(Original post by elephantdon)
Birmingham has quite tough grade requirements at AAA (Especially given the subjects you study). But lets not forget that you have the chance to apply for 5 university's, so of course it can be an option. But whether you even get an offer is a completely different story, you need a good personal statement and reference from your tutor.
GCSEs shouldn't really matter, yours are fine, the only potential issue is that you have only 7. (Unless you deliberately didn't include your C's or less). GCSE's really don't mean all that much so long as you get the grades in important subjects. like Grade A-A* in maths at GCSE, atleast a B for Uni economics otherwise your pretty much handicapped. Then grade B english.
On the other hand, the top top university's focus on GCSE's because people with good GCSEs have been brought up by their parents in a way that makes them perceive education above anything else.
I'll stop blabbering on now and get to the point. If you can tick all the points I make below you can get into your desired university.
You have work experience (real job>volunteering 10fold)
You can demonstrate your a autonomous learner
You have the capability of getting AAA (Only you know what you can achieve)
You have no fear of admitting and learning from your mistakes
You start to revise/learn for exams at least 6weeks before
You have a revision plan
You stick to the revision plan
You repeat the following quote in your head atleast once a day, "Not all those that work hard succeed, but all those that have succeeded have worked hard" or something on the lines of
End of the day mate, anything is achievable.
I finished AS level with just ABB with A in economics, B in business, and B in maths. In the third set of exams I resat a business module that was barely on a C, it was like 76/120 marks or less. Come results day I got full marks in the exam I resat. I had no help from my teacher at all, I learned the whole unit by myself for the second time and bought the toolkit etc. I also devised a revision plan for transport economics which was my third unit, I stuck to the plan and got full marks in that as well. And although I did a lot of work for C3 maths, cleared all the past papers, all the solomons etc, I made stupid mistakes in the exam and only got 70UMS, just a B.
So I jumped from ABB at AS to A*(Equivalent, 93%+) economics, A*business (equive, 92.5%+) and B in maths. I chose not to resit the maths because I only need AAB for Newcastle to study BSC economics. This requires me to get like 40% 40% 40% in the next exam about to get in. Hopefully this has provided you with some helpful info