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    So I got BBCC in my AS results, and one of those Bs is in Art & Design which is the only subject I'm willing (and have been wanting for a while) to drop of the 4. I only really took it because I'm fond of both sciences and arts and only more recently decided which of the two kinds of career path I'd like to follow(specifically I'd like to do Biostatistics).

    I've had more-than-minor anxiety/panic disorder issues - particular during exams, and I'm capable of higher disregarding that but they've had an impact on my grades along with other struggles such as depression throughout the academic year. I've done notably better in some class tests too so I know I'm capable, meaning I'd rather not spend an extra year at college to up these grades before moving onto A2 unless it becomes necessary to do so after I get my full A-level grades

    I got 2 A*, 5 A, 2 B, 2 Distinctions and a Merit at GCSE so these results kind of upset me since I'm not used to them. No January exams also means I'm going to want to keep my number of resits minimal otherwise I'd be piling on the workload for myself - >10 exams = welp.

    I'm highly set on a Mathematics with Statistics (or potentially just a Statistics) degree at University (I've grown to be very fond of Lancaster), but requirements for the places I'm most interested in are generally AAA and I don't see how I can realistically get BCC (Psychology, Biology, Maths) up to that from my A2s with only 1 or 2 resits.

    Realistically, what grades do you guys think I could get BCC up to through A2 exams? From experience and taking into account the lack of January exams.

    Also, how much lower an offer would it be possible to get (also from experiences) and how could I go about this? I've heard of many people getting one or two grades lowered in their offers.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who helps!
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    bump? I'm really anxious about the upcoming academic year.
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    After AS, I was in exactly the same position as you - BCC in the subjects I was continuing. I've just finished A2 with ABB, and was 1 mark off AAB (I'm probably going to have it remarked) - so it can be done, don't lose hope.

    Although I don't get panicky in exams, and I had a lot of resits (1 in January and 5 in June). I don't about your case, but in mine it was because I did hardly any work in AS, as, like you, I got decent GCSES with that much effort (almost the same results - 2 A*s, 4 As, 3 Bs etc).

    Without the January exams, you will have to accept that you will be taking a lot of exams in June, just work much harder.
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    (Original post by rakusmaximus)
    After AS, I was in exactly the same position as you - BCC in the subjects I was continuing. I've just finished A2 with ABB, and was 1 mark off AAB (I'm probably going to have it remarked) - so it can be done, don't lose hope.

    Although I don't get panicky in exams, and I had a lot of resits (1 in January and 5 in June). I don't about your case, but in mine it was because I did hardly any work in AS, as, like you, I got decent GCSES with that much effort (almost the same results - 2 A*s, 4 As, 3 Bs etc).

    Without the January exams, you will have to accept that you will be taking a lot of exams in June, just work much harder.
    Thanks so much! UMS wise it'd be possible for me to achieve any grades with enough work (sans A*) but I'm just nervous about how realistic it is. Good luck on your remark! (:
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    why didn't you break your second paragraph into 2 paragraphs?

    anyway i'm predicting BBB with 1-2 resits

    if you want a As you'd need to retake the AS modules and get them to 80%+ to have a realistic chance, as A2s are harder
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    It might be hard to pull both C's up to A's but with resits and shedloads of hard work it could be done. I think you need to be realistic with your uni choices though, definitely go for one or two ambitious choices asking for 3 A's but make sure you have back up's with lower requirements though.
    It can be done but be prepared for a year of hard work
    Good luck!
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    (Original post by CathyS)
    It might be hard to pull both C's up to A's but with resits and shedloads of hard work it could be done. I think you need to be realistic with your uni choices though, definitely go for one or two ambitious choices asking for 3 A's but make sure you have back up's with lower requirements though.
    It can be done but be prepared for a year of hard work
    Good luck!
    Thank you! I agree I'm going to have to work super hard and I know I can do that, I'm just a bit anxious about getting offers in the first place really, and whether I can expect to get any from my ambitious choices (I know with dedication it's possible to achieve, it's just that if I don't get offers in the first place it's not even an option)

    (Original post by Table dust)
    why didn't you break your second paragraph into 2 paragraphs?

    anyway i'm predicting BBB with 1-2 resits

    if you want a As you'd need to retake the AS modules and get them to 80%+ to have a realistic chance, as A2s are harder
    I did so after you commented, I didn't realise it was so long, sorry if that bugged you.

    I'm thinking I can get at least ABB (one grade up for each subject) without many resits after looking into UMS I have and need, but I wasn't sure what sort of success stories might exist. I understand that A2 is harder but my lack of As at AS wasn't due to a lack of knowledge, it was due to outside problems which are now being dealt with much better. I'm just unsure on what kind of offers I can receive and whether more than a couple of resits would be too much of a hindrance.
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    (Original post by thom5)
    So I got BBCC in my AS results, and one of those Bs is in Art & Design which is the only subject I'm willing (and have been wanting for a while) to drop of the 4. I only really took it because I'm fond of both sciences and arts and only more recently decided which of the two kinds of career path I'd like to follow(specifically I'd like to do Biostatistics).

    I've had more-than-minor anxiety/panic disorder issues - particular during exams, and I'm capable of higher disregarding that but they've had an impact on my grades along with other struggles such as depression throughout the academic year. I've done notably better in some class tests too so I know I'm capable, meaning I'd rather not spend an extra year at college to up these grades before moving onto A2 unless it becomes necessary to do so after I get my full A-level grades

    I got 2 A*, 5 A, 2 B, 2 Distinctions and a Merit at GCSE so these results kind of upset me since I'm not used to them. No January exams also means I'm going to want to keep my number of resits minimal otherwise I'd be piling on the workload for myself - >10 exams = welp.

    I'm highly set on a Mathematics with Statistics (or potentially just a Statistics) degree at University (I've grown to be very fond of Lancaster), but requirements for the places I'm most interested in are generally AAA and I don't see how I can realistically get BCC (Psychology, Biology, Maths) up to that from my A2s with only 1 or 2 resits.

    Realistically, what grades do you guys think I could get BCC up to through A2 exams? From experience and taking into account the lack of January exams.

    Also, how much lower an offer would it be possible to get (also from experiences) and how could I go about this? I've heard of many people getting one or two grades lowered in their offers.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who helps!
    Hi thom5, those are great grades! Anything can happen in A2 and you can retake some of the modules. There's no need for you to retake the year with those grades and can easily push them to an A as you'll use knowledge which you have gained during AS. I wouldn't worry if I were you as your in a good position.
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    (Original post by thom5)
    Thank you! I agree I'm going to have to work super hard and I know I can do that, I'm just a bit anxious about getting offers in the first place really, and whether I can expect to get any from my ambitious choices (I know with dedication it's possible to achieve, it's just that if I don't get offers in the first place it's not even an option)
    I do think you're going to have to resit though, it's going to be very tricky pulling grades up without them.
    I got ABBC at AS and got offers from 4 AAA universities for Law and I'm now going to Birmingham after getting AAB so it can be done
    If you were having issues such as panic attacks I would talk to your tutor about getting it mentioned in your reference, as that's likely to help admissions tutors understand your results at AS more.
 
 
 
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