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    Okay so I'm in year 12 and my school has given us the option of choosing to either take the AS exam in biology at the end of the year or to take a mock instead before moving on to A-levels.
    So I was basically would choosing not to do the AS have any bearing on top universities deciding wether or not to admit me on to competitive courses, particularly in biology?
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    If you think you can do well - and get an A - then do the AS, because universities are more likely to trust your predicted grades if you've got a certified qualification in the subject.

    If not, don't risk it, because if you do a school mock exam, while they'll probably use it to estimate your predicted grades, they won't have to disclose your exact mark to universities.

    But if you do the AS, then your grade will have to go on your UCAS application, whether it's good or bad.
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    No bearing at all. Don't do it because if you dont get a good grade you will have to declare it on your ucas application and it wont look good, the AS doesnt count towards the A2 so its pointless and means nothing anyways.

    Unless you mean taking biology to AS and then dropping it? If so, and you think you can get an A/B then do it. If you can't, theres little point having an extra C or lower on your application when you could do an EPQ instead which is equivalent to an AS and alot easier and way less work than biology.
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    (Original post by J...H)
    Okay so I'm in year 12 and my school has given us the option of choosing to either take the AS exam in biology at the end of the year or to take a mock instead before moving on to A-levels.
    So I was basically would choosing not to do the AS have any bearing on top universities deciding wether or not to admit me on to competitive courses, particularly in biology?
    Either way the result would be included in your UCAS application. Universities ask colleges/schools to explain what information was used to inform predictions (like mock results) within the reference.

    They also ask schools/colleges to explain their policy on taking AS levels or mocks - that means that if you opt not to take the AS exams then your universities will be aware that it was your choice and not school/college policy.
 
 
 
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