my firm choice is manchester, which is a highly competative university and they have no courses in my chosen department available through clearing. The grades asked for were ABB, i managed to get ABCb, and i'm in the process of getting some papers remarked - but this takes a long time.
I studied at home, therefore, i received no teaching or guidance through the A2 syllabus, and in my opinion, still managed to do fairly well. During my AS (i was in school for this) i consistantly achieved marks such as 103/105, 88/90 etc in all my subjects, in all modules - thefore showing that maybe with some teaching i would have done a lot better.
when i faxed through the appeal and they contacted me, the lady said she was taking my case very seriously and she would contact my school regarding my situation - the head of my sixth form said that they had a long chat.
It is a little long to explain my situation, but to put it in short - i had two choices, to either quit school altogether or to study independantly at home (the university is aware of the reasons why i had to take this step). I chose to continue with my education as i have always taken school very seriously, and it was no choice of my own to quit school. As well as teaching myself, i was going through severe family difficulties and health problems.
I guess i won't feel insecure if my appeal is successful as I know i have worked my hardest and with the guidance and teaching from university i will have the same opportunity as everyone else to do just as well. Last year they took people who achieved the same grades as me...but again, i realise that it is a different case for every individual. Just to add, there are only 40 places on my course, so i will feel honoured to be part of the degree, and i know i am capable of succeeding.
I have worked so hard, and i know manchester is the right university for me...i just hope they let me in