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Toffee22 Sun 14-Aug-11 22:42:59

Only 4 more "sleeps" until the A level results come out - not that I will be doing much sleeping...

Eldest son wants to study medicine. 3 "A's" required no slip ups allowed. Have just checked and most medical schools don't accept re-sits. How can I face looking at the cold hard facts at some point on Thursday. I'm sure it will be difficult for my son too! When I tried to talk to him about it today instead of a response he said he would do an "impression of a tree". It wasn't even a very good impression. What does this mean?

lostmymind Mon 15-Aug-11 00:16:43

Toffee - I'm on the seat next to you, no paddle here either. I take it he has a 3 A offer, does he have an insurance? (DS doesn't...). Some will accept resits but for 'extenuating circs' only, I would expect it will be a matter of contacting each med school to see how they might view a second application. Post grad entry via a biochem or similar degree is another route in, the limiting factor may be the poss level of debt incurred.

Impression of a tree most likely means he'll branch out and look at other options. Trouble for our two is that this year there will be little choice in clearing (thanks for that Dave), and they'll have to look at alternatives for 2012 application. Mine's fairly sanguine about it, or at least he is to me anyway. For myself, am trying depserately hard not to worry, and can only say I'm immensely proud of my ds for the young man he has become, not for the achievements in his life (much as I want him to be 'rewarded' for his hard work). We've talked, he says the only 'failure' would be in not making the most of what he does have, and that not making the grade for med may open other doors he would not otherwise have considered.

Have some brew, it's going to be a difficult week, for all hopeful students and their families.

ImperialBlether Mon 15-Aug-11 00:22:32

I think it's going to be an awful week. (I'm an A level teacher.) It's so utterly unfair that a student who is asked for (let's say) BBB but who gets BBC will have to resit their exams, meaning they will have to pay £18,000 extra for their degree.

There's no justice in the increase in fees. I don't know how the politicians can look us in the eyes.

mrswoodentop Mon 15-Aug-11 09:45:14

Oh dear my heart goes out to you all,we are only at the AS level stage and am having the heebeejeebies.There is so much pressure on them,ds said yesterday aout an open day visit he has planned for September that there was no point in thinking baout it until thursday was over because if AS weren't good enough that would be the end anywaysad

carpwidow Mon 15-Aug-11 11:56:03

I just went to open a new thread called "A" level anxiety, but found you all here already! It's a horrible few days. Last year DS got a D in his English AS paper - school got the paper recalled - all agreed it was very harshly marked - he re-sat in Jan and got an A. It seems very subjective and where an exam has no "right or wrong answer", such as an English essay, which is very subjective, it is dependent very much on who marks the paper. What do you all think? Will we all be here for each other on Thursday (please) brew

mycatsaysach Mon 15-Aug-11 12:01:51

budge up smile

another nervous one here waiting for as on thursday
ds says he will look at his results on line first and only go to college to collect them if they are worth having...........

jgbmum Mon 15-Aug-11 12:41:18

Hi can I join too please?
DS needs 3 Grade As for Engineering. DS is trying to stay calm, but he is really short tempered with us all.

carpwidow Mon 15-Aug-11 12:51:55

Routine cervical smear/well-woman check flagged up high blood pressure. They have asked me to monitor it this week. I don't think so! Can we start on Friday please.

carpwidow Mon 15-Aug-11 13:26:32

Have just been immensely touched by 14 year old DD's interest, concern and anxiety over DS's impending A-level results. How pleasantly out of character me thought, until I found sketches/bluprints on her desk of what her new room is going to look like when she moves in to DS's larger bedroom (before his car has left the top of the drive, no doubt!)

superdollyfragilistic Mon 15-Aug-11 13:34:31

Me too,
I posted on here on Saturday when Edexcel released results early by mistake for an hour or so. My son didn't hear about it in time, so then spent the rest of the day trying to get on and becoming more and more tetchy by the hour.
Massively increased the stress.

superdollyfragilistic Mon 15-Aug-11 13:36:00

One of Ds's friends who did manage to get on, missed out on the 3rd out of 3 A* grades that he needs by 1 mark,can you imagine?

mycatsaysach Mon 15-Aug-11 13:43:03

you cd appeal against that mark dolly

adamschic Mon 15-Aug-11 13:58:59

Room for a little one. It's AS levels for us. DD also wanted to do medicine but it looks highly unlikely, due to terrible module results last January, that she will be able to apply.

We have 3 options. Bad results means resitting this year. OK results means going onto year 13 and applying for a biomed degree, this does depend on what the school will predict though! Fab results means applying for 2012 or deferred to 2013. The option is still there to apply as a graduate for medicine. Ok the level of debt is tremendous but if someone really wants to do it then there is always that option and can we hope that some sense might be applied re the 15k a year debt that doing a degree will incur from 2012.

