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I have an offer to study physics at Sheffield uni and grades AAB are needed. After finishing most of my exams I don’t think I’ll get the grades required. I’m not sure if I should resit alevels next year or if I should try clearing and go to a worse uni on short notice. My grades will be at least BBB
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The natural response to the end of an exam is not having done well. I’d try and forget and avoid overthinking your papers and how they went. Wait until results day, if you narrowly missed you may still get an offer, alternatively you can always resit / reapply the following year. However your papers have been sat and are finished with now. Best to wait til results day to condemn your grades and resort to clearing, however it is important you don’t deny the possibility, as everyone should take into consideration the potential of not having done as well as expected. Just ensure it doesn’t manifest itself into something excessive - I know I’m guilty of this and it doesn’t help anyone.
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There is a possibility that even if you miss your grades a university will accept you. Generally most universities accept a 1 or 2 grade drop. Wait until results day before deciding this. Physics isnt one of the most competitive subjects and there will likely be very good universities accepting BBB.
Original post by Ethanmc27
I have an offer to study physics at Sheffield uni and grades AAB are needed. After finishing most of my exams I don’t think I’ll get the grades required. I’m not sure if I should resit alevels next year or if I should try clearing and go to a worse uni on short notice. My grades will be at least BBB

Hiya,

I am sorry to hear that you do not feel positive after your exams but exam season can definitely be tough and overthinking can make it worse!

If on results day, you find your grades to be lower than the entry requirements, you can call up the University clearing line to check if there are vacancies or if you are able to find out your grade boundaries and exam result, you can send your papers back for re-marking if you are close to a boundary to move up (this happened to myself and after re-marking, my original offer for Sheffield was offered once again).

Good luck with your results and hope it all works out!

Let me know if you have any more questions,
Jivanthika

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