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Pulling Grades Up - What is Possible?

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    Ok, so I'm redoing my A2 year and I'm also doing a fast track A Level at tech, so I'll have 4 A Levels by the end of it.
    I was really unwell last year, I had under 40% attendance at school and still got BCD, and actually did better/more consistently in History (C) and pulled my Politics mark up to a B from a C at AS.

    I want to go to UCD, and I need to get at least ABBD to get 430 CAO points, as the course wants at least around 420 CAO points.

    I do English Literature, History, Politics and Sociology is my fast track.
    Module 2 of History and Politics are the same as what I did last year, Module 1 of Politics is Irish rather than American (what I did last year) but how to answer the question/type of question is similar (on Constitution/comparing PM with Taoiseach rather than President etc)
    English we have different books, but the comparison books (Lear and Burial at Thebes) are the same. I have all last years notes, the Module 2 Politics paper I came out with an A, and Module 2 paper History I had a C without knowing the NI Government Act very well and forgetting half of my historiography so I'm hoping that redoing them and having the same material, but a different question will help.

    Sociology is an unknown atm, but I'm willing to work hard enough for a B.

    My AS's I sat in 2015 so I'm not sure if I can resit just the one paper. I haven't resat any yet.
    I got an E in the Russia AS paper, and a B in the Germany AS paper and the E is pulling the overall grade down (I had a C at AS overall - so it must have been quite a high B)
    Politics I have a C in the British politics paper at AS, and a B in the NI AS paper, and was a C at AS with 2 marks off a B, but the mark didn't improve in a remark at AS
    English was C's and D's across all modules. I don't know where I went wrong as I was A* for GCSE and didn't have a teacher/didn't do a single essay or practice essay for the year before I sat it when I moved schools to resit my GCSEs, and was predicted an E for A Level by one of my English teachers (I actually got a C in his paper, despite missing his class the most due to illness)

    Does it seem realistic to be able to pull myself up to ABBC?
    I'm hoping politics would be the one I can go up to an A, History I can pull up to a B as I was told last year it was more than possible without a resit as I don't think I'm that far off a B.
    English I'm hoping for a C, and not expecting amazing things or that much can be done to really save it.

    I'm also applying through UCAS, and to do Politics most places in England want AAB although I don't want to apply to England, and Scottish universities seem to want BBB or you can start Year 2 on ABB.

    Does this seem unrealistic? Is this possible?
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    Old spec right? This is the LAST time to resit any of our units even AS after that exam boards will bin the spec and papers.

    So resit the units that you know with hard will get you an A
    Dont be lazy. You will thank yourself on results day
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    (Original post by samantham999)
    Old spec right? This is the LAST time to resit any of our units even AS after that exam boards will bin the spec and papers.

    So resit the units that you know with hard will get you an A
    Dont be lazy. You will thank yourself on results day
    yep, old spec.

    It's not about being lazy, I'm currently resitting all my A2 modules as well as doing Sociology as an A level in a year, but so far not resitting any AS.

    I'm also currently under investigation following Glandular Fever and post-viral fatigue that's still there (and why I didn't resit last year - I missed so much school my focus was just on the A2s)

    I've heard that to resit an AS with CCEA over a year after you've done it, you can't resit just one module/paper, but you have to do all of them which would mean essentially doing 2 A Levels in a year, rather than 1 in a year and repeating A2 year of the other 3.

    I can't be 100% sure I'll get an A in any of the units, however the ones I've already done the material for I'll most likely do better in at least.
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    I think that's very doable! What's your plan for studying?

    I'd recommend making a timetable or schedule of sorts - it sounds like you've got a lot to do and you don't want to find yourself feeling overwhelmed
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    I think that's very doable! What's your plan for studying?

    I'd recommend making a timetable or schedule of sorts - it sounds like you've got a lot to do and you don't want to find yourself feeling overwhelmed
    my plan for studying is to do more than last year!
    hopefully I won't miss as much school and can finally get my fatigue problems sorted, and having already sat A2 exams and done some of the units I know learning them will be easier.

    Tech are going to be providing me with a study guide/mentor and I'm going to try and do much more work at home and be on the ball more with making sure I have readable notes, that I have done myself and can learn from. I've missed a lot of tech already due to fatigue so I know I'm behind with tech work already, especially sociology. As we're only 3/4 weeks in I'm making sure I am just caught up now, rather than trying to write out my notes to revise from.
 
 
 
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