Successful applicants to Oxford (to PPE in particular), did you do ANY resits at all? The reason I'm worried is that I majorly screwed up my S1 exam this January, having taken it earlier than most people as I'm doing further maths (awful decision on my part) and only just got a C. UMS mark 61/100...
I have 2 options, and a number of dilemmas as well as contradictory advice. I could either resit the exam this summer, which I have already applied to do, and ensure that I get around full marks (perhaps to compensate for the fact that I had to retake it?), OR let it lie as an ugly mark on my academic records... and not have to 'declare' the resit.
Having spoken to the head of 6th form/oxbridge applications at my school, she very firmly advised me to retake the module, on the grounds that there would be no way of 'hiding' the fact that I got a C in one of the maths modules anyway, so it would be better to give the university the impression that I had tried to make amends by retaking the exam with flying colours. She also assured me that it would not ruin my chances of at least getting an interview from Oxford as my GCSE results (12 A*s, 1 A) would be taken into consideration, even more so than AS results (surely I misheard that?!?).
The Oxford website does not mention resits, and states that module results are not compulsory to reveal... but would it be incredibly fishy if I were to choose not to include them? Did you include them?
Recently a representative of Claire College from Cambridge visited our school and did a talk to the Oxbridge group. I wasn't around for the meeting but what I gathered from a friend was that resitting exams was a ,and I quote,: 'no'.
Also, I'd always generally 'heard' that universities cared much more about AS results than predicted grades, seeing as the AS is actually set in stone whereas predicted are subject to change. Aren't predicted grades fundamentally based on your AS results anyway?
I suppose it really just boils down to the lesser of two evils: a resit (with great results) or no resits (and a bad module score - but an achieveable 90% minimum for the overall A level).
Additionally I got 91/100 for C1 and 90/100 for Unit 1 of economics. Not fantastic I know, but regardless of whether I'm to resit my S1 or not I know I'll pretty much have to get around full marks for the rest of my maths and economics modules to compensate for my January 'blip'.
Can anybody help? Cheers.