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    I just finished my A2's and haven't yet applied for university. I studied all three sciences and today found out that I got ACC. I was planning on taking a fast track and psychology A2 next year but now I'm wondering if instead I should resit two of my subjects (the ones I got the C's in).

    However, I can't just resit a whole year because for both subjects I did badly in January and better in June. So should I just resit modules? I'm really close to the B grade boundaries for both so would only need to resit one exam from each subject. Or if I wanted to aim for AAA I would have to resit two exams per subject which would get expensive.

    Would I have to attend classes if I resit or could I just self-teach and sit the exam?

    Also how would this affect me applying to study psychology at university later this year? I haven't get looked round universities but I'd like to get in the best one possible.

    Yes, I can understand your desire to try and improve the situation, and I think it's a good move, to be honest. I think in the long run it'll pay off.

    Do you think you could teach yourself? If they're science subjects, will you need to use laboratories? Is there any way you could scrape together the money to sit all four exams? Is it a great deal? I just wonder whether a little investment now might not pay off later. If you devote your next year to this, and pretty much only this, then surely you must have a good chance? A-Levels are so much work, and this time you'll be doing less than your previous year's workload.

    I have learnt, in my dealings with academics in universities (I'm now in the throes of PhD shenanigans), that tenacity and perseverance are precious and are valued. The academics care about their subjects, and for me, if I got a personal statement which was honest and I could see that this student was committed to my subject, I would be touched and more impressed with them than a straight-A student who knocked out their A*s smoking weed and solving world debt on their GAP year.

    I think a good university is definitely a good plus; but look carefully at them. Look at the variety of modules they have, and the type of assessments -- are they congenial to you? A good research rating in the league table isn't necessarily indicative of a good teaching and learning experience at undergraduate level. Frankly, my time at Exeter, though it was a nice place and I enjoyed it, was rather disappointing academically. The university was so concerned about its own image and its status that I felt care for students and academic integrity sometimes went by the wayside.

    So yes, if I were you, I would re-sit some modules. Do you think your old teachers would be willing to look at some of your work if you sent it to them remotely, so that you could get an idea of your progress?
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