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    So long story short, I was predicted A*AA and got CCB instead. These where from a local examination board. The reason was a mental breakdown, something that I believe is not exactly a good excuse for somebody who wants to undertake a notoriously gruesome university course.

    Next year, I'm planning to take the Edexcel and I should be able to get better grades. Now the problem is, how can I put this forward to the admission officers without putting myself in bad light?

    I really want to get a second chance at this but I don't see how I can manage to prove my abilities with the present grades and it would take another year to get proper grades.
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    Any doctors notes to back up your mental breakdown?

    Otherwise, I don't think you'd be able to get an offer, as some universities do not like resits after the A2 year, unless one has extenuating circumstances.
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    (Original post by Salamaris)
    So long story short, I was predicted A*AA and got CCB instead. These where from a local examination board. The reason was a mental breakdown, something that I believe is not exactly a good excuse for somebody who wants to undertake a notoriously gruesome university course.

    Next year, I'm planning to take the Edexcel and I should be able to get better grades. Now the problem is, how can I put this forward to the admission officers without putting myself in bad light?

    I really want to get a second chance at this but I don't see how I can manage to prove my abilities with the present grades and it would take another year to get proper grades.

    I'm sure there a many cases where people failed their exams first time round due to illness (mental or physical) and I don't know if this is factual, but it seems to me that should you get proof of your brakedown and explain it to the universities, they can not hold it against you? That's what seems right, whether it is the truth or not is another matter, I hope it the former for you.
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    (Original post by Salamaris)
    So long story short, I was predicted A*AA and got CCB instead. These where from a local examination board. The reason was a mental breakdown, something that I believe is not exactly a good excuse for somebody who wants to undertake a notoriously gruesome university course.

    Next year, I'm planning to take the Edexcel and I should be able to get better grades. Now the problem is, how can I put this forward to the admission officers without putting myself in bad light?

    I really want to get a second chance at this but I don't see how I can manage to prove my abilities with the present grades and it would take another year to get proper grades.
    Tell them you had extenuating circumstances, that's your only option. Either that or let them assume you dropped to CCB because you couldn't be bothered to work hard, or simply aren't clever enough, which looks a lot worse than a medical condition. They don't have to know why you had a mental breakdown, just that you had one and it affected your results. I presume this would be mentioned in your reference, rather than your personal statement.
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    Any doctors notes to back up your mental breakdown?

    Otherwise, I don't think you'd be able to get an offer, as some universities do not like resits after the A2 year, unless one has extenuating circumstances.
    Yes, I do actually but I'm split on whether I should mention it at all. I mean, if I'm prone to a mental breakdown, I'm not University material, am I?
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    (Original post by tehforum)
    Any doctors notes to back up your mental breakdown?

    Otherwise, I don't think you'd be able to get an offer, as some universities do not like resits after the A2 year, unless one has extenuating circumstances.
    This only applies to the very top universities. The only repercussion the OP may receive due to taking a little longer to get his grades is that the unis he applies for may ask for a slightly higher offer. And from experience, this only applies to top 20 unis.
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    (Original post by Salamaris)
    Yes, I do actually but I'm split on whether I should mention it at all. I mean, if I'm prone to a mental breakdown, I'm not University material, am I?
    Yeah you are... just e-mail the universities with the proof, and get your referee to mention it in the reference along with your ability to cope with a degree.


    (Original post by SophiaKeuning)
    This only applies to the very top universities. The only repercussion the OP may receive due to taking a little longer to get his grades is that the unis he applies for may ask for a slightly higher offer. And from experience, this only applies to top 20 unis.
    "notoriously gruesome university course."

    Sounds like the OP wants to do Killing Studies.



    I kid, but I think he means that the course will be rigorous, and therefore will be at a top university.
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    (Original post by tehforum)

    I kid, but I think he means that the course will be rigorous, and therefore will be at a top university.
    I was planning to apply at Edinburgh amongst others.
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    Yeah you are... just e-mail the universities with the proof, and get your referee to mention it in the reference along with your ability to cope with a degree.




    "notoriously gruesome university course."

    Sounds like the OP wants to do Killing Studies.



    I kid, but I think he means that the course will be rigorous, and therefore will be at a top university.
    :zomg: I actually think it's the former. Well he didn't reply to my very lovely and helpful comment anyway.

    I'll still offer some condolences; I know a former hospitalised anorexic who ruined her first go at A levels because of this, took them again and is now doing Literature at a top uni.
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    (Original post by tehforum)
    Any doctors notes to back up your mental breakdown?

    Otherwise, I don't think you'd be able to get an offer, as some universities do not like resits after the A2 year, unless one has extenuating circumstances.
    This, you will need a doctor's note/other form of proof.

    Then ask what you will have needed at first sitting, some allow you to resit provided you achieved certain grades during the first sitting like BBB and also ask what they requre you to get in your resit.

    All the best, I hope everything gets sorted out for you. A mental breakdown is not an excuse in any way and admissions officers do take these things seriously, we're all human after all.
 
 
 

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