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    Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Look I've been trying AS For 2 years now and due to a lot of personal problems I came out with bad grades yet again. This was due to anxiety and stress which let me down in exams when I was told I would achieve at least B's in all my subjects and do very well. The college I am at will not let me carry on with A2 which is what I would have loved to do. My grades were - C for English E for Chemistry and U for Biology (very weird considering bio was my fav and best subject!). Now I am having to do Btec Medical Science which I found out (with a bit of research) will get me into biomedical science at most of the universities I wanted to go to.

    Now I feel like **** - not because I regret not working hard because I did the best I could with the mental state I was in for the last 2 years, but because after saying that I would never do a Btec course after my GCSE's I ended up in BTEC. I'm not happy - I believe I can get all B's if I retook all my As subjects and do A2 at the same time but sometimes you have to remember that everything happens for a reason.

    Now If you're still reading then keep reading!

    Im telling you this because people like me have no other option than to study Btec, and I can assure you if I had the chance to I would definitely carry on with A levels and I can bet my life on it that I would do well. You just have to believe in yourself and dedicate yourself to your studies. Don't ever say that you will abandon your social life or stop doing this and that because your brain will just get worried! Instead manage your time well.

    I don't know your academic capabilities yet I have every faith in you that you'll do well. Just want it enough and don't get too stressed about A levels. Even though they are important it isn't the end of the world if you don't do them or do well enough in them. Don't stress about the outcome but just try and do your best and enjoy your subjects. Can't believe I wrote this much but hope it helps!


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    (Original post by JohnsHatun)
    Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Look I've been trying AS For 2 years now and due to a lot of personal problems I came out with bad grades yet again. This was due to anxiety and stress which let me down in exams when I was told I would achieve at least B's in all my subjects and do very well. The college I am at will not let me carry on with A2 which is what I would have loved to do. My grades were - C for English E for Chemistry and U for Biology (very weird considering bio was my fav and best subject!). Now I am having to do Btec Medical Science which I found out (with a bit of research) will get me into biomedical science at most of the universities I wanted to go to.

    Now I feel like **** - not because I regret not working hard because I did the best I could with the mental state I was in for the last 2 years, but because after saying that I would never do a Btec course after my GCSE's I ended up in BTEC. I'm not happy - I believe I can get all B's if I retook all my As subjects and do A2 at the same time but sometimes you have to remember that everything happens for a reason.

    Now If you're still reading then keep reading!

    Im telling you this because people like me have no other option than to study Btec, and I can assure you if I had the chance to I would definitely carry on with A levels and I can bet my life on it that I would do well. You just have to believe in yourself and dedicate yourself to your studies. Don't ever say that you will abandon your social life or stop doing this and that because your brain will just get worried! Instead manage your time well.

    I don't know your academic capabilities yet I have every faith in you that you'll do well. Just want it enough and don't get too stressed about A levels. Even though they are important it isn't the end of the world if you don't do them or do well enough in them. Don't stress about the outcome but just try and do your best and enjoy your subjects. Can't believe I wrote this much but hope it helps!


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    It really has! Thanks for the encouragement!

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    (Original post by alexberry)
    i got CCDD for my AS do you think i should retake 3 modules to get CBBD or retake the whole year? I want to apply for biomedical science at st Georges?
    I got the exact same results, and want to do biomed at the London unis :/
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    i received C, D,E,E in psychology,geography, english and history in that order should i restart the year or resit some modules because its unlikely i will get high predicted grades and go to a good uni ?

    like i feel soo dad and pressure coz al my friends did good and i feel ashamed like i feel just so discouraged what should i do ??
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    My son got his AS grades last week and there were unexpectedly bad.

    He got D in History
    D in Philosophy
    E in Biology
    u in Psychology

    He knows he didn't work hard enough and with some resits in Philosophy and History could improve these a lot. However he really wanted to carry on with Psychology. He hates Biology, but worked really hard to get his E. Unfortunately his Psychology teacher told the class not to worry about the grades they got for AS as they could improve a lot in A2, so he concentrated on Biology and eased off on the Psychology revision. Looking at the raw marks for Psychology he was 2 marks off an E in one unit and 3 in the other, so I have requested a copy of the paper to see if a remark is worthwhile. All his grades were well below predictions and everyone is shocked. If the re-marks come back as Es then he can do Psychology to A2, if not his 6th form head has said he can't resit.