Good luck to everyone, it's going to be an anxious week.

Toffee, has your DS had offers based on 3A's? Presuming he has finished yr 13.

eatyourveg Mon 15-Aug-11 14:01:35

I didn't hear about the edexcel gaff. Was it a sms thing like the scottish highers?
Am at the AS stage which is bad enough, think I'll have no nails left this time next year

superdollyfragilistic Mon 15-Aug-11 14:20:28

I think the Edexcel thing was just a friend of DS happening to try his log in details and managing to get through to the results page, of course it spread through Facebook, and loads of them got their results, but unfortunately not DS...
I am so tense, but poor boy is definately not his usual self, they know what a big deal it is to go to Uni this year, The pressure is so intense.
Good Luck everyone!

carpwidow Mon 15-Aug-11 15:22:57

There's an article in the Telegraph explaining what happened. Technicians were practising and let the results go "live" for 3 hours on Saturday morning allegedly.

ImperialBlether Mon 15-Aug-11 18:59:28

That boy should appeal against his grade. The university will hold his place if he tells them he's appealing.

harbingerofdoom Mon 15-Aug-11 21:09:32

Hi,can I ?
DD needs 3As.
All on tenderhooks

funnyperson Mon 15-Aug-11 22:43:10

We have been through the following diversionary tactics:
Camping in the rain with a Halfords family tent pack bought in the sale ("epic")
Driving theory test (passed)
Royal Academy summer exhibition (fabulous)
Discussing nightmares in the morning (laughter and groans)
Buying the Independent as advised by the school to check what clearing places there are (wrong newspaper;wrong day)
Pool party at local millionaire's sons house (tears as DD 'too fat' in swimsuit)
The proms- this is good as it takes up 2-3 hours of queuing time then standing time then everyone gets home very late
The washing up -this is good as the dishwasher is currently broken and no one wants to wash up so lots of time arguing detracts from exam concerns
Planning the inter rail holiday
Clearing out the cupboard under the stairs with handwriting practice from nursery finally getting thrown out.
Discussing whether jack wills/abercrombie/hollister/hillfigger are essential/affordable (ans= no but the discussion takes time)
Watching old James Bond movies
Cooking with Granny.

But now we are nearly running out of diversionary the Chinese paper lanterns are going up late on Wednesday night-you know the ones I mean? The ones that float into the sky- because I dont mind what grades DD gets anymore. I want to celebrate her life, and that of DS. I might be missing the point here but I feel all the anxiety and angst has happened in the interview and exam stage, now we are gathering strength for whatever comes on Thursday.

carpwidow Mon 15-Aug-11 22:54:46

Hi Funnyperson - Oh to be able to have a "discussion" with DS. I just get grunts. I'm sooooo envious.

funnyperson Mon 15-Aug-11 23:10:52

Hello carpwidow- dont be; there is discussion but every so often there have been tears as DD trembles with fear, poor thing. On Wednesday I am keeping her away from her hysterical female peers and we are going to hear the cello at the Roundhouse.
Last year with DS we had grunts and silence and occasionally bouts of male 'banter' and hollow laughter very similar to Baron Cohen, together with serious timetabling of 'after results' parties. shock

FellatioNelson Mon 15-Aug-11 23:15:39

Pulling my hair out with stress here too. My DS has already decided (misguidedly I think) that his first choice of course and uni is the only one for him, and if he misses it he'd rather do re-sits than take something else at clearing. Even though it means paying three times as much next year. confused

There is just no reasoning with him.

sieglinde Tue 16-Aug-11 09:25:00

Hi, all. Dunno if this will help or make it worse.. Anyone waiting to hear about Oxford might like to know that Oxford got the A-Level results yesterday. People who missed their offer grades should actually hear from their Oxford college soon, as admissions tutors will have been contacted yesterday about anyone who didn't get their offer grades. (All my candidates DID get their grades!!!) We all understand that this is a horribly bad year because of the effing guvverment, and my subject admitted two more people to cram as many in as possible before the effing fee hike, so if and only if you are really really miserable or more importantly if dcs are, you could TRY contacting the college. But don't say I said so....

I say this because I'm on your side of the desk too. Am waiting for one AS and ten GCSE results. DS did three GCSEs last year...

ImperialBlether Tue 16-Aug-11 09:35:36

Sieglinde - all universities got the students' results yesterday. Did Oxford actually contact the students? I've not heard of a student knowing before the official day.

sieglinde Tue 16-Aug-11 09:37:54

Sometimes they do. It's up to the individual college, I'm afraid. I always do if someone didn't get the grades but I plan to take them anyway on basis of a strong performance in pretests and/or interviews, but there's no rule.

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