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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
    Yeah try that. At my school they have this really annoying strict system that all are predicted the same grades as their AS unless the UMS's are within like 10% off the total UMS off the next grade :/ Fingers crossed for you x
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    thats so inspiring! did oxford kind of question your grades though/ were they a bit skeptical at first? also do you think oxford is more lenient than cambridge on AS grades?
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    The inspiration keeps pouring out of you! Thanks so much for posting this. The only way is up
    You're very welcome! Yes it is, wherever we are!!
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    (Original post by MrsSheldonCooper)
    What a lovely and inspirational story! Makes a great change from all the idiots on here who say retaking Year 12 means your life is over.
    MoonVIrgo didn't retake year 12!
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    Wow so inspiring I wish I had read this story before I started year 13. My grades were ABCE, and all my teachers said that I wouldn't get into uni if I continued with the subject I got an E in. I knew I hadn't put that much effort in the subject in my AS year and that I could do way better if I just out my head down. But I listened to them but I regret dropping the subject
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    (Original post by bread4lyf)
    thats so inspiring! did oxford kind of question your grades though/ were they a bit skeptical at first? also do you think oxford is more lenient than cambridge on AS grades?
    Thank you! x
    I wouldn't have known whether Oxford questioned them cos I wasn't there when they read my application lol... My English teacher did ask me this same question though lmao before I went for my interview, he asked 'if they asked you where your C came from, what are you gonna say?' and I was like 'Er.... Cos I didn't finish half of my paper lol?' I guess they've always said they look at all aspects of an application so yeah they might well have been skeptical for a moment, but that's only one aspect of it, and out of which alone they can't make a well-informed judgement on how well a student is going to do if they were accepted at Oxford, there's just so much more to it. I've always seen Oxford as looking deeper into an individual more, to me it's seems like a collector of all special talents in the world and some of these talents aren't always reflected in grades, and they understand this - this is how I see it personally.
    Would 'lenient' be the 'right' word to use lol? What they once said is just they find less correlation between people doing well at AS with them doing well at the degree, while Cambridge sees the opposite so they require very high UMS at AS. But I do believe that when you fall short in one aspect in your application, as long as you make up for it in another, they'll see value in you, especially with Oxford. No matter what, remember the value in you is way more than those grades, and lay assured that Oxford understands this. xx
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    Wow so inspiring I wish I had read this story before I started year 13. My grades were ABCE, and all my teachers said that I wouldn't get into uni if I continued with the subject I got an E in. I knew I hadn't put that much effort in the subject in my AS year and that I could do way better if I just out my head down. But I listened to them but I regret dropping the subject
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    Which subject is it may I ask? Is it one that you really liked or is it related to the course you'd like to do at uni? But yeah if you wanted to keep it, if you knew in your heart that you could turn it around then you probably actually could... I really feel you man because teachers aren't you, and only you know what's best for you even though they may have the experience, so unfortunately yeah :'( I really really hope that it has turned out alright for you now. xxx
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    (Original post by MrsSheldonCooper)
    What a lovely and inspirational story! Makes a great change from all the idiots on here who say retaking Year 12 means your life is over.
    To be honest I think ABC is amazing and no way near bad.

    I'm a year 12 resitter after doing miserably and I think I do some of the easiest subjects regardless of what people think.

    For starters - Maths and Further Maths are flippin easy whether or not you have a passion for maths.

    I'll just say I'm stupid because I really hit rock bottom after failing year 12.
    I got AAB - B in economics and I am still really happy with myself even though I didn't do 4 subjects

    Although I made ALOT of mistakes I ended up with 588/600 UMS for A level maths

    99UMS - C2 - didn't realise how simple a common chord is
    89UMS - C3 - ALOT of mistakes as previously mentioned.

    However I would consider economics to be difficult but also general knowledge, I say this due to the low pass rates and the fact I'm awful at writing essays.

    The subjects that you have chosen should not seem hard for yourself.
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    Wow you definitely deserve it!! I hope you inspire many, because you've just inspired me!! 🙏🏽
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    God, what a motivational story! And you must have heard this many times!

