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    (Original post by Mostly_Crazy)
    It's more common than you might imagine, at my (state school) sixth form at least a third of students got at least one U out of four AS levels.
    Wow, I swear people in this generation are more lazy than ever :lol:
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    (Original post by High Stakes)
    Plenty of students neglect one of their subjects. Most of the time it's because of a carefree attitude and a lack of understanding of the consequences of not putting in enough study hours.
    Yeah it's worrying tbh, definitely the school's fault though.
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    I got a U at AS maths.

    Currently at a mid ranking RG university about to graduate and start Grad entry medicine.

    DON'T PANIC.
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    (Original post by ComputerMaths97)
    Yeah it's worrying tbh, definitely the school's fault though.
    Not necessarily. In some subjects the teachers were ****, but a good proportion (maybe 1/4 to 1/3) of my maths class got a U and we had a very competent teacher.
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    Got BCU at a level with one btec subject and got a place at queen mary
    I had no extra activities or anything, just an okish personal statement
    They don't need to know about your U
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    At our college (biggest in uk) we dont have to mention U as a final grade
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    (Original post by Mostly_Crazy)
    Not necessarily. In some subjects the teachers were ****, but a good proportion (maybe 1/4 to 1/3) of my maths class got a U and we had a very competent teacher.
    Yeah but it's out of laziness. Nobody on this earth could try their absolute best for a year and get a U.
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    (Original post by High Stakes)
    Plenty of students neglect one of their subjects. Most of the time it's because of a carefree attitude and a lack of understanding of the consequences of not putting in enough study hours.
    That's a huge generalisation...I put in a lot of study hours and even had two extra maths tutors and I still got a U in maths
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    Well, a D was 50% and a U was everything below 40% ...so I'm sorry but it's true!
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    (Original post by High Stakes)
    Plenty of students neglect one of their subjects. Most of the time it's because of a carefree attitude and a lack of understanding of the consequences of not putting in enough study hours.
    This is a generalisation, it happened to me. Unfortunately it was in chemistry, I did well in my CA, and completely flunked the exams. It just got tougher through the year and I started missing key concepts...

    I'm not stupid or lazy, the pressure just built up and not grasping concepts in time led to my failure in the subject. I did good in everything else.

    (Original post by ComputerMaths97)
    Yeah but it's out of laziness. Nobody on this earth could try their absolute best for a year and get a U.
    It's not laziness, it happens.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I got a U in one of my AS levels, I wish I had dropped it before I took my exams but i I didn't.
    I got AABU

    I know if I work hard enough I can end up with 3 A*s for A2, but will applying with a U in a subject I have dropped affect my chances even if I meet (and go beyond) the A2 grades uni's ask for?

    I was going to re-sit but it's causing me too much stress, so I'm just carrying on with my 3 A-level subjects and resisting modules for the one I got a B in.
    depends on the course and the university.
    For most non stem courses in most universities it will not matter
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    (Original post by Aeneas11)
    That's a huge generalisation...I put in a lot of study hours and even had two extra maths tutors and I still got a U in maths
    What did you get at GCSE Mathematics? Forgive me for being skeptical but I feel if someone managed to get an A/A* at GCSE Mathematics they should be at least able to scrape a pass in AS-level Mathematics. If you weren't mathematically minded you wouldn't have been able to progress in GCSE Mathematics at all. Unless you're suggesting you hit a brick wall that exists between GCSE and AS-Level for Maths.
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    No it will not matter at all unless they say they wanted a 4th one. Most unis only expect 3 alevels so getting a bad fourth one won't matter/
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    (Original post by Proxenus)
    At our college (biggest in uk) we dont have to mention U as a final grade
    I thought everyone had to declare it, are you in private education?
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    (Original post by SeanFM)
    As far as I can remember, he had a work placement in... year 12, I think it was, with a law-related company in London (I can't remember exactly where or what!) or worked for someone who knew a lot about law and talked about that a lot in his PS.

    He also did a lot of reading on Law and History as it interested him.

    He was also part of the debating society at school, he was the person who took minutes as well as debating.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there was a bit more but he didn't tell me
    Thank you that helps a lot.

    (Original post by Mostly_Crazy)
    Most likely you'll be fine, even with Durham, so long as you're not applying for too competitive a course (or one that specifies you need a fourth AS level, obviously). It may hold you back if the subject you failed was closely related to what you want to study at uni though...

    (assuming you pull up your grades this year of course!)
    It isn't close, it was a science subject and I want to study Law, hopefully it works out for me. I am still feeling like I should re-take it, but I know I'm wasting energy when I could put all my effort into getting A*'S.

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    No it will not matter. I have seen plenty of people at my school who failed in one subject, manage to get places at RG/Post 1992 universities. So long as you meet the entry requirements for the university course and you are an overall competitive applicant you will do fine. In fact I know someone who failed in their computing A level but did excellent in Maths and Further Maths and managed to get a place for Comp Sci at a top 10 university. (As you may know, universities only require mathematics and maybe further maths for Comp Sci degrees).

    Basically, no. Stop worrying.

    This gives me hope! Thanks
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I thought everyone had to declare it, are you in private education?
    nah
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    Apply to your strengths, and make sure to read the entry requirement for all the universities you're applying. I've done an A2 subject a year early, and ended up getting an E, but I've received half of my offers so far
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    That is fair enough, did you have a lot of extra curricula's you mentioned?
    Yes I think this is why I got the offers I did because I had soooo much extra curricular to talk about!
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    I got a U at AS and got 5 offers from Nottingham, Keele, Nottingham Trent, Derby and Gloucestershire.

    I did General Studies as an extra AS at A2 and got an A so my AS results were AACCU.
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    (Original post by High Stakes)
    What did you get at GCSE Mathematics? Forgive me for being skeptical but I feel if someone managed to get an A/A* at GCSE Mathematics they should be at least able to scrape a pass in AS-level Mathematics. If you weren't mathematically minded you wouldn't have been able to progress in GCSE Mathematics at all. Unless you're suggesting you hit a brick wall that exists between GCSE and AS-Level for Maths.
    I got an A, but it was a low A. But I found a level incredibly hard.
 
 
 
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