Phoning up your university on results day to beg for a place! Watch

Crystaltears
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(Original post by Peanut42)
Do you have to ring yourself? My form tutor said that if people miss their grades then the teachers often do it, as they are better at arguing your case etc. Would it be better to do it yourself do you think?
It's probably best to speak to your form tutor or the subject teacher of the course you are doing and then they can either tell you what to say, or they can do it for you
Just go and find them on results day and see what they think is best to do!!
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I'm gonna play the humble working class background card maybe throw in the race card as well. And talk about how i had a job at the age of 12 etc...

Also i've done a lot of background information into the university which i may bring up if necessary.
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I don't think I'd have a chance phoning Oxford So it looks like if I miss my grades (which is fairly likely at this rate...) it's off to insurance uni I go... :sad:
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(Original post by jbyrne1989)
I'm gonna play the humble working class background card
Haha, I may try that.
But maybe they would think we were making up excuses and not like us
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(Original post by southernlight)
I don't think I'd have a chance phoning Oxford So it looks like if I miss my grades (which is fairly likely at this rate...) it's off to insurance uni I go... :sad:
Nah Oxford can be suprisingly lenient! I know someone who got into Exeter col. last year with ABB for history so you never know....
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I'm definately going to ring them up on the 14th and I've already prepared my speech
Aww bless haha! How are you going to introduce it?
"I was just wondering if you would kindly take the time to listen to my plead for acceptance at your Uni?"
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I'm dreading having to do this, although know I've put myself in the posistion that I will have to.
Likely to get ABB, don't see much point begging for my AAAA offer, but I'll give the AAB offer a good go.
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Aww bless haha! How are you going to introduce it?
"I was just wondering if you would kindly take the time to listen to my plead for acceptance at your Uni?"
Yeah..I'm a bit worried about how I'm actually going to start the discussion over the telephone...
But I'll say that I had trouble with the tutor company going bust half way through my course which was why I got low marks for my coursework.
Also, that I missed the grade in biology and I want to do a language course at uni, so Biology isn't THAT important.
I hope they'll listen
But they get loads of people doing that every year, so i'm sure it'll be ok
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I was emailing my course leader at the start of this year asking what my options are as it looked likely I was going to miss my offer with ICT (they want B in every subject) but the irony is the only subject I can really miss my offer with is now English.

I'll probably just say that this summer was a fluke and ask if they could still consider me, as I've only got straight A's and B's for all my subjects... They said in the email though that it depends entirely on who misses their grades though, and iirc there's only 100 places on my course x_x

Well, let's hope I don't have to phone up at all and that it all goes smoothly :P
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I am going to beg like I've never begged before.
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anyone care to show us one of these 'speeches'?
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(Original post by southernlight)
I don't think I'd have a chance phoning Oxford So it looks like if I miss my grades (which is fairly likely at this rate...) it's off to insurance uni I go... :sad:
You must call them, even if you miss your offer! I missed my offer for Oxford (they wanted AAA, I messed up in Politics and got AAB), but called the college's Academic Office, asked them if I could keep the place, and they said yes!

It's not a guaranteed strategy, but it's always worth a try.
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Right, I have a dilemma now folks

I didn't put down Attention Deficit Disorder on my UCAS application but it's really started to impact me badly these past few months. I have an offer from Durham for BBB, but it's more likely that I'll get BBC/BCC. Can I use ADD as a card when I'm begging or would they say that because I didn't state it on my application, they can't do anything about it? I was thinking about saying the diagnosis only came through recently, but that'd be lying and if they found out it'd be points against me. What should I do?
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Right, I have a dilemma now folks

I didn't put down Attention Deficit Disorder on my UCAS application but it's really started to impact me badly these past few months. I have an offer from Durham for BBB, but it's more likely that I'll get BBC/BCC. Can I use ADD as a card when I'm begging or would they say that because I didn't state it on my application, they can't do anything about it? I was thinking about saying the diagnosis only came through recently, but that'd be lying and if they found out it'd be points against me. What should I do?
Tell them now. Explain you didn't think it was affecting you, but it is. Tell them if you've had your medication increased or seen a specialist recently etc. Then, tell them you can provide a doctor's letter if they want it (your doctor may charge you, but it will be worth it).

Then hopefully they will take that into consideration anyway if you miss your offer. If you phone them, you can remind them about it, and as you've told them before it will hold more weight.

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Right, I have a dilemma now folks

I didn't put down Attention Deficit Disorder on my UCAS application but it's really started to impact me badly these past few months. I have an offer from Durham for BBB, but it's more likely that I'll get BBC/BCC. Can I use ADD as a card when I'm begging or would they say that because I didn't state it on my application, they can't do anything about it? I was thinking about saying the diagnosis only came through recently, but that'd be lying and if they found out it'd be points against me. What should I do?
You could drop them an email saying that you felt you should inform them that you have ADD, in case they need to know in advance of September (maybe make up a reason why they might need to know that). Then at least they'd know. But I don't know if you can use it as an excuse really.

But if you get BBC, you've only missed it by one grade, and the UMS might even be really close, which would give you a far more valid argument.



If I miss mine, I'm hoping it's only by a few marks, because although that'll be frustrating, it'll give me a better argument!
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so anyone been through this situation..successfull ?...what did you say
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start it , 'hi, i was just phoning about places left on the .......... course. I missed my grades but thought i'd phone just in case you'd still be willing to accept me.'

hopefully they'll say 'why should we have you?'

Then you start off modestly making your case. 'I really didn't expect to miss the grades but can vaguely recall being so nervous I couldn't think straight. I love your uni btw!' etc etc
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Do you need to ring up early if you want any chance of getting them to let you in? Cos for some ridiculous reason our college don't let us in until 2/3pm
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I don't think I'd have a chance phoning Oxford So it looks like if I miss my grades (which is fairly likely at this rate...) it's off to insurance uni I go... :sad:
Like Milady de Winter said, you MUST phone if you don't get the results you need (fingers crossed that you will!). I also missed my results but my Music teacher phoned up and they said they'd take me anyway! So it does sometimes work. Not always, but it's always worth a shot
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(Original post by chaseside)
start it , 'hi, i was just phoning about places left on the .......... course. I missed my grades but thought i'd phone just in case you'd still be willing to accept me.'
Oh that's a fab intro - i'm using that! (well, if I need to! )
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