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    Is there any point calling Uni's requiring more than his grades. Will they take into account his GCSE's and realise that he is not completely stupid. He has got BDE, Maths, FM and Biology. AT GCSE he got 5 A's of which were 2 A* in Maths and Addditional Science, the other A's were in English Lit, DT, Science, the rest were B's and C's.
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    Not really... You are looking at universities wanting 220 UCAS point, but also watch out that they don't require specific grades that he doesn't have. They may consider the GCSEs, it might allow you to push a little higher, but I would honestly do those asking for his grades or below as priority; if he got an offer he was happy with, then consider trying a couple of ambitious ones just to see before making the final choice.
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    (Original post by Nervous Mum)
    Is there any point calling Uni's requiring more than his grades. Will they take into account his GCSE's and realise he has been a pratt and not that he is completely stupid. He has got BDE, Maths, FM and Biology. AT GCSE he got 5 A's of which were 2 A* in Maths and Addditional Science, the other A's were in English Lit, DT, Science, the rest were B's and C's.
    Sorry to hear that

    What are school saying - did he go in early

    He could call places with clearing where original grades were Cs but it is hard to see anything above that
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    Hi there.

    Off course call the universities. By calling a clearing telephone line the academics you are speaking to do not only take into consideration the grades the respective student has got at GCSE, A Levels, etc.. but they also take into consideration what work/life experience they have to date and they will be able to grasp over the phone whether that person is really keen on coming to the university or not.

    All universities have clearing lines today, I know for a fact that the University of Central Lancashire, www.uclan.ac.uk offer courses in Maths, FM and Biology. You can call them on 01772 830777 or you can search any other university website for other advice and telephone numbers.

    Certainly worth a call! Please don't be nervous.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Nervous Mum)
    Is there any point calling Uni's requiring more than his grades. Will they take into account his GCSE's and realise he has been a pratt and not that he is completely stupid. He has got BDE, Maths, FM and Biology. AT GCSE he got 5 A's of which were 2 A* in Maths and Addditional Science, the other A's were in English Lit, DT, Science, the rest were B's and C's.
    Oh, I am so sorry. In all honesty, it is impossible for us to say what admissions tutors will say, but I remember from your post yesterday that he is looking to do maths/accountancy and you were looking for Universities around the BBB mark. I would say that is very much out of reach - maybe a Uni with a CCC entry requirement would be worth a shot. Otherwise, has your son considered resitting? It may be his best option. I would definitely recommend that he speaks to his tutor/head of 6th in school.
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    I'd reccomend giving Lampeter (University of Wales Trinity St David) a call. They take into account GCSEs and other relevant activities as well as A Levels. I got into their through clearing with very poor A levels but very high GCSEs. However they might not do a course your son likes. Their number is 0300 500 5054.
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    When I worked on a clearing hotline we generally spoke to the applicants directly rather than parents. But definitely tell him to call, then he'll know what his options are. It isn't the end of the world honestly. Hope he's ok.
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    (Original post by Sarky)
    When I worked on a clearing hotline we generally spoke to the applicants directly rather than parents. But definitely tell him to call, then he'll know what his options are. It isn't the end of the world honestly. Hope he's ok.
    Good advice, it really isn't the end of the world. Whilst he and you will be utterly gutted at the moment, he will bounce back from this. I sat my A Levels a very long time ago and I bombed with quite similar results. I decided to take the year out, this turned into (a lot) longer. I got a trainee management position at a local company and ended up doing a HND in Food and Consumer Studies through work - I worked as a food technologist and latterly as a microbiology manager.

    It was only after having my family, I decided to go back to college. I will be starting Newcastle University this year doing Medical Science, with the ultimate aim of doing post-graduate medicine.

    I hope he's ok.
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    (Original post by Nervous Mum)
    Is there any point calling Uni's requiring more than his grades. Will they take into account his GCSE's and realise he has been a pratt and not that he is completely stupid. He has got BDE, Maths, FM and Biology. AT GCSE he got 5 A's of which were 2 A* in Maths and Addditional Science, the other A's were in English Lit, DT, Science, the rest were B's and C's.
    Hello,

    Though grades are important here at The University for the Creative Arts there not all we consider. If the student has a strong interest in the subject they would like to take and can convey their enthusiasm over the phone they still have a chance of getting a place. I don't know if your son wants to go into an art-based subject but if he doesn't I'm sure a lot of the Universities do the same. Give them a call!

