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I'll be sitting exams as a private candidate and my referee said she couldnt provide any predicted grades. My reference has already been completed on UCAS.

How badly would this affect my chances?
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I'll be sitting exams as a private candidate and my referee said she couldnt provide any predicted grades. My reference has already been completed on UCAS.

How badly would this affect my chances?
It will depend on the individual university. Some will not accept you without predicted grades, whereas some will consider your application more holistically, and may overlook your predicted grades, or assume you will achieve at a similar level to before.

It may also depend on whether you are just doing a few resits or 3/4 full A-levels.

If you hadn't already sent off your application, and it wasn't so close to the deadline, I would have advised contacting unis and asking how they would view your application with no predicted grades. However, it's a bit late for that, so you will just have to wait and see.
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I'll be sitting exams as a private candidate and my referee said she couldnt provide any predicted grades. My reference has already been completed on UCAS.

How badly would this affect my chances?
Pretty badly. Do you have AS results as that may make a difference. There is a little known provision for letters of support to UCAS and if you have private tutors get them to send predicted grades. If you have tutors the best thing to do would have been for them to supply info that your referee included.
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Pretty badly. Do you have AS results as that may make a difference. There is a little known provision for letters of support to UCAS and if you have private tutors get them to send predicted grades. If you have tutors the best thing to do would have been for them to supply info that your referee included.
Yeah, i agree with you there.

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It will depend on the individual university. Some will not accept you without predicted grades, whereas some will consider your application more holistically, and may overlook your predicted grades, or assume you will achieve at a similar level to before.

It may also depend on whether you are just doing a few resits or 3/4 full A-levels.

If you hadn't already sent off your application, and it wasn't so close to the deadline, I would have advised contacting unis and asking how they would view your application with no predicted grades. However, it's a bit late for that, so you will just have to wait and see.
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Pretty badly. Do you have AS results as that may make a difference. There is a little known provision for letters of support to UCAS and if you have private tutors get them to send predicted grades. If you have tutors the best thing to do would have been for them to supply info that your referee included.
I have already completed my a-levels and i intend on meeting/surpassing the entry requirements with these resits by studying by myself. I will only be sitting 5 exams

I achieved BCC and would need BBB/ABB.

I dont actually have a tutor :dontknow:
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I have already completed my a-levels and i intend on meeting/surpassing the entry requirements with these resits by studying by myself. I will only be sitting 5 exams

I achieved BCC and would need BBB/ABB.

I dont actually have a tutor :dontknow:
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Ultimately, it's down to the individual universities. If they like you, they may give you an ABB offer, and wait to see if you achieve it or not. Predicted grades would benefit you, but equally universities would see it as realistic for you to improve 2-3 grades via resits.

Not having predicted grades is less than ideal, but it does happen in this sort of situation, and I would expect you would still get some offers (unless there are issues with other parts of your application).

Good Luck
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Well at least the universities have something to go on and you have resits down on your form.. You should get offers from univerisites requiring BCC as univerisites like achieved grades.You may get offers at BBB/ABB universities but they'll wonder why your refereee wasn't prepared to say they thought you could go up a grade or 3. if you get the grades and you haven't got offers then there is always clearing.
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Thanks guys.
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Well I'm reapplying as a private candidate this year and couldn't get predicted grades but got a reference. Last year I achieved BCC in my a2 results and got a AAA offer for law from Sheffield university so it didn't affect my app to much . I am waiting to hear from Birmingham Leicester Manchester and Liverpool still
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Well at least the universities have something to go on and you have resits down on your form.. You should get offers from univerisites requiring BCC as univerisites like achieved grades.You may get offers at BBB/ABB universities but they'll wonder why your refereee wasn't prepared to say they thought you could go up a grade or 3. if you get the grades and you haven't got offers then there is always clearing.
I disagree with this slightly.

I'm assuming the referee is from the poster's old school/college. Many teachers won't make predictions for someone who's not studying with them anymore- they can't know how much work the person is doing, or how they are preparing for the exam, or it may just be against school policy. If this is the case, the referee will normally explain this on the reference. Universities will have come across this situation before.
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