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    (Original post by mevidek)
    I want to read history, and it's my passion so I think that I could get an A* for that...
    Good luck!
    Don't worry if you do get a B or two, particularly in unrelated subjects, it's definitely not the end of the world particularly as you must have a heavy workload doing so many.
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    (Original post by Festina lente)
    Good luck!
    Don't worry if you do get a B or two, particularly in unrelated subjects, it's definitely not the end of the world particularly as you must have a heavy workload doing so many.
    Thank you
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    Bit annoyed as I got straight A*s in my GCSEs except from History in which I got an A... If I was to apply for History would this make a substantial difference? I know woul probably look ridiculous as History is my favourite subject but I got full marks on on part of the paper and then had a bad day and got a C on the other part dammit!!!
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    (Original post by mevidek)
    well in history we've had a couple of exams and controlled assessments and I got an A for one exam, A* for another, and 3 As for controlled assessments... I really want to study it. I will try my best though

    Do you go to Oxford/Cambridge?
    I don't, I really messed up my interview as had gone to an open day at a college, got on really well with human geography lecturer at that college and had similar research interests to him so picked that college to apply to. Then got my interview invitation and it was someone completely different whose research interests were incredibly boring and the physical geography lecturer specialised in something I had never done before and again had no interest in! Basically I shouldn't have applied, only liked certain aspects of geography! I would advise to really research the course and make sure it is right for you otherwise it is completely futile. I'm now at Sheffield where the course is much more my interests! (I got straight A*s at GCSE at a comprehensive btw which I thought would make me a shoe-in somewhat naively, interest in the course is much much much more important!)
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    (Original post by kpritchx)
    Bit annoyed as I got straight A*s in my GCSEs except from History in which I got an A... If I was to apply for History would this make a substantial difference? I know woul probably look ridiculous as History is my favourite subject but I got full marks on on part of the paper and then had a bad day and got a C on the other part dammit!!!
    Getting such good results across the board shows potential - one bad day will not cost you, especially if (when?) you go on to show your aptitude for history by getting a good AS grade.
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    (Original post by Chapeau Rouge)
    I don't, I really messed up my interview as had gone to an open day at a college, got on really well with human geography lecturer at that college and had similar research interests to him so picked that college to apply to. Then got my interview invitation and it was someone completely different whose research interests were incredibly boring and the physical geography lecturer specialised in something I had never done before and again had no interest in! Basically I shouldn't have applied, only liked certain aspects of geography! I would advise to really research the course and make sure it is right for you otherwise it is completely futile. I'm now at Sheffield where the course is much more my interests! (I got straight A*s at GCSE at a comprehensive btw which I thought would make me a shoe-in somewhat naively, interest in the course is much much much more important!)
    oh I see
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    (Original post by Chapeau Rouge)
    They really won't it, it is a B not a U! I got an interview with Cam with AAAC at AS and my friend also got one with something like BBCC!
    are you serious?! well that makes me feel so much better thanks for all your help
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    Okay, I think my GCSEs are good enough, so if you want to see them, look in the spoiler:

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    Astronomy- A
    Biology- A
    Chemistry- A*
    ECDL
    English Language- A*
    English Literature- A*
    French- A*
    German- A*
    History- A*
    Mathematics- A*
    Music- A*
    Physics- A*
    Statistics- 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:
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    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.
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    (Original post by loopy786)
    Okay, I think my GCSEs are good enough, so if you want to see them, look in the spoiler:

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    Astronomy- A
    Biology- A
    Chemistry- A*
    ECDL
    English Language- A*
    English Literature- A*
    French- A*
    German- A*
    History- A*
    Mathematics- A*
    Music- A*
    Physics- A*
    Statistics- 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:
    Spoiler:
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    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.
    Just get the best grades you can. Getting a B in chemistry would clearly do you absolutely no favours, so improve that! Maths is also a vital subject for chemistry, as is f.maths.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Just get the best grades you can. Getting a B in chemistry would clearly do you absolutely no favours, so improve that! Maths is also a vital subject for chemistry, as is f.maths.
    I will try as hard as I can. I'm still worried that something will go wrong. :sigh:
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    Hi I do IGCSE and am from New Zealand and we can only take 5 subjects does anybody know why this is or how it works as in how many A* you should be looking at getting because I am seeing 8 A* as a good number but have only 5 subjects. (This is normal for schools teaching IGCSE in New Zealand.)
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    I'm doing 5 AS-Levels and I'm currently predicted As in 4 subjects (AS-Level prediction - so no A*s) and a B in one subject. Of course, I haven't taken any exams for that subject so I can work hard and pull it up to an A. But if I fail to do so, will this one B affect my application?
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    (Original post by IAmTheChosenOne)
    I'm doing 5 AS-Levels and I'm currently predicted As in 4 subjects (AS-Level prediction - so no A*s) and a B in one subject. Of course, I haven't taken any exams for that subject so I can work hard and pull it up to an A. But if I fail to do so, will this one B affect my application?
    Depends what you're applying for and what the B would be in.

    Better to do less AS levels and get higher marks than to spread yourself thinly and do less well though, as a general rule :yes:
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Depends what you're applying for and what the B would be in.

    Better to do less AS levels and get higher marks than to spread yourself thinly and do less well though, as a general rule :yes:
    I'm applying for maths and that B is in biology
    I'll try my best to get it up to an A. I've been a bit lazy this term :ninja:
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    (Original post by IAmTheChosenOne)
    I'm applying for maths and that B is in biology
    I'll try my best to get it up to an A. I've been a bit lazy this term :ninja:
    Ah I'll leave it for someone else to answer then. I've no idea about science and maths admissions :nah:
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    To what extent will the school I did my GCSEs at be taken into consideration? I went to a fairly poor school in an impoverished area and got comparatively good GCSEs, but now I'm at a very good school for whom my GCSE scores are pretty 'standard'.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Kidioteque)
    To what extent will the school I did my GCSEs at be taken into consideration? I went to a fairly poor school in an impoverished area and got comparatively good GCSEs, but now I'm at a very good school for whom my GCSE scores are pretty 'standard'.

    Thanks
    It will be, they use the school where you actually took the exams to contextualise your grades
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    (Original post by Festina lente)
    It will be, they use the school where you actually took the exams to contextualise your grades
    Brilliant, happy to hear that. Thanks a lot, lawyer! :top:
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    Does anyone know if I can get into Oxford with an A*/A in maths an the rest of the subjects A's but a B in sciene?
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    Not important in my experience. Have an offer, haven't got a single GCSE or equivalent.

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