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    So I received my some of my AS level exam results today and I'd say I got Average technically speaking, ABC in Maths, Economics and History respectively. I'm looking to Apply to in the future, Cambridge/Warwick/Exeter/Bristol/Durham for mathematics in the future, however all of these technically speaking would like AAA at AS level, hence my decision.
    The following UMS of my March Grades
    Core Mathematics 1 - 98ums
    Economics 1 - 76ums
    HY2 (History) - 64ums

    Now considering my hard work I'm personally devastated about econ and history... however I've gotta keep going and therefore I will be resitting these modules in the summer. Since economics at alevel and history at alevel are not closely related to maths; if I do not require resits in mathematics/FM will my application still be competitive? I got B's and C's at gcses so maybe this could factor in? What does everyone think, given the unis I'm thinking of will these two resits damage my application?

    PS taking all FM modules in the summer
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    No one is going to be able to give you a concrete answer. Specifically in regards to Cambridge, does it look good to have to resit? No, of course not - but it doesn't mean you can't get a place. The problem is, in my opinion, doing well (even very well) in mathematics/further mathematics at A-Level does not mean you'll be a good mathematician. The skills needed to do well at A-Level differ massively from the mathematical skills needed to do well at University - which is partially why Oxford/Cambridge make people applying sit other exams and have interviews (which are vastly different to the kind of work you do at A-Level). The reason I'm saying this, is because I would say the tutors at Oxbridge look far more at your 'other non-mathematical' A-Levels than is perhaps logical, because this gives a good indication of working under pressure and coping with a workload - you'll be surprised how massively varied mathematics is at University. Unlike A-Level maths where generally the maths is the kind where if you're good at one part, you're good at near enough all of it, at University the maths is considerably more varied.

    If you intend on applying after your AS-Levels then the resits will have more of an effect than if you applied post A-Level (but I guess that is somewhat obvious). It's also going to be dependent on how you perform in the summer, really unless you've got AAA in your AS-Levels the reality is your application will not be competitive whatsoever purely based on A-Levels. Some would argue that even if you did get AAA in the summer (and high As) it still wouldn't be competitive because of the resits - but that doesn't mean you can't 'wow' at the interview and get an offer because when it boils down to it, the real test is going to be sitting A2 exams and two STEP papers in the summer next year.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    No one is going to be able to give you a concrete answer. Specifically in regards to Cambridge, does it look good to have to resit? No, of course not - but it doesn't mean you can't get a place. The problem is, in my opinion, doing well (even very well) in mathematics/further mathematics at A-Level does not mean you'll be a good mathematician. The skills needed to do well at A-Level differ massively from the mathematical skills needed to do well at University - which is partially why Oxford/Cambridge make people applying sit other exams and have interviews (which are vastly different to the kind of work you do at A-Level). The reason I'm saying this, is because I would say the tutors at Oxbridge look far more at your 'other non-mathematical' A-Levels than is perhaps logical, because this gives a good indication of working under pressure and coping with a workload - you'll be surprised how massively varied mathematics is at University. Unlike A-Level maths where generally the maths is the kind where if you're good at one part, you're good at near enough all of it, at University the maths is considerably more varied.

    If you intend on applying after your AS-Levels then the resits will have more of an effect than if you applied post A-Level (but I guess that is somewhat obvious). It's also going to be dependent on how you perform in the summer, really unless you've got AAA in your AS-Levels the reality is your application will not be competitive whatsoever purely based on A-Levels. Some would argue that even if you did get AAA in the summer (and high As) it still wouldn't be competitive because of the resits - but that doesn't mean you can't 'wow' at the interview and get an offer because when it boils down to it, the real test is going to be sitting A2 exams and two STEP papers in the summer next year.
    Thank you Noble, I understand but having AABC at level is less competitive than AAAA with resits wouldn't you say? I totally understand that there's a massive difference, and I can agree with the fact that you need to show you need to work hard under pressure.

    Thanks for the genuine advice, I will still apply if I get AAAB this year minimum
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    (Original post by Robbie242)
    Thank you Noble, I understand but having AABC at level is less competitive than AAAA with resits wouldn't you say? I totally understand that there's a massive difference, and I can agree with the fact that you need to show you need to work hard under pressure.

    Thanks for the genuine advice, I will still apply if I get AAAB this year minimum
    Yes of course, you're better off resitting (also because other Universities won't know you've resat, so you'll be fine on that front).
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    (Original post by Robbie242)
    So I received my some of my AS level exam results today and I'd say I got Average technically speaking, ABC in Maths, Economics and History respectively. I'm looking to Apply to in the future, Cambridge/Warwick/Exeter/Bristol/Durham for mathematics in the future, however all of these technically speaking would like AAA at AS level, hence my decision.
    The following UMS of my March Grades
    Core Mathematics 1 - 98ums
    Economics 1 - 76ums
    HY2 (History) - 64ums

    Now considering my hard work I'm personally devastated about econ and history... however I've gotta keep going and therefore I will be resitting these modules in the summer. Since economics at alevel and history at alevel are not closely related to maths; if I do not require resits in mathematics/FM will my application still be competitive? I got B's and C's at gcses so maybe this could factor in? What does everyone think, given the unis I'm thinking of will these two resits damage my application?

