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yes you have realistic offers. been out of education so long and coming back in with flying grades shows real dedication and unis will look high upon that
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Yeh

I don't think many mature students apply? But you are probably one of the few who went back to study getting your brain in gear, they would certainly commendate that.
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I think you have a realistic chance although oxford may reject you on the basis of you're lack of A*'s
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Yeah because you are a mature student etc. you have a really good chance especially if you can take A2 maths in a year , I would say you have a real good shot at top unis.
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Go for it, you're grades are very good well done for such improvement. Good luck with your application!
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I bloody hate how GCSEs are always an obstacle for some deserved people.
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Believe it or not, I didn't get a single A in my gcse's only 2 B's and the rest C's but still managed to get ABBC. I know my grades are not good enough but I still got into Warwick .

My point is, A-levels are much much more important than GCSE's, as long as you have 5 GCSE's A*-C

Your GCSE's are fine, I wish I could get 5 A's
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Thanks for the positivity. I would be very happy to recieve an offer from any of the institutions I've listedso several rejections wouln't crush me. The fact that I worked for a sub-prime mortgage firm between school and college may pique their interest too.
Looks like we're competing for places!

Yeah I think, as someone else suggested, the commitment to academia displayed by you coming back and acing your AS's really puts you in good stead! Good luck!
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Yeah good luck to both of us. I wonder what fraction of PPE applicants is present or has at least lurked this site. The Oxford contingent is huge! Did you know Mancheste only has 22 places? Thanks for the support
Yeah and 213 applicants last year!
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Believe it or not, I didn't get a single A in my gcse's only 2 B's and the rest C's but still managed to get ABBC. I know my grades are not good enough but I still got into Warwick .

My point is, A-levels are much much more important than GCSE's, as long as you have 5 GCSE's A*-C

Your GCSE's are fine, I wish I could get 5 A's
What course are you doing at Warwick?
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What course are you doing at Warwick?
engineering , hence they accepted my low grades
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Yes, it sounds very reasonable. Although for some reason a load of people on TSR are convinced that A*s at GCSE are everything.

I can't believe any educated academic would be so stupid as to have a blanket A* policy and as you clearly have ability and academic success in quite diverse subjects I don't see what they would want GCSEs to prove.
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(Original post by Salparadise)
I am a mature student who left school 4 years ago with medicore GCSEs (see sig). Having returned to education last year I have gained A's in Economics,Eng Lit, Critical Thinking ,Eng Lang and History and am taking Econ,Lit and History to A2 and taking up AS Maths (and perhaps A2).My predictions are also in my sig.


I am considering applying for Politics Philosophy and Economics at the following:

Manchester AAB
York AAB
Edinburgh (Phil and Econ) AAA-BBB ( I tick several of the social engineering boxes so perhaps a sympathetic offer)
Oxford AAA
Warwick AAAb


Does this seem realistic?
Check out the PPE 2010 thread:
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...2#post20834772

and the PPE version of TAELT:
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=916175

But I think you want a safety uni you can bank on getting an offer from. And currently you have 4 of the 5 most competitive PPE unis Plus Edinbirgh who are widely holistic and hence nobodies banker. So that would suggest keeping 4 of your 5 and then adding in a safe option.
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Thanks for the advice Paul. I'm thinking of changing Warwick for eiither Southampton or Exeter as they both as Entry reqs of ABB for PPE permutations. However if I stick with the current lineup and get rejected by all 5 I could reapply with full A levels next year and take F.Maths and Chemistry AS strengthening it further. I would has lost another year of my life but would have a solid application if my grades stay at the current level.
If you go aggressive with your uni choice then you should apply to Gap year employment schemes.
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