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    Hi,

    I am applying for university this year and am slightly confused whether I need to add a couple of U grades from previous colleges. Let me break down my story briefly.

    In 2013/14 I studied AS Biology and AS Geography of which I got U's, however I never received a formal certificate for these. The only paperwork I received for these was the results sheet from results day. After these results I decided to get my act together and try again at a different college. I retook AS biology and got a C (however I am retaking an exam so this could potentially rise to B). I did not carry on geography.
    I am currently studying A-level Biology and am applying for university.

    Do I need to add these U grades to my UCAS form? I'm unsure whether they were 'cashed in' or not.

    Thank you
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    You need to declare every grade you have. However a U mean you did not receive a grade meaning that no you do not need to tell ucas. I've just been through the same dilemma in sixth form but they assured me i didn't need to put it on there!
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    (Original post by _annienicholls96)
    You need to declare every grade you have. However a U mean you did not receive a grade meaning that no you do not need to tell ucas. I've just been through the same dilemma in sixth form but they assured me i didn't need to put it on there!
    Thank you for the reply!

    If it's not too much trouble, could you explain your situation briefly and why they said you didn't need to declare it?

    Thanks
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    I did A level Geography and Psychology (alongside others) and got an E in geo and a U in psych. Retook the year and geography - got it up to a C and dropped psychology. When i got round to sorting out my ucas i freaked out and thought i had to tell the uni's all my grades including my U in psych but my ucas adviser ensured me that it doesn't need to go up as it's not considered a grade! Hope I helped
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    (Original post by _annienicholls96)
    You need to declare every grade you have. However a U mean you did not receive a grade meaning that no you do not need to tell ucas. I've just been through the same dilemma in sixth form but they assured me i didn't need to put it on there!
    I'm afraid you are wrong. Ucas is very clear about this.
    http://help.ucas.com/contract12/index.html
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    (Original post by LionsTea)
    Hi,

    I am applying for university this year and am slightly confused whether I need to add a couple of U grades from previous colleges. Let me break down my story briefly.

    In 2013/14 I studied AS Biology and AS Geography of which I got U's, however I never received a formal certificate for these. The only paperwork I received for these was the results sheet from results day. After these results I decided to get my act together and try again at a different college. I retook AS biology and got a C (however I am retaking an exam so this could potentially rise to B). I did not carry on geography.
    I am currently studying A-level Biology and am applying for university.

    Do I need to add these U grades to my UCAS form? I'm unsure whether they were 'cashed in' or not.

    Thank you
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=3538633
    Read the first two posts.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=3538633
    Read the first two posts.
    Thank you very much for this. I was not aware that was there.
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    I've gotten conflicting info from UCAS on the phone in the past unfortunately.

    But I do think you're right. There're quite a few questions answered on the UCAS BLOG and in reply to someone's comment, a person from UCAS wrote:

    Hi Hiff. You will need to enter your U grade on the application form even if you are completing retakes.

    and again

    Hi there. If the G grade was certificated then you will need to enter this on your application, this will be the same for the U grade - you only need to add a qualification/grade is it has been certificated. If both have been certificated then you will need to add both grades including the retake.

    http://ucasonline.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/entering-levels-and-as-levels-on-your.html
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    (Original post by keromedic)
    http://ucasonline.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/entering-levels-and-as-levels-on-your.html[color=#505050]
    I've gotten conflicting info from UCAS on the phone in the past unfortunately.

    But I do think you're right. There're quite a few questions answered on the UCAS BLOG and in reply to someone's comment, a person from UCAS wrote:

    Hi Hiff. You will need to enter your U grade on the application form even if you are completing retakes.

    and again

    Hi there. If the G grade was certificated then you will need to enter this on your application, this will be the same for the U grade - you only need to add a qualification/grade is it has been certificated. If both have been certificated then you will need to add both grades including the retake.

    http://ucasonline.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/entering-levels-and-as-levels-on-your.html
    Thanks for this. It's very helpful. We're in touch with Ucas now. There have been several reports of advice given on the phone which conflicts with the very clear written declaration and the written advice they give. It used to be the case a few years ago that Us did not need to be declared, but that has changed. It is pretty obvious that not putting Us onto an application changes the applicant's profile completely and presents a very different picture to the universities and that is what the declaration itself says.
    http://help.ucas.com/contract12/index.html
    We'll post back what we get from Ucas.
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    (Original post by LionsTea)
    Hi,

    I am applying for university this year and am slightly confused whether I need to add a couple of U grades from previous colleges. Let me break down my story briefly.

