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    I got my AS Level results back and achieved much lower grades than predicted despite working and trying so hard.

    I got ABCD and a C in my Extended Project Qualification.
    A = English Literature (happy with this)
    B = Psychology (was predicted an A)
    C = History (was expected to achieve A)
    D = r.e (dropped this so not too worried)

    I was really hoping to apply to Warwick and UEA for their English Literature or Psychology courses but I'm not sure if they'd accept me with ABC. I'm told that grade predictions for A2 are one grade above what you achieved at AS but I'm still unsure as to what I should be aiming for as I was hoping for A's and B's.

    I know that both psychology and particularly English Literature courses are very competitive and hard to get into. Is it realistic to be applying to these unis and is it possible to improve at A2? Would I be better applying for English or psyc? I like them equally but tend to perform more consistently in English.

    I'd be so grateful for any help and advice. Feeling pretty down and disappointed in myself.

    Thank you.

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    Don't feel down with yourself by any stretch! It will take a little bit of extra work, but it should be very possible to come out with AAB at A-level, which is well within scope of those universities. You may need to retake a module with the C if they want AAA, but you'll find that will be quite easy once you've studied your A2 course! :lol:

    As for which subject to choose, do the one you enjoy the most . You have until January to apply for courses, so maybe continue with your A-levels for a bit and see which one you enjoy most then?
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    Are you really predicted one grade above for A2..?
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    (Original post by Nirgilis)
    Don't feel down with yourself by any stretch! It will take a little bit of extra work, but it should be very possible to come out with AAB at A-level, which is well within scope of those universities. You may need to retake a module with the C if they want AAA, but you'll find that will be quite easy once you've studied your A2 course! :lol:

    As for which subject to choose, do the one you enjoy the most . You have until January to apply for courses, so maybe continue with your A-levels for a bit and see which one you enjoy most then?
    Thank you so much for this! I feel so much more reassured now. I will definitely be following this advice. Thanks again. :-)
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    (Original post by tssf_skye)
    Are you really predicted one grade above for A2..?
    That is what I have been told by my teachers. :-)
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    Apart from A*'s which really should never be predicted I must add...
    Retake, and I'm sure Warwick will snap you up when you improve your grades.... Congratulations though!
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    (Original post by TheBigJosh)
    Apart from A*'s which really should never be predicted I must add...
    Retake, and I'm sure Warwick will snap you up when you improve your grades.... Congratulations though!
    Haha yes, apart from A*s. Thanks so much! I'm definitely planning on retaking and working even harder next year. :-)
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    (Original post by carysima)
    I got my AS Level results back and achieved much lower grades than predicted despite working and trying so hard.

    I got ABCD and a C in my Extended Project Qualification.
    A = English Literature (happy with this)
    B = Psychology (was predicted an A)
    C = History (was expected to achieve A)
    D = r.e (dropped this so not too worried)

    I was really hoping to apply to Warwick and UEA for their English Literature or Psychology courses but I'm not sure if they'd accept me with ABC. I'm told that grade predictions for A2 are one grade above what you achieved at AS but I'm still unsure as to what I should be aiming for as I was hoping for A's and B's.

    I know that both psychology and particularly English Literature courses are very competitive and hard to get into. Is it realistic to be applying to these unis and is it possible to improve at A2? Would I be better applying for English or psyc? I like them equally but tend to perform more consistently in English.

    I'd be so grateful for any help and advice. Feeling pretty down and disappointed in myself.

    Thank you.


    What exam board is Psychology? If it's AQA, I can give you a lot of resources or, alternatively, you can find some yourself on getrevising.co.uk (if you don't already use it). I combined everything I found in textbooks, on TSR, getrevising and other websites and got 88% ums at AS and 95% ums at A2. I'm sure you'll be fine though, your predicted grades matter. You can bump your grade up with resits. If you don't get the predictions you need, take a gap year and apply with achieved grades. It can also help you decide which one to do at uni if you're indecisive.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by cat-lover)
    What exam board is Psychology? If it's AQA, I can give you a lot of resources or, alternatively, you can find some yourself on getrevising.co.uk (if you don't already use it). I combined everything I found in textbooks, on TSR, getrevising and other websites and got 88% ums at AS and 95% ums at A2. I'm sure you'll be fine though, your predicted grades matter. You can bump your grade up with resits. If you don't get the predictions you need, take a gap year and apply with achieved grades. It can also help you decide which one to do at uni if you're indecisive.

    Good luck!
    Unfortunately it's OCR but that is so kind of you to offer, thank you! But I will definitely check out those resources as I haven't used getrevising.co.uk before. Wow they are fantastic scores! I'm planning on getting my history paper back and seeing whether it's worth a remark or if it would be better to resit. That's really helpful to know about the predictions, I think I will definitely follow that advice if they don't work out as planned. Thank you so much for all your help!! :-)
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    (Original post by carysima)
    Unfortunately it's OCR but that is so kind of you to offer, thank you! But I will definitely check out those resources as I haven't used getrevising.co.uk before. Wow they are fantastic scores! I'm planning on getting my history paper back and seeing whether it's worth a remark or if it would be better to resit. That's really helpful to know about the predictions, I think I will definitely follow that advice if they don't work out as planned. Thank you so much for all your help!! :-)
    You're welcome! Definitely use getrevising, you can find stuff specific to OCR on there. Good luck with history! And you're very welcome.
 
 
 
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