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    (Original post by 3tr3)
    I was predicted A*AA in Economics, Physics and Maths respectively and flopped somewhat, getting ACC, missing both my firm and insurance at Warwick (A*AA Economics) and Bristol (AAA Economics&Management).

    I've tried clearing and the best offer is from City University for Economics. I'm really stuck on whether to retake and retry for some sort of similar level to my original options, maybe sticking around the AAA offer mark instead, e.g. Bristol, Sheffield or to take the City offer...

    The other question is the difficulty over making this decision, the City offer is pretty good given my performance and I don't really want to lose it because I'm still unsure - especially as I don't have my scripts back and don't have the opinions of all my teachers yet - I will take it if I know that I can later withdraw and reapply for UCAS 2017 entry if I change my mind having gained more information, but I'm worried doing this could use an issue with UCAS?
    Mad this is basically me (same firm and insurance uni to boot).. Except different grades than you and different clearing university (Swansea - CompSci)

    Good luck at City dude, hopefully you have a great time/meet interesting people. Take advantage of being in London and network your ass off.

    All the best.

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    Retake instead of spending money going to a uni that you had no intention if going to in the first place !
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Mad this is basically me (same firm and insurance uni to boot).. Except different grades than you and different clearing university (Swansea - CompSci)

    Good luck at City dude, hopefully you have a great time/meet interesting people. Take advantage of being in London and network your ass off.

    All the best.

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    are you planning to have a finance related career or comp sci career?
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    (Original post by ronaldo222)
    are you planning to have a finance related career or comp sci career?
    Finance for now (hopefully focusing on technology coverage investment banking), but software engineering/product management are also possibilities.



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    i would still have taken a gap year if i were you.. if you were predicted A*AA and actually got an offer from warwick for its most competitive course, then you must have been capable of getting those grades and it's worth having a go at again because warwick/bristol >>>>>>>> city
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    i would still have taken a gap year if i were you.. if you were predicted A*AA and actually got an offer from warwick for its most competitive course, then you must have been capable of getting those grades and it's worth having a go at again because warwick/bristol >>>>>>>> city
    Warwick give out offers to everyone btw.

    but regardless ACC are relatively good grades.

    i know people who got far worse and got into better unis than city. i guess not alot of unis are in clearing for economics.
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    (Original post by whydoidothis?)
    Warwick give out offers to everyone btw.

    but regardless ACC are relatively good grades.

    i know people who got far worse and got into better unis than city. i guess not alot of unis are in clearing for economics.
    Any examples? I tried some more 'in between' unis (Sheffield, Queens Belfast, Queens Mary's, Newcastle, York etc) but none gave me a clearing offer.
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    Depends on why I felt I underperformed and what I wanted to do in future. I'd most likely retake, so I knew for sure.
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    (Original post by 3tr3)
    Any examples? I tried some more 'in between' unis (Sheffield, Queens Belfast, Queens Mary's, Newcastle, York etc) but none gave me a clearing offer.
    you have good grades but economics is competitive.

    I will PM you their grades and courses as it is personal.
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    (Original post by whydoidothis?)
    Warwick give out offers to everyone btw.

    but regardless ACC are relatively good grades.

    i know people who got far worse and got into better unis than city. i guess not alot of unis are in clearing for economics.
    i was under the impression that warwick economics is really competitive, purely because my best friend was rejected by warwick despite being predicted A*A*A*A and getting into LSE for economics. totally anecdotal, but i hardly think they give out offers to everyone. it can't be that easy to pave your way directly into investment banking xD

    yeah, ACC is not bad at all but the opportunities warwick and bristol would open up don't compare to city, tbh. plus, he'd have another shot at getting his predicted grades (again, something he must have been capable of getting if he got good offers)

    edit: just checked and the acceptance rate for warwick economics is 60%. that's shockingly high for such a prestigious course at a target university..no?
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    I am also in a bit of a dilemma but my results were way worse I was predicted AAA but got BCD. So I've asked for photocopies of my scripts and might resit. It's wierd though cos I honestly thought I aced the exams and was absolutely gutted when I saw my results
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    i was under the impression that warwick economics is really competitive, purely because my best friend was rejected by warwick despite being predicted A*A*A*A and getting into LSE for economics. totally anecdotal, but i hardly think they give out offers to everyone. it can't be that easy to pave your way directly into investment banking xD

    yeah, ACC is not bad at all but the opportunities warwick and bristol would open up don't compare to city, tbh. plus, he'd have another shot at getting his predicted grades (again, something he must have been capable of getting if he got good offers)
    i think your friend was hard done, although he missed his offer, my friend got an offer for econ with ABBC at AS.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    i was under the impression that warwick economics is really competitive, purely because my best friend was rejected by warwick despite being predicted A*A*A*A and getting into LSE for economics. totally anecdotal, but i hardly think they give out offers to everyone. it can't be that easy to pave your way directly into investment banking xD

