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    Hi, today I received my AS results. I got ACC in Economics, Politics and History. I wasn't distraught but I'm not too happy either. I plan on studying History + Politics or International Relations at University. I think my predicted grades will be ABB. However I flopped History Unit 2 so badly (D) and I just got a C overall for it at AS level. I'm definitely retaking it and hopefully will do better in 2014. I never planned on going Oxbridge or the top top Russell Group uni's, firstly due to my GCSE's which were average and when I say average I actually mean average unlike most TSR member (cba to list them). Coupled with my average AS grades, I'm not feeling that optimistic any more...

    The Uni's I have initially set my mind on have been:
    Royal Holloway
    Queen Mary
    Goldsmiths
    Brunel

    For my course, these Uni's range to AAB-ABB. Overall what I am trying to say is should I apply for these kind of Uni's realistically? How much emphasis is put on the actual AS grades when admission tutors see? If I have a strong PS will I be good enough?
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    You have a good chance. If you're close to a B on both your C grades, I'd say your options are realistic. I got AACC for AS and got into the Cambridge winter pool. So a lot does hinge on PS.
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    Congratulations on getting ACC at AS Koolio, those are good grades, although I know you're not too happy with them.

    In my opinion, you'll have a great chance to get into the universities you listed. The emphasis placed on your AS grades will vary between universities, but as long as your predicted grades are equal to or greater than the entry requirements of the courses (so, in your case, you'll want to be predicted AAB+) and you have a strong personal statement, you'll be fine!
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    (Original post by rockrunride)
    You have a good chance. If you're close to a B on both your C grades, I'd say your options are realistic. I got AACC for AS and got into the Cambridge winter pool. So a lot does hinge on PS.
    Thanks man, my bro just got into Queen Mary for Mech Engineering and his AS results were worse compared to mine so I that gives me hope :P
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    I am a History grad student at Brunel (I also completed my undergraduate at Brunel), and I love the place, hence why I stayed. Our department is shooting up the ranks all the time but most importantly it has an incredibly collegiate atmosphere and you really get the chance to get involved and meet your tutors (including social events with them). And the opportunities are great, this year I presented my work at a conference at Senta House and worked as a research assistant with a top London university.

    The best thing is the friendly and collegiate atmosphere by far. We have a great society and a great campus and the best academics. Some news http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/news-and-events

    the best advice I can give however is go where you will feel most comfortable and where you feel like you will achieve the most and reach your potential. Good luck and all the best in your future.

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