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    Okies malokies, my beloved boyfriend seriously pissed about during his AS-level year, and consequently has the crappest AS level results I have come across so far. I realise it's entirley his fault he didn't work hard enough - he has the academic intelligence as shown through GCSE results/highest Yellis score in our year etc.

    He wants to be a mechanical engineer, and already makes loads of money amongst friends for fixing/building specalist downhilling bikies.


    His results:

    physics - U
    further maths - U (but if he takes the modules needed for normal maths and rejects the others - C)
    chemistry - E
    computing - E
    critical thinking - U

    Not a pretty sight. Now, I have it on good authority that, through clearing, several local unis will take people with EE grades at A-level for BEng mechanical engineering. How should he go about getting one of these places? His school obviously won't support him going through UCAS, because his grades are laughable. He can retake, and would try v.hard, but the results wouldn't be in in time for him to apply to unis through UCAS. What is the best way forward?

    Cheers, lovely people xx:tsr2:
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    If it was me I wouldn't bother trying to apply to uni with those grades.

    If his AS year grades are acceptable then I would personally resit the A-level year to get better grades.

    Sure he could try applying to one of these local universities but if he is as intelligent as you make him out to be then I think he would benifit from re-taking the year and applying to a University that would better suit him.
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    So the grades you have given above...are they AS or A-Level results..?
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    Ouch.
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    i'd resit if it was me
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    Sorry, I should have said, they are AS levels
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    yeh then he can resit no probs
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    I thought you said A-levels (oops), even so I would recommend that he retake the year and apply himself to achieve better grades.
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    Thanks people. But if he retakes, the results won't be back in time to submit through UCAS - so he'll just have EEUUU on his form! Not worth doing?
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    Retakes are the wat forward man.
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    Best way forward with those grades? Take a year out, strap yourself down to the desk, and actually STUDY to get decent grades. He'll find that it's the best thing he's done in his entire 18 years of existence. Studying is an investment to a brighter future.
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    Forget about going to university this year - aim at the 06/07 admissions cycle.
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    Just retake the whole of AS year again.. somewhere else if his school wont let him do it again.. then apply for uni to start in 2008.
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    Don't apply for uni this september for entry in 07, he should apply for entry in 08, during a gap year. This year if he retakes as many modules as possible he could boost grades and apply with higher A levels during his gap year. Meanwhile make some money with the bike work during the gap year, and go to uni witha bit more in his pocket. Even get some work exp during that time boosting his application further!
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    If you fall down on one or two modules I would recommend resitting and carrying on to A2 but with those sort of results I would seriously advise retaking the year, may be at a different school or college. Then apply next year with decent AS grades. That way he'd have loads more options available. With 2 EEs you really aren't going to get much choice. I did know someone who went to uni to do a foundation year instead of A levels but I don't really know much about it.
 
 
 

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