I will be taking a gap year after I leave college, and am applying to Oxford for physics this year for 2010 entry.
Unfortunately, I really messed up two of my A2 general studies exams this January. My college (A-level) is asking me to resit at least one of them (both U's), so that I can get a C overall in my GS A-level. I got approx 35% in one, and 5% in the other (don't ask). If I resit the one I got 5% in, and get about 30%, I can get a C overall.
However, I really don't want to do this, mainly as I don't want to put needless pressure on myself this summer, when I have far more important exams to study for. My college though is adamant I resit the module. What is Oxford's view on resitting a GS module, and doing badly the second time round too?
I had a lot of problems outside of college at the time, and so I focussed all my time on taking care of my maths/further maths, physics and biology exams. I spent no time whatsoever studying for GS, and this is why I failed so badly. I plan on telling my choice oxford college this when I apply, so I'm assuming this could possibly cover me for the disaster this January. But if I resit this June, and don't study for it as I want to focus on my proper exams, then I really don't have an excuse for doing badly. In this case I'm sure Oxford will hold it against me.
All my other exam scores (apart from this January) are fine BTW, and I'm predicted to get the same good scores this June.
Any ideas on what I should do?