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    Okay, to start off I'm at AS at the moment and I take Biology, Chemistry and Economics and I am planning to take the full maths A level next year (AS & A2 in a year). This year I took chemistry and biology unit 1 in January and got low marks (A U and an E). I am retaking them in a few days but I am not in a good state. 3 days ago my sister was jailed for four months unexpectedly (we and our solicitors expected a fine and community service). Since then my head has been all over the place, I am struggling to study and I've had to help my mum with clearing out my sister's flat leaving me little time to study. I am also stressed and the fact we've had to get rid of our two dogs (we've had them both nearly 10 years) to be able to keep my sister's dog at our house (our two fight with hers) has also caused me some stress.

    My questions are this: Will uni's like LSE and Oxford make a big deal about me retaking all of my AS exams, or potentially all of my AS chemistry and biology ones (perhaps economics is just about A grade).

    And secondly will this even be possible? from my calculations this will be a lot of exams come June (no more January exams if i'm correct). Will 6 maths exams, 4 chemistry exams, 4 biology exams and 2 economics exams be possible? At the bare minimum I'm looking at 3 Chemistry, 3 Biology, 2 Economics and 6 Maths, and that's 14 exams! Will this even be humanly possible?!

    For some clarity I got 2 A*, 7 A, 2 B at GCSE and this was during a period where I had 2 close family deaths and my grades were seen as a huge disappointment.

    Can someone please help clear this up for me?

    Some Unis and some subjects do prefer you have got all your results in one sitting with no retakes, or require specific AS grades as well as full A level grades. Some also demand specific GCSE subjects/grades.

    If they do, this should be clear on the Admission Requirements relevant to that course/Uni. Look at the website. If it isnt, then email that Uni's admissions office and ask what their policy is - it isnt 'secret' info, they will be very honest with you about what their policy is in order to avoid 'wasted' applications.
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    As above.

    Should also add that you need to let your college know about your situation before the exam.

    When you late apply for university, whoever writes your reference should mention your extenuating circumstances for GCSEs and AS levels.
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