    It is a lovely change from these negative threads.

    I am aspiring veterinary student, however, I don't have any required subjects for the course (Biology and Chemistry) and I am predicted D student (which is a big leap from A* student - god, the education never prepared us for A-level), which is kinda ironic as I got passing grade of D*/BC in AS. And pretty much all teachers believe I wouldn't achieve my dream of becoming Equine and Livestock Specialist Vet. (My route is to take either Animal Science or Foundation Biosciences then move onto the graduate entry into Vet course). But you know what, despite the doubts, I am going to keep moving on like you did and achieve it!

    I wish you a luck on your journey in Oxford!
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    Let's be honest with ourselves here. Only a small portion of people reading this thread will have the diligence and work ethic required to pull off a brilliant performance like OP. Realistically, they're an anomaly.

    I got an A* at GCSE maths, from being in bottom set of the year. It got me super motivated, I realised that I had so much capability within me. If I can do super well at GCSE, surely I can overcome A-Levels? Ah yes, foolish younger me.

    So when I got a B at AS, and was predicted a lousy C by my teacher, I got brave. I too thought I would rise from the ashes like a phoenix. By April I was brisking through the hardest past papers with ease. I felt like I had an A* up my sleeves, I was SO ready to show my maths teacher my results slip in August and see the look on her face. I smashed my mechanics, but flopped core maths. I was traumatised on the days of the exams. I only ended up with a B overall.

    I'm sincerely not trying to be bitter here. I'm giving some sound life advice, if you're willing to take it. A-Levels aren't like any other challenge you might face in life, because the fact is the exam boards are unpredictable. You could be a clever and hard working student but end up with a poor grade that doesn't reflect your true capabilities. Having your heart on Oxbridge or getting strings of A* grades is a sure way of possibly setting yourself up for disappointment.

    Nobody is going to judge you for your A Level grades. They're not even relevant once you're in University, everybody forgets them just like GCSEs. I'm going to a prestigious 14th Century University in arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Simply work as hard as you possibly can on your studies, and then look over your prospects when you know what you've got to work with, not the other way.

    Good luck to everybody going into Year 13.
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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
    Right.. At GCSE I got 11 A*s and was one of the top students at my school, then at AS I ended up with ABC (A in Bio, B in Geo and C in Eng Lang & Lit). I was devastated not only because of the huge drop from my performance back at GCSE but cos I was so set up for English at Oxford. It had been my dream and I spent my entire secondary school career preparing for it, and yet right there I got an E in the Lit paper because I only managed to finish half of it. It was like a slap in my face.

    My head of 6th form told me to 'repeat Year 12' and said to me 'alright then now English at Oxford is dead in the water' and 'normally you should even drop English but shame that you're already only doing 3 subjects', right on the day when I was at my weakest. Then I decided to change and apply for Psychology instead and thus ignored him and carried on with Year 13. After some struggle I decided to still go for Oxford. Between Results Day last year and the day my school began, I was spending all the hours except sleeping and eating just studying and preparing for Psychology at uni. I was fueled with the sheer desire and will to rise back up from my rock bottom again and prove anyone who doubted my ability wrong. I had never thought I'd go for Psychology and so I had to catch up with what I think a typical Oxbridge applicant would have done in like 2 to 3 years within 3 to 4 weeks. And that was the only way I could prove to people that I'm capable and deserving of a high enough prediction out of my ABC when I went back in September in order to apply to Oxford.

    After I got back to school everyone was telling me not to waste a place, and teachers were advising me not to apply for unis that have offers higher than AAB. The head of 6th form was telling my English teacher not to predict me anything higher than a B. My English teacher though was the one I must thank as he said to me in the end 'I won't predict you anything less than an A. I want to show you that I believe in you.' So there I went and went for it.

    And then I got an interview invite. And then an offer. And then an offer for their scholarship.

    I've put in a huge amount of work and time both for the preparation for the course and for my EPQ which is subject-related (and it has expanded my mind and knowledge so much; also helped massively at my interview), and an even huger determination and effort for 'upping' my grades. A2 was hard work, resitting was too, but when I found the will, I found the power.