    yeah, ACC is not bad at all but the opportunities warwick and bristol would open up don't compare to city, tbh. plus, he'd have another shot at getting his predicted grades (again, something he must have been capable of getting if he got good offers)
    Shocked they would get rejected by Warwick. I sometimes feel this is complete pot luck as I got rejected from Durham, but then again mostly as I think I didn't gear my personal statement towards them at all (I did send a supplementary one but didn't really change it much). I did great at AS (AAA + A in EP) but have friends who got ABB who got offers from Warwick. Also one of my great friends who's going to Oxford for E&M got rejected by LSE, so I know this system is a bit of a joke however you look at it.


    (Original post by Sam947)
    I am also in a bit of a dilemma but my results were way worse I was predicted AAA but got BCD. So I've asked for photocopies of my scripts and might resit. It's wierd though cos I honestly thought I aced the exams and was absolutely gutted when I saw my results
    I've requested photocopies too, but I mostly know why I did badly (complacency, iffy/inconsistent teaching, assuming exam technique was fine given AS performance). Might help me make a decision, but I'm not sure what it will tell me that's new. Sitting on the fence now and probably still will be...
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    (Original post by whydoidothis?)
    i think your friend was hard done, although he missed his offer, my friend got an offer for econ with ABBC at AS.
    wow
    maybe my friend was rejected because her personal statement was subtley tailored to LSE (she mentioned it quite a bit) so perhaps warwick got the impression that they'd be wasting an offer on someone who clearly wants to go to LSE. it definitely couldn't have been her grades..
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    wow
    maybe my friend was rejected because her personal statement was subtley tailored to LSE (she mentioned it quite a bit) so maybe warwick got the impression that they'd be wasting an offer on someone who clearly wants to go to LSE. it definitely couldn't have been her grades..
    thats hilarious, you should never mention a uni in your statement unless you want 4 rejections lol.
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    (Original post by whydoidothis?)
    thats hilarious, you should never mention a uni in your statement unless you want 4 rejections lol.
    she mentioned going to some LSE masterclass or something. and it worked because now she's going to the best place in the world to study economics; sometimes you have to take the chance
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    (Original post by 3tr3)
    Shocked they would get rejected by Warwick. I sometimes feel this is complete pot luck as I got rejected from Durham, but then again mostly as I think I didn't gear my personal statement towards them at all (I did send a supplementary one but didn't really change it much). I did great at AS (AAA + A in EP) but have friends who got ABB who got offers from Warwick. Also one of my great friends who's going to Oxford for E&M got rejected by LSE, so I know this system is a bit of a joke however you look at it.




    I've requested photocopies too, but I mostly know why I did badly (complacency, iffy/inconsistent teaching, assuming exam technique was fine given AS performance). Might help me make a decision, but I'm not sure what it will tell me that's new. Sitting on the fence now and probably still will be...
    if you got straight As at AS then you're MORE than capable of getting at least straight As at a-level. please take a gap year and reapply D:
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    I was in this position last year and didn't want to go to a non-russell group uni. In the end, I had chosen to retake the year at sixth form to improve my grades. It eventually worked out for me having improved my grades a lot securing a place at the University of Leeds to study Economics. This may not be the best uni in terms of russell group options for Economics but I was happy with my decision to resit otherwise I would have went to a university that I had not wanted to go to with lower A-Level results. Although it took me 3 years to complete my A-Levels, I now believe I stand a better chance of obtaining a better job than with the A-Level results I had achieved last year especially hearing about some companies demanding certain UCAS points regardless of your degree qualifications.

    I would definitely recommend that you should re-evaluate your decisions about attending university this year. From your predicted grades, I believe you can achieve better results through resitting but that requires you to believe in yourself. If you do decide to go ahead with university this year, I wish you good luck and all the best!
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    wow
    maybe my friend was rejected because her personal statement was subtley tailored to LSE (she mentioned it quite a bit) so perhaps warwick got the impression that they'd be wasting an offer on someone who clearly wants to go to LSE. it definitely couldn't have been her grades..
    Tbf, my friend got into E&M at Oxford and went on to get 4A*s but was rejected by Warwick for Econ. So it is competitive, just a bit random is all.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Tbf, my friend got into E&M at Oxford and went on to get 4A*s but was rejected by Warwick for Econ. So it is competitive, just a bit random is all.

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    yeah, but warwick has a 60% acceptance rate for econ, while LSE's is 17% and oxford E&M is even more competitive - a mere 8%. i wonder what their criteria is, and if they know how many amazing students they're missing out on..
 
 
 
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