    My question is can we insist he is allowed to resit at least one module to get the pass and would he be able to do the A2 the following year as a single A Level or is that likely to affect the schools point per candidate score on the league tables?
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    I got a C in English at GCSE, a low C at AS English Lang & Lit and then a top A at A2. You should naturally mature more when you move on to A2, it sounds cliche but just be prepared and understand the mark scheme and it'll be easy.


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    Something like B, average B, D.

    Maths - B; for that I wasn't allowed to resit so I got 96, 97 and something else I'm not sure of because I also did further maths and they shuffle the grades around. A* for the whole A level.
    Further Maths - Average B; I started selfstudying this module but had only done one module in the first year. Brought this up to an A by doing the remaining 5 modules in one year. Including an 89 and 91. Can't remember the other modules but I remember I got 93 in S2.
    Economics - D; this didn't go as well but I resat one module and did the others and bought it up to a C. I'm sure I did better but it doesn't matter now.
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    I got
    English Lit - A
    German - A
    Politics - C
    in my AS results last Thursday.

    I was 5 marks away from a B in Politics.

    What are the chances of pulling my grade in Politics up to a good B at A2? Should I resit (something I REALLY don't want to do because no more January resits), remark (would it go up?!?!) or just work harder this year and try gain the extra 5 marks elsewhere?
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    (Original post by KillaOfDawn)
    I got the exact same results, and want to do biomed at the London unis :/
    I'm in the same boat, too!
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    Anyone Got any E/D's preferably for AS sciences/maths and resat along with A2 to get high B/A grades ?
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    One of my friend's got CDDU at AS (Media, Maths, Spanish, Chemistry) because she didn't really work hard. She started doing her homework, revising for class tests, doing extra spanish work, in particular (asking the teacher for more essays, working on her grammar every single day, using the teacher's corrections to improve her work etc). She just put her head down really, said to herself that these were the grades she needed and she was 100% capable to achieving them. She ended up with ABB (Maths, media, spanish) and met the conditions for her firm choice and has since said she knew if she hadn't messed around so much during AS she could have achieved higher grades- particularly in maths and media. I was so so happy for her when she got those grades because I'd seen how much she knuckled down and got on with it during A2- hard work does pay off.
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    (Original post by falling)
    One of my friend's got CDDU at AS (Media, Maths, Spanish, Chemistry) because she didn't really work hard. She started doing her homework, revising for class tests, doing extra spanish work, in particular (asking the teacher for more essays, working on her grammar every single day, using the teacher's corrections to improve her work etc). She just put her head down really, said to herself that these were the grades she needed and she was 100% capable to achieving them. She ended up with ABB (Maths, media, spanish) and met the conditions for her firm choice and has since said she knew if she hadn't messed around so much during AS she could have achieved higher grades- particularly in maths and media. I was so so happy for her when she got those grades because I'd seen how much she knuckled down and got on with it during A2- hard work does pay off.
    That's an amazing success story i believe. I too have got a D for maths AS, do you know if your friend retook all maths modules? I've got all 3 exams a D in maths.. if she can do it, this news will really motivate me, and i really want to know if she retook all 3 along with A2 exams.. ?
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    (Original post by MerveA)
    That's an amazing success story i believe. I too have got a D for maths AS, do you know if your friend retook all maths modules? I've got all 3 exams a D in maths.. if she can do it, this news will really motivate me, and i really want to know if she retook all 3 along with A2 exams.. ?
    Even if she did have January exams, you would be doing them all in June.
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    I went from ABBC at AS to A*A*AA at A2, with the C going up to an A*.
    I only did two resits and one of them was in June - the grade change was mainly down to putting significantly more effort in during my second year.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    Yeah, surely it's even worse for those who just finished AS levels as there are no January exams?
    This only applies to England. In Wales those taking WJEC Board will be able to retake their AS exams in January.
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    (Original post by IBMum)
    This only applies to England. In Wales those taking WJEC Board will be able to retake their AS exams in January.
    What the ****?! Evidence of this please?

    That's ****ing unfair.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    What the ****?! Evidence of this please?

    That's ****ing unfair.
    I know, heres me thinking it's the same for everyone.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    What the ****?! Evidence of this please?

    That's ****ing unfair.
    I read the circulars, it's true.
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    For A2 I got ICT - C, Media Studies - B, and got an AS in physics at grade D.

    Five years later I self-taught myself maths and physics and got A*A.

    Not super duper but better than anything else for me so far!

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