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    The university I want to go to requires a B minimum in Maths and English at GCSE. In English I got an A but in Maths I only got a C. In total I got 1 A* 4 A's 1 B and 3 C's and distinction* at Btech level.
    From year 7-11 I was bullied badly (It finally began to stop in 6th form). This may have been what caused me to develop social anxiety disorder and as a result during most of my time at school I had poor attendance (around 82%). School work really was the last thing on my mind. This caused me to do poorly in year 9 assessments and I had to do a foundation course in Maths for GCSE. I easily managed to get a C and wanted to retake but that would have meant teaching myself 2 years worth of higher maths which I would not have had time to do in a matter of a few weeks (my school advised me against it).
    Would this be taken seriously as extenuating circumstances if I tell my referee about it?
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    With your other grades being high, I think it will look like a desperate attempt to make an excuse tbh. Could you re-take the GCSE?
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    I think that as it was an ongoing issue (bullying) it is unlikely to be taken as an extenuating circumstance (although obviously it was one and did affect your studies). Instead it might be better to state that your school imposed the 'foundation tier' mathematics examination on you and that you received the ceiling grade for that exam.

    However the best thing to do would be to re-sit maths GCSE. Are you in year 12/lower 6th just now?
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    (Original post by rose-star)
    I think that as it was an ongoing issue (bullying) it is unlikely to be taken as an extenuating circumstance (although obviously it was one and did affect your studies). Instead it might be better to state that your school imposed the 'foundation tier' mathematics examination on you and that you received the ceiling grade for that exam.

    However the best thing to do would be to re-sit maths GCSE. Are you in year 12/lower 6th just now?
    Yes I'm in year 12.
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    (Original post by Beatle1940)
    The university I want to go to requires a B minimum in Maths and English at GCSE. In English I got an A but in Maths I only got a C. In total I got 1 A* 4 A's 1 B and 3 C's and distinction* at Btech level.
    From year 7-11 I was bullied badly (It finally began to stop in 6th form). This may have been what caused me to develop social anxiety disorder and as a result during most of my time at school I had poor attendance (around 82%). School work really was the last thing on my mind. This caused me to do poorly in year 9 assessments and I had to do a foundation course in Maths for GCSE. I easily managed to get a C and wanted to retake but that would have meant teaching myself 2 years worth of higher maths which I would not have had time to do in a matter of a few weeks (my school advised me against it).
    Would this be taken seriously as extenuating circumstances if I tell my referee about it?
    I don't think it would be considered as extenuating circumstances to be brutally honest. I don't deny that your experience have been distressing and may have formed aspects of who you are right now but man up! I mean people reading this might think I being really harsh but looking at the facts, you're clutching at straws and it may look like you're saying 'oh crap I can't get into X university, how can I weave something together to make it look like it wasn't my fault'. Just because you have a diagnosis doesnt mean you don't have the responsibility for the way you feel. Please dont think that I'm reading that and thinking that those experiences were nothing. Everyone has difficulties and challenges, we live in a society that emotional problems aren't talked about so things that feel massive because of the social isolation are very very common.
 
 
 
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