(Original post by lou_100)
Right, I'm going to have to break this up
Awful that they mixed the results up. I had to read that twice but I finally gathered that you meant before you started GCSEs they muddled things up and placed you in a Btec group when you should have been capable of doing the GCSE? Correct me if wrong, it's not relevant really I was just wondering
5 or 6 GCSEs is not a total failure. True, most people who go on to college tend to have a couple more than that but requirements are different to actually get in. e.g. at my college we had to have 6 GCSEs but at a local one apparently you only need 3. i.e. my point is that if you can get into your college (and presumably you can/have) then the college is confident that you can get into university too, I'm sure.
Doing more GCSEs
I can't stop you from doing this, nobody on TSR can
. However, I know someone who started GCSE German in year 11 and planned to take the exam at the end of his AS year. Now that he's started year 12, GCSEs feel like a blast from the past. He cannot be bothered to complete it (although I think he has forced himself to). I couldn't imagine doing more GCSEs now. They feel like they're just over, and everyone seems to just accept that you need to pick up your results sheet, file it away, and move on with A levels because at the end of the day GCSEs are relatively unimportant to A levels, and I feel there is not much point in trying to take more exams next year when you have A levels to concentrate on. One or two is bad enough, but taking another four is so much. Now, I have to be completely honest, and seeing as you've asked us on TSR of, essentially, our opinions, I will have to give you mine. Retaking Maths higher tier seems absurd to me. Your teachers will have entered you for foundation for a reason. A C is a pass, and when it comes to it, universities wouldn't probably see much different in a B or a C. It's probably important to note that some universities ask for a minimum grade B for their courses (in Maths). Judging by your A level choices and science/maths GCSE predictions, it probably sounds like you won't do something Sciency, and so this probably won't apply for your course. But if it does, I'd say this is the only justification for retaking Maths to try and get a B. Otherwise, I'm afraid I have to advise you to not do it and to just forget about it. Your aim is to get more GCSEs, and that is a big enough aim. Having a second aim of getting a higher grade in one of the ones you've already passed is something I really think you will regret.
As for Science, I do actually think, despite what I've said, that this might be a good one to retake. A GCSE in science might make life a little bit easier for you? I don't know this for sure, but it just makes sense that a GCSE in Maths, English and Science might be a good thing.
Forget the other two. Concentrate on passing French this year. It's the most logical thing to do. Then, if you do all of that you'll have 7 (if I've added it up correctly). That is good enough.
Your predicted A level results
I don't mean to be rude, I really don't. But you will have to work unbelievably
hard to get AABb or AAAb. The step up is immense and, without sounding patronising because I know how annoying that is, you don't know what you are letting yourself in for taking on all these AS/A levels plus all those GCSEs. Your predicted results at GCSE indicate to me that you struggle with certain things, whether it is workload or grasping some subjects, or something completely different. While the predicted grades are good, it isn't a set of straight As and A*s. My sister gained 9 GCSEs grades A* and A (all of them), and went on to get AABc. That's just for you to get an idea of how hard those grades will be to achieve, let alone with the added work of GCSEs. You don't need the extra work, A levels are more important!
To sum up, any of them are currently possible. You haven't got your results yet and haven't started A levels. Anything can happen. Providing you took my advice with the GCSEs and gained those sorts of results at A level. Then yes, to answer your question, your A levels will make up for GCSEs and you can get into any of those universities (although I am a bit sceptical about Bristol and maybe KCL, as others have pointed out).
Sorry to waffle. I understand how long and boring that was.
Hope I helped in some sort of way.