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    I received my A2 results today which were biology (B), chemistry (C), history (C) when I was expecting ABB respectively. I was thinking about not going to uni even if I did get in but now I haven't..it doesn't look like I have much choice. I can't find a course in clearing with those grades so I am considering taking a gap year and resitting to reapply next year. I was just wondering what alternatives are there were with these less than ideal grades?
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    Did you perform strongly at GCSE?

    Were you working well throughout the year?

    Did you expect these grades or are they a shock?

    Do you feel you underperformed, were ill-prepared or was just plain lazy?

    Do you know which sector you'd like to enter?

    How will not having a degree affect your short-medium term future and what rate of career progression would you like?

    Would you prefer to still develop more socially as there's not another time in your life the government is going to give you money to experience such a moment?

    Many questions. You need to take a step back and plan. A gap year would be my advice. Give you a chance to sit down and consider things and what step is the right step.
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    Did you perform strongly at GCSE?

    Were you working well throughout the year?

    Did you expect these grades or are they a shock?

    Do you feel you underperformed, were ill-prepared or was just plain lazy?

    Do you know which sector you'd like to enter?

    How will not having a degree affect your short-medium term future and what rate of career progression would you like?

    Would you prefer to still develop more socially as there's not another time in your life the government is going to give you money to experience such a moment?

    Many questions. You need to take a step back and plan. A gap year would be my advice. Give you a chance to sit down and consider things and what step is the right step.
    2A*s 5As and 3Bs which I also feel I under performed in

    They were a complete shock to the point where I checked it was my name on the envelope

    I thought I was prepared but obviously not..

    I'd like to go into chemistry or biology which you need a degree and a masters

    I'm just worried i'll be looked down on if I take 3 years to complete a levels
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    2A*s 5As and 3Bs which I also feel I under performed in

    They were a complete shock to the point where I checked it was my name on the envelope

    I thought I was prepared but obviously not..

    I'd like to go into chemistry or biology which you need a degree and a masters

    I'm just worried i'll be looked down on if I take 3 years to complete a levels
    youll only be rejected by the uk top 5. Other than that, you're most likely going to be accepted. Pick yourself up and hit the restart button and if you work towards your goals in 364 days time youll be celebrating with AAA/AAB and going to a uni of your choice.

    I personally think it just takes will power to get through education. Best of luck
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    (Original post by noone29)
    youll only be rejected by the uk top 5. Other than that, you're most likely going to be accepted. Pick yourself up and hit the restart button and if you work towards your goals in 364 days time youll be celebrating with AAA/AAB and going to a uni of your choice.

    I personally think it just takes will power to get through education. Best of luck
    I guess UCL is out of the question? I've emailed my school and they've said I can resit I just need to let them know by jan. I need to sit down and work out what I need to resit and get started I suppose! Thanks for this, it's really motivated me
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    I guess UCL is out of the question? I've emailed my school and they've said I can resit I just need to let them know by jan. I need to sit down and work out what I need to resit and get started I suppose! Thanks for this, it's really motivated me
    Most probably, yes. Without extenuating circumstances. Unis out of question will be

    UCL/Imperial/Ox/Camb I'd say

    Although give UCL a call and see what they say. They might just ask you to do better than their entry for 2014 applicants - like 1 grade up on their usual offer, so maybe something like A*AA.

    But everything else is easily open to you provided personal statement is good and you can hopefully put something useful in it that will sway them that you did something useful in your gap year.
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    (Original post by noone29)
    Most probably, yes. Without extenuating circumstances. Unis out of question will be

    UCL/Imperial/Ox/Camb I'd say

    Although give UCL a call and see what they say. They might just ask you to do better than their entry for 2014 applicants - like 1 grade up on their usual offer, so maybe something like A*AA.

    But everything else is easily open to you provided personal statement is good and you can hopefully put something useful in it that will sway them that you did something useful in your gap year.
    I will contact them but I'm not holding out much hope! On the pharmacy page on the website I think it said the offer goes up for resit candidates which is fair.

    I'm going to try to start a business, carry on with work experience at a chemist and revise for resits. Would this be productive enough?

    Thanks again for your help
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    (Original post by minthumbugs)
    I will contact them but I'm not holding out much hope! On the pharmacy page on the website I think it said the offer goes up for resit candidates which is fair.

    I'm going to try to start a business, carry on with work experience at a chemist and revise for resits. Would this be productive enough?

    Thanks again for your help
    I'd say so yeah It's somewhat related to what you want to do and it'll show you have some passion, determination and courage.

    It's normal for resit candidates to get into anything bar those I mentioned.
 
 
 
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