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    (Original post by duncanjgraham)
    I took a gap year because I got abcc at AS , definitely because my head was not in a good place , and thought that was c r a p then got A*AAb and then got three unconditionals and I've spent my time self teaching further maths definitely got at least an A wanted an A*

    My advice is gap years are very good for your mental state , I've just spent a tonne of time exercising and getting better at maths. It can be boring at times so you must prepare things to do - I live in a village so nothing to do here so learned to drive etc etc

    Specifically if you get the grades, then that is unlike my situation , but all I can say is if your parents are very relaxed about a gap year, then it may just be the right thing to do if you don't feel ready for university absolutely 100%. I feel overprepared for uni now which I think is better
    Thanks so much for your feedback! It's great to hear that you're doing well after a gap year.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    I don't want to reapply. I don't want to go anywhere else but my firm university, and I 99% know that I've done enough for my firm, so this shouldn't be an issue, right? I wouldn't be going through the UCAS process again, just attempting my A2s again.

    Wait - would I need to reapply, even if I got the grades?
    If you want to retake your A Levels, you will have to reapply yes, unless your firm allows you defer, but they might be suspicious of you retaking if you're retaking your A Levels even though you made the offer.

    In your case, there are honestly no advantages of retaking. A Levels are nothing more than a means of getting you into uni. After that, they mean nothing.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    I don't want to reapply. I don't want to go anywhere else but my firm university, and I 99% know that I've done enough for my firm, so this shouldn't be an issue, right? I wouldn't be going through the UCAS process again, just attempting my A2s again.

    Wait - would I need to reapply, even if I got the grades?
    In my opinion, just wait till results day instead of thinking what ifs. At results day there will be plenty of people with experience giving advice on this if you do need it.
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    (Original post by Aristotle's' Disciple)
    What if you miss again? You've just wasted a year of your life. It's a pretty easy decision to make weighing up the cost and potential benefits (there are none)
    I would be coding, travelling and being able to do work experience at my uncle's firm in the USA, as well as hopefully saving money to help with maintenance costs and practising guitar + piano + singing. Even if I didn't retake my A2s, I'd still seriously consider a gap year. It's whether or not retaking is a good idea.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    I would be coding, travelling and being able to do work experience at my uncle's firm in the USA, as well as hopefully saving money to help with maintenance costs and practising guitar + piano + singing. Even if I didn't retake my A2s, I'd still seriously consider a gap year. It's whether or not retaking is a good idea.
    How would you save money when you're travelling to the US to work? Flights and work visas are expensive, so a lot of what you earn will go towards that. You can get generous grants to study or work abroad on the erasmus scheme when you're at uni, as well as summer internship, so again, not a reason to take a gap year.

    There will be plenty of societies at uni where you can improve your musical skills, so again, not a reason to take a gap year.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    I would be coding, travelling and being able to do work experience at my uncle's firm in the USA, as well as hopefully saving money to help with maintenance costs and practising guitar + piano + singing. Even if I didn't retake my A2s, I'd still seriously consider a gap year. It's whether or not retaking is a good idea.
    That's something people can do whenever, and usually something people who have failed look towards as a silver lining. I don't think I've ever come across anyone who'd want to avoid university for those reasons. And FYI university holidays are huge, you can do all that and more during Christmas break or during summer which is like 4 months. At Warwick term is only 10 weeks. Exam term time is non existent and exams are over by week 7.
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    If you want to retake your A Levels, you will have to reapply yes, unless your firm allows you defer, but they might be suspicious of you retaking if you're retaking your A Levels even though you made the offer.

    In your case, there are honestly no advantages of retaking. A Levels are nothing more than a means of getting you into uni. After that, they mean nothing.
    My firm says they would be happy to let me defer my entry. If I retake some A2 exams, how will that change the UCAS process? Can't I just bring them updated certificates of improved results when I do start in September 2017, so that they can replace the ones of the results I get this summer? Or is there more to the procedure?

    To be clear, I do not want to reapply. There's nowhere I'd rather go. My retaking is pretty much entirely a personal goal issue.
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    If you are taking a gap year to improve your grades, DON"T do it. If you have mental health issues and would like to learn how to cope with it more, then it could be a wise decision. Honestly If I had the choice I wouldn't take a gap year in your shoes. Gap year should come after uni.but that just me speaking from experience.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    My firm says they would be happy to let me defer my entry. If I retake some A2 exams, how will that change the UCAS process? Can't I just bring them updated certificates of improved results when I do start in September 2017, so that they can replace the ones of the results I get this summer? Or is there more to the procedure?

    To be clear, I do not want to reapply. There's nowhere I'd rather go. My retaking is pretty much entirely a personal goal issue.
    It's highly possible they'll make your offer conditional based on your retakes, in which case it's likely the offer will be the same or only one grade higher as your current conditional, so retaking for A*A*A*A would be pointless as your offer won't be that high

    It's also possible your offer will be unconditional based on your achieved grades this year, in which case retaking would be pointless as you'll be going to uni whatever you get.

    Honestly in your case, I wouldn't take a gap year at all. Your desire for good A Levels is misplaced as they become worthless once you have a degree, and all the things you want to do on your gap year you can do at uni, and even get funding for. I'd say go to uni this year, especially if you really like the uni. There really is no point for you to retake.

