Hi, I’m 17 & have just received my AS Level results. I have started drafting my personal statement and have been to a number of university open days to see where I want to apply.
I have always loved Maths since a young age and throughout secondary school participated in maths challenges etc. At the beginning of my AS Levels I chose to study Computing, Maths, Chemistry and Photography (for a creative release
). I got really frustrated with Computing though, as after I had learnt all the programming, I felt that the rest of the syllabus could be learnt out of a book and felt that it was a waste of my time. Around January, as Maths was my favourite subject and I was thoroughly enjoying it, I decided that I would swap and take Further Maths instead of Computing as a number of Universities require this subject for you to study Maths (or at least prefer it – as long as it makes my life easier!)
This meant that I missed taking the Stats module, which I am now going through independently with a friends notes and help from my teachers if I need it. It also meant that I had to catch up on half of the FP1 module and a few chapters of Decision. This has resulted in me getting an A in the Decision module but a high C in the FP1 module or a B (78%) overall but an incomplete one at that!
I was wondering whether this would matter in my applications as I would really hate to apply and for them to see that I gained a B in Further Maths and think I’m not capable, when I know that I am and are passionate about the subject. I also got an A in Maths, A in Photography (100%) and an A in Chemistry. I am expecting/hoping (fingers crossed) to get 4 As in my A Levels as this is what I have been predicted but I’m not sure whether they’ll count Photography.
What I was also wondering is I have already decided on a few Universities to apply to – Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Kings College (maybe – going to visit it on Thurs) but I abviously want to apply to the full six and there’s no point applying to six Universities that are going to give me an offer of AAA incase I get a B. What Universities are top ranking with a high teaching standard? I think Imperial is my firm favourite but I’m not naïve and understand how difficult it is to get a place there or how hard it will be. I would prefer a London University doing a straight forward Mathematics degree as I am planning to stay at home (I’m about a 40 minute train journey from London) to save on costs.
Anyway let me know what you think – sorry about the essay, I’m just all over the place at the moment trying to choose Universities, do my personal statement, teach myself Stats
etc and need all the help I can get!