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    Hi all,

    When I was in year 9 I sat my Polish AS and scored 99 UMS, the following year I was put forward to do the A2. I was expecting it to be just like the AS, maybe a bit trickier when it came to the translating, however I expected the level to be mostly the same. After sitting the exam at the end of year 10 I realised that I had completely failed, out of the 3.5 hours I spent 3 hours doing absolutely nothing. Nobody in my school had warned me that there were topics I had to actually learn, they just expected that if somebody is ethnically Polish then they will be able to speak/read/write Polish and so they put all of those students forward to do the exam. In the end I achieved 18 UMS for the A2 bringing my total to 117 UMS, a C grade, not a failure but something which I strongly believe that I could improve upon.

    I didn't resit the exam in year 11 because I thought that it would interfere with my GCSEs, what I didn't care to think about though was now that I am in year 12 it is interfering with my A-Levels instead. I am currently doing Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics and I am teaching myself some maths modules at home which will hopefully amount to another A level in Maths (or at least another AS level, we will see how many I can do in the end ).

    I understand that 5/6 A-Levels is definitely more than enough so I should just forget about my Polish A-Level, however when applying to university you have to list down what you scored in all of your A-Levels so far. I am the first year where AS levels are separate from the full course and so nobody in my school (apart from maybe 2 or 3 that are dropping them) are doing the AS level exams for physics or chemistry. As a result I am going to have to put down that I got a U for my Polish A2 and other things on there will be my results for my other Maths subjects and my predicted grades which I know Universities are weary of.

    My question is will that be a problem? Will that U be stopping me from getting an offer from somewhere like Cambridge or Imperial? Should I try to resit the exam this year and get a better grade, however possibly harm my grades for Maths, Further Maths and any additional modules?

    More importantly I was wondering if it would be possible to annul my A2 result on the grounds that I was not properly informed about what was being asked of me? At the time I had no idea of how A-Levels worked, that they would be the things that would decide whether I get a place at the university I want to or not, I just thought that the exam I was doing was something like a CATs/SATs test. My school told me that I would be sitting this exam at the end of year 10 and that was that, I didn't even know that there was a syllabus in place for me to learn.

    I am really stressed out because there is only a couple of months left until the exams come and I am not sure what to do, if the Polish A-Level course is really easy to learn then I will definitely give it a go, however I am afraid that resources for it are few and far between and that I will not be able to juggle it along with all the other subjects I am doing.

    Thanks in advance for all your help and sorry for the long post
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    No, you can't annul the Polish A level, the grade exists so you will have to declare it whatever the circumstances were. The question is will universities are about it? Probably not; if you were applying for a modern languages degree you might be in trouble, but I really don't think an admissions tutor for a STEM subject is going to give two hoots about your Polish grade.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I really don't think an admissions tutor for a STEM subject is going to give two hoots about your Polish grade.
    Yeah that is what I was thinking, my only worry was that the admissions tutor may look at my school's predicted grades and compare it against the U and think "This isn't right, his target grades are too high!" although then again admissions tutors are smart people, I am sure that they will be able to gather from the date that it doesn't show my academic ability now.

    I guess it's just all the more reason to get 100 UMS in all of my modules this year


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