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    Hi there,

    I missed my offer from Manchester yesterday (BEconSc)- they wanted AAB, I got ABC . I did make my insurance offer at Westminster (Finance with Management BSc, BBC) but rejected it as I didn't like the course or university when I visited. I'm not that comfortable with the idea of going through clearing, as I would like to have more time to research where I will do my degree.

    I got my A in economics and am more than happy with it. Unfortunately C3 went badly for me in maths, which single-handedly cost me my A (read: I can get it up to an A without too much work). Chemistry A2 went poorly, with a D in F324 and a C in F325 (OCR Chemistry A), which is going to complicated retaking it.

    I am currently considering retaking the maths paper as a private candidate and self-teaching the content, but am a bit of a loss as how to improve my chemistry grade- as I will need to retake both A2 papers, I think I will need proper tuition, i.e. self-teaching isn't really an option. I'm going up to my college on Monday to discuss this, but have a feeling they won't be interested. I really want to avoid doing a third year if possible.

    Has anyone got any advice for me?

    Thanks,

    Dan
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    You don't need to decide asap. This forum is very busy with people who do need to decide things now and need immediate help, and you've posted an A Level question in the UCAS subforum, so that might be why you haven't received any answers. Additionally, you've just posted qualification codes which mean nothing to people who aren't taking your qualification - and the people who know what they're talking about finished A Levels a long time ago.

    I am going to assume that you will need to retake a practical module in your chemistry A Level. This is the only complicated bit to resit. Many people who do take exams as a private candidate struggle to find somewhere to do practical units, and some even change their qualification (if possible) to one that has no practical aspects. Since you've only recently left school you need to talk to themas they're your best option for resitting. If you're going to talk to them on Monday you might have the same problem as here - you don't need immediate advice, and there are a lot of people who will.
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    You don't need to decide asap. This forum is very busy with people who do need to decide things now and need immediate help, and you've posted an A Level question in the UCAS subforum, so that might be why you haven't received any answers. Additionally, you've just posted qualification codes which mean nothing to people who aren't taking your qualification - and the people who know what they're talking about finished A Levels a long time ago.

    I am going to assume that you will need to retake a practical module in your chemistry A Level. This is the only complicated bit to resit. Many people who do take exams as a private candidate struggle to find somewhere to do practical units, and some even change their qualification (if possible) to one that has no practical aspects. Since you've only recently left school you need to talk to themas they're your best option for resitting. If you're going to talk to them on Monday you might have the same problem as here - you don't need immediate advice, and there are a lot of people who will.
    Would it better to have the thread moved somewhere more appropriate?

    Regarding the chemistry I don't need to retake the practical section, as I was happy with my grade in it. I'm leaning towards I private tutor and then entering as a private candidate. Do I need to contact the exam boards now to tell them I want to do this, or can it wait?

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    Hi there,

    I missed my offer from Manchester yesterday (BEconSc)- they wanted AAB, I got ABC . I did make my insurance offer at Westminster (Finance with Management BSc, BBC) but rejected it as I didn't like the course or university when I visited. I'm not that comfortable with the idea of going through clearing, as I would like to have more time to research where I will do my degree.

    I got my A in economics and am more than happy with it. Unfortunately C3 went badly for me in maths, which single-handedly cost me my A (read: I can get it up to an A without too much work). Chemistry A2 went poorly, with a D in F324 and a C in F325 (OCR Chemistry A), which is going to complicated retaking it.

    I am currently considering retaking the maths paper as a private candidate and self-teaching the content, but am a bit of a loss as how to improve my chemistry grade- as I will need to retake both A2 papers, I think I will need proper tuition, i.e. self-teaching isn't really an option. I'm going up to my college on Monday to discuss this, but have a feeling they won't be interested. I really want to avoid doing a third year if possible.

    Has anyone got any advice for me?

    Thanks,

    Dan
    You don't have bad grades so congratulations there but I would recommend resitting the A2 year. Attend the Chemistry lessons even if you feel you don;t need them as they will always be good revision and resit all of the Chemistry papers you need. You may as well attend the maths lessons too. Although you say the one C3 paper cost you an A, for your overall UMS marks to fall so much, your other units must have just been an A so maybe you could resit one of the lower socring ones, keep C3 as a C and overall your grade will go up. For example, I did m A-levels this year and got an A in history but my second unit for it was at a grade D, but in the end the UMS marks total hit 324 so I just about made an A.

    If you were going to use a private tutor and enter as a private candidate you would need to contact the exams board to find out their process. Each exam board is different and some make it easier than others.
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    (Original post by danlocke)
    Would it better to have the thread moved somewhere more appropriate?

    Regarding the chemistry I don't need to retake the practical section, as I was happy with my grade in it. I'm leaning towards I private tutor and then entering as a private candidate. Do I need to contact the exam boards now to tell them I want to do this, or can it wait?

    Thanks,

    Dan
    You don't need to enter for exams until March. So you don't need to tell the exam boards anything now, unless you want to remark your current papers or see a copy to see where you went wrong.

    You need to talk to your school within the next few weeks to check that they accept private candidates, and when their deadlines for applying are. They need to enter you for the exams (by March) so they will have a deadline before then for candidates to tell them. Some schools don't take private candidates, and others have really early deadlines - you don't want to leave this til February and then struggle to find anywhere!
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    Thank you both for your input.

    I have sent for priority remarks for chemistry which should be returned soon, though I doubt it will make a difference.

    My college is more than happy for me to take the exams there externally, they say I need to tell them by January.

    I am going to self-teach and get tutors when necessary, rather than doing a third-year sixth.

    Regarding maths I am currently looking at resitting C3 and S1, to bring myself up to the A.

    Dan
 
 
 
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