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Aethel
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Re: Low predicted grades

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I would be tempted to say with that, she will
be limited in the courses lilely to make an offer,

Her options include

1) look logically at what she can do to pick up her achievement so that her actual grades are better. Is she unwell? is she unhappy? is she unmotivated? or are the A levels just a lot harder than she realised? all
of the above can be true, some things are changeable some
are not.

2) Can she pick 2 “priority subjects” and a “dump subject” and concentrate on those two? some childeen actually drop to 2 A levels in order to improve their chances for those

3) how does she feel
about either a gap year (and apply after results are known , as hopefilly they will exceed predictions?) or a foundation year (which specifically enables course entry with lower A level grades)

4) might she prefer a “working” degree apprenticship? she’d be earning and have fewer debts IF she could get onto one that she was passionate about.

whatever she picks, it is not the end of the world even if she utterly bombs out of the courses or doesn’t sit the exams. there are always other things to do and sometimes
not getting where you think can lead
to surpsising sideways opportunities….

but talk to her about what she wants , and listen.
ToadMum
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Re: Low predicted grades

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If the grades so far in the A level courses are genuinely felt by her teachers to be unexpected in the light of prior achievement, and your DD is willing to pull her socks up and put her all into improving the situation between now and May / June, then planning on applying next autumn with achieved grades might be something to go with now.

Most schools allow immediately post A level students to make their UCAS application through the school, which makes life easier in terms of a reference etc.

Dropping to two A levels is risky - the 'better' universities offer on A level grades and the normal offer is on three. And the universities offering on the UCAS tariff instead may take points from just two A levels, but remember that in that case, the maximum achievable is 112 - which is 2A*. Can she achieve that, even only doing two?

Investigating courses with a Foundation Year (not 'foundation degrees', which are something different), may be a good shout.
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Rik05
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Re: Low predicted grades

Post by Rik05 »

Aethel wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 10:05 pm I would be tempted to say with that, she will
be limited in the courses lilely to make an offer,

Her options include

1) look logically at what she can do to pick up her achievement so that her actual grades are better. Is she unwell? is she unhappy? is she unmotivated? or are the A levels just a lot harder than she realised? all
of the above can be true, some things are changeable some
are not.

2) Can she pick 2 “priority subjects” and a “dump subject” and concentrate on those two? some childeen actually drop to 2 A levels in order to improve their chances for those

3) how does she feel
about either a gap year (and apply after results are known , as hopefilly they will exceed predictions?) or a foundation year (which specifically enables course entry with lower A level grades)

4) might she prefer a “working” degree apprenticship? she’d be earning and have fewer debts IF she could get onto one that she was passionate about.

whatever she picks, it is not the end of the world even if she utterly bombs out of the courses or doesn’t sit the exams. there are always other things to do and sometimes
not getting where you think can lead
to surpsising sideways opportunities….

but talk to her about what she wants , and listen.

She is happy go child.

1) we have asked all those questions if there is anything she wants to tell us or anything is bothering her ie, stress, work load or even if she wants to drop doing A level.
2) she doesn’t want to drop any subject
3) That’s the plan, all will depend on her year 13 results. If she can apply and go to university of her choice, take a gap year
4) to take a degree apprenticeship route.

She has spoken with us and said she will decide after her grades. At the moment focus on year 13.

She has mentioned that she knows all the contents of all three subjects very well but failing to answer in the exam. Her nerves are kicking in. Trying to attempt more exam style questions for her revision.
Rik05
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Re: Low predicted grades

Post by Rik05 »

ToadMum wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 10:50 pm If the grades so far in the A level courses are genuinely felt by her teachers to be unexpected in the light of prior achievement, and your DD is willing to pull her socks up and put her all into improving the situation between now and May / June, then planning on applying next autumn with achieved grades might be something to go with now.

Most schools allow immediately post A level students to make their UCAS application through the school, which makes life easier in terms of a reference etc.

Dropping to two A levels is risky - the 'better' universities offer on A level grades and the normal offer is on three. And the universities offering on the UCAS tariff instead may take points from just two A levels, but remember that in that case, the maximum achievable is 112 - which is 2A*. Can she achieve that, even only doing two?

Investigating courses with a Foundation Year (not 'foundation degrees', which are something different), may be a good shout.

She said she is going to work more hard and get her grades up. So we are supporting her decision but at the same time have been realistic and have discussed the plan B ready.
Aethel
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Re: Low predicted grades

Post by Aethel »

good luck ***
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