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Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
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LSE Re-sits

Hi,

In February, I got an offer to study at LSE which i am thrilled about. However, due to my worsening mental health, i don't think i'll be able to sit all 3 A-levels this summer or achieve their offer grade if i do. If i was to reapply next year and resit/take any a-levels next summer, is it likely they would make me an offer again?

I'm aware they prefer candidates who achieve their offer grades in one sitting but due to extenuating circumstances they might be lenient?
Original post by Anonymous
Hi,
In February, I got an offer to study at LSE which i am thrilled about. However, due to my worsening mental health, i don't think i'll be able to sit all 3 A-levels this summer or achieve their offer grade if i do. If i was to reapply next year and resit/take any a-levels next summer, is it likely they would make me an offer again?
I'm aware they prefer candidates who achieve their offer grades in one sitting but due to extenuating circumstances they might be lenient?


Last year I got an offer from LSE and ended up getting 3Bs. I’m resitting this year and they have offered me a place again. I did however apply for international, social and public policy so not as competitive as courses like econ. In September I had asked them if I would be at a disadvantage and they said I shouldn’t be (however I definitely think retaking/not in one sitting puts you at a disadvantage). You need to definitely mention how taking an extra year is a beneficial thing for you and how it will put you in a better academic position. At the end of the day, they want to know you won’t drop out/get bad uni grades because then their stats go down and they lose money. Durham on the other hand is very accepting with taking an extra year I’ve found. Just make sure you would be very happy to go to another university in the case that they may not re-offer you a place because that’s what I made sure I would be. Sorry for the waffle.
Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
London
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Original post by Anonymous
Last year I got an offer from LSE and ended up getting 3Bs. I’m resitting this year and they have offered me a place again. I did however apply for international, social and public policy so not as competitive as courses like econ. In September I had asked them if I would be at a disadvantage and they said I shouldn’t be (however I definitely think retaking/not in one sitting puts you at a disadvantage). You need to definitely mention how taking an extra year is a beneficial thing for you and how it will put you in a better academic position. At the end of the day, they want to know you won’t drop out/get bad uni grades because then their stats go down and they lose money. Durham on the other hand is very accepting with taking an extra year I’ve found. Just make sure you would be very happy to go to another university in the case that they may not re-offer you a place because that’s what I made sure I would be. Sorry for the waffle.

Thank you for replying! This was immensely useful to me!!!

And, congratulations on your offer xx
Original post by Anonymous
Last year I got an offer from LSE and ended up getting 3Bs. I’m resitting this year and they have offered me a place again. I did however apply for international, social and public policy so not as competitive as courses like econ. In September I had asked them if I would be at a disadvantage and they said I shouldn’t be (however I definitely think retaking/not in one sitting puts you at a disadvantage). You need to definitely mention how taking an extra year is a beneficial thing for you and how it will put you in a better academic position. At the end of the day, they want to know you won’t drop out/get bad uni grades because then their stats go down and they lose money. Durham on the other hand is very accepting with taking an extra year I’ve found. Just make sure you would be very happy to go to another university in the case that they may not re-offer you a place because that’s what I made sure I would be. Sorry for the waffle.

What were your GCSEs like out of interest?
Original post by Anonymous
Hi,
In February, I got an offer to study at LSE which i am thrilled about. However, due to my worsening mental health, i don't think i'll be able to sit all 3 A-levels this summer or achieve their offer grade if i do. If i was to reapply next year and resit/take any a-levels next summer, is it likely they would make me an offer again?
I'm aware they prefer candidates who achieve their offer grades in one sitting but due to extenuating circumstances they might be lenient?

Hey, I am also an LSE retake student so I was in the same boat as you. I missed my finance offer for 2023 entry by one grade. I was ballsy enough to re-apply this year to accounting and finance and have been made a conditional offer, ie just need an A. I think there is still sufficient time for you to salvage at least one or two As in your exams, I am assuming your offer is AAA. Because to get into LSE again with a resit, your grades CANNOT be that terrible in the first place, ie Bs as a minimum.

After your exams, submit your extenuating circumstances to LSE, and if you miss your offer on results day, give them a ring. They might be sympathetic and let you keep your offer for the year after provided you resit and achieve your grades. Some people I know did this and kept their offers. My one regret was not doing this and hence I had to go through the stress of reapplying and anxiously waiting for my offers. I also had extenuating circumstances, which I used to support my application for 2024. You would already have a good personal statement as you have an offer so maybe during your year out, bolster it with new or relevant events, ie in my accounting and finance PS, all I did was change a finance paragraph to accounting and that was it. Just 30 mins work haha.

