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    (Original post by kirigiri)
    thank you ʕ´•ᴥ•`ʔ im sorry that school was tough for you and i hope youre doing a bit better now☆

    thats a fair point, actually. ill contact my college about it (theyre aware of my situation so theyll take it into account) and see what they have to say on it;0
    Thank you :hugs: I'm doing so much better now and doing a easy foundation course whilst I've found my feet again has done me the world of good. My college are aware of my situation and supported me in joining and did a transition period over the summer with people who were in a similar situation to I was.

    College will only want you to have English and maths for definite. However everything else depends on what level course you go into. You don't even need English and maths to get onto my course but mine isn't a straight forward thing. Level 2 you'll need 4 D's roughly. Level 3 it's 5 C's. If you go to college if you fail English and maths you can retake easier as they're used to it.

    When I joined college they took my situation into account, realised I needed a settling year and then put me onto a simple course which had the support I needed to start with. And they've continued to support me the best they can throughout the year. it's a good idea to tell them what you need as they can maybe help you.
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    (Original post by kirigiri)
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    My attendance during Year 11 last year dropped to 45%, and managing to make it in to school twice a week was a massive accomplishment for me and I had to drop some GCSE subjects also. Whilst my reason was because I have a chronic physical illness, I understand what you mean about trying your hardest, but sometimes circumstances mean you just can't do it - a lot of people on this thread won't be able to understand that; don't hold it against them or feel upset because of it. They would have had fairly normal schooling experiences and won't understand being unable to sit an exam - it's not that you're lazy, or just can't be bothered. I did sit all of my exams, and I got much better grades than I expected - but people need to realise that everyone is different, everyone's circumstances are different and to be more tolerant and understanding of that.

    The worst that will happen is you get a U - I'm not 100% sure if you'd get a U or an X as you have already submitted a coursework component. If you get a U, you will have to declare the grade on your UCAS applications. If it's an X, you won't have to. But as another poster suggested, could you try taking the exam - not to pass - but with the intention of tackling a challenge and coming out of it knowing you faced a difficult circumstance. This way you'll be removing the pressure of passing - that's not the aim here, it's the aim of going in to do it. Even if you get in and can't answer the question, you'll know you achieved something awesome.

    If not, in terms of your question - if you don't turn up to the exam, the school can charge you for the admin fees and will probably call you, etc, to ask where you are. If you want to go straight onto a Level 3 A Level course, you'll need 5 A*-C grades (so make sure you are sitting 5 GCSE exams) and if you want to do a BTEC, I believe it's 4 A*-D grades (that's the case at my college). If not, you can always do a Level 2 course first - I know people that did this and it's a great way to get a good foundation in subjects you'll be studying further (e.g. Psychology). English Literature isn't necessary for University, but if your school mentions on your reference you didn't turn up to an exam that may be an issue.

    Always remember to celebrate the little wins - if you do sit the exam, it's a big win, regardless of the grade you get at the end of August. If not, keep going and know it's okay (despite what some people on this forum may say). I implore you to really try to sit the exam - don't feel pressure to pass, just go in there, try to enjoy finding ways to answer the question, but don't worry if you can't answer the exam paper - the point is you did it!

    Whatever you decide, best of luck to you in everything you do
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    I'm pretty sure your parents would get fined £60 or something like that, that's what my school have said anyway but I'm not sure if that's true!
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    And I got told if there's a serious problem that makes it so you can't physically turn up then you'll get whatever your mock grade was for that subject!
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    (Original post by SkyeAmber)
    I'm pretty sure your parents would get fined £60 or something like that, that's what my school have said anyway but I'm not sure if that's true!
    Your school may have a policy to do this, but it isn't a standard thing. Also, a serious problem is pretty much unconscious in hospital, and all other situations don't qualify to not take the exam.
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    (Original post by kirigiri)
    i have never read anywhere that you need lit to get into uni. some people arent even offered to take lit. i dont see why unis would check your gcse grades if theyre entirely irrelevant to the course youre taking, arent pushed by the government, and again, arent even offered to everyone as a separate gcse (since some take the hybrid).


    im not asking for it to be condoned, i just wanted to know. its stressful because i dont want to sit the exam. if i do have to sit it, despite the fact that i know ill fail, i will still panic immensely. i panic really easily. comes with the ill mental health.


    thank you, thats what i was looking for.
    they couldnt really give me a grade anyway. i missed the lit mock, and i havent done anything at all in class over the last two years that could be considered either. they would have absolutely Nothing to go off of.
    look, it seems like you really do have some problems, which are really hard for people to understand, especially in a forum like this. I personally cannot imagine any situation where I'd feel like you do now, and that makes me want to say 'omg just do them??' But obviously I literally cannot imagine what being you is like. Look on official sites, Q&As, all that jazz. Search, and you will find it may be a bit more work than just asking but there you go

