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    Hi, I've only posted on this thread once before, but I need some advice. I have an A*AA prediction in Economics, Maths and History but I'm really scared because I don't think I'll be able to achieve it (I got 177 UMS at AS) . Do you think I should ask the teacher to move it down? The strange thing is that I got an average of 88.5 UMS in Economics and got given the A* prediction quite confidently by my teacher but with an 88 UMS average in Maths my teacher said she would only predict me an A* if I did really well in the mock (but that isn't until late November and I don't want to wait that long). It's strange because I feel more confident about getting the A* in Maths not Economics but eh. I wish there was a bit more consistency amongst the departments. Also the college isn't really known for overpredicting, they normally predict the same you got for AS (as some of my friends who didn't do that well at AS discovered this week) unless you were really close or the teachers believe you are genuinely going to work for it and are capable of achieving it.

    My issue is that it is quite a lot of pressure, because before I got it I wasn't really that nervous for this year (as for Maths and Economics I have to get a B in the A2 units to get an A overall). So do you think it's worth trying to get it moved down and re-considering some of my university choices?

    I'm applying for two optimistic but not really realistic universities (Bristol and Nottingham), two realistic universities (Exeter and York) and one backup one (Surrey). I think I would only really be happy at the first four. (My college is in the list of the bottom 40% of the country, it isn't a very good one so I'm vaguely hoping Bristol would give me a lower offer)

    Also, (sorry for the amount of questions) I'm slightly confused about Exeter's grade range. Does A*AA-AAB mean that if I got an A*AA offer, but got AAA on results day, they'd be likely to let me in?

    I'd really appreciate any help, this has been really worrying me! Thank you!
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    (Original post by Soufflegirl)
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    Wow... I'm out of breath! :nooo: ()

    1)Getting an A* prediction in Econ doesn't mean unis are going to specify it in your offers if that's what your worrying about. Why would you want to be predicted AAA over A*AA anyways?

    2) You meet the entry requirements for all those unis so your choices are fine.

    3)I think the A*AA-AAB depends on if you had any extenuating circumstances perhaps (sickness, family issues etc...), or if it's anything like Bristol's policy, if you go to a relatively under-performing school.
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    Does anyone here know what a decent score would be on the Oxford TSA specimen paper?
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    (Original post by Boy_wonder_95)
    Wow... I'm out of breath! :nooo: ()

    1)Getting an A* prediction in Econ doesn't mean unis are going to specify it in your offers if that's what your worrying about. Why would you want to be predicted AAA over A*AA anyways?

    2) You meet the entry requirements for all those unis so your choices are fine.

    3)I think the A*AA-AAB depends on if you had any extenuating circumstances perhaps (sickness, family issues etc...), or if it's anything like Bristol's policy, if you go to a relatively under-performing school.

    thank you for replying about being predicted AAA over A*AA, I think it's just that if I'm not capable of achieving an A*, I'd rather know and accept that now and firm a place like York, as opposed to believing it now, spending all year under pressure of getting the A* and firming a university which needs it, then not getting it and being devastated on results day. (I don't really have any confidence in me doing well haha, and also my mum advised me to change the A*AA to an AAA which didn't really boost my confidence at all)

    But thank you for your help! I'm probably going to keep the prediction, because I think I may regret it if I changed it down. I'm still confused though; this year is going to be so stressful, I wish I was at university now! Good luck with your application and I hope you get in the university you want!
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    Just got sent my SAQ, it's longer than I thought!
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    (Original post by Giant)
    Just got sent my SAQ, it's longer than I thought!
    Did you make an extra personal statement? Or just leave that part blank?
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    (Original post by NedStark)
    Did you make an extra personal statement? Or just leave that part blank?
    I left it blank, I've said everything there is to be said on my PS anyway. It says "we are particularly interested in why you chose the Cambridge course" but tbh it's not really much different than from other courses and I couldn't be bothered to engineer something for the sake of it that would probably end up sounding artificial.
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    (Original post by ellenabethx)
    Got AAABC last year (didn't do General Studies) hoping/wanting to get at least A*AA this year!
    Applying to UCL, Queen Mary's London, Warwick, Leeds and York I reckon!
    Just finished my personal statement, and not at all tempted to do the Oxbridge thing (even if I am intrugued to see if I get an offer)

    Where are all you applying to?
    Oxbridge wouldn't look too favourably upon the B and the C, and the Warwick offer is A*AAa with an a at AS so I don't think you meet that criteria sorry .
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    (Original post by Chloe_P)
    Oxbridge wouldn't look too favourably upon the B and the C, and the Warwick offer is A*AAa with an a at AS so I don't think you meet that criteria sorry .
    But Warwick also offer A*AAB if you carry on four A2. So all hope is not lost.
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    (Original post by NedStark)
    But Warwick also offer A*AAB if you carry on four A2. So all hope is not lost.
    This isn't always true. I took 4 A2s and was offered A*AAa.

