Remark even after getting an offer from first choice uni? Extremely confused: please advise

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Tiredbeyondbelief Fri 17-Aug-18 05:19:46

DD got A*AC ( which we are all v happy with) and was considering a remark in the C, which is 4 marks off a B. But her first choice university has taken her anyway. She is taking a gap year as well.

Confused now: should she go for a remark ? I am worried that if her grades go down in a remark, will her university reject her? Is it better to leave well alone?

My only reason for going for a remark is in case it goes up to a B, we could apply for a higher ranked university next year ( long shot) or it may look better to employers looking at A levels.

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Suewiang Fri 17-Aug-18 05:24:40

No one will have the slightest interest in her A level results as it’s only the highest education achievement they would take note of

Suewiang Fri 17-Aug-18 05:26:29

I’m talking in terms of employers

IAmInsignificunt Fri 17-Aug-18 05:27:39

Which subject will she be studying?

CraftyGin Fri 17-Aug-18 05:29:15

Leave it.

Somewhereoverthesanddune Fri 17-Aug-18 05:30:09

I disagree - there are minimum a level requirements for lots of grad ate schemes. In my profession (law) its often AAB so I'd get the regrade.

Tiredbeyondbelief Fri 17-Aug-18 05:32:45

Sorry, I should have said, she is going to be studying politics, and the C is in history. So not a crucial subject as she can take any combination of subjects. Just a bit unexpected as it's her favourite subject and one she's always done well in, but I guess it was nerves. She was predicted ABB.

Her first choice uni is a respected Russell Group so inclined to just leave it and celebrate properly!

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boniobiscuit Fri 17-Aug-18 05:37:20

Her first choice of University has taken her, that’s presumably where your daughter wants to go, yes?

Why on earth would there be any talk of ‘ we could apply for a higher ranked University next year’?


Leave the girl be, she’s got a place exactly where she wanted a place. Be thrilled (and relieved) for her.

endofthelinefinally Fri 17-Aug-18 05:39:25

I am a bit torn about this tbh. GCSE and A level marking has turned into a complete shambles. I know several people who got completely unexpected peculiar results. Also know a couple of people who mark papers who say that there is no training any more and the exam boards are practically dragging people off the street to mark papers.
So my view is that it is a bit of a lottery.
Sorry, not really helpful I know.

Tiredbeyondbelief Fri 17-Aug-18 05:47:03

Does anyone know if rejection by her uni is likely if she goes down a mark, given we already have a firm offer? Sorry to be so clueless; she is the first generation of our family to go to uni in the UK ( we are immigrants). So really feeling our way.

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frenchfancy Fri 17-Aug-18 05:58:58

I would leave it be. Celebrate her achievement and let her put her A levels behind her.

areyoubeingserviced Fri 17-Aug-18 06:01:43

Agree that exam marking is a shambles.
I know many people whose dc’s achieved some dodgy results in last years GCSE
I would ask for a remark
Congratulations to your DD for great marks

kenandbarbie Fri 17-Aug-18 06:02:29

I wouldn't bother. If she got into her first choice st a good uni, any advantage would only be marginal. She'd be better to make sure she does really well on the course. As others have said, employers take very little notice of a levels when you're past that stage. I don't think the uni rankings make that much difference either once you're at a good uni. Unless the course is particularly well thought of at a particular uni with links to employers etc. What course is she doing?

BurningGubbins Fri 17-Aug-18 06:06:38

Why do you think there’s a risk of going down a grade if she was 4 marks off a B? The marking can’t have been that bad, surely?
When I did A Levels a million years ago my school sent one of mine back for a remark (without asking). The result didn’t come back until I’d already started uni.

UAEMum Fri 17-Aug-18 06:10:48

Don't waste your money. Its not often that marks change after a remark and even if, it might go up one or two marks.
My understanding is that they will never mark down on a remark.
If the uni has taken her leave it. The first week of uni students ask each other what they got for A levels. After that no-one will ever mention it again.
Employers don't care at all once you have a degree.

Travelledtheworld Fri 17-Aug-18 06:13:40

I dithered about a remark last year for one of my daughters music papers. Purely personal pride.
She didn't want to do it, already had her uni place to study politics.
The clincher for me was that school needed the pupil to sign the remark request form. NOT the parent.......

Leave it and move on.
Once at Uni those A levels are not really relevant.

Ihuntmonsters Fri 17-Aug-18 06:15:11

I would ask her school for advice. If her history teacher thinks that the mark she scored is a serious underperformance for her (ie if the B prediction made was for a very comfortable/ high B) then a remark might be worth the shot. Otherwise I'd leave it be, she got good A levels that got her into the university of her choice, time to celebrate and then get on with whatever she planned for her year out.

byanyothernamerose Fri 17-Aug-18 06:21:06

It depends on the grade boundaries? If she is still quite a way off a C then it is unlikely to go down a grade. For a subject like history there could be some movement...4 marks is a lot but it is possible! If the marks go down the university won't care, only if the grade changes.

bevelino Fri 17-Aug-18 06:40:31

OP, if the grade is only 4 marks away from a B, I don’t see how the grade could go down on a remark. Some employers will not look at A’level grades but most graduate schemes will look at A’level grades as part of the recruitment process.

Spam88 Fri 17-Aug-18 06:45:59

I can't imagine she could go down a grade if she's that close to the upper grade boundary? I think if she'd like a remark then it's worth it.

FWIW, it is absolute rubbish that no one cares about your A level results once you've got a degree. I did a PGCE and the other student who was supposed to be coming to my second placement school was refused by the school because he got a lower grade at A Level than they'd expect from their pupils.

losingmymindiam Fri 17-Aug-18 06:58:48

It could go down but if she is 4 marks off a B then it's unlikely to go down to a D. In my experience a remark usually only changes by a couple of marks if at all unless there has been a complete cock up. Her teacher could request a copy of the the paper and take a look at it to see if they think the marks would go up or down and then you can request a remark. Not sure what Uni would do but if they have offered her a place and she accepts, doubt they would retract the offer, however I don't know.

Madcatperson Fri 17-Aug-18 07:07:54

We are in exactly the same position - 5 marks off the next grade up (across 3 modules) out of 376 in the uni course subject. already accepted at first choice - I wondered if it would be worth getting a remark just for CV/ job application purposes ( and because there was an issue with the reasonable adjustments which we raised at exam time) but dc decided not to - I think they are just relieved to be moving on.

RedHelenB Fri 17-Aug-18 07:11:20

It would not be a priority remark as she already has her place so there would be no chance if losing her place if she wanted a remark.

Milliways Fri 17-Aug-18 07:18:11

DS did this. Got AABa and his first choice, - even though offer wasA* BB or AAA, but got an A remarked on advice of his teacher as just off an A* and it went up 6 marks (in the subject he was studying so was important to him).

smerlin Fri 17-Aug-18 07:18:40

Remarks / reviews are very different now- much less likelihood of going up by a couple of marks. There has to have been misapplication of the mark scheme rather than still within an acceptable tolerance band.

Speak to her teacher about which module she underperformed in (presumably not multiple choice section!!!)

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