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ADD and University Entrance

Q: My son (17) has an IQ of 133 but achieve poor GCSE results (ABCCCDDDDDD). He was misdiagnosed as Dyslexic at 11 and received no support at school as he was able. He and his sister have now been diagnosed as suffering with ADD. He is about to start a course of medication (Ritalin) which may significantly improve his memory/concentration and therefore his academic results. It may be too late for his AS levels to benefit but if there is a vast improvement by the time he takes his A levels, would he be able to apply to competitive universities despite his poor GCSE and possibly poor AS level results? Should he also make reference to this disability in his personal statement or elsewhere on an application?

This is a tricky one, and I cannot readily be the bearer of good news. Your son's AS results will be critical given his poor GCSE results. He needs to be able to show dramatic academic improvement since GCSE, when then makes the argument far more plausible. All competitive universities nowasays are looking for a minimum of six GCSE A/A* grades, and obviously your son is way short of this. Hence his UCAS referee needs to be able to explain the ADD issue, and draw attention to the massive improvement as a result of the medication. Simply to forecast very high A level grades (assuming the referee is convinced this will be the outcome) is unlikely to cut much ice with universities if AS results are no better than GCSE results. Moreover, the scores achieved in the AS modules count towards the overall A level score and thus grades. If these are mediocre, you would be looking at masses of paper retakes in January. And nowadays the scores go on the UCAS form, which is sent in the autumn term - i.e. before any retakes.

Of course reference must be made to your son's disability on the form. There is a short separate section for this, while it is vital that the referee explains it. This is far more effective than if your son simply includes it in his own Personal Statement. The emphasis will have to be on the earlier misdiagnosis and the effect this had had on academic performance. Obviously your son's high IQ must be cited as supporting evidence.

The problem is that university entry is so competitive and your son's results to date fall miles short of anything top universities would be prepared to consider. I don't know what subject your son has in mind to study, but even the least popular subjects seldom fall below a BBC requirement at Russell Group universities. To be frank, there is a strong case for returning to the drawing board and retaking the GCSEs with a view to collecting a string of A grades. I have no idea if this is administratively possible, and of course it would involve adding a year, possibly two, to your son's secondary education, but it is undeniably the best course of action if you are convinced that the edication will do the trick. Otherwise, my advice would be to focus the application on less demanding universities who might be more sympathetic to your son's predicament, especially if you discuss it with selectors over the phone before any application is made.

I hope this is helpful, though I recognise it may not be what you wanted to read.

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