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AS level - what's the significance of the one you give up

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Majorca Sat 20-Aug-11 20:48:12

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MindtheGappp Sat 20-Aug-11 20:55:19

If she applies to a university that offers on A2 subjects, then the dropped AS subject doesn't directly count. If the university offers on points, then it does contribute.

However, dropped subjects, whether at GCSE or AS level do have an impact on the qualitative assessment of the application along with the personal statement and teacher reference.

At this stage (entering U6), the most important factor is the teacher reference. Whatevernyour daughter has done in her AS levels is water under the bridge and needs to be 'managed'.

Majorca Sat 20-Aug-11 21:09:19

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eatyourveg Sun 21-Aug-11 18:43:16

ds1 (also about to go into U6) is in a quandary whether to resit a module of an AS he is about to drop. The theory being if he gets it up to a higher grade if there is a problem come results day next year he has another 50 points to play with. there again if the uni wants A2 grades and not points (like most RGs as far as I can see) it doesn't seem worth it.

We are waiting for school to offer their opinion

Majorca Sun 21-Aug-11 18:51:09

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senua Sun 21-Aug-11 22:17:46

At AS Level, an E grade is worth 20 UCAS points. It increases by 10 points per grade up to 60 points for an A. Is it worth the distraction and effort to bump up a grade, to get an extra 10 points? Probably not.

Also, the timetable is against you. Most people make their application before Christmas and the final deadline (for most courses) is mid-Jan, but the re-sit won't be until January with results not until March so you can only enter the current (not re-sit) info anyway.

Majorca Sun 21-Aug-11 22:35:45

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happilyconfused Mon 22-Aug-11 11:36:31

Isn't your DD doing A level Music? She will get UCAS points for any instrument in which she has achieved Grade 6 Merit and above on. Plus Music theory exams if she has taken those. Check the UCAS tariff table - a merit at Grade 6 is worth 40 UCAS points and a Grade 6 Theory pass is 5 points.

Majorca Mon 22-Aug-11 12:31:20

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quirrelquarrel Fri 16-Sep-11 21:06:15

UCL asks for a pass in the 4th AS, so an e grade (AAAe/BBBe overall).

That's the standard offer. Individual offers can be as weird and wonderful as admissions tutors want.

kritur Sat 17-Sep-11 20:45:47

We make offers based on A2 grades, not points so in that respect the AS doesn't really matter to us. We're chemistry and our standard offer is ABB so if someone is doing 4 we will specify which subjects we want the grades in eg, is student is doing chemistry, biology, geography and law then we would ask for ABB in the first 3 and disregard the subject we see as softest of least relevent. The dropped AS must be declared though as it will appear when the grades are run through and we'll wonder why it wasn't. If it's not been certificated then that doesn't matter so much. We will sometimes look at it if someone narrowly misses our grades (we only go to -1), in that case if they have AS maths at a reasonable grade then we'll consider them as stronger than others without.

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