(Original post by loopy786)
Okay, I think my GCSEs are good enough, so if you want to see them, look in the spoiler:
English Language- A*
English Literature- A*
I have an A in French AS (88%) and am studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths., Further Maths. and History Pre-U.
My teachers reckon I can get at least As based on my academic record and the person they know me as. The only problem is, I think I've spread myself too thin, perhaps have questionable time-management skills recently and can be a bit lazy. In Biology, I'm doing better than I expected except mucking up the write-ups a tad. Maths., got an A in the C1 mock which is all we've done so far, and for History, that can't be determined considering it's a two-year course, although according to my teachers, my essays are interesting and good for a Pre-U student.
The thing is, I really want to do Chemistry and I'm doing well/not doing well because I have got a couple of crap grades in some tests.
The practicals are fine, it's just some tests, I've really mucked up on and according to the Oxbridge co-ordinator at our school, I'm not working hard enough (which is an hard feat with my subjects and the stupid amount of work it gives you). My Chemistry teachers still reckon I can pull it off in the end if I start working hard now. I have a genuine interest in Chemistry and seriously, I do do some Chemistry for fun.
I am just so captivated by chemistry and the concepts that embody it, it's unnatural! I just don't get a chance to revise for tests because I can barely keep my head up due to other subjects and the workload, sometimes.
But if I got a B in Chemistry, the subject I'm applying for, even though I'm expected to get an A, would I be rejected pre-interview?
It's just I'm worried that something will go wrong and I won't get an A at AS.
Will my enthusiasm and ability to learn quickly and think about things help/outshine anything that looks bad in my academic record? I just really think I could thrive in places like Oxford and Durham or anywhere where the research is good and current.
With regards to what other stuff I have/food for thought:
Whilst I've won a UK Language prize and made lots of achievements within English/creative writing and enterprise etc., I have only been to Chemistry Camp at the moment. I'm trying to secure a Nuffield Bursary and am genuinely interested in research. I really like material science and organic chemistry, it appeals to me a lot.
I'm doing the Cambridge Chemistry challenge and the Olympiad when it comes along, and did the Physics challenge last year, as well as doing lots and lots of Maths. Challenges over the last 5/6 years. I suppose there's more I could be doing to make sure Chemistry is right for me, but I am trying to find work experience or research opportunities to try and help further my understanding and apply what I know to real situations. I am not doing these things for UCAS points but just to build up my own understanding.
I just really want to do Chemistry.