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Screwed A-level, Foundation, IB: what to do?


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Screwed A-level, Foundation, IB: what to do?


Programs A-Level , IB and Foundation refer to preparatory courses for high school students planning to enter universities. Each preparatory program ends with exams, the results of which go to a diploma or a certificate presented to the admissions offices of universities. But what if you have failed the exam and are unhappy with your marks? And if the exam was missed: did you oversleep or were late? Do you think that the teacher-examiner "has filled you up"? In this article we will try to figure out what to do in case of an unsuccessful exam and what are the ways to enter the foreign university.

"A-level": do not panic!

Educational agents are well aware that there are a lot of "students" from the A-level program among the students at the annual Foundation: they are those students who were dissatisfied with the results of the intermediate (AS) or the final (A-level) exam. Most often, students come to the Foundation who have failed the first year exams at A-level or IB, but do not want to lose time on retraining.

This is a relevant enough variant: you will be able to study at Foundation much better, having already passed the stage of the first year of AS, and there is a great chance that final exams will eventually be given to higher scores. But here it is necessary to take into account two features:

  • Admissions committees will only consider the results of the Foundation - your success at A-level training will not interest anyone
  • Many particularly prestigious and top universities do not view the Foundation as a sufficiently qualified training program (thisOxford , Cambridge and some other colleges Russel Group).

In general, the A-level program provides for the possibility of retaking certain exams (recall that students are studying 3 to 5 subjects), but similar attempts to improve the results are not very well estimated by the admissions committee. The more subjects you retake - the greater suspicion will cause the quality of your knowledge and the lower the chances of enrolling in an institution of higher learning.

If you have not written an exam - get ready for clearing

Clearing, or a secondary set , can be a real salvation for those who have failed the A-level or IB exams. Clearing is usually carried out in the middle-end of August: it uses constantly updated information (for example, on the UCAS website) - if you want not to miss your chance of getting ready, get ready to act quickly. Basic principles of clearing:

  • Constantly track free places in selected faculties, specialties, universities, respond to them as quickly as possible - it is best to immediately contact the chosen institution by phone
  • By telephone conversation be prepared to report all the data about yourself: the results of GCSE, A-level, Foundation or IB, to which place you are applying; Give a brief explanation of the reason why you did not get enough points in the exams (for example, if you think that the teacher has "blown up" you)
  • Be prepared for personal interviews or introductory tests (but usually they are easier and easier than testing for the first student stream)
  • If everything went well and you received a conditional admission notification (It comes to your e-mail) - think sooner: usually you have no more than 24 hours. If you agree to the proposed place, notify the university about it: a corresponding note will appear on the UCAS website, and you will receive a letter with further instructions.

Clearing procedure is available for all students - if you have not passed the A-level, Foundation or IB exam.

If the Foundation fails: try Year 1

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If you are not applying for a place in a prestigious university and thus failed the Foundation exam, you can try to enter the program of Year 1. This is a kind of a transitional program of adaptation and updating of knowledge: if we talk in general terms, what you learn on program during the academic year (9-12 months), and in case of successful completion of enrolling directly to the second year in pejorative university in an undergraduate program. It really is a successful opportunity not only to adapt to the different educational and linguistic environment, to improve the academic and language skills, but also no time to lose if you fail Foundation exam. Choosing Year 1, you need to consider the following facts:

  • The training program is quite intensive and complex, it corresponds academically to the first course of Bachelor's degree in the UK - be sure of yourself and adequately assess your strengths
  • Check if the chosen university supports this program, Whether the opportunity of the subsequent transfer on the specialty chosen by you is given.

For more details please contact your manager. We will do our best to help you even if you fail the A-level or IB exams - there are no desperate situations!

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