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    Hello all, first time posting, so I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this or if I muck up the formatting.

    I took my IB exams last May, but I got sick right in time for one of the maths papers, which brought my grade down below what the uni I aim for expects. I intended on staying home (I come from Poland) for an extra year regardless of the results, so it "simply" meant that I had to add retaking the exam in May 2018 to my schedule and ensure, that my personal statement is absolutely top notch to hopefully make up for it.

    In the meantime I have enrolled for an informatics degree at a local university as to explore alternative career paths, should my plan of attaining an engineering degree in the UK fail, but now that I've started preparing my UCAS application form for the 2018 entry I'm becoming more and more confused.

    I've already figured out how to put the fact I'm retaking one of my exams into UCAS (did so by extending my high school attendance dates by one year and adding a "pending" module on top of the existing grades from 2017), but I have no clue on how to approach the fact that I'm currently attending an university.

    First of all, what dates should I put in for attendance? By extending my high school attendance dates I caused them to overlap with the dates of my current course, which causes UCAS to give me an error due to both being marked as full-time. I also don't know whether to give just the dates for the current academic year, or the expected duration of the whole course.

    Assuming, that the latter is the case, should I go through my syllabus and look for UK equivalents of all the modules I am, and theoretically would be taking in the future were I to stick with the course? If that is the case there's the issue of pending grades, seeing how I don't even know the people who would be grading me during, say, the third year, and as such will not be able to ask them for predictions.

    At this point I'm honestly wondering if I should even include the information about having attended an university in the "education" tab, and instead only mention it in my personal statement, seeing how the courses I intend on applying for are not directly IT related, and I'd very much rather have my high school teacher who oversaw my Extended Essay provide my references, as opposed to some person from the university who barely knows me. At the same time I also worry, that not giving formal proof of attendance at the uni could be seen as me making things up.


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    Foreigner currently studying 1'st year Informatics in EU, want to apply for engineering in the UK, don't know if, what and how to include info about the current course. Also finals retake date overlaps with uni course timeframe giving errors on UCAS.
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    (Original post by God of Raisins)
    Hello all, first time posting, so I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this or if I muck up the formatting.

    I took my IB exams last May, but I got sick right in time for one of the maths papers, which brought my grade down below what the uni I aim for expects. I intended on staying home (I come from Poland) for an extra year regardless of the results, so it "simply" meant that I had to add retaking the exam in May 2018 to my schedule and ensure, that my personal statement is absolutely top notch to hopefully make up for it.

    In the meantime I have enrolled for an informatics degree at a local university as to explore alternative career paths, should my plan of attaining an engineering degree in the UK fail, but now that I've started preparing my UCAS application form for the 2018 entry I'm becoming more and more confused.

    I've already figured out how to put the fact I'm retaking one of my exams into UCAS (did so by extending my high school attendance dates by one year and adding a "pending" module on top of the existing grades from 2017), but I have no clue on how to approach the fact that I'm currently attending an university.

    First of all, what dates should I put in for attendance? By extending my high school attendance dates I caused them to overlap with the dates of my current course, which causes UCAS to give me an error due to both being marked as full-time. I also don't know whether to give just the dates for the current academic year, or the expected duration of the whole course.

    Assuming, that the latter is the case, should I go through my syllabus and look for UK equivalents of all the modules I am, and theoretically would be taking in the future were I to stick with the course? If that is the case there's the issue of pending grades, seeing how I don't even know the people who would be grading me during, say, the third year, and as such will not be able to ask them for predictions.

    At this point I'm honestly wondering if I should even include the information about having attended an university in the "education" tab, and instead only mention it in my personal statement, seeing how the courses I intend on applying for are not directly IT related, and I'd very much rather have my high school teacher who oversaw my Extended Essay provide my references, as opposed to some person from the university who barely knows me. At the same time I also worry, that not giving formal proof of attendance at the uni could be seen as me making things up.


    tl;dr
    Foreigner currently studying 1'st year Informatics in EU, want to apply for engineering in the UK, don't know if, what and how to include info about the current course. Also finals retake date overlaps with uni course timeframe giving errors on UCAS.
    Hiya:hi:

    You referee should include your circumstances about you being unwell when they input your reference.

    I'm pretty sure that if you have achieved certain qualifications, you should input them even if you are resitting, as you have still achieved those results and have to notify UCAS of this. There should be another way of telling them you're resitting, though I don't know what it is I confess.

    Attending university, in terms of skills, is a good thing to have in your application, and I'm pretty sure that you ought to include it as a rule (I may be wrong).

    Don't worry about proof of attendance. If UCAS or the unis you're applying to want proof then they can just ring up your current institution.

    Thanks for bringing your query to :tsr2:
 
 
 
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