    In the end I got 4 A*s for my A2. A* in all 3 of my subjects and an A* for my EPQ. What kicked that head of 6th form and all others who have ever doubted me in the arse the most wasn't even that I got into Oxford, having defied all odds. It was that I got full UMS in my English, while just 10 months ago my head of 6th form was saying 'don't even predict a B'. And now I'm off to read Experimental Psychology at Oxford in October. This past year was my come-back, my rebound. I just want to tell you that if you have the will, you'll keep turning 'impossible' into 'possible'.

    When there's a WILL, there's a WAY. Don't ever let anybody tell you that you 'can't', most of all, don't let yourself tell you that you can't. Find your will, prepare to be flexible and be open to changes, and always believe, and always always try, then you'll find a way. I hope my experience empowers you, and I wish you all the best. x
    Wow, well done! :clap2:

    I am truly happy for you and your success, and this post should be regularly bumped so more and more people can read it.

    Never let anybody tell you that you cannot succeed. That cannot be stated enough.

    I didn't get it quite as bad as you or quite the same, but one of my physics teachers told me to my face in the first few weeks of my AS physics course that because I got a B in GCSE physics I would not get an A in AS because 'it does not work that way'. I got the highest grade in my year (97% ums) for AS, and just got an A* and I am going to study engineering at Cambridge. (In fairness, my teacher did stop thinking that after the first term and she isn't a bad teacher... she just stopped being one of my favourite teachers *for some reason*).

    Never let anybody tell you that you cannot succeed.

    It's good that your English teacher believed in you. It is sort of unfortunate that your head of year will still claim credit for you getting into Oxford while having discouraged you that much, and having almost actively prevented you from getting the place, but at least you got what you wanted!
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    (Original post by hopefuldentist10)
    Let's be honest with ourselves here. Only a small portion of people reading this thread will have the diligence and work ethic required to pull off a brilliant performance like OP. Realistically, they're an anomaly.

    I got an A* at GCSE maths, from being in bottom set of the year. It got me super motivated, I realised that I had so much capability within me. If I can do super well at GCSE, surely I can overcome A-Levels? Ah yes, foolish younger me.

    So when I got a B at AS, and was predicted a lousy C by my teacher, I got brave. I too thought I would rise from the ashes like a phoenix. By April I was brisking through the hardest past papers with ease. I felt like I had an A* up my sleeves, I was SO ready to show my maths teacher my results slip in August and see the look on her face. I smashed my mechanics, but flopped core maths. I was traumatised on the days of the exams. I only ended up with a B overall.

    I'm sincerely not trying to be bitter here. I'm giving some sound life advice, if you're willing to take it. A-Levels aren't like any other challenge you might face in life, because the fact is the exam boards are unpredictable. You could be a clever and hard working student but end up with a poor grade that doesn't reflect your true capabilities. Having your heart on Oxbridge or getting strings of A* grades is a sure way of possibly setting yourself up for disappointment.

    Nobody is going to judge you for your A Level grades. They're not even relevant once you're in University, everybody forgets them just like GCSEs. I'm going to a prestigious 14th Century University in arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Simply work as hard as you possibly can on your studies, and then look over your prospects when you know what you've got to work with, not the other way.

    Good luck to everybody going into Year 13.
    I'm afraid that I agree with this sir on the note that not many people can do this. It takes a lot to study that much.. And it takes a lot of personality to be tenacious, because A-Levels aren't easy.
    I myself got BCCE at AS and ended up with AAA last Thursday but that was after working hard in chemistry like no one had ever seen. No one had faith in me, I was voted 'most likely to resit' by the arses in my year. However it wasn't easy and people can't expect things to fall into their lap
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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
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    Which subject is it may I ask? Is it one that you really liked or is it related to the course you'd like to do at uni? But yeah if you wanted to keep it, if you knew in your heart that you could turn it around then you probably actually could... I really feel you man because teachers aren't you, and only you know what's best for you even though they may have the experience, so unfortunately yeah :'( I really really hope that it has turned out alright for you now. xxx
    Biology. I'm going to uni to study English language this year but biology relates to what I want to do in the future. If I stayed on for bio at A2 I might have chosen to do something different at uni but at least everything is on track now
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    (Original post by geekykid25)
    Wow you definitely deserve it!! I hope you inspire many, because you've just inspired me!! 🙏🏽
    Thanks so much, bless you heart!! xx
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    (Original post by riddledemort)
    God, what a motivational story! And you must have heard this many times!

