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    Hello,

    Basically, I really feel as though I've messed up my AS exams. As English Literature is a linear course, we just did an AS-style mock which I did well in and I've gotten onto the next year for this course. However, I sat an external AS in History and Psychology, and both went terribly; I left lots of questions incomplete and a large proportion of what I wrote was completely wrong. At my school you need a D to carry on to A2 and my targets set by the school were A's. Say by some miracle I do get on to the next year, however my grades aren't that great, would top universities still consider my application? If my teachers do believe I can improve and keep my predicted grades high, would universities recognise that also, or will they turn away my application just based on my AS grades alone?

    Additionally, I've also been contemplating taking a gap year after my final A-level exams (this being if I manage to get on to A2). If I then applied to universities the following year, would they still look at my AS grades, or my A-level grades as a whole? This is based on the assumption that I will do far better in my final A-level exams!

    I hope I made sense, and any help is much appreciated.
    Thank you!
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    (Original post by Genevieve.Rose)
    Hello,

    Basically, I really feel as though I've messed up my AS exams. As English Literature is a linear course, we just did an AS-style mock which I did well in and I've gotten onto the next year for this course. However, I sat an external AS in History and Psychology, and both went terribly; I left lots of questions incomplete and a large proportion of what I wrote was completely wrong. At my school you need a D to carry on to A2 and my targets set by the school were A's. Say by some miracle I do get on to the next year, however my grades aren't that great, would top universities still consider my application? If my teachers do believe I can improve and keep my predicted grades high, would universities recognise that also, or will they turn away my application just based on my AS grades alone?

    Additionally, I've also been contemplating taking a gap year after my final A-level exams (this being if I manage to get on to A2). If I then applied to universities the following year, would they still look at my AS grades, or my A-level grades as a whole? This is based on the assumption that I will do far better in my final A-level exams!

    I hope I made sense, and any help is much appreciated.
    Thank you!
    Hi,

    Okay so for your first question, unis get access to your whole exam portfolio. You've got to put every exam grade you've received on UCAS, so unis will see what grades you achieved.

    So let's say like you said, your grades aren't that great, but you still get predicted A's, then one of two things might happen;

    -your predicted grades match their requirements so they give you an offer (after considering the whole application of course)
    -they look at your AS grades and worry that you won't get their A-Level grades and view your predicted grades as inflated due to you pressuring them(teachers or school)/them(teachers or school) having too high expectations of you, so they don't give you an offer.

    if your predicted grades are A's and B's or whatever you need them to be, I'd still apply. if you get offers, great! if not, top unis could have your course open via clearing. also, you can take the gap year and apply then since AS grades will be irrelevant at that point.

    Hope this helped
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    I went to the university of manchesters open day and asked the admissions team about resitting individual modules to boost overall alevel grades. They said that they do not discriminate against resits in most courses and mainly look at predicted grades only.

    I also asked the EEE department (course I'm interested in) exclusively by email and I got the same answer.

    So if you get into second year, you need to increase your predicted grades to the grades you want. You can have a discussion with your class teachers and your tutor about this.

    The admissions team should mainly look at your alevel grades. They might want evidence of your module grades as well if they feel they need further information but that's unlikely I think.

    It will also depend on the university slightly.
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    (Original post by hamzakalinle)
    Hi,

    Okay so for your first question, unis get access to your whole exam portfolio. You've got to put every exam grade you've received on UCAS, so unis will see what grades you achieved.

    So let's say like you said, your grades aren't that great, but you still get predicted A's, then one of two things might happen;

    -your predicted grades match their requirements so they give you an offer (after considering the whole application of course)
    -they look at your AS grades and worry that you won't get their A-Level grades and view your predicted grades as inflated due to you pressuring them(teachers or school)/them(teachers or school) having too high expectations of you, so they don't give you an offer.

    if your predicted grades are A's and B's or whatever you need them to be, I'd still apply. if you get offers, great! if not, top unis could have your course open via clearing. also, you can take the gap year and apply then since AS grades will be irrelevant at that point.

    Hope this helped
    This has helped, thank you! I know that there are always options no matter what happens, I just have to wait and see.
    But thank you again!
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    (Original post by BTAnonymous)
    I went to the university of manchesters open day and asked the admissions team about resitting individual modules to boost overall alevel grades. They said that they do not discriminate against resits in most courses and mainly look at predicted grades only.

    I also asked the EEE department (course I'm interested in) exclusively by email and I got the same answer.

    So if you get into second year, you need to increase your predicted grades to the grades you want. You can have a discussion with your class teachers and your tutor about this.

    The admissions team should mainly look at your alevel grades. They might want evidence of your module grades as well if they feel they need further information but that's unlikely I think.

    It will also depend on the university slightly.
    I'll have to contact individual universities I think, to see how they approach admissions. Thank you very much for the help though, and good luck with your degree!
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    The top unis will use your AS grades as a measure of your academic ability. You could be predicted much higher than what you got at AS (and be able to get those grades, too), but top unis won't know that, so they could easily assume you're aiming too high.

    I know this isn't the positive response you may have been expecting, but it's something you need to consider when applying to uni so that you don't waste any choices.
 
 
 
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