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    My son has just dropped A level maths having gotten U's in both core and decision maths in the recent mocks. Extra sessions and support were put in place to try and help but he'd just lost all faith in himself.

    He's therefore been told he's off the course and removed from taking the exam and whilst this should be a 'good' thing for him as he was clearly really really struggling with the course content (especially in core maths) and not engaging with the coursework any more, he's actually now really worried about what this might mean for entry into Uni in the future.

    He's got two what I believe are BTEC courses - Media and IT, and he also has Ethics & Philosophy which is a full A level.

    How will Universities view this dropping of Maths? In having dropped it, what will they be looking for now that that decision has been made - just essentially for him to show his mettle in the remaining subjects - would they for example be swayed by someone who after dropping the maths, in the next 6 months raised their grades really well (I'm not sure what account they take of improvement within subjects or movement up in the grades scores).

    Can anyone give me a big of advice - I'm afraid I didn't do A levels (or Uni!!) so I'm struggling a bit to give him what I feel is sound advice.

    Thank you.
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    (Original post by Halesowenmum)
    Hi

    My son has just dropped A level maths having gotten U's in both core and decision maths in the recent mocks. Extra sessions and support were put in place to try and help but he'd just lost all faith in himself.

    He's therefore been told he's off the course and removed from taking the exam and whilst this should be a 'good' thing for him as he was clearly really really struggling with the course content (especially in core maths) and not engaging with the coursework any more, he's actually now really worried about what this might mean for entry into Uni in the future.

    He's got two what I believe are BTEC courses - Media and IT, and he also has Ethics & Philosophy which is a full A level.

    How will Universities view this dropping of Maths? In having dropped it, what will they be looking for now that that decision has been made - just essentially for him to show his mettle in the remaining subjects - would they for example be swayed by someone who after dropping the maths, in the next 6 months raised their grades really well (I'm not sure what account they take of improvement within subjects or movement up in the grades scores).

    Can anyone give me a big of advice - I'm afraid I didn't do A levels (or Uni!!) so I'm struggling a bit to give him what I feel is sound advice.

    Thank you.
    It would depend what he was applying for really, if he gets good grades in his remaining subjects i wouldnt worry too much.
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    (Original post by Halesowenmum)
    Hi

    My son has just dropped A level maths having gotten U's in both core and decision maths in the recent mocks. Extra sessions and support were put in place to try and help but he'd just lost all faith in himself.

    He's therefore been told he's off the course and removed from taking the exam and whilst this should be a 'good' thing for him as he was clearly really really struggling with the course content (especially in core maths) and not engaging with the coursework any more, he's actually now really worried about what this might mean for entry into Uni in the future.

    He's got two what I believe are BTEC courses - Media and IT, and he also has Ethics & Philosophy which is a full A level.

    How will Universities view this dropping of Maths? In having dropped it, what will they be looking for now that that decision has been made - just essentially for him to show his mettle in the remaining subjects - would they for example be swayed by someone who after dropping the maths, in the next 6 months raised their grades really well (I'm not sure what account they take of improvement within subjects or movement up in the grades scores).

    Can anyone give me a big of advice - I'm afraid I didn't do A levels (or Uni!!) so I'm struggling a bit to give him what I feel is sound advice.

    Thank you.
    The fact that he has dropped it before exams will be invisible to universities. He will not need to mention it in his application and his school does not have to discuss it in his reference. Obviously not taking maths will reduce the range of courses or other post 18 choices he will be qualified to apply for. He shouldn't worry, rather he should look positively at options that will be open to him based on performing well in the things he will continue.


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