    I hope your son gets a place that both of you are happy with.

    Good luck,

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    (Original post by Sarky)
    When I worked on a clearing hotline we generally spoke to the applicants directly rather than parents. But definitely tell him to call, then he'll know what his options are. It isn't the end of the world honestly. Hope he's ok.
    I totally agree. I'm sitting in front of a university database and taking clearing calls right now. Your son should be the one to make the calls, especially as he needs to convince someone he's worth considering.

    I also agree with the next post, in that this isn't the end of the world. I also screwed up royally when I was his age. I worked (and didn't work, off and on) for some years, then went back to education for an access course (during which I got married and had a son), then did a BA. I now teach and write professionally. Yes, it's more complex this route. But if he takes time out and goes back later he'll probably be much more focused. If I'd scraped into uni when I was 18/19 I would have bombed that, too.
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    I understand you're disappointed but try and cut your son some slack and see how he must be feeling right now, he isn't a "prat" for underachieving, he must have been stressed out and is clearly able considering his GCSEs. I think the best option is for him to resit and reapply.
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    (Original post by thatkeith)
    I totally agree. I'm sitting in front of a university database and taking clearing calls right now. Your son should be the one to make the calls, especially as he needs to convince someone he's worth considering.

    I also agree with the next post, in that this isn't the end of the world. I also screwed up royally when I was his age. I worked (and didn't work, off and on) for some years, then went back to education for an access course (during which I got married and had a son), then did a BA. I now teach and write professionally. Yes, it's more complex this route. But if he takes time out and goes back later he'll probably be much more focused. If I'd scraped into uni when I was 18/19 I would have bombed that, too.
    Excellent advice. I do worry about the mad scramble for places in clearing leading to more problems less than a year down the line. Time out to breathe is always a good idea.
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    Hi there,
    I too agree with other posts here. Although your son may be disappointed with his grades it is certainly not the end of the world... there are plenty of options.
    Definitely get him to call around universities to see what is on offer... I don't know what subject he hopes to get into - but it is also worth looking at courses that may be similar but that have slightly different names (if you get back in touch with what he was hoping to study, I can certainly suggest possible options that we offer here at Kingston). There is also the possibility of doing a foundation year on some courses (you can one of our students foundation experiences here: Jane, or alternatively he could think about retaking his A Levels and applying next year.

    I hope that helps and good luck with everything!
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    Don't worry I am not making the calls for him, I am sitting trawling through the lists for Accountancy and Finance and writing down the entry requirements. He has received two offers so far, one from Leeds Met and one from University of Chester. Manchester Met are also considering him because despite his poor A level results his GCSE were really good for their requirements (A* Maths and A for English Lit and B for English Lang)
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    Don't be too harsh on him, those are hard subjects. I'm sure he could have got an a in photography, but would you be as proud of him?
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    you know he could always take a gap year
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    My daughters friend was in the same position 2 years ago , she did a foundation year , can't remember what uni tho .


    Hull university don't have what grades they are willing to accept for accounting courses etc, it's normally 300 but Hull suffers as it has a bad stigma ( the place , not the uni ) uni itself has some very good depts , They are saying fill in a form or ring , it's worth a try . You wont know unless you ring .

    nottingham trent are looking for 280 but they say offers may differ for clearing , am i right in thinking he got a b in maths , if so that might help .

    good luck and remember no harm in trying
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    (Original post by mulberry1)
    Don't be too harsh on him, those are hard subjects. I'm sure he could have got an a in photography, but would you be as proud of him?
    [clears throat ostentatiously] Nothing wrong with photography!
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    Oh don't take the first offer , some uni's only give you a few hours but some a day others don't hold the place . Don't accept unless sure he wants to go there .
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    Do you think he has the potential to do better? If not, then I would listen to the posts above. If you think he could get stuck in and increase his grades then I should take a gap year, that's what I did. I had grades BCC, took a gap year, did a few retakes, and now I have ABBB which is in the ABB+ band which is desirable. He doesn't have to settle on what he's got.
 
 
 
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