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    My results weren't too good today. I got;

    English - A (342)
    Politics - A (328)
    History - B (303)

    I wanted to apply for History at Cambridge, Durham, Kings etc etc but now the dream seems to be over.. is there still a chance if I resit during my gap year? I got 2A*s/3As/3Bs/1C at GCSE and AAAA at AS level and tonnes of volunteering/experience etc.

    I don't really know what happened in my History exam :-( I was convinced English was going to be my downfall but ironically that was my highest mark!
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    Yes, there's a chance. However you need to weight up for yourself whether you don't mind losing a year when there's no guarantee that you will be successful next year.

    I would also recommend getting your school to ask for your exam script back, so you can go over it and see if there were particular weaknesses you need to work on.
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    (Original post by slovo)
    My results weren't too good today. I got;

    English - A (342)
    Politics - A (328)
    History - B (303)

    I wanted to apply for History at Cambridge, Durham, Kings etc etc but now the dream seems to be over.. is there still a chance if I resit during my gap year? I got 2A*s/3As/3Bs/1C at GCSE and AAAA at AS level and tonnes of volunteering/experience etc.

    I don't really know what happened in my History exam :-( I was convinced English was going to be my downfall but ironically that was my highest mark!
    You can apply as a resit candidate, but you will not be in the strongest position, especially as your B is in History. Cambridge doesn't have a policy about resits, but you may find yourself sifted out pre-interview. You may like to consider Oxford, as they use the HAT to select students for interview, rather than A Level results. Durham is a bit unlikely - they don't interview, and can tend to be strict on these things.

    Was there a reason for your underperformance? If so, it should go into the reference.

    Did you apply this year at all, and if so where did you get offers from, and are you considering going there at all?
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    You can apply as a resit candidate, but you will not be in the strongest position, especially as your B is in History. Cambridge doesn't have a policy about resits, but you may find yourself sifted out pre-interview. You may like to consider Oxford, as they use the HAT to select students for interview, rather than A Level results. Durham is a bit unlikely - they don't interview, and can tend to be strict on these things.

    Was there a reason for your underperformance? If so, it should go into the reference.

    Did you apply this year at all, and if so where did you get offers from, and are you considering going there at all?
    I did apply this year but not very wisely I felt rushed and now am more clear as to what i want to do, unfortunately there isn't a reason for my under performance, at least not a circumstantial one that can give me a valid excuse
    I didn't think I should apply to Oxford as my GCSEs aren't *that* brilliant
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    (Original post by slovo)
    I did apply this year but not very wisely I felt rushed and now am more clear as to what i want to do, unfortunately there isn't a reason for my under performance, at least not a circumstantial one that can give me a valid excuse
    I didn't think I should apply to Oxford as my GCSEs aren't *that* brilliant
    This is coming from discussion with both Minerva and Craghyrax - GCSEs aren't the most important thing in an application by a long shot, and they have the HAT for a reason - to find those with history ability who haven't done so well in GCSEs and A Levels. In addition, you should contact the colleges to get their take on it.

    Don't forget that TSR has some very good Oxbridge forums http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=23
 
 
 
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