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    Okay so I'm 16 and I just took my gcses, I want to go into astrophysicis (anything to do with space) or the stem subjects. I chose my options for a levels which are physics, maths and biology but I don't think I did well in maths at all!!
    I love physics and despite everything I do love maths! I spent 4 months in prep for the exam and edexcel totally ****ed me over and I couldn't do some of the questions. They were extremely hard at the time and then I went over it after the exam finished and I could do all the questions!! I'm extremely upset with myself that I couldn't do it ! I really need an a but I doubt I'll get it and I really need to do maths ALevel! I'm freaking out because the retake is 2 months after the term has started so if I get an a in my retake I'll be 2 months behind!! And I don't know if they'll accept me. Can anybody help me who was in the same boat? Did you retake? What happened! What subject did you go into, are there other pathways to take? I DONT want to go to college at all, there's nothing for me there but I will except the fact that I will have too if I don't get anything I want
    PLEASE HELP
    Sincerely, a panicking student
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    (Original post by Jamieposton)
    Okay so I'm 16 and I just took my gcses, I want to go into astrophysicis (anything to do with space) or the stem subjects. I chose my options for a levels which are physics, maths and biology but I don't think I did well in maths at all!!
    I love physics and despite everything I do love maths! I spent 4 months in prep for the exam and edexcel totally ****ed me over and I couldn't do some of the questions. They were extremely hard at the time and then I went over it after the exam finished and I could do all the questions!! I'm extremely upset with myself that I couldn't do it ! I really need an a but I doubt I'll get it and I really need to do maths ALevel! I'm freaking out because the retake is 2 months after the term has started so if I get an a in my retake I'll be 2 months behind!! And I don't know if they'll accept me. Can anybody help me who was in the same boat? Did you retake? What happened! What subject did you go into, are there other pathways to take? I DONT want to go to college at all, there's nothing for me there but I will except the fact that I will have too if I don't get anything I want
    PLEASE HELP
    Sincerely, a panicking student
    If the exam was hard the grade boundaries will be low. I thought I fuc#ked over 3 of my AS maths exams but they turned out to have the lowest ever grade boundaries in 10 years.

    Don't worry, nothing you can do.

    If you do miss your sixth form offer, talk to your maths teacher about it. If he's hesitant tell him you will do a practice test to prove you are good enough for the course.

    Good luck
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    I would firstly advise if your interests are in physics then chemistry is much more relevant than biology - particularly for astrophysics, due to the nature of observational astronomy heavily relying on spectroscopic techniques. More relevant (again, even more so for e.g. theoretical astrophysics) would be Further Maths - but if you're unsure you'll be taken on for Maths by itself this isn't really relevant at this point (although if you do continue to Maths A-level and do well in year 12, I would highly recommend considering taking AS FM in year 13).

    However, as stated above, grade boundaries shift year on year, and as this is the first lot of exams for a new specification they will have to be liberal in assessing those to determine your future aptitude for related courses. I would be surprised if they don't take steps to assess your preparedness in other ways. This could be with other tests or by allowing you to being the course on a probational basis along with a fourth option, then after some time assessing whether they would like you to continue on that course or not, or some other method.
 
 
 
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