    It is a lovely change from these negative threads.

    I am aspiring veterinary student, however, I don't have any required subjects for the course (Biology and Chemistry) and I am predicted D student (which is a big leap from A* student - god, the education never prepared us for A-level), which is kinda ironic as I got passing grade of D*/BC in AS. And pretty much all teachers believe I wouldn't achieve my dream of becoming Equine and Livestock Specialist Vet. (My route is to take either Animal Science or Foundation Biosciences then move onto the graduate entry into Vet course). But you know what, despite the doubts, I am going to keep moving on like you did and achieve it!

    I wish you a luck on your journey in Oxford!
    Thank you! x Yes there are many ways indeed to achieve our dreams and once we've found the way, we'll be moving closer and closer towards it day by day. And it's the process that matter cos, no matter the outcome, at the very least we can all say to ourselves that we've walked the path! Wish you all the best x
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    (Original post by hopefuldentist10)
    Let's be honest with ourselves here. Only a small portion of people reading this thread will have the diligence and work ethic required to pull off a brilliant performance like OP. Realistically, they're an anomaly.

    I got an A* at GCSE maths, from being in bottom set of the year. It got me super motivated, I realised that I had so much capability within me. If I can do super well at GCSE, surely I can overcome A-Levels? Ah yes, foolish younger me.

    So when I got a B at AS, and was predicted a lousy C by my teacher, I got brave. I too thought I would rise from the ashes like a phoenix. By April I was brisking through the hardest past papers with ease. I felt like I had an A* up my sleeves, I was SO ready to show my maths teacher my results slip in August and see the look on her face. I smashed my mechanics, but flopped core maths. I was traumatised on the days of the exams. I only ended up with a B overall.

    I'm sincerely not trying to be bitter here. I'm giving some sound life advice, if you're willing to take it. A-Levels aren't like any other challenge you might face in life, because the fact is the exam boards are unpredictable. You could be a clever and hard working student but end up with a poor grade that doesn't reflect your true capabilities. Having your heart on Oxbridge or getting strings of A* grades is a sure way of possibly setting yourself up for disappointment.

    Nobody is going to judge you for your A Level grades. They're not even relevant once you're in University, everybody forgets them just like GCSEs. I'm going to a prestigious 14th Century University in arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Simply work as hard as you possibly can on your studies, and then look over your prospects when you know what you've got to work with, not the other way.

    Good luck to everybody going into Year 13.
    Thank you for this man I really see your point. A-levels are really really hard work as I struggled so much from the transition from GCSE to there and this really did surprise me so yeah. And it’s true that sometime when we’ve set our heart on something and ended up not getting it despite having worked immensely hard with great willpower on it is heart-breaking, just like my losing the English at uni back then and I also felt like I’ve let my English teacher down (who had seen me through my entire secondary school career, and was there to witness it when I had my epiphany that I love English Lit so much that a warm current rises up from my feet at the thought of it, and had never stopped believing in me).. I cried for days over that E in Lit cos you’re very right that the higher we climb the harder we fall… Especially when the goal seems so close to you that you can almost touch it but can’t in the end…

    It is also true that much depends on the exam boards and the marking and so even if we have put in so much hard work the grades don’t always reflect it, but as you said A-levels grades essentially won’t matter in the end cos in many cases they aren't the accurate depiction of our ability, and so it’s never our faults when we’ve put in the work and the mind and didn’t get the desired outcome. Cos we know there’s always something else that also determines it, frustrating as it is, we know in ourselves and also the people who love us will know in their hearts that these grades don’t measure up to our true calibre, and through this journey I’ve gone through, this thought itself has been enough for me. People who judge us on our underperformance don’t matter, and people who matter won’t judge.

