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#1
Well Pit, even though you guys rarely get asked questions based on morals, and there may be a very valid reason for this.....but I come here seeking a bit of moral guidance.

You see, last week, my Grandad died. Now, I wasn't too emotionally cut up about this, as he was 89, and at that age, its not as if the person was 'snatched from you'. If i'm gonna be honest, it hasnt affected my day-to-day schedule at all (I know that sounds heartless).

The thing is, if i've had a recent family bereavement (like i have) then I can apply for 'special consideration' in my A level exams next week. This would mean I would get an extra 5% on these exams. This may not seem alot, but the grade boundaries are only 10% from each other, so it would most likely result in an increased grade in 1 or 2 of my subjects.

In short, should I apply for this 'special consideration' just for the marks, or do you feel I'd be cheating the system and cheating on all the other students doing these exams?
I'm feeling morally split about this, but as it stand at the moment i'm not gonna apply for it.
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#2
i dont see why you shouldnt do it...
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#4
..your grandfather died, you have all the validity you need. they're just dumb for making the option of special consideration, anyone could say a family member died.
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Well Pit, even though you guys rarely get asked questions based on morals, and there may be a very valid reason for this.

It's the Pit. What do you expect.

And there's not reason why you shouldn't do it. You're not going to be cheating people as your circumstances are legitimate.
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#7
what would your granddad want for you?
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#10
If you're eligable for it, then go for it. You may not feel too affected by it at the moment but wait until the funeral (assuming you had a decent relationship with him).
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#12
I see the dilemma there, but I'd go for it.
You're being offered a leg-up to getting better grades that could help you further down the line... do it.
#13
No shame in availing yourself of all possible advantages. You didn't write the rules.
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#14
if you have to "apply" for it, they may have you do an interview with a counsellor to make sure you really are berieved. I'd look into it a bit more before proceding.
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#16
Do what you feel like.
I wouldnt because i wouldnt want to use my grandfather's death as an excuse.
#17
The whole special consideration thing is a bit of a joke really, some people can get 1% extra for having a headache on the day or something........so i'm tempted.
But there is, as ChristianE says, using his death as an excuse for extra marks. Maybe i'll talk it over with my mum, as she was much closer to him than I ever was, and see if she has a problem with me using his death to gain an advantage.
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#18
Yeah do that, actually that's the first thing I'd have done, talk it over with my mum.
If she's cool with it then definitely go for it, though I can understand your dilemna. Just think though, he'd probably be glad something good came out of his death.
#19
it depends what you think is more important, the result or what the result stands for.
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#20
Do it. I see no shame in it. It's not like your selling his organs on the black market to pay for school or something.


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#21
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Yeah do that, actually that's the first thing I'd have done, talk it over with my mum.
If she's cool with it then definitely go for it, though I can understand your dilemna. Just think though, he'd probably be glad something good came out of his death.

No need, it's not his mother's decision if he's depressed and such.
#22
Nah don't do it, then if you just scrape a grade you'll feel like it wasnt your own merit.
I could have applied to have that for my GCSE's. And my parents are in middle of a divorce too so i would have got more. But i know it doesnt affect my work too much so if i get good marks without it - go me :P.

Up to you though, its pointless unless you actually lost a member of your immediate family.
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..your grandfather died, you have all the validity you need. they're just dumb for making the option of special consideration, anyone could say a family member died.

Not anyone can say it, they need to see a corpse (or at least a severed limb).
#25
Do it. It may seem like you're taking advantage of your grandfather's death, but why pass up the opportunity? I didn't know your grandfather, obviously, but I'm sure he would have liked his grandson to get the best grades possible.
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#27
Look at it from his point of view. I think he'd be more concerned with you succeeding in the long run.
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#28
A real morality play would have been "So pit. Should I kill my grandfather in order to receive an extra 5% on my A level exams"
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if you have to "apply" for it, they may have you do an interview with a counsellor to make sure you really are berieved. I'd look into it a bit more before proceding.



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#30
also why would you ask UG? its your own decision...
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A real morality play would have been "So pit. Should I kill my grandfather in order to receive an extra 5% on my A level exams"
Haha so true

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#32
Well, after contacting my college, i've found out that I don't need to apply for this until the 'marking stage', which I assume is when I've sat the exams. I'm not gonna apply for it unless I feel that I did particularly badly on an exam, because I'd rather get into university off my own back. These exams are kinda a representation of how I can make it on my own (my teachers are useless). Thanks for the advice guys
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#33
Do it. There's no reason not to. You're grandad's died. Take the consideration you deserve for being possibly emotionally wrecked.


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#35
Well Pit, even though you guys rarely get asked questions based on morals, and there may be a very valid reason for this.....but I come here seeking a bit of moral guidance.

You see, last week, my Grandad died. Now, I wasn't too emotionally cut up about this, as he was 89, and at that age, its not as if the person was 'snatched from you'. If i'm gonna be honest, it hasnt affected my day-to-day schedule at all (I know that sounds heartless).

The thing is, if i've had a recent family bereavement (like i have) then I can apply for 'special consideration' in my A level exams next week. This would mean I would get an extra 5% on these exams. This may not seem alot, but the grade boundaries are only 10% from each other, so it would most likely result in an increased grade in 1 or 2 of my subjects.

In short, should I apply for this 'special consideration' just for the marks, or do you feel I'd be cheating the system and cheating on all the other students doing these exams?
I'm feeling morally split about this, but as it stand at the moment i'm not gonna apply for it.


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#36
Do it. You're not hurting anyone, and I'm sure your grandfather would've wanted you to do well in your exams.
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#38
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No need, it's not his mother's decision if he's depressed and such.


He's already stated that he wasn't too cut up about the death of his grandfather.

If he was really depressed then obviously he'd have no quams about taking the extra marks.
#39
In my eyes it'd probably be morally wrong for you to do it if you genuinely aren't cut up about his death.
I know what competition for college places is like, here at least, and I'd hate to think that I didn't get in because someone got an extra 5% for no reason.

Don't do it.
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#40
Take advantage of the oppurtunity that is being presented to you.

I'm sure that your Grandfather would not mind that his passing afforded you an oppurtunity o receive special consideration on you exams.
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