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    (Original post by JOR2010)
    This isn't always true. I took 4 A2s and was offered A*AAa.

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    I think they'd offer that to people who achieve 4 A's at AS Level since they've already met requirement of having a 4th AS at grade A.

    But the other person at AAAB so they should get an A*AAB offer unless they take the subject with a B to A2 and drop the A grade subject.
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    (Original post by JOR2010)
    This isn't always true. I took 4 A2s and was offered A*AAa.

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    Ah wow that's a lot easier offer tbh - saves the effort for the 4th A2. Do you think you were a small minority of offer holders in that situation though?
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    (Original post by Lunch_Box)
    Ah wow that's a lot easier offer tbh - saves the effort for the 4th A2. Do you think you were a small minority of offer holders in that situation though?
    I've no idea really, since I was expecting an A*AAB offer (if I got an offer, that was).
    (Original post by NedStark)
    I think they'd offer that to people who achieve 4 A's at AS Level since they've already met requirement of having a 4th AS at grade A.

    But the other person at AAAB so they should get an A*AAB offer unless they take the subject with a B to A2 and drop the A grade subject.
    I've no idea, probably just a bit hit and miss with what they offer.
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    hey i could use some help.
    what universities do not require maths a-level for economics?
    i know my choices are extremely limited but i just need help
    im predicted A*A*A in economics,english and biology (strange choices i know but long story)
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    (Original post by RachelRose)
    hey i could use some help.
    what universities do not require maths a-level for economics?
    i know my choices are extremely limited but i just need help
    im predicted A*A*A in economics,english and biology (strange choices i know but long story)
    I don't know specifically what universities don't require it but I'm fairly sure the top 15 unis (for economics) tend to specify needing maths or at least highly recommend it. If you don't take maths then it MAY be a good idea to take BA economics which is less maths oriented compared to Bsc which is very difficult to do if you've not done maths A level. When I went to some open days, economics students were saying that people who didn't take Maths tended struggle a lot. Funnily enough, I took economics, english and chemistry (dropped biology at AS) for A levels. I got a place at Sussex (which, by the way, doesn't require Maths for Bsc even) but it's a deferred entry specifically so I can do a Maths A level which could be another option for you if you really want to do a Bsc course.


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    (Original post by RachelRose)
    hey i could use some help.
    what universities do not require maths a-level for economics?
    i know my choices are extremely limited but i just need help
    im predicted A*A*A in economics,english and biology (strange choices i know but long story)
    If you take economics and management, then you dont usually need maths... Leeds is an example.
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    (Original post by RachelRose)
    hey i could use some help.
    what universities do not require maths a-level for economics?
    i know my choices are extremely limited but i just need help
    im predicted A*A*A in economics,english and biology (strange choices i know but long story)
    I don't think Exeter requires maths beyond GCSE although I could be wrong.
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    Anybody receive the email from LSE today saying that they will update us in two weeks time? Does this mean that we can realistically expect a decision so soon?
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    (Original post by thisisjokes)
    Anybody receive the email from LSE today saying that they will update us in two weeks time? Does this mean that we can realistically expect a decision so soon?
    Yup I got that. Hopefully early applications = early responses, but I'm not sure.

    Don't LSE ask for UMS scores though, when do they send the form out for that?
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    (Original post by Giant)
    Yup I got that. Hopefully early applications = early responses, but I'm not sure.

    Don't LSE ask for UMS scores though, when do they send the form out for that?
    I hope so too, but I was under the impression that LSE are notorious for making late decisions.

    I think they do (did?) for Economics applicants, but I'm not sure when. I've applied for Philosophy and Economics so not too sure whether they'll ask for my UMS scores? Hopefully not, they're not nearly as good as some of the Cambridge applicants I've seen on this thread
 
 
 
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