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    So, I'll be starting sixth form within the next week and I'm slightly confused about what the new linear A-levels mean for University applications next year. I didn't do particularly well at GCSE(after moving, at the beginning of Year 11 from the U.S. on very short notice, with no knowledge of what GCSES were), but I passed and got into my sixth form, I have in the U.S. been an academic high-achiever and have won various academic awards, and so hope to work exceptionally hard on my A-Levels and hopefully do very well, again obviously this is hopeful. But, I have seen that with the A-Level reform, all the subjects that I take A-Levels for will not have real,solid grade data when I apply for Unis next year. So, I was hoping someone might be able to help me understand what Unis will be looking at, I would be completely shocked if it was mainly GCSEs, as that wouldn't make sense, but I would also be shocked if it was predicted grades, so any help would be appreciated!

    From what I read GCSE will take a more prominent role than before. Are you taking any a-levels where the reforms have not come in yet? I dont think maths starts until 2017 for example.

    After sitting your AS exams or mocks (depends if your school still makes you sit the AS exams) the teachers will give you predicted grades for A2 which universities will use aamongst other things to decide whether or not to give you an offer. I've also heard that GCSE's will take a more prominent role due to the new A level reforms
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