So, I want to apply to Cambridge (and KCL, Exeter, Leeds and York) to read French and Italian (or Russian, depending on the uni.) ab initio.
I didn't attend secondary school until I was 13. I attended a grammar school for a year and a half and then left when I was 15. I taught myself my IGCSEs and two AS levels in history and maths. I have suffered with mental illness throughout most of my adolescence, but now, with help from the Maudsley in London, I'm well on my way to recovery and I want to apply to uni. I started sixth form college last September and my attendance went from 0% to 30%. I am very proud of this! Towards the end of the year, I was attending all my lessons. But it has meant that my grades have suffered slightly.
I have 8 A*s at IGCSE/GCSE.
Biology - B
Chemistry - B
French - A - 99%
History - A 82%
Maths - A - 86%
So, AAABB. But I'm getting the B's remarked because they were both only one mark off an A! Argh!
Next year I'm taking:
English literature AS/A2
EPQ on Stalinist repression/Russia in the 20th century
I have done lots of wider reading and I am also interested in music (I have grade 8 piano and violin).
I have also won first prize in French essay competitions and medals in science olympiads.
Basically, do you think I have a good chance if I apply to Cambridge with AAABB and a ums average of about 89%? Even though my history is pretty low...
How do I explain all this? What will they think about this kind of story?
I just feel really confused about the whole process. Teachers at college are telling me to go for it but friends and others are telling me that Cambridge need to see >90 ums in all applicants...what is true?
Has yours come through yet?