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    Well its a bit confusing.

    I want to do English Lit at uni but got a B. I had 2 A's but got a C in one unit which really pulled it down. Although a B is a good mark I am definitely going to get it up to an A somehow because of my own pride and also because English is really competitive.

    Here's the complication. I hoped to avoid putting that grade on my UCAS form if I could by asking for it to be uncreditted but then picking up the good units again and resitting the bad one. However my head of sixth form thinks this is a bad idea because not having Eng Lit AS down will look bad....I dont know whether that is true because i'm sure it would be put on as grage pending and they cant descriminate against me because not all schools have the AS grades certificated anyway....but hey I'll put that concern to one side for the moment....
    However having asked for the paper to be recalled it has arrived at school and my teacher has looked at it. He doesn't think it should be as low as it is, in his opinion its around a 14/15. If it is a 14 then I will have just got an A...but he is a new teacher that hasn't taught A level before so I dont know if that is very trustworthy.
    What I could do is have it remarked and then retake it to either get it up to that A or get a higher A. But if I have it remarked will I get it and possibly the new mark back before I do my UCAS form which I am hoping to do quite early? Also having it remarked means I will miss the window for declining my grade.

    What should I do?
    -Trust in my teacher's abilities, have it remarked then possibly resit to improve the number of points for next year?
    - Dont risk missing the window to decline, decline the grade resit and risk it looking bad on my UCAS form?
    - Swallow my pride, put a B down on my UCAS form but carefully word in my school reference that my AS grade was lower than expected and I am resitting a unit? (But isn't that just highlighting that I wasn't good enough to get an A in the first place?)
    - Run away and join the circus?

    Any help would be appreciated from anyone who knows anything about this. If you've actually managed to read all that and understand it then your doing better than I seem to be! peacenik :confused:
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    (Original post by peacenik)

    What should I do?
    -Trust in my teacher's abilities, have it remarked then possibly resit to improve the number of points for next year?
    - Dont risk missing the window to decline, decline the grade resit and risk it looking bad on my UCAS form?
    - Swallow my pride, put a B down on my UCAS form but carefully word in my school reference that my AS grade was lower than expected and I am resitting a unit? (But isn't that just highlighting that I wasn't good enough to get an A in the first place?)
    - Run away and join the circus?
    Your head of sixth form is wrong, universities don't discriminate against you because your grade is not shown. Well at least this is the case for medicine. Many schools have a policy whereby they don't show any AS results at all, i.e. not cashed in.

    I would get it remarked if I were you, it is a bit weird that you got 2 A's in 2 of the 3 units, and then got a C in the other unit. My friend in history got AAD in his units, got that D grade unit remarked and got an A for it. If you genuinely think you deserved better on that unit, then get it remarked, that is the whole purpose of remarking.

    If you resit, that means that your grade will be decline anyway, therefore the grade will not show. I would remark, if its still rubbish, then retake. There's no harm in retaking as long as you complete that A-level within 2 years.

    What do you mean by your school reference, your teacher reference? The teacher references can only contain positive stuff to aid you in getting your place.

    Or.... you could join the circus
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    Joining the circus seems the best answer.
    I've got to resit all of my biology papers, one of my french and i'm not to sure on my english lit.
    I thought i did alright in the exams but when the results came thru i was a bit disappointed (2 c's 1 e and 1 u)
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    Infact I'm almost certain that they don't discriminate against declined grades. ANOTHER friend of mine applied for medicine with declined grades and he got into oxbridge. Anyway, why would schools who have a policy of decling grades if it risked the pupil's admission chances?
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    They go more on your predicted grades and your personal statement than your actual achieved grades anyway. So many people don't do as well as they'd hope in their ASs that it would be ridiculous to judge primarily by those. So yeah, so long as your predicted grade is good they probably won't discriminate although I'm not an admissions tutor so can't be sure!
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    I think what your head of sixth form might mean is that if you can cash in all of your grades except English, it will be obvious that you didn't do as well as you'd hoped in it and that might affect your chances. However, if you don't ask for any of your grades to be cashed in, universities can't discriminate against you becase some schools have a policy of not cashing in AS grades. Then you could have the paper remarked and if you don't get it back before you send off your UCAS form, ask your teacher to mention it in your reference. If the remark doesn't give you an A, resit the paper in January. Your predicted grade should be an A if your teacher believes it was a marking screw up, and if you decline you AS grades, predicted grades are all the universities will see.
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
    I think what your head of sixth form might mean is that if you can cash in all of your grades except English
    good point
 
 
 

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