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    Hi guys

    Recently it was confirmed to me that I have a condition which is called ''Dyscalculia''. It's basically like Dyslexia but for Mathematics.

    The thing that really get's me angry is this: I am extremely capable of doing Mathematics; when it's applied to Science! Throughout my course I have been doing advanced types of Mathematics, such as Logarithms, Chi-Squared Tests, T-Tests (These are just a few small examples). I'd say that this type of Mathematics is above the standard type of GCSE Mathematics criteria. When I was doing work that was based purely on this type of Mathematics, I was coming out with the best marks I could get, showing that I was extremely capable of doing the Maths.

    The only thing I can not do is do Mathematics on its own. One proud moment of my life is when I managed (And god-knows how I managed) to get my Maths grade up from an E to a D. I have tried countless times to re-sit Maths GCSE and have failed! I can not do it. This is what lead me to be tested for the condition.

    It gets me really down. My Universities are being great about it, they're considering my application without the grade and without knowing of my condition. So I am sorted for University, but I am really worried about future employment beyond that. I hope to work in the Biology field (The exact career role is unknown at this moment in time) but I keep thinking that the fact I have not got Maths GCSE, I am not going to be able to get a good job. I am really down! I could just give up; I can't see it going right for me.

    My point to this is to see if anyone here has had any experience with not having the correct grades for University or being employed once graduated from University?
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    A good honours degree (2.i or first) will outshine your maths GCSE! I really wouldn't be concerned... I didn't even put my GCSEs down on any of my PhD applications for example, nobody cares... they want to see your academic transcript (all of your university exam results to date)!
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    the thing i would be worried about though, is that surely in doing a biology degree you'll have to take statistics modules or something like that? what exactly is it you have a problem with? is it the basic addition and subtraction kind of thing which can be remedied by using a calculator?
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    (Original post by morfin)
    the thing i would be worried about though, is that surely in doing a biology degree you'll have to take statistics modules or something like that? what exactly is it you have a problem with? is it the basic addition and subtraction kind of thing which can be remedied by using a calculator?
    Stats module could be daunting I guess, but they're usually not worth much in the grand scheme of the whole degree...
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    My brother has this and he's a scientist. His uni got really annoyed when he told them that he would be unable to pass the maths module they expected him to do. He had to play the discrimination card before they would lower their pass grade for him. He's got a good job now but i think it caused him some difficulty when he left uni and was going to interviews. Employers don't like excuses and are reluctant to make allowances if they have a policy of requiring gcse maths but a lot of companies don't care so don't worry.
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    (Original post by Talveer)
    uhh, are you sure your unis are not going to take it into consideration when you haven't told them about it?
    Well, before I even put a University as my choice, I emailed them, asking about their admissions policy, and how they feel about me not having Maths GCSE, as I didn't want to apply to a Uni and be rejected on the basis of my maths qualification.

    I described to them that I may struggle with standard maths, but I can very well do the Maths when it's applied to something. There are so many units in my course that require me to do Maths that is at A-level standard, and it is applied to Science. Once I explained this to the University admissions tutors, they confirmed to me that they would look at my application, and consider it, without taking into account that I don't have Maths GCSE at grade C -- as they can do with a lot of people. They assured me that I showed great enthusiasm and determination and are willing to over look it; with the guarantee that I must get the required grades first.
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    (Original post by morfin)
    the thing i would be worried about though, is that surely in doing a biology degree you'll have to take statistics modules or something like that? what exactly is it you have a problem with? is it the basic addition and subtraction kind of thing which can be remedied by using a calculator?
    It's a very complicated thing to explain. I get easily lost with numbers, when they are being thrown at me. I start to panic. With people like me we find it very hard to register and work with numbers when they are being used for the purpose of Formulae. We can be very good with mathematics when it's being applied to a subject, such as Science.

    When I apply it to Science, such as recently I did an assignment where I had to do a Chi-Squared test with an experiment we did, which involved breeding flies and using Mendel's ratio.
 
 
 
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