPD Singapore’s educators aim to instil a future-ready mindset into its students, so that they will graduate with not just stellar grades but also an aptitude and thirst for lifelong learning. This will ensure that graduates will always be relevant no matter how the economy changes.