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    Hi all,
    I have had a look in the forum and couldn't find an exact thread relating to my circumstances so I am hoping you can help.

    I have decided to take 3 A-levels (German, Business, English lit.) as a private candidate to be able to go to university. I am already a full-time working professional, however feel like my lack of education has always hindered my progress at work. Anyways, my question is....

    I have noticed that next summer, the English lit. and Business paper is on the same day (7 June PM) and I may not be able to sit both in one day due to being a private candidate, therefore I am thinking to sit my Business and German A-levels in 2018 and my English lit. in 2019.

    However, what effect does this have on university applications? I had pointed out to me that universities may require you to sit all 3 A-levels in the same year. Is this true? If yes, what is the point of retaking an A-level if you couldn't get the grade you had hoped for (I seen several threads on this) Say for instance, I would get AAC but needed AAB. Would you effectively have to retake all 3 A-levels even if one of them is a C? or could you just redo the A-level you got the C grade in?

    Thank you all.
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    Hi all,
    I have had a look in the forum and couldn't find an exact thread relating to my circumstances so I am hoping you can help.

    I have decided to take 3 A-levels (German, Business, English lit.) as a private candidate to be able to go to university. I am already a full-time working professional, however feel like my lack of education has always hindered my progress at work. Anyways, my question is....

    I have noticed that next summer, the English lit. and Business paper is on the same day (7 June PM) and I may not be able to sit both in one day due to being a private candidate, therefore I am thinking to sit my Business and German A-levels in 2018 and my English lit. in 2019.

    However, what effect does this have on university applications? I had pointed out to me that universities may require you to sit all 3 A-levels in the same year. Is this true? If yes, what is the point of retaking an A-level if you couldn't get the grade you had hoped for (I seen several threads on this) Say for instance, I would get AAC but needed AAB. Would you effectively have to retake all 3 A-levels even if one of them is a C? or could you just redo the A-level you got the C grade in?

    Thank you all.
    1. 3 A levels in a year is a lot. If you arent used to education then think carefully if you have the time to do this.

    2. Conflicts in timing of exams are allowed for in the rules. they tend to keep you in the same room and let you sit the other one directly afterwards. they might give you a short break. An exam centre should be able to cope with this.

    3. Resits in the same year are only really a requirement for elite unis and more common n things like Medicine. If you arent doing one of those subjects then you shouldnt worry and by your A levels i doubt you are.

    I think you have misunderstood the threads. The worst that would happen is they will require a slightly higher grade. unless its for something like Med. and a few others then I think you are safe.

    If you needed to resit you just take the subject you need to improve the grade in.
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    Thank you for taking the time to respond.

    Yes, you are right. I am looking to apply to Seoul university as an International Student to do an BA in Korean history and culture so it is not very elitist.

    So if most resist's only do the subject they need to improve in, would it be advised for me to try all 3 A-level exams next year anyways and then only re-do the one I may have done poorly in (or best case, not required at all). Or should I only do 2 next year, knowing I can do well and then do a third one the following year? Does it matter?
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    Any second opinion on universities requiring to sit your own A-levels in the same year? Thank you
 
 
 
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