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    (Original post by dav22)
    I've just finished year 12 and so I'm in the process of applying to University. I'm applying for economics and my current choices are:
    1) Durham
    2) St. Andrews
    3) Edinburgh
    4) York
    5) Exeter
    However, my problem is I only really have interest in attending Durham or St. Andrews from my choices and therefore if I wasn't to receive offers from either I would just take a gap year. This basically means my other 3 options are pointless. My problem is the majority of Universities that I'm interested in require A*AA with the A* being in maths - and although I think I'll be able to get predictions of A*AA, I don't think the A* will be in maths.
    Basically, would there be any point in me applying for UCL / Warwick or similar Universities even if it wasn't predicted an A* in maths? I think I may be able to achieve an A* in maths however I really messed the exams up this year and so will have to resit C1 and C2 so won't be able to be predicted an A*. (In case it makes any difference I think my AS grades could be anything from AAAAA to BBBCC).
    Also, any further advice?
    Thanks and sorry it's so long!
    If you're not going to be predicted an A* in Maths but your favourite universities require an A* I say you should go for it. But only your 1-2 absolute favourites, otherwise you could be wasting your options. The worst they can so is no. For the rest choose 2 at your prediction, then 1 below which will be your insurance. Worst comes scenario - you get rejected from your A* universities, you receive an A* on A2 Results day and you try to get into the uni through UCAS Adjustment.
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    (Original post by dav22)
    But do you really think I'd have a chance of getting an offer from somewhere like UCL if I wasn't predicted the requirements? :confused:
    I'd say you have a small chance, but there's the personal statement which could help and the other parts of your application.
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    If a Uni says an A* or whatever in a particular subject is essential, that it what they mean. If you don't have a realistic chance of getting that grade (evidence from your AS and your predicted grade), they wont make you an Offer.

    If it is merely desirable or preferred the you are still in with a chance.

    PS. Go to some Open Days before you make your final choices.
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    (Original post by dav22)
    I've just finished year 12 and so I'm in the process of applying to University. I'm applying for economics and my current choices are:
    1) Durham
    2) St. Andrews
    3) Edinburgh
    4) York
    5) Exeter
    However, my problem is I only really have interest in attending Durham or St. Andrews from my choices and therefore if I wasn't to receive offers from either I would just take a gap year. This basically means my other 3 options are pointless. My problem is the majority of Universities that I'm interested in require A*AA with the A* being in maths - and although I think I'll be able to get predictions of A*AA, I don't think the A* will be in maths.
    Basically, would there be any point in me applying for UCL / Warwick or similar Universities even if it wasn't predicted an A* in maths? I think I may be able to achieve an A* in maths however I really messed the exams up this year and so will have to resit C1 and C2 so won't be able to be predicted an A*. (In case it makes any difference I think my AS grades could be anything from AAAAA to BBBCC).
    Also, any further advice?
    Thanks and sorry it's so long!
    I have a similar problem. I have just finished year 12 and I wish to study geography at university. However, I wish to stay local so therefore the only university I would be happy attending in Swansea as the other universities within commuting distance to do not offer the right course... And my form tutor is telling me that I can't just apply for university but even if I do receive offers from the others I will just decline them as I won't be happy there. Any advice? Anyone else been in a similar situation? If so what did you do?


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    (Original post by nadinelia11)
    I have a similar problem. I have just finished year 12 and I wish to study geography at university. However, I wish to stay local so therefore the only university I would be happy attending in Swansea as the other universities within commuting distance to do not offer the right course... And my form tutor is telling me that I can't just apply for university but even if I do receive offers from the others I will just decline them as I won't be happy there. Any advice? Anyone else been in a similar situation? If so what did you do?

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    What is your form tutor saying? Is there a word missing?
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    What is your form tutor saying? Is there a word missing?
    We were talking the other day during form time about plans for the future and I said that I wanted to study geography at Swansea. She then went onto ask if I had any other choice of unis, to which I answered no. She advised me to look at Cardiff which I did but they do not offer just a pure geography course. She basically said that I'd be stupid only applying to uni and that she won't be keen on letting me do so...


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    It is risky just applying to one - and I would urge you to go to an Open Day at Swansea before you make that final decision.

    What will you do if you get rejected? Do you have a Plan B?
    Having an Insurance choice would at least give you some back up.
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    (Original post by nadinelia11)
    We were talking the other day during form time about plans for the future and I said that I wanted to study geography at Swansea. She then went onto ask if I had any other choice of unis, to which I answered no. She advised me to look at Cardiff which I did but they do not offer just a pure geography course. She basically said that I'd be stupid only applying to uni and that she won't be keen on letting me do so...


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    You mean she says you shouldn't apply solely to ONE university?
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    If a Uni says an A* or whatever in a particular subject is essential, that it what they mean. If you don't have a realistic chance of getting that grade (evidence from your AS and your predicted grade), they wont make you an Offer.

    If it is merely desirable or preferred the you are still in with a chance.

    PS. Go to some Open Days before you make your final choices.
    Well the requirements are A*AA with A* in maths and I think I've gotten an A or B in AS but probably a B and my teacher will probably predict me an A so would it be near enough pointless applying?
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    If you have no intention of attending, don't apply. It's pretty simple.
    You could be taking up the place of someone else who really wants to go and it's not exactly fair.
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    It is risky just applying to one - and I would urge you to go to an Open Day at Swansea before you make that final decision.

    What will you do if you get rejected? Do you have a Plan B?
    Having an Insurance choice would at least give you some back up.
    Hi.
    I know that it's risky but I would be happy spending three years in another place. I was gonna put South Wales (Glamorgan) as my I insurance but after attending the open day I decided that it really wasn't for me...


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