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    (Original post by mandem2k11)
    bump for any more advice, im finding this impossible
    I definitely think you should take a gap year and reapply. On the Trinity College Cambridge website it says post A-level applicants should have 2A*s for arts subjects and 3A*s for science, so you do have the grades they would expect. Don't let the 2.8A* average statistic put you off, the science students push it up. I would also say you would stand a better chance at Cambridge as opposed to Oxford. Plus, Stephen Fry was expelled from school twice and still got into Cambridge!

    I was at Trinity last year and I'm now having to take an impromptu gap year while I reapply for a different subject. I was really annoyed at the time because it seemed like a wasted year, but I'm definitely not treating it as a wasted year now. You should do something productive and related to politics, Cambridge love so called "super-curricular" activities because they show you are interested in your subject. Maybe try things like getting work experience shadowing your local MP, attending public talks and lectures, keeping up to date with recent politics (would probably be important for you interview), maybe get involved in a political campaign/group, read books on different topics that interest you. It's really up to you, but that's what I would suggest if you wanted to give it your best shot. Another gap year positive is that you can work and save up money which is what I'm doing as well!

    Obviously Cambridge nightlife isn't going to be as good as London but when you're having fun with your friends it doesn't really matter how good or bad clubs are, right? There are quite a few threads about nightlife in Cambridge which you could have a look at. I think everyone is kind of worried that it's going to be all work and no play before they go but it's definitely not like that.

    If you're going to pay £27,000 for a degree you should definitely try and get it from the best place possible.
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    Well done! I'd stick with Nottingham personally. Someone got rejected from Oxford this year despite having something utterly astonishing like ten a-levels at a* (I know, makes my three seem unworthy)! In my opinion it'd be a year wasted. Well done, you should be so proud of yourself!
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    (Original post by HopefulMidwife)
    Congrats! I bet you feel great
    suprisingly not. Sounds stupid, but im SO stressed out now haha, was looking forward to uni so much as well but i suppose reapplying to these unis would be the best thing to do

    I think definately Cambridge over Oxford as they offer the course i want wheras Oxford only offer PPE, and they look at UMS over GCSES, considering i have 4 100 UMS's and most others 90+ , especially my Politics, got 100 UMS in both A2 modules! Also cambridge just seem a lot 'nicer' than oxford as weird as it sounds


    Would nottingham accept me again do you reckon if i reapplied as a 'reserve'... considering i have A*A*A for an AAB-ABB course?
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    Bare in mind that some Cambridge colleges don't see taking a gap year as an advantage - I spoke to quite a few on an open day.
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    (Original post by mandem2k11)
    suprisingly not. Sounds stupid, but im SO stressed out now haha, was looking forward to uni so much as well but i suppose reapplying to these unis would be the best thing to do

    I think definately Cambridge over Oxford as they offer the course i want wheras Oxford only offer PPE, and they look at UMS over GCSES, considering i have 4 100 UMS's and most others 90+ , especially my Politics, got 100 UMS in both A2 modules! Also cambridge just seem a lot 'nicer' than oxford as weird as it sounds


    Would nottingham accept me again do you reckon if i reapplied as a 'reserve'... considering i have A*A*A for an AAB-ABB course?
    I'm just going to add a few comments...
    1. Pick Cambridge over Oxford because you prefer the course and have good UMS scores.
    2. I reckon that Nottingham would give you an offer again - I doubt they can remember everyone who applied to them this year, and you have significantly exceeded their entrance requirements.
    3. Don't pin all your hopes on Cambridge - they do have to reject many outstanding applicants like you - and so research 3 other top universities with courses that really interest you.
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    Nottingham is deep in clearing most years.

    Pure fantasy Why they'd not give high achievers (AAA) an offer in almost ANY course in 6 months time ?


    I'm not debating these facts so I will not be replying. TAKE note
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    (Original post by mandem2k11)
    Would probably opt for Cambridge as its Politics. 2A* 6A 2B so nothing special

    im pretty sure id still get in to nottingham again..AAB couse when i already have A*A*A
    yer you have a good chance but its very competitive so the chance of you getting into cambridge is low, your a lot more likely to get in if you have 6/7/8 a stars at gcse. look at the applications per place to see how competitive Cambridge is. The nightlife at nottingham would be better than at cambridge being a bigger uni and city and more people willing to go out. the london nightlife is very good but very expensive so bear that in mind if you apply to lse/ucl etc.

    nottingham is still a very good uni, if you want to be an mp going to oxbridge helps but isnt a necessity, as for general jobs it doesnt really matter if you go to cambridge or nottingham.
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    gearoid94 made good points.

    Employers dont generally care as much as students think about where you got your degree and after your first job they will be far more interested in what you have done than what university you went to. An Oxbridge degree will help a bit with the first job or for a few careers like law.

    It's expensive to live in London and that limits the social life for students. Even if your parents can financially support you the people you want to socialise with may be travelling for hours so they have somewhere they can afford to live. Nottingham has a reputation for not being too safe but its nightlife will be better. At Cambridge you have to work very hard and may not have as much time for a social life. The style of teaching is also different and you need to consider if tutorials will suit you. It would be helpful to know why you were expelled and if the discipline of tutorials might be beneficial.

