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    Basically I don't want opinions, I want facts! I have had a really difficult year and am not ready to take all three of my A2 exams this year, I am willing to take Spanish and English Lit. but not History (as you can see they all require loads of attention which I haven't been able to give this year). I have been accepted to my first choice university UCL but want to withdraw and reapply next year once things have improved. If I take just Spanish and English this year and then History next year (after having au paired for six months) will UCL still accept me? My parents seem to think they won't. However, while I know I won't ever be guaranteed a place and will have to reapply all over again, I think I'll still have a shot of being accepted if I do well in my exams.

    To be concise: will universities accept students who have taken a year out during their A levels or who have done them over three years?

    Thanks for any help!

    There's no sure way of knowing. Essentially you are reapplying. Each year there are different numbers of candidates so it would be a risk you had to take. Also, grade boundaries often go up year to year. I can't speak for UCL but some universities bump a grade or two so you'll have to consider if this was the scenario whether you'd still be able to get in.

    UCL should say on their website whether they want grades achieved over a two year period. If it doesn't say, try emailing them for a confirmed answer.
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