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    Hello TSR!! Right I'm not sure if there's a similar thread for this or if it's been discussed before (if so, I'm sorry) but I need advise!

    Basically.. Missed my place at Sussex and Southampton this august, my grades were quite low but every subject got remarked (except from RS) and now I'm at ABC;
    A- Religious Studies
    B- English Literature
    C- History

    I'm retaking History to try and push that up to a B MAYBE, an A? (it's at a mid C currently, but I will work my SOCKS OFF and I have an amazingly supportive teacher, who's also head of history and just overall helpful)

    I'm reapplying for 2011 and I'm completely torn between two degrees;
    Philosophy & History.

    Logically, it makes sense to go for Philosophy because the A was a really high A, and the majority of R.S for me was based on Philosophy (both years I put more emphasis on philo and answered more philo questions, and just generally did better in that over Ethics).

    However, as bad as I do in History - I bloody love it! It's so fascinating and my whole two years of a levels I spent most of my time working for it! I'm hopeful the retake will push it up, but I'm thinking realistically only to a B. This is because Russia papers are notoriously difficult and generally history is tough to get an A in.

    So my dilemma is; go for a subject I'm naturally much better at (ofc i know it changes at uni, but from my experience so far). OR, go for history which I find much more difficult but it amazes me!

    Also I'm thinking of applying to uni's like, Leicester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Queen Mary, Reading, Surrey, Essex, Sussex!

    The only thing is, my GCSE's were not very good. I was a complete doss and only once I reached AS did I begin to pull my weight! Will this effect my chances of being accepted to a university like Nottingham, or Birmingham along with my having to take a Gap Year?

    I've tried to get voluntary work etc, but I feel like my main focus from now till January should be on the history resit, or should I do both to enusre my personal statement and general profile stands out?

    Sorry this is so long and kind of all over the place, if anyone has any advise or comments, please get back to me or PM me! I'm not asking anyone to make my decision for me of course, or I'm not trying to be lazy, I'm just completely confused and need advise thank you!
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    Hello TSR!! Right I'm not sure if there's a similar thread for this or if it's been discussed before (if so, I'm sorry) but I need advise!

    Basically.. Missed my place at Sussex and Southampton this august, my grades were quite low but every subject got remarked (except from RS) and now I'm at ABC;
    A- Religious Studies
    B- English Literature
    C- History

    I'm retaking History to try and push that up to a B MAYBE, an A? (it's at a mid C currently, but I will work my SOCKS OFF and I have an amazingly supportive teacher, who's also head of history and just overall helpful)

    I'm reapplying for 2011 and I'm completely torn between two degrees;
    Philosophy & History.

    Logically, it makes sense to go for Philosophy because the A was a really high A, and the majority of R.S for me was based on Philosophy (both years I put more emphasis on philo and answered more philo questions, and just generally did better in that over Ethics).

    However, as bad as I do in History - I bloody love it! It's so fascinating and my whole two years of a levels I spent most of my time working for it! I'm hopeful the retake will push it up, but I'm thinking realistically only to a B. This is because Russia papers are notoriously difficult and generally history is tough to get an A in.

    So my dilemma is; go for a subject I'm naturally much better at (ofc i know it changes at uni, but from my experience so far). OR, go for history which I find much more difficult but it amazes me!

    Also I'm thinking of applying to uni's like, Leicester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Queen Mary, Reading, Surrey, Essex, Sussex!

    The only thing is, my GCSE's were not very good. I was a complete doss and only once I reached AS did I begin to pull my weight! Will this effect my chances of being accepted to a university like Nottingham, or Birmingham along with my having to take a Gap Year?

    I've tried to get voluntary work etc, but I feel like my main focus from now till January should be on the history resit, or should I do both to enusre my personal statement and general profile stands out?

    Sorry this is so long and kind of all over the place, if anyone has any advise or comments, please get back to me or PM me! I'm not asking anyone to make my decision for me of course, or I'm not trying to be lazy, I'm just completely confused and need advise thank you!
    If History is what grabs you, then go for History. However, you will need to improve on that C for most of the places you've listed, so this is definitely the time to concentrate on that resit. For History, work experience really doesn't matter unless it is relevant and even then - as most people don't have any - it doesn't make that much of a difference.

    One option you might like to think about is Lancaster. They can be extremely flexible because of their modular first year system. You could apply for joint honours History and Philosophy and switch to single honours in either at the end of year one, or apply for single honours Philosophy and take the History Part 1 course and then switch. You might also like to look at their history admissions prospectus.
 
 
 
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