    I have extreme circumstances, and I'm amidst my GCSEs, but I cannot expect anyone to really fully empathise with the way I feel. I feel obligated to do my exams, despite my ~hardship~ if you will. Sorry if I'm swaying to criticism, I find it really difficult imagining a situation where I would just not do my exams ANYWAY

    good luck. Maybe ask a parent or good friend to help you find the relevant information. Remember, whatever you do won't be an easy-way, so it may actually be a solution to get tutoring or something and stick it, and try to pass
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    (Original post by kirigiri)
    have you even read this properly? or is your reading comprehension just this poor?
    i am not "everyone". I AM TRYING MY HARDEST. living is difficult - the fact that im in school for more than two days a week is a massive achievement for me. it's not just a case of me deciding not to do something - I LITERALLY CANNOT DO IT. MY BRAIN DOES NOT WORK THE WAY IT SHOULD. IM SORRY.


    Juno thank you, i really appreciate your understanding a lot and a lot. ʕ´•ᴥ•`ʔ youre getting across what i mean a lot better than i ever could OTL
    You don't have to apologise for you not being able to do, if thats the case then you must have a disability, which I have nothing against.

    However, if you don't have a disability then you need to try harder to stay afloat.

    Also, if you re-read my post, it says 'IF everyone'. I emphasised the IF to say if more people shared the same mentality as you do... I wasn't saying you are everyone I was saying if everyone was like you.


    note: despite lots of people being 'officially' disabled they manage to achieve greater things then both you and I, and in comparison giving up in english literature is minuscule.

    In summary... try harder.
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    (Original post by Dammio)
    You don't have to apologise for you not being able to do, if thats the case then you must have a disability, which I have nothing against.

    However, if you don't have a disability then you need to try harder to stay afloat.
    I usually don't get involved in this stuff, but seriously - kirigirl has literally said she's autistic. I'm not sure if you missed that or something, but being autistic means you're disabled.

    And even if she wasn't disabled - people generally know their own limits better than other people do. If they say that they can't do something, it's not because they can but they don't want to - it's literally because they can't. So at least try to show some respect when someone asks for advice.
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    (Original post by kirigiri)
    ive seen some posts on the internet talking about the consequences of not showing up to exams but i dont know whether theyre still applicable now so

    what could happen if i didnt show up to my two english lit exams?
    i literally know none of the content and i didnt complete my coursework. i wanted to drop it but the person who decides that in my school is really tough on dropping exams + i already dropped all of chemistry (C1, C2 & C3) last year and after school ad maths and french for this year. i know my camhs worker would support me on this but:/

    edit: please stop telling me that not showing up is daft and that i should sit it. i didnt ask for your opinion. i just want to know what the consequences of skipping it could be.
    OK, this is English lit. You could not show up and get a U, and nothing else would happen but I think we can do a little better than that . My english lit gcse isn't for another week, but you might be different. Lets assume be have the same exam board. Anyway, you don't need to do lots for english lit- it's actually really easy! 1) GOOGLE A SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK. Get a general idea of what its about.2) READ THE DAMN BOOK! That'll take you like half a day if you get up early. 3) ORDER 'YORK NOTES' on your book. These are a really good series of notes that give you an indepth understanding of the book and the underlying themes. Seriously, these things are amazing- roughly about £8 off amazon and they come super fast. 4) writing an essay:OK, this is super simple.In the exam you'll have 2 questions, an extract or a whole text Q, you can do either. DON"T EVEN BOTHER READING THE WHOLE TEXT ONE, JUST DO THE EXTRACT. Go through the text and highlight about 4 really powerful images that have alot of meaning behind them. DON’T bother with an intro-it gets you no marks. BUT PLACE THE EXTRACT –i.e. say whereabouts in your book the extract comes (shows you’ve read it :P) Start each paragraph with a senteance about the quotation you're going to analyse and how IT RELATES TO THE QUESTION. Then put in your quote. Finally talk about it. e.g: (for sake of argument we'll use the quote 'if he be mr hyde, then I shall be mr seek' from my set text (jekyll and hyde) and say the question is ‘how does the author strikingly portray Utterson’s intention to track down Hyde?) Stevenson portrays Utterson as having determination and intent in the quote ‘if he be Mr Hyde, I shall be Mr Seek’. "If he be Mr. Hyde is a homophone of "hide", or "keep secret". Thus Stevenson uses ‘seek’, as it is the opposite of ‘hyde’ to illustrate to the reader how different Utterson is to Hyde. ‘Seek’ also implies that he wants to discover the truth, as we would expect from a lawyer. By using the analogy to the children’s game, hide and seek, Stevenson creates a sinister twist on childish imagery, analogous to chapter one where Hyde tramples on the child. Overall, This shows that Utterson is more than willing to uncover the real secret of what is going on between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.This isn't my best work, but I'm aiming for an A* and have one in my coursework, so if you're just trying to get a C it should be sufficient. JUST LOOK FOR IMAGES! good luck and don't give up! xxx
 
 
 
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