    As someone who's just graduated uni and has a job already, trust me on this one
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    How would you save money when you're travelling to the US to work? Flights and work visas are expensive, so a lot of what you earn will go towards that. You can get generous grants to study or work abroad on the erasmus scheme when you're at uni, as well as summer internship, so again, not a reason to take a gap year.

    There will be plenty of societies at uni where you can improve your musical skills, so again, not a reason to take a gap year.
    Okay, true..
    Damn, I was almost excited by the prospect
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    Hi,

    I'm fairly sure that I've met the offer of my firm choice, but that offer is quite low compared to my predicted grades and I am 100% certain that I haven't met my predictions of A*A*A*A - I feel quite disappointed in my performance during my A2 exams. I know that once you get into university, A-Levels don't matter hugely but I still don't think I've performed to my full potential due to some mental health issues and I really want a set of grades I know I couldn't improve on.

    If I defer entry to my firm choice this year and take a gap year (in which I hope to, besides retaking a few A2 modules, sharpen my maths skills; improve my coding abilities; do some engineering work experience; and travel), would it be worth it?

    Obviously if the worst thing happens and I miss my offer, I'll definitely take a gap year as my grades would need HUGE improving. But if I retake some modules, knowing that my university place is confirmed no matter what the outcome is, it would definitely take the pressure off and hopefully I'd be able to perform far better than I did this May/June - but would it be pointless and a waste of time?

    Thanks.
    If you achieve your offer there's no point retaking any A-levels. BUT taking a gap year and doing something constructive with it (e.g. a full year of relevant work experience) could certainly be an idea.

    I really wouldn't sweat on "improving" grades from A's to A*s. There's nothing to be gained from it.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    Okay, true..
    Damn, I was almost excited by the prospect
    Wasting your time on something worthless is not a prospect to be excited by. University is. You'll gain far more life skills by moving out and living on your own studying something you really want to at a place you love. Plus why wouldn't you want to take advantage of generous funding for study abroad? You really want to waste your own money on it when you could get it funded for you?
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    (Original post by Aristotle's' Disciple)
    That's something people can do whenever, and usually something people who have failed look towards as a silver lining. I don't think I've ever come across anyone who'd want to avoid university for those reasons. And FYI university holidays are huge, you can do all that and more during Christmas break or during summer which is like 4 months. At Warwick term is only 10 weeks. Exam term time is non existent and exams are over by week 7.
    Yeah, you're right.

    But what about the thousands of students every year who defer their entry? Surely they're genuinely looking forward to doing these things?
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    If I met my offer then I would just go to uni and start the next stage of my life rather than just staying at home cause that just seems boring :/
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    (Original post by mrahim)
    If you are taking a gap year to improve your grades, DON"T do it. If you have mental health issues and would like to learn how to cope with it more, then it could be a wise decision. Honestly If I had the choice I wouldn't take a gap year in your shoes. Gap year should come after uni.but that just me speaking from experience.
    I wouldn't be taking the gap year to specifically tackle my mental health issues. I'd just kind of go with it and hope that improving mental health would be a by-product of a stress-free, productive gap year
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    Yeah, you're right.

    But what about the thousands of students every year who defer their entry? Surely they're genuinely looking forward to doing these things?
    The only people I know who have deferred were for financial reasons-they'd immigrated to the UK and deferring a year meant they'd be classed as home students for fee purposes, so instead of self funding a minimum of £15k a year on fees alone, they paid only £9k a year and were eligible for student finance. They were excited about uni but had genuine reasons for deferring.

    As Aristotle said, uni holidays are so long-at most unis you get around 3 months for summer alone! There's plenty of opportunity to do these things you want to do without wasting your time on an unneeded gap year.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    If you achieve your offer there's no point retaking any A-levels. BUT taking a gap year and doing something constructive with it (e.g. a full year of relevant work experience) could certainly be an idea.

    I really wouldn't sweat on "improving" grades from A's to A*s. There's nothing to be gained from it.
    What about taking a gap year to undertake constructive work experience AND retake a couple of A2 modules?
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    I wouldn't be taking the gap year to specifically tackle my mental health issues. I'd just kind of go with it and hope that improving mental health would be a by-product of a stress-free, productive gap year
    Then don't take a gap year. Trust me they are a waste of time. You've got the summers to do all you want to do.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    What about taking a gap year to undertake constructive work experience AND retake a couple of A2 modules?
    Waste of time-you can do all the work experience you need to do during university holidays and A Levels are irrelevant if you meet the offer anyway.
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    Wasting your time on something worthless is not a prospect to be excited by. University is. You'll gain far more life skills by moving out and living on your own studying something you really want to at a place you love. Plus why wouldn't you want to take advantage of generous funding for study abroad? You really want to waste your own money on it when you could get it funded for you?
    Why would I miss out on funding for studying abroad? Is this because of the EU referendum result?! That was also a concern of mine tbh - if Article 50 is triggered by the start of 2017, and it takes 2 years for us to leave the EU, then I'll only just be able to go on my year abroad to Europe at the end of 2018, but if I take a gap year then my year abroad would start at the end of 2019, by which time we may very well have left the EU entirely and I'd need.. a work visa? Or something?
 
 
 
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