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Does anyone know the application process, I just got a conditional offer but not really sure on how to approach it. I understand on getting the right grades but i dont know how to accept the offer or is it a matter of just focusing on my real GCSEs results

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I was considering going to UCL academy but after I applied I saw the comments on this article: http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news...disappointment.

I am predicted A's and A*'s but the offer I got was minimum 6 B's, it show's how desperate they are to get students to go there.

I know this doesn't answer your question but I wouldn't want you to go to a bad sixth form.
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I was considering going to UCL academy but after I applied I saw the comments on this article: http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news...disappointment.

I am predicted A's and A*'s but the offer I got was minimum 6 B's, it show's how desperate they are to get students to go there.

I know this doesn't answer your question but I wouldn't want you to go to a bad sixth form.
Hi I considered applying there

Is it really that bad?


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I applied there for the first sixth form intake (starting in 2012). I got in and, so happy I didn't go because I know too many people who weren't there and are now retaking the year.

Unfortunately, as they are an academy they aren't required to publish their results however, as they are new, you are technically their guinea pig. I wouldn't risk it if I were you. Not for a-levels.
Also, they require you to choose 3 science subjects and 1 humanities/arts subject. This means that if you decide 1/2 weeks in that a certain subject isn't for you, you have a limited range of what you can change to and so, if you decide that maths is too hard I doubt having to choose another science subject, e.g.physics, would be much easier. Just something to bear in mind


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I applied there for the first sixth form intake (starting in 2012). I got in and, so happy I didn't go because I know too many people who weren't there and are now retaking the year.

Unfortunately, as they are an academy they aren't required to publish their results however, as they are new, you are technically their guinea pig. I wouldn't risk it if I were you. Not for a-levels.
Also, they require you to choose 3 science subjects and 1 humanities/arts subject. This means that if you decide 1/2 weeks in that a certain subject isn't for you, you have a limited range of what you can change to and so, if you decide that maths is too hard I doubt having to choose another science subject, e.g.physics, would be much easier. Just something to bear in mind


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Im predicted an A* in math and I'm further maths and physics. If I started preparing the second I recurve my GCSEs would I have a chance to do much better.


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Im predicted an A* in math and I'm further maths and physics. If I started preparing the second I recurve my GCSEs would I have a chance to do much better.


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If i'm honest, the jump from GCSE maths to a level is ridiculous. I got an A* in GCSE maths and I loved it so much yet when I started doing maths a level in year 12, I was so lost. I had to drop it so that I didn't fail lol.

My point was that if you do find that it hard, you're going to have a limited choice. However, if you are determined on going to UCL Academy, good luck lol


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If i'm honest, the jump from GCSE maths to a level is ridiculous. I got an A* in GCSE maths and I loved it so much yet when I started doing maths a level in year 12, I was so lost. I had to drop it so that I didn't fail lol.

My point was that if you do find that it hard, you're going to have a limited choice. However, if you are determined on going to UCL Academy, good luck lol


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I'm still considering it

What did your friends say? Surely the school would've fixed the syllabus or something. Apart from the building, why did almost everyone fail?


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That's what I don't get


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That's what I don't get


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It wasn't just the building people were complaining about it was the style of lessons, the teaching etc.

I knew a girl who was fluent in Mandarin and too it as an A-level but got a U because the teachers weren't bothered to teach.

Also some of their lessons are like lectures and not actual lessons because they want to be a bit more like a uni.

If you want to go there because it has UCL in the name and you think it will be as good as the uni, I wouldn't recommend it because its not.
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If you want to go there because it has UCL in the name and you think it will be as good as the uni, I wouldn't recommend it because its not.
Well said. Plus, it seems like people may seem to think that going there will give you an advantage when applying to UCL the uni. That's not the case.


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Well said. Plus, it seems like people may seem to think that going there will give you an advantage when applying to UCL the uni. That's not the case.


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I did my Maths GCSE in year 9 ( grade A*). And I achieved a grade A in AS maths.

So if I go there am I likely that I will do bad on my A levels?


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Well said. Plus, it seems like people may seem to think that going there will give you an advantage when applying to UCL the uni. That's not the case.


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Obviously, did anyone go to a good uni from that school? (Eg Oxbridge, imperial etc)

I mean not everyone failed right?


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Obviously, did anyone go to a good uni from that school? (Eg Oxbridge, imperial etc)

I mean not everyone failed right?


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No-one has gone to university yet. The first sixth form intake was in 2012 so, the current year 13 sixth formers would be the first to go to uni from UCL Academy.
In my opinion, it is quite a risk to go there. I personally don't think it is worth the risk. However, if that is where you are set on going and think you can work hard and get the extra help all year through if your teacher can't be bothered to teach properly etc then, go for it.
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No-one has gone to university yet. The first sixth form intake was in 2012 so, the current year 13 sixth formers would be the first to go to uni from UCL Academy.
In my opinion, it is quite a risk to go there. I personally don't think it is worth the risk. However, if that is where you are set on going and think you can work hard and get the extra help all year through if your teacher can't be bothered to teach properly etc then, go for it.
I applied there and got a conditional offer. Is is that terrible?!

Also on the prospectus it says students who study further maths are "expected" to achieve an A* in GCSE Maths. whereas it said on another part of the website that you need a minimum of an A. Can you shed some light on this please.
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I applied there and got a conditional offer. Is is that terrible?!

Also on the prospectus it says students who study further maths are "expected" to achieve an A* in GCSE Maths. whereas it said on another part of the website that you need a minimum of an A. Can you shed some light on this please.
Well if you want to go there then, no.. It's not terrible..
And I just checked. For Further Maths, you are expected to get an A* in GCSE Maths whereas for Maths A-Level, you are expected to get an A in GCSE Maths.
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it's close to swiss cottage leisure centre and swiss cottage library! both great facilities! also some massive houses on avenue road to ogle over! Area is nice too!


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Even though many people had to retake the tests it's only been 2 years since the school first began. I go to the UCL academy and I like it there I feel as though I have improved a lot and compared to my old school I feel as though UCL is better. They have great facilities and have a high standard of learning. My friends also agree with me and even though it's only been 2 years the UCL a academy is a great school.
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hi im predicted 4A's and 5B's, do i have a chance of getting in??????????????
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I'm still considering it

What did your friends say? Surely the school would've fixed the syllabus or something. Apart from the building, why did almost everyone fail?


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Did you go to UCLA in the end?
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