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    Ok so I left school a year early due to illness and retook at college when I was 17. (spent a year on a vocational and personal skills developement course lol no formal qualifications)

    On my retakes I got A* for Bio, Chem and Maths. Bs for English Language and English Literature. I also got a pass for my level 2 key skills in ICT. I am taking another GCSE (Physics) this year and I am predicted A*.

    For AS my predicted grades are Chemistry A and A/B for Biology, ICT and Maths.

    I want to apply for Chemistry at University. I may be thinking about it a little early but I think the Cambridge course is excellent, the Durham course is just excellent. Imperial College has a more direct course but it is close by so it has attraction, then i'm thinking York and Warwick. These are all top 10 for Chemistry. Obviously if I mess up my AS then my choices will change but assuming I get As this will be my ideal setup.

    My question is do you think this is possible, assuming my A Levels are As, with so few GCSEs and the Bs in English.

    A*AA for Cambridge, AAA for Imperial, AAB for Durham, BBB for York (backup), ABB for Warwick. It seems like a good spread to me, maybe i'm just going about this all wrong. Any advice? other than focus on it next year lol.

    When you're looking into Cambridge, do take a look at the CSAS so that they take into account your year out and GCSEs. Also, you'll want to get really high UMS marks wherever possible. I've also been told that for NatSci at Cambridge, Further Maths can look good, so I don't know if picking that up next year is an option for you? Other than that, you seem to have a nice spread of grades, and shouldn't have too many problems as long as your AS levels and A2 predictions are high enough and your school explains your situation regarding your GCSEs.
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    Well I did email Trinity College about my GCSEs and they said that it would be fine as long as I could explain sufficiently. I have been trying to pick more up lol, yea I did Further Maths this year for about a month but I had to drop it to Pick up GCSE Physics because that is required at virtually every university for Chemistry. I probably should have dropped ICT but I didn't want to give myself too much work. I am thinking about picking up Further Maths next year because I've already had half the teaching for the two january units at our college. So Bio, Chem, Maths A2 and Further Maths AS. seems alright. Yea I am also the first person in my family to go to university so I think I can apply via CSAS. I will have to look into that. Thanks for the feedback.

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