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    Not sure if this is the right place to be seeking advice, so apologies in advance.

    I'll start with some background, to hopefully give you some context on my situation.

    I left school with a good set of GCSEs in Physics, Biology (failed Chemistry), English Language and Literature etc. I failed GCSE Maths, leaving on a D. After sitting it 3 times, on the foundation paper which it makes it all the more worse.

    I went onto college to take on an Extended Diploma in IT, where I acquired a D*D*D* after 2 years. Which I think I was lucky to get on, as they explicitly asked a C or above in Maths.

    Fast forward to my extended diploma award date, I hadn't actually applied to university, even though I wanted to. I just didn't think I'd get in, as a lot of my preferred universities were asking for a C or above for admittance to Computer Science. My plan was to take another year at the college to re-take my GCSE then apply. However, one of my tutors encouraged me to try and get on a course through clearing, and to my surprise I did so that plan went out of the window.

    Now fast forward three years. I am now in my final year, ready to graduate this year, with a (scraped) first class (all my provisional grades are released). The problem now is I still have that D on the back of my mind (and my CV), and worried it's going to reflect negatively. I'm already applying for as many graduate schemes/roles as I can, and so far it's going better than expected, with a few interviews lined up, but there is a lot I'm not hearing back from and I'm worried that D is the reason.

    I'm just wondering if it's even at all worth going back to college at this stage to re-take the GCSE (considering distance learning, but it's free at my college back home, for students enrolling with a D). It'll be really painful having to take a year out to study, whilst my cohort are going directly into graduate schemes/jobs.

    What would any of you do? I feel now I'm more mature, I could easily take on the GCSE, I just don't want to be hindered by taking another year out to study when I could be working.
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    (Original post by Pedderp)
    I just don't want to be hindered by taking another year out to study when I could be working.
    I would say go back and get at least a C. You have your whole life to work, 1 year of study will help you in the future. Plus, everyone that retakes their exams (or does A Level for example) always says GCSE is much easier than it felt at the time. Good luck anyway!
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    (Original post by Pedderp)
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    I would think that if you have a first-class degree in CS, you would be able to do GCSE Maths without a year of study (or indeed without any study).
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    Thanks for the responses. Going to try and look into registering as an external candidate (I think I can do this?).
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    (Original post by Pedderp)
    Thanks for the responses. Going to try and look into registering as an external candidate (I think I can do this?).
    Yes you can. The next opportunity to take it is in November (you need to be entered by the end of September). You could just find a exam centre willing to accept you as a private candidate and teach yourself - there are loads of resources and videos on line.
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    I got an E in maths at school and I got to 40 and wanted to change this so I did loads of past papers and say it again last week and I'm confident I have the C I've always wanted , just proves it can be done ( hopefully) better late than never lol . Good luck!
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    (Original post by paulab123)
    I got an E in maths at school and I got to 40 and wanted to change this so I did loads of past papers and say it again last week and I'm confident I have the C I've always wanted , just proves it can be done ( hopefully) better late than never lol . Good luck!
    That was meant to be sat it last week
 
 
 
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