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    Despite being fairly well prepared (and getting A in mocks) I think I've choked in my Biology/Chem exams and am not confident of getting the A grades I want to do a specialised subject.

    How keen/lenient are universities and particularly medical schools on students retaking units in January?
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    Are you talking about A2 units? As in not making your offer grades?
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Are you talking about A2 units? As in not making your offer grades?

    No... i think hes talking about AS exams
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    (Original post by bOdOING2)
    No... i think hes talking about AS exams
    I wasn't sure. And the answer would be very heavily dependent on which it is.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    I wasn't sure. And the answer would be very heavily dependent on which it is.
    if you dont put down your as grades, universities automatically presume that you are retaking it right? or do you write what youre retaking in ucas?
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    if you dont put down your as grades, universities automatically presume that you are retaking it right? or do you write what youre retaking in ucas?
    It could just mean that you're continuing the subject to A2 and you want to wait and base your application on predicted grades rather than AS grades.
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    if you dont put down your as grades, universities automatically presume that you are retaking it right? or do you write what youre retaking in ucas?
    It's this funny "cashing in" system that I don't fully understand. If you are not retaking, i.e. if you are happy with your AS grade, then you put it on your form. If you are retaking any modules, then you will put your result as "pending." I know people who have got into Medicine having retaken every single module of their Biology and Chemistry A-Levels, so while it may not look great, it certainly won't stop you at the first hurdle.
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    Sorry, yes I'm talking about AS grades which I assume act as your estimated A-Level grade? Speaking to one of my teachers yesterday they said it would be extremely difficult to get into medicine if I had to retake a module in both Bio and Chemistry to push my grade up. Just wondered if this was the general trend across the country or if some universities will offer interviews even if the AS grades were say ABBB.
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    (Original post by kpg)
    Sorry, yes I'm talking about AS grades which I assume act as your estimated A-Level grade? Speaking to one of my teachers yesterday they said it would be extremely difficult to get into medicine if I had to retake a module in both Bio and Chemistry to push my grade up. Just wondered if this was the general trend across the country or if some universities will offer interviews even if the AS grades were say ABBB.
    if you have 3 bs do you put it in? im sure a few people would just put the a and get predicted another 3 as ie 4as in total
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    if you have 3 bs do you put it in? im sure a few people would just put the a and get predicted another 3 as ie 4as in total
    If you are retaking modules, you don't put the AS grade in, as far as I understand it. Your teacher shouldn't tell you you have no chance - it won't be easy, but if you genuinely think you can get the grades next year then apply.
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    ah Helenia, totally off topic, but shiny's told me to ask you why his title is stupid buggy scum
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    (Original post by Mysticmin)
    ah Helenia, totally off topic, but shiny's told me to ask you why his title is stupid buggy scum
    That would be as a quote of this post made last Friday when I was somewhat drunk and annoyed at the male population of the world. Somehow this got mixed up with grey faerie's bug-killing spree.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    That would be as a quote of this post made last Friday when I was somewhat drunk and annoyed at the male population of the world. Somehow this got mixed up with grey faerie's bug-killing spree.
    Ah, i'm empathising with you. Have you visited Italy and gone out at night time? They take buggy scumming to a new level there...
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    you don't have to cash in your AS grades even if you're not retaking modules. At my school, nobody cashes in anything till the end of year 13, so all we have on our UCAS forms are predicted grades (not necessarily the same as what you got in AS!)
    kpg - it really shouldn't be a problem, you can retake in jan and the unis you apply to won't know. go for it!
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    (Original post by RachW)
    you don't have to cash in your AS grades even if you're not retaking modules. At my school, nobody cashes in anything till the end of year 13, so all we have on our UCAS forms are predicted grades (not necessarily the same as what you got in AS!)
    kpg - it really shouldn't be a problem, you can retake in jan and the unis you apply to won't know. go for it!
    Even for Medicine, will it put me at a disadvantage in general if I get an interview and say that I decided to retake modules to improve my grade? Cheers!
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    i didn't apply for medicine so not really sure, but i wouldn't have thought it would make any difference. also, unless they specifically asked you, you wouldn't have to say anything bout retakes at interview - i certainly wasn't!
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    (Original post by kpg)
    Even for Medicine, will it put me at a disadvantage in general if I get an interview and say that I decided to retake modules to improve my grade? Cheers!
    It shouldn't make any difference, I doubt they'll even ask you about AS - loads of people resit, even medics. I don't know why people think you need to put them down on for UCAS anyway. If you're carrying a subject on too A2, you don't put it down; you only put it down if you've dropped the subject before A2.
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    (Original post by BazTheMoney)
    It shouldn't make any difference, I doubt they'll even ask you about AS - loads of people resit, even medics. I don't know why people think you need to put them down on for UCAS anyway. If you're carrying a subject on too A2, you don't put it down; you only put it down if you've dropped the subject before A2.
    I got told to put all my AS grades on there, but I wasn't retaking anything.

    KPG - they're not going to reject you because of it. They may well not ask, if your predictions are good enough, and if they do, just say you are retaking because you think you can improve your grade. That's the point of the new system!
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    (Original post by BazTheMoney)
    It shouldn't make any difference, I doubt they'll even ask you about AS - loads of people resit, even medics. I don't know why people think you need to put them down on for UCAS anyway. If you're carrying a subject on too A2, you don't put it down; you only put it down if you've dropped the subject before A2.
    you can 'cash in' and certify ASs even if you're carrying them on to A2 level - that's what my school did automatically, so I have AS certificates and full A level certificates for all the same subjects. If you don't decline the certification of your AS grades you are supposed to declare them on your UCAS form.
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    I was told to write all my AS grades on my UCAS form, unless I was retaking modules in January. I got AAABC in my AS Levels and I decided to retake the subjects I got B and C in, so I only wrote down the three As on my form. I applied for vet science and although they must have known that there were grades missing on my form (and hence known I was retaking them) I never got asked about it and I got three offers (I was predicted AAA). I think universities are more interested in your predicted grades than your AS grades.
 
 
 
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