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    Due to extenuating circumstances, I had to resit year 12 so I sat my A2 exams this year at 19. My predicted grades were A*A*B (biology, chemistry, and physics). Unfortunately, due to a traumatic experience and accompanying mental health issues, I had to drop physics and somehow managed to scrape a D in chemistry and a C in biology. Sitting exams when you're acutely psychotic is fun It's taken until now for me to be in a place where i can actually study again. I'm resisting my biology exams this season because achieving an A/A* should be easy enough. However, I feel like I've missed too much time to resit my chemistry, and even if there is a resit option in 2017, I doubt I can achieve anywhere near my potential if I self study. There's also the issue of A2 physics, which I can't resit as I now lack the controlled assessments. *sigh*

    I'm struggling to think of a way to get my A levels, especially with the new reforms. I can only think of entering a private sixth form/college as a mature student and doing the new A levels, but my family would have to sacrifice so much to afford it. I'm aiming for a degree in veterinary medicine so my A levels are really, really important.

    So yeah. Is anyone else in a vaguely similar situation? With the whole failing A levels thingy? Or having to sit A levels as a mature student? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I feel very lost ahaha.
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    Due to extenuating circumstances, I had to resit year 12 so I sat my A2 exams this year at 19. My predicted grades were A*A*B (biology, chemistry, and physics). Unfortunately, due to a traumatic experience and accompanying mental health issues, I had to drop physics and somehow managed to scrape a D in chemistry and a C in biology. Sitting exams when you're acutely psychotic is fun It's taken until now for me to be in a place where i can actually study again. I'm resisting my biology exams this season because achieving an A/A* should be easy enough. However, I feel like I've missed too much time to resit my chemistry, and even if there is a resit option in 2017, I doubt I can achieve anywhere near my potential if I self study. There's also the issue of A2 physics, which I can't resit as I now lack the controlled assessments. *sigh*

    I'm struggling to think of a way to get my A levels, especially with the new reforms. I can only think of entering a private sixth form/collage as a mature student and doing the new A levels, but my family would have to sacrifice so much to afford it. I'm aiming for a degree in veterinary medicine so my A levels are really, really important.

    So yeah. Is anyone else in a vaguely similar situation? With the whole failing A levels thingy? Or having to sit A levels as a mature student? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I feel very lost ahaha.
    Similar circumstances except I didn't get to sit my AS exams the first time around in 2013. I'll be returning to A Level study in September at an FE college and it'll be another two years before I can get to University but I'm determined. Like you, I'm aiming high with aspirations to study Medicine.

    Congratulations on doing as well as you did considering the circumstances, I don't think people appreciate how badly Mental health issues can inhibit academic success. Glad to hear that you are feeling better

    Have you been in contact with potential universities to seek advice on whether they'd consider an application from you for Veterinary Medicine? From what I've seen, Universities for courses like Medicine, Dentistry and Vet Med want A Levels in one sitting over a two year period but their policies on extenuating circumstances differ greatly. If you were to resit your exams, it would probably be best done in one sitting. It might be too late to sit them this summer with the amount of studying you'd have to do in that time.

    I would contact Universities and see what they say and then progress from there onto identifying the best possible way for you to proceed. There would obviously be a financial burden if you chose to do your studies via a private centre. There are centres that accept students to do their practical assessments and that could be an option for you? Hope this helps
 
 
 
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