    PS taking all FM modules in the summer
    Give up on your dreams of Cambridge. :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by member591354)
    Give up on your dreams of Cambridge. :rolleyes:
    Returned from being banned? and never!!!!!!111!1/!/1?!/1!?!?!??!?!?1/1?!!!!(enthusiasm)
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    Someone from cambridge admissions came to our college to talk to us about applying to Oxbridge and she said its fine to resit January exams in June because often you haven't been studying the subject long enough to reach your potential in January but you can't really be resitting any June exams in year 13.


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    (Original post by TheScientist_)
    Someone from cambridge admissions came to our college to talk to us about applying to Oxbridge and she said its fine to resit January exams in June because often you haven't been studying the subject long enough to reach your potential in January but you can't really be resitting any June exams in year 13.


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    Thanks for the input, highly appreciate it!. I'll make sure I ace these summer exams so all I have next year is A2 modules
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    (Original post by TheScientist_)
    Someone from cambridge admissions came to our college to talk to us about applying to Oxbridge and she said its fine to resit January exams in June because often you haven't been studying the subject long enough to reach your potential in January but you can't really be resitting any June exams in year 13.


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    They only really send those people to the colleges to encourage people to apply, and try and make out it's really "not that different" from applying to other Universities. Unfortunately, saying it's "fine" to resit January modules is stretching the truth, since it implies it isn't an issue and doesn't affect an application (which is unlikely to be true).
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    You do realise you dont have to show retake that you took in the year of the exam?

    For example if you take an AS exam in january and retake in june but your still in AS then you dont have to show you took a retake same with a2, if you retake a2 exams in a2 you dont show em but if you take an AS exam in A2 then they will see. I know oxford dont mind retakes
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    (Original post by yaboy)
    You do realise you dont have to show retake that you took in the year of the exam?

    For example if you take an AS exam in january and retake in june but your still in AS then you dont have to show you took a retake same with a2, if you retake a2 exams in a2 you dont show em but if you take an AS exam in A2 then they will see. I know oxford dont mind retakes
    No, you do. Cambridge make you complete an SAQ form where you have to declare all resits.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    No, you do. Cambridge make you complete an SAQ form where you have to declare all resits.
    What if you lie?
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    yeah um no, no chance, not trying to be nasty or beat around the bush.
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    (Original post by yaboy)
    What if you lie?
    Then if you get an offer and Cambridge find out, they'll take the offer away. It wouldn't exactly be difficult for them to find out, either via your school/college or the exam boards.
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    (Original post by TheScientist_)
    I don't mean it's okay to resit all your january exams but sometimes a result for a particular exam is significantly lower than what you're used to getting for example with English Lit results can be very unpredictable


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    In my case History was exactly that, was scoring straight A's then got a C
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    (Original post by member591354)
    Give up on your dreams of Cambridge. :rolleyes:
    A bit harsh?
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    (Original post by Boy_wonder_95)
    A bit harsh?
    I honestly don't take it to heart anyway, member supposedly says he got an offer for Cambridge but I highly doubt that, more like self-loathing the fact he got rejected prior to interview, perhaps.
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    Ok, I do Maths at Cambridge and people here definitely have resat modules. OP, if you can get all your grades up to A's (and your Maths/FM grades to high A's, preferably over 90%) your application will be fine.
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    (Original post by milienhaus)
    Ok, I do Maths at Cambridge and people here definitely have resat modules. OP, if you can get all your grades up to A's (and your Maths/FM grades to high A's, preferably over 90%) your application will be fine.
    Would an 80-90ums range A as a third subject disadvantage me? I'm fairly on track to get over 90 in maths and fm. And cheers
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    (Original post by Robbie242)
    Would an 80-90ums range A as a third subject disadvantage me? I'm fairly on track to get over 90 in maths and fm. And cheers
    It won't be as good as other applicants, as most people do Physics and do well in it, but it won't hugely disadvantage you I wouldn't think. Basically, if you can get (decent) A's in Maths/FM you will most likely be invited to interview as they interview the vast majority of candidates. How you perform at interview is up to you. Cambridge also gives out about twice as many offers as places for Maths because STEP is so hard, so start looking at it early (the summer, for example, and work properly for it from January if you get an offer).
 
 
 
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