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Rik05
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Low predicted grades

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So DD has got DDE in CS, Maths,Physics & predictions are low, DCD for her UCAS application for 2024. What happens now? She tried talking to head of the sixth form, but didn’t get the supportive attention/answer and tried to make her leave the room saying, “we can push your application to December don’t worry”🤔
They are very busy with early entries, the answer we received upon email. (dd emailed before us and didn’t receive any reply or acknowledgment of her mail so we sent another mail)
No clue how we move forward or how to support her?
Still have one more year to go but it looks like nothing can be done with the grades we have.
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Re: Low predicted grades

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What does she what to do in terms of course/career?

Is there a reason for her low grade prediction?

Maybe looking at foundation courses may be an option, retaking to improve grades or applying once she has actual grades
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agree worth looking at the foundation courses as Tinkers suggests - what courses is she looking at

Remember schools have to be careful about predicted grades, they need and want to be trusted and reliable in their judgement and not overdoing the predictions.
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Re: Low predicted grades

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There is no reason apart from her taking lightly as she has passed her GCSE with all straight 7’s is the subjects she has. She missed out on couple of marks by getting 8 in Maths & FM.
She must have thought she will be fine.
She wants to do computer science degree.
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[Remember schools have to be careful about predicted grades, they need and want to be trusted and reliable in their judgement and not overdoing the predictions.]
You are right and we agree on that. We wanted to discuss our options with head and how we can support her so doesn’t feel demotivated.
School has to do what’s really on the paper but at the same time they need to support her find another teacher who can speak with her. Advise her in a more positive manner at the same time doing some reality checks with her.
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agree it is difficult at this stage, the school will be busy with the oxbridge / medical applicants as their deadline is mid October (I think) . as soon as that is completed then they may have more time to look at ways in which they can help her specifically with her work and grades- has she been to many open days yet? those can be one way of getting motivated
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Yes. We have been to Bath and Warwick open days. Also been to London’s one.
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How does the foundation course work ? All universities do that or only some ? Is it like first year foundation and then from second year you start your first year of your chosen course?
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Rik05 wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 9:52 pm Yes. We have been to Bath and Warwick open days. Also been to London’s one.
that's good - very useful, there are certainly lots of comp sci courses with foundation years available with those grades - needs to speak to teachers about whether it is best to put a combination of course on the UCAS form (not sure what the best advice is) - other thought is to delay applying until next year and see what A levels she actually gets
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Re: Low predicted grades

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Rik05 wrote: Fri Oct 13, 2023 9:54 pm How does the foundation course work ? All universities do that or only some ? Is it like first year foundation and then from second year you start your first year of your chosen course?

yes it is an extra year - quite a lot of unis do it - have a look here and add in exam grades and it will produce a list of courses https://www.whatuni.com/degree-courses/ ... er-science
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