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Due to my mental illnesses I've been out of Year 12 since Christmas (it's now March and my CAMHS team are trying to be realistic) and it's looking likely that I'm going to have to repeat the year and start afresh in September so that I have enough time to at least get myself back on track with recovery. But the problem is that I want to study veterinary science so I'm not sure if retaking a year is wise. My school doesn't do AS levels, so in theory I could try and teach myself the Year 1 content and keep up to date (I was trying to do that but the past few weeks I fell behind because of my depression) and then do my A levels next year, but I'm worried this will be too much pressure and I'll crash again. Is retaking year 12 really such a bad idea in terms of university applications as long as I (or my referees) can state why I was off school?
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(Original post by geeorgie)
Due to my mental illnesses I've been out of Year 12 since Christmas (it's now March and my CAMHS team are trying to be realistic) and it's looking likely that I'm going to have to repeat the year and start afresh in September so that I have enough time to at least get myself back on track with recovery. But the problem is that I want to study veterinary science so I'm not sure if retaking a year is wise. My school doesn't do AS levels, so in theory I could try and teach myself the Year 1 content and keep up to date (I was trying to do that but the past few weeks I fell behind because of my depression) and then do my A levels next year, but I'm worried this will be too much pressure and I'll crash again. Is retaking year 12 really such a bad idea in terms of university applications as long as I (or my referees) can state why I was off school?
My take on this is that you need to contact the vet schools asap and find out the policy on resits. With medicine it is very strict, but with Vet I think there is more flexibility. You obviously have some sort of medical issue plus evidence, so if you dropped out now they may ignore this year altogether.

Example f a resit policy for Nottingham

Do you accept resits?

For the D100 and D104 course, we accept one resit attempt per subject at GCSE and A Level. Candidates with re-sits would not be disadvantaged throughout the admissions process however a B grade requirement is increased to an A grade after a resit. If resitting exams take you into a third year of A Levels, our offer increases to AAA. We do not accept any third attempts..



This is for RCVS


Does it count against me if I re-sit part, or all, of my qualification?

The RVC admissions policy is to accept re-taken grades or modules at GCSE, A Level or equivalent without penalty. However, if you do re-sit any qualifications you will be expected to meet our grade requirements on second sitting (for example, AAA at A Level), and we also specify that you must have achieved minimum grades on your first sitting (BBC at A Level, with B in Biology).

Applicants re-sitting other qualifications, or those taking new qualifications following an attempt in an alternative qualification, should contact the Admissions Office at [email protected] for information about minimum grades required at first sitting.




In these circumstances they allow resits, but they also do not say a first sit has t be within a 2 year window.

Check with them and I think if you redid first year they will still allow it to be considered a first sit, which is greatly to your advantage.

Get better and just redo year 12 imo once confirmed with those vet schools.
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