    Through this all, I never really had much expectations actually, cos back then I felt like my dream to do English had already been shattered by my AS, I only just did all that I could with all that I had, to walk down a road without even knowing what’s in front of me, I knew I was throwing some wild cards at times and that’s cos I felt like I had nothing left to lose anymore, hence there hadn’t really been any expectations as I was just taking a step at a time. I didn’t even expect to get the predictions cos that’d require my teachers to break rules for me and back then I was thinking ‘who am I to even ask for that?’ so when I got them I was like ‘I must treasure this no matter what it takes of me’. Since then, really, that actually became my goal, it wasn’t Oxford even, all I wanted was to repay my teachers’ kindness. Oxford was still so very distant and I didn’t expect to even get an interview invite cos it was a fact that I did get a B and a C on my application, so again I just put in the work that was needed to be put in and just focus on the A-level study itself, with the belief that I’m better than the ABC. So yes looking back, my journey was filled with many pleasant surprises and I can’t be more grateful to all those who have helped me and that I’ve been super lucky. You’ve hit the nail on the head when you said ‘Simply work as hard as you possibly can on your studies, and then look over your prospects when you know what you've got to work with, not the other way.’ This is so true, like try not to expect anything but give it your all anyway lol, in the end the value lies in the experience and those who truly care about us will always understand that the outcome is just an outcome (especially when it comes to exams lol), when it’s good it’s a bonus, and when it’s less it doesn’t make us any less at all.

    Hearty congratulations to you that you’re off to an amazing university in an amazing city, I’m really excited for you!! I have a medic friend who’s going to Vienna, Austria, not sure if by any chance yours is also there lol? Best wishes to you xx
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    (Original post by bioeng98)
    Wow, well done! :clap2:

    I am truly happy for you and your success, and this post should be regularly bumped so more and more people can read it.

    Never let anybody tell you that you cannot succeed. That cannot be stated enough.

    I didn't get it quite as bad as you or quite the same, but one of my physics teachers told me to my face in the first few weeks of my AS physics course that because I got a B in GCSE physics I would not get an A in AS because 'it does not work that way'. I got the highest grade in my year (97% ums) for AS, and just got an A* and I am going to study engineering at Cambridge. (In fairness, my teacher did stop thinking that after the first term and she isn't a bad teacher... she just stopped being one of my favourite teachers *for some reason*).

    Never let anybody tell you that you cannot succeed.

    It's good that your English teacher believed in you. It is sort of unfortunate that your head of year will still claim credit for you getting into Oxford while having discouraged you that much, and having almost actively prevented you from getting the place, but at least you got what you wanted!
    Oh wow that's great for you and congratulations!!!!!!!! So true that no one else and nothing else determines what we're worth expect ourselves. When we know we're better, we are better, it doesn't matter what others say nor what the grades say, cos these don't change our ability, whether we get an A or a B or a C, if we're e.g. a good physician, we'll always be.

    I've ignored my head of 6th form for a year lol but he doesn't matter. People who truly matter are those who see and believe in our true ability.
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    (Original post by 97Y)
    I'm afraid that I agree with this sir on the note that not many people can do this. It takes a lot to study that much.. And it takes a lot of personality to be tenacious, because A-Levels aren't easy.
    I myself got BCCE at AS and ended up with AAA last Thursday but that was after working hard in chemistry like no one had ever seen. No one had faith in me, I was voted 'most likely to resit' by the arses in my year. However it wasn't easy and people can't expect things to fall into their lap
    Yeah I too agree that it takes a lot of effort while A-levels are already very difficult in themselves. It's a great achievement in itself already though to keep trying and striving to exceed our past selves and we can do this.

    Huge congratulations on your achievement!!!! That's a massive bounce-back!!!! Hard work does pay off and I'm really glad for you I did take a lot didn't it lol? And it doesn't come out of nowhere. But so rewarding in the end!
 
 
 
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