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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    law?! that's even further from what imperial offer haha. OP needs to get researching!
    OP hasn't finished GCSEs yet. They need to get studying never mind researching

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    (Original post by e2014)
    I want to apply for law and I do understand that that's one of the most competitive of them all. I'm willing to work very hard though.
    Law is one of the most popular/competitive degrees, and everyone applying to top unis will offer good GCSEs and A-levels. This makes it risky to apply to five very popular universities- every top university will reject lots of strong candidates each year for law, so you run the risk of getting 3+ rejections. That's fine if you're ok with that, but most people will get 4/5 or 5/5 offers, and want an insurance choice.

    It's also worth bearing in mind that A-levels are changing from 2017 onwards, so you're going to be one of the first cohorts to take new style A-levels. The impact the changes will have on results and admissions currently aren't known, so it's even harder than usual to make predictions as to what applications will look like when you apply.

    Because of the A-level changes, I would strongly advise most candidates applying your application cycle to have an insurance choice they're really happy with unless they're happy to go through clearing or take a gap year. Because law is so competitive, it might be worth having two insurance level choices on your application just in case (maybe ranked around 10-15) then three top 5/top 10 choices.

    At this stage, I wouldn't set your heart on anywhere. I'd wait until the end of year 12, when you'll have much more of an idea of what grades to expect. Also, it's very possible you'll change your mind about the course in the next two years, and if you do pick something less competitive, applying to all top universities might not be so unrealistic.

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    You're also missing out a big factor. Where exactly are all these uni's located. I'm not sure why someone would want to apply to a London based uni and then apply to one like St Andrews which is a small town on the east coast of Scotland.
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    You're also missing out a big factor. Where exactly are all these uni's located. I'm not sure why someone would want to apply to a London based uni and then apply to one like St Andrews which is a small town on the east coast of Scotland.
    I live in London so if I went to one based here I'd be able to live at home etc. If I went to one further away, I'd be getting the experience of living away from home which I think I'd thrive academically with.
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    I live in London so if I went to one based here I'd be able to live at home etc. If I went to one further away, I'd be getting the experience of living away from home which I think I'd thrive academically with.
    I meant more the actual location. London, along with manchester/leeds/birmingham etc are major cities. You should know by now whether you want to study in a large city or a small town, the experience will be so different in either one.
    I'd pick a top 15 in a location suited to me over a top 5 that was great for reputation but hate living at for 3/4 years.
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    It depends how confident you are, OP. If you know you'll get top results, apply to top schools; even if you're rejected from all of them you'll find something in clearing.

    A separate point is that there's no point in applying to a university which you wouldn't actually want to go to, if it came to it.
 
 
 
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