All in all, just work as hard as you can for your exams this summer. I don't know how severe your mental health circumstances so apologies for any unintended insensitivity. But you are responsible for your future and only you can rise to your challenges in life. Sh*t happens sometimes but it is important that we try and overcome it - that is simply just life. You will be more than fine, just have faith in yourself and go and get that LSE offer you rightly deserve. Don't give up and think about resitting when the exams are still 6 weeks away!

DM me if you need any more advice, always happy to help.
Original post by Anonymous
Hi,
In February, I got an offer to study at LSE which i am thrilled about. However, due to my worsening mental health, i don't think i'll be able to sit all 3 A-levels this summer or achieve their offer grade if i do. If i was to reapply next year and resit/take any a-levels next summer, is it likely they would make me an offer again?
I'm aware they prefer candidates who achieve their offer grades in one sitting but due to extenuating circumstances they might be lenient?

Hey, it doesn’t really matter. I’ve known quite a few people who were re sit or gap year kids and got an acceptance. I’m currently waiting for their response after re-sitting my history a level in October (after I failed to meet my conditional offer from them last year)
Reply 6
Original post by Anonymous
Hey, I am also an LSE retake student so I was in the same boat as you. I missed my finance offer for 2023 entry by one grade. I was ballsy enough to re-apply this year to accounting and finance and have been made a conditional offer, ie just need an A. I think there is still sufficient time for you to salvage at least one or two As in your exams, I am assuming your offer is AAA. Because to get into LSE again with a resit, your grades CANNOT be that terrible in the first place, ie Bs as a minimum.
After your exams, submit your extenuating circumstances to LSE, and if you miss your offer on results day, give them a ring. They might be sympathetic and let you keep your offer for the year after provided you resit and achieve your grades. Some people I know did this and kept their offers. My one regret was not doing this and hence I had to go through the stress of reapplying and anxiously waiting for my offers. I also had extenuating circumstances, which I used to support my application for 2024. You would already have a good personal statement as you have an offer so maybe during your year out, bolster it with new or relevant events, ie in my accounting and finance PS, all I did was change a finance paragraph to accounting and that was it. Just 30 mins work haha.
All in all, just work as hard as you can for your exams this summer. I don't know how severe your mental health circumstances so apologies for any unintended insensitivity. But you are responsible for your future and only you can rise to your challenges in life. Sh*t happens sometimes but it is important that we try and overcome it - that is simply just life. You will be more than fine, just have faith in yourself and go and get that LSE offer you rightly deserve. Don't give up and think about resitting when the exams are still 6 weeks away!
DM me if you need any more advice, always happy to help.

Hi, Thank you for your reply!

I've spent the last couple days in a pretty bad place and so I haven't left my bed, but your reply genuinely motivated me to give A-levels another try this year. I've got my textbook out and im ready to study! I'm so grateful, thank you.

Congratulations on your offer, and i wish you all the best x
Reply 7
Original post by DianaGabrielaT
Hey, it doesn’t really matter. I’ve known quite a few people who were re sit or gap year kids and got an acceptance. I’m currently waiting for their response after re-sitting my history a level in October (after I failed to meet my conditional offer from them last year)

Thank you for replying. I hope you get your offer! x
I know A Level re-sits seem like the most impossible and scary thing. I went through the same thing with a full course retake for history while all of my friends were off partying and living their best lives ever at uni. Believe me, it is worth it for a few more months of extra stress. You won’t remember how you feel right now when you’ll achieve what you dreamt of. It’s not impossible to fulfill your offer this summer either. Don’t give up. You are on an incredible path.
Original post by Anonymous
Hi, Thank you for your reply!
I've spent the last couple days in a pretty bad place and so I haven't left my bed, but your reply genuinely motivated me to give A-levels another try this year. I've got my textbook out and im ready to study! I'm so grateful, thank you.
Congratulations on your offer, and i wish you all the best x

Go up and get those grades! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Resitting is worth it but imo when you have time before exams, don’t give up quite yet🙂

Start revision lightly, maybe 1-2 hours a day then ramp it up. Just be consistent and the results will show. And I think it’ll put your mind off whatever you’re facing rn as sitting in bed will just worsen the problem imo.

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed my gap year, but I don’t think it’s worth the headache of reapplying again and watching all of my friends sail off to uni. Try and get in this year!

I’ll see you at Lse next year buddy

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