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    My A-Level grades weren't too great! I got BBC and I did not get into my firm choice, QMUL. I was absolutely devastated( and I still am!) and Im thinking of retaking my exams to boost my grades to AAB. I was only 4 marks off an A in Law. Do uni look down those who retake alevels? I am also worried about writing my personal statement again. No one really supports my decision because they think that I should go to any uni and it doesn't matter if I go to a Russell group uni. Im just doing it for myself, I want to be proud of myself. Everyone is telling me to be proud of myself because I have had difficult circumstances but Im still very down on myself. I did better in my exams this year. I achieved 4 A out of the 7 exams. As I hope to be an accountant must grad schemes want 300 or 320 ucas points and I only have 280! Any advice as to what I should do?Kind regards
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    BBC are not bad grades you shouldn't be upset. I think you should do whatever you can to go to the best university possible. If that means you have to retake your A levels, then go for it.

    You will be at a disadvantage since you are retaking some modules, however you will still have a chance.

    What courses are you thinking of applying to?
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    BBC are not bad grades you shouldn't be upset. I think you should do whatever you can to go to the best university possible. If that means you have to retake your A levels, then go for it.

    You will be at a disadvantage since you are retaking some modules, however you will still have a chance.

    What courses are you thinking of applying to?
    Thank you for replying. I want to study accounting and finance. I'm thinking of applying to Birmingham,qmul,warwick(foundati on year) I'm just upset because I was so close to an A. I worked extra hard this year but my grades from last year pushed it down. I got an A in A2 Econ but a C last year so that averaged my grade out to a B. Is it true that it doesn't matter which uni you go to as employers are only interested in your degree? Surely the uni does matter.. I'm hoping to get AAB when I retake my exams.
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    BBC are not bad grades you shouldn't be upset. I think you should do whatever you can to go to the best university possible. If that means you have to retake your A levels, then go for it.

    You will be at a disadvantage since you are retaking some modules, however you will still have a chance.

    What courses are you thinking of applying to?
    Why would I be at a disadvantage? I know some uni raise the entry requirements for those retaking ( Manchester does)
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    What do you think a 'Russell Group' Uni will do for you that another Uni wont? Just because a Uni is asking for higher grades doesn't actually mean 'better' or 'you'll enjoy the course more' or even 'you'll get a job'.

    What subject are you interested in?
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    (Original post by vanessaranae)
    Thank you for replying. I want to study accounting and finance. I'm thinking of applying to Birmingham,qmul,warwick(foundation year) I'm just upset because I was so close to an A. I worked extra hard this year but my grades from last year pushed it down. I got an A in A2 Econ but a C last year so that averaged my grade out to a B. Is it true that it doesn't matter which uni you go to as employers are only interested in your degree? Surely the uni does matter.. I'm hoping to get AAB when I retake my exams.
    I got BDE in my A-Levels but they say that you need to complete 3 a-levels. I'm really worried now,as i think my grades definitely won't be good enough?
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    Do you know what Russell Group means?
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    Do you know what Russell Group means?
    Yes I do. Why do you ask?
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    (Original post by vanessaranae)
    Yes I do. Why do you ask?
    Then why do you think it matters so much considering you're an undergrad?
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    Then why do you think it matters so much considering you're an undergrad?
    I just want to get better grades. What do you mean? I don't know much about this.
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    (Original post by vanessaranae)
    Thank you for replying. I want to study accounting and finance. I'm thinking of applying to Birmingham,qmul,warwick(foundati on year) I'm just upset because I was so close to an A. I worked extra hard this year but my grades from last year pushed it down. I got an A in A2 Econ but a C last year so that averaged my grade out to a B. Is it true that it doesn't matter which uni you go to as employers are only interested in your degree? Surely the uni does matter.. I'm hoping to get AAB when I retake my exams.
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    Why would I be at a disadvantage? I know some uni raise the entry requirements for those retaking ( Manchester does)
    Both the uni and the degree matter to employers. You would be at a disadvantage because you are retaking A levels, and completing them in 3 years rather than the standard 2 years. However, you will still have a chance of getting into a Russel group. Some are more lenient than others.
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    (Original post by vanessaranae)
    I just want to get better grades. What do you mean? I don't know much about this.
    A Russell Group university is one that specialises in it's research centres- which are only used for those embarking on post-graduate qualifications (i.e. a PhD). As long as you're not going to London Met then the uni you're at doesn't really matter, what matters more is the skills you have, the experience etc. when you're applying to companies (presuming you want to do ACCA?). Of course there's nothing stopping you from resitting, and going to a better university can only be a good thing, but what would be more important is finding a university with a placement year e.g. For perspective, and relevant to you, I know an accounting graduate from the University of Huddersfield who's just entered a graduate scheme at Deloitte. Just remember it's not the be all and end all.
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    As above, the vast majority of mainstream employers don't actually care which Uni you went to. All they are interested in is a) 2i or First and b) what else did you do at Uni apart from your degree.

    'Russell Group' is simply a marketing concept - it has no real meaning beyond this, and has no relevance when picking an undergraduate degree course.
 
 
 
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