    If you are always going to regret going to Nottingham then take the gap year and grow up a bit. But you will need a reference from someone and a bad reference will put universities off. This may be especially true of universities with a tutorial system as the tutor may have to deal with any ongoing bad behaviour. Good results are far from everything, they have to feel you are teachable and will benefit from being there.
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    Thanks for all the help, and ive made a decision but idk whether its doable in reality?

    Im going to go to uni in nottingham, and while im there apply via ucas for lse,cambridge and 3 other unis.

    Yes its a potential waste of 9k if i get in but would make that back from the jobs via lse/cambridge, and if i dont get in ive not wasted a year and will still be at a uni i love! and ill still be at uni with all my mates (a lot of my mates going notts this yr too!)


    Is this doable?
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    (Original post by mandem2k11)
    Thanks for all the help, and ive made a decision but idk whether its doable in reality?

    Im going to go to uni in nottingham, and while im there apply via ucas for lse,cambridge and 3 other unis.

    Yes its a potential waste of 9k if i get in but would make that back from the jobs via lse/cambridge, and if i dont get in ive not wasted a year and will still be at a uni i love! and ill still be at uni with all my mates (a lot of my mates going notts this yr too!)


    Is this doable?
    Unfortunately you can't apply to Cambridge while at another university. Source
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    Nice to see those with high grades suffering you should wait another year but get more A*s to stand any chance

    Nottingham is a weak RGU and with those grades you can do better

    (Original post by gearoid94)
    Unfortunately you can't apply to Cambridge while at another university. Source
    He would not get in anyway
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    (Original post by mandem2k11)
    Had an AAB offer from Nottingham for Politics

    ive got 2A*A so i dunno what to do, thats like oxford/lse level of grades

    any advice? I love Nottingham campus, nightlife and the uni but idk whether to take a year out and try apply to LSE/Oxford/Cambridge. I dont know if id make it and dont really wanna take a year out of boredom, but would probably regret not trying for the rest of my life!

    The amount of career opportunities it would presents is crazy, but i also hear they're lacking in nightlife and uni experience aha

    Impossible decision!
    Well done on the results! Wish I was that brainy

    If you think you genuinely have a shot at Oxbridge then go for it. If not stay with Notts. Ironically a uni I'd love to go to but would never get the grades for (I am over-aspiring getting ABB!)
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    (Original post by mandem2k11)
    Thanks for all the help, and ive made a decision but idk whether its doable in reality?

    Im going to go to uni in nottingham, and while im there apply via ucas for lse,cambridge and 3 other unis.

    Yes its a potential waste of 9k if i get in but would make that back from the jobs via lse/cambridge, and if i dont get in ive not wasted a year and will still be at a uni i love! and ill still be at uni with all my mates (a lot of my mates going notts this yr too!)


    Is this doable?
    I also found this about lse. You could ask them what they mean by "exceptional cases" but it doesn't look like they're too fond of it. Sorry if this has hit you full on, but it's better to know now than find out when it's too late.
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    Bear in mind that grades alone won't get you accepted into oxford or LSE, there's extra tests and interviews involved etc and I know people with predicted A*s and As who didn't even get offers.

    It is a big risk, though if it's something you really want to go for and you feel you'll always regret then go for it. You could always take a gap year, apply to Oxford/LSE and apply for Nottingham again, with your results I'm sure you'd get another offer

    Congratulations!
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    (Original post by 09034958349053)
    Could he(?) simply omit to say anything about nottingham. Is there any way they would know? It is little different from dropping out and starting a course elsewhere.
    I have no idea, but they would probably ask him at interview what he has done/is going to do with his gap year; personally, I wouldn't risk lying and being found out.
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    I got A*A*A*A in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry respectively and did not get a Cambridge offer. I know of others with your grades that got in, but it is not a certainty.

    Personally I think taking a gap year is not worth it. Adjustment may be a better choice.


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    hmm interdesting. Thought i found an incredible solution aha
    Is all this 100% that you cant apply to unis while already at a uni?
    so its either gap year and reapply or notts

    EDIT> I wouldnt apply for 2nd year, id probably apply for 1st year
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    Have you tried adjustment at all? I got a Durham offer through adjustment last year- so it's worth a shot I think!
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    (Original post by falling)
    Have you tried adjustment at all? I got a Durham offer through adjustment last year- so it's worth a shot I think!
    been trying to get through to Durham since it opened with no luck
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    (Original post by mandem2k11)
    hmm interdesting. Thought i found an incredible solution aha
    Is all this 100% that you cant apply to unis while already at a uni?
    so its either gap year and reapply or notts

    EDIT> I wouldnt apply for 2nd year, id probably apply for 1st year
    The best way to find out is to ring the university admissions office and explain your situation, sometimes things online can be a bit ambiguous.
 
 
 
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