    In 2013/14 I studied AS Biology and AS Geography of which I got U's, however I never received a formal certificate for these. The only paperwork I received for these was the results sheet from results day. After these results I decided to get my act together and try again at a different college. I retook AS biology and got a C (however I am retaking an exam so this could potentially rise to B). I did not carry on geography.
    I am currently studying A-level Biology and am applying for university.

    Do I need to add these U grades to my UCAS form? I'm unsure whether they were 'cashed in' or not.

    Thank you
    Hi LionsTea

    I have been in touch with UCAS directly, we partner with UCAS to ensure that we we advise students correctly when it comes to matters like these.

    Carnationlilyrose is absolutely correct and UCAS have confirmed to me that you must declare all grades including Us and retakes.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by LionsTea)
    Hi,
    I retook AS biology and got a C (however I am retaking an exam so this could potentially rise to B)
    Just be careful about how many times you retake a module, and only retake it if you are certain that you can improve your grade - make sure you put enough work in to turn that potential B into a guaranteed B
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    Sorry for the confusion. I assumed the U would not be certified, but thank you for correcting my mistake none the less, I just went with what my school had told me
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    (Original post by _annienicholls96)
    Sorry for the confusion. I assumed the U would not be certified, but thank you for correcting my mistake none the less, I just went with what my school had told me
    This is one of those areas where UCAS have given conflicting advice - it's no surprise that schools don't always have the right answer either.

    Generally the rule is: declare everything in your application and allow universities to judge what is relevant.

    Withholding information isn't a good idea, and while it might improve your chances of getting an offer in a small handful of cases those offers could well be based on the wrong evidence and you could be setting yourself up for failure at a later date (eg you may get an offer from a university that your wouldn't have got otherwise - because they have evidence that applicants with U grades in certain subjects have a very high risk of failing or dropping out - offers gained in these cases aren't getting one over on the system, they're putting applicants at higher risk of failure).

    If you've applied without declaring U grades you can email [email protected] and get the grades added in and then contact your universities to let them know about the change once ucas confirm it. It's very unlikely to result in changes to any offers you have (and only in the case where the change means you're at very high risk of failing on the degree course).
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    I have the same dilemma, the bloody school cashed in my use of maths and economics U, how ever this was done in my first year 12 and I have extenuating circumstances, also the whole class failed and the course isn't done at the school anymore and I'm from a deprived area, but I want to do economics at uni, if I have an exceptional reference, personal statement and good predicted grades now then it shouldn't matter much right?
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    (Original post by SlimShady96)
    I have the same dilemma, the bloody school cashed in my use of maths and economics U, how ever this was done in my first year 12 and I have extenuating circumstances, also the whole class failed and the course isn't done at the school anymore and I'm from a deprived area, but I want to do economics at uni, if I have an exceptional reference, personal statement and good predicted grades now then it shouldn't matter much right?
    Nope. I applied with EEUU the first time and ABC the second time (predicted AAB) and got all my offers including Birmingham and Cardiff.

    Which Universities are you applying to?
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    Oh that's great! Thing is im applying with CDUU this year, 1 U was from 2 years ago and the other U is from last year and both these subjects strongly relate to the one I want to study, but this year I'm predicted A*BCb, the A* in my native language (I rang up and asked if the accept the language)

    also I will have an excellent reference and ps but my chances are slim still and I'm thinking of changing some ambitious choices..
    The ones I want to apply to are Westminster, goldsmiths, Aston, Liverpool, for economics and Sheffield for Russian and economics
 
 
 
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