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    I'm a fresher studying Accountancy & Finance and I have started researching for internships/placements/jobs for next year and after graduation.

    Right now I'm averaging about 77% and I have a good set of GCSEs - it's my A Levels that I've royally messed up. I'm starting to get incredibly worried that I will not be able to get any of the opportunities above because of them. Most places (Most ask for a minimum of 300 UCAS points and I only have 280 from my 3 A Levels, 380 if AS's are taken into account as some don't specify whether the points should only come from the best 3 A Levels or not).

    One of the A Levels I took was Biology, which was 4 UMS off a B (would have been a mid B had the teacher not messed up my final ISA marks, but I was back home in China during the summer holidays and there wasn't anything I could do)

    So my dilemma is should I retake it as an independent candidate? My grades were decent in most of the units so would it be possible to just retake certain units?

    Has anyone ever done this before and how did you go about doing this?
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    IMO For the time being focus on your degree. You may find that a good degree could override your lower UCAS points. If you find your A Levels to be a problem after you graduate, you could always do another A Level at that point. But doing one now might result in you not performing as well with your degree, and be counter productive. Maybe consider doing a new A Level subject after you graduate (for example, an A Level related to your current degree, which should allow you to get a pretty good grade, lol).
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    (Original post by Evanesyne)
    I'm a fresher studying Accountancy & Finance and I have started researching for internships/placements/jobs for next year and after graduation.

    Right now I'm averaging about 77% and I have a good set of GCSEs - it's my A Levels that I've royally messed up. I'm starting to get incredibly worried that I will not be able to get any of the opportunities above because of them. Most places (Most ask for a minimum of 300 UCAS points and I only have 280 from my 3 A Levels, 380 if AS's are taken into account as some don't specify whether the points should only come from the best 3 A Levels or not).

    One of the A Levels I took was Biology, which was 4 UMS off a B (would have been a mid B had the teacher not messed up my final ISA marks, but I was back home in China during the summer holidays and there wasn't anything I could do)

    So my dilemma is should I retake it as an independent candidate? My grades were decent in most of the units so would it be possible to just retake certain units?
    If you completed A levels in 2009 or earlier then there is nothing you can do as the specification has changed. If you completed A levels in 2010 then it is possible to re-sit any or all of the units in order to try and improve the grade. Re-sitting the ISAs as a private candidate is very difficult and tends to be very expensive but the normal examined units aren't too difficult to achieve, you just need to find an exam centre willing to accept you as a private candidate and sort it out through them. AQA provides advice (http://web.aqa.org.uk/exams-office/e...ates.php?id=01) but does not deal directly with candidates.

    That said, you would probably be better off maximising your degree.
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    Hi, just like another poster has said, I think you should focus on your degree more than anything. Your A Levels are important of course, but it is your degree that will be most looked upon by employers. If you obtain good grades at uni, you probably won't need to worry about your A Levels.
 
 
 
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