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    I'm an IB student, predicted 42 points, 777 at HL, taking HL English, Biology and Chemistry. I've received offers to study biochemistry from Glasgow and Edinburgh, both requiring a 555 at HL. This will not be a problem for biology and English - chemistry, however, is a different story... We have 7 weeks of school left and haven't covered most of the HL things, or finished the SL, or options. We're not going to. I used to love chemistry, but my teacher and his 'teaching' style turned that into a slowly acquired loathing. I am most likely going to obtain 32-33, NOT counting my chemistry grade, so even if I get a 4, I'm going to have around 36 points, which is not a bad score at all. However, I won't be able to go to university with that.

    My question is: has anybody been in a similar situation before, where a teacher basically ruined your chances of getting a good grade? Those who did retakes, how did it affect your university application? In the case where I have to retake chemistry in the November session, and reapply for something like biology or English, how it will affect my chances?

    Please help me. No one at my school understands this problem and I'm trying to find help anywhere.

    If you have to retake you have to retake. I wouldn't go looking for a general simple answer. The answer is 'it depends'. Sometimes Unis are fine with it. Sometimes they're not. And its not like some Unis are always fine with resits or always not fine with it. It also depends on the applicant, and on the calibre of the intake for that year.
    So if I were you I would directly email the departments you're applying to and ask them for their view on it. Because anecdotal opinions from people here are unlikely to be accurate.
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