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Resitting physics? Personal statement? Oxford?

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    I'm applying to Oxford, Durham and Newcastle to do physics. I just got my AS results and I got:

    A - maths
    B - further maths
    C - physics

    I'm struggling to work out how the AS affects the A2. Is there any way I can still get an A at A2? Or do I need to resit physics?

    I'm definitely going to get 90% or above on my A2 exams. I don't know what mark I got in physics, only that it's between 56-64%.

    My reasons for doing so poorly are that I've been living with and caring for my grandma who has Alzheimer's for the last five years, which has had a massive impact on my grades throughout highschool (As and Bs), then the week before exams started my grandma went into hospital and we discovered she had cancer, and for the next few months there was a high chance my family was going to become homeless.

    My grandma has since gone into a nursing home so I will be able to achieve much better grades next year.

    If I explain this in my personal statement and my reference says the same, will Oxford still consider me? And how do I explain this in my personal statement without sounding like I want special treatment?
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