so to jump right in, I finished my AS exams with pretty poor grades; I definitely asked too much of myself too quickly in the subjects I picked. CCDE in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology respectively.
Going into year 13 I knew I had to step up my game in order to get on to the course I wanted to do (Mechanical engineering), and I had already shown myself and teachers that I was capable of achieving the appropriate grades.
I decided that I'd resit 5 of my 7 core AS exams (non-practical) and drop Biology, with an aim of achieving ABB (A in maths) overall.
I had put in a lot of work during the end of this year and I genuinely felt like I was capable of achieving this - if not higher - by the end of my A2 exams, although I had completely bombed most of my A2 units to a certain extent when it came to exam day.
In the end I had managed to improve to ABB at AS (A in chemisty), however my poor A2 results meant I had CCD again (Chemistry, maths and physics respectively), and 9 UMS off of a B in chemistry.
I very much feel like I am back to square 1, and I have been playing the catchup game ever since AS. Because of this I decided I'd carry on with my studies and resit the A2 exams with my primary goal of matching my AS grades and an aspirational goal of an A* in maths.
My college wont let me attend lessons due to the new spec being introduced this year, and so I am home studying/revising and entering as an external candidate. I therefore do not have any guidance regarding UCAS applications My college had said my predicted grades of ABB (A in maths) would remain the same.
My questions are:
Would universities asking for AAB/ABB deem my application to be an uncompetitive one due to poor A2 grades or are they more likely to base their decision based on what I have shown at AS? I already had offers from Nottingham and Leicester (firm and insurance, likely to be the same again this year), although missed them due to my A2's. Would they take my application as seriously if they saw I had applied to them last year as well?
Secondly, in terms of UCAS, would it be appropriate for me to briefly say my situation in my personal statement? I am aware poor A2 grades would raise eyebrows for admission teams and I need to show that I genuinely am committed without sounding generic.
Thanks a lot for reading, I held this back after results day because I was too upset to post something like this, but now I'm back in the studying zone. Any advice would be appreciated and if anyone is in a similar situation I will try and answer!
Advice needed for UCAS applications and admissions (Resitting A2 exams)
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