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    I received my A Level results yesterday and did better than I thought I would. I have an A in AS Psychology from year 12, but for A2 I achieved an
    A in English Literature, A* in History and A* Religious Studies.

    I want to apply for history (am taking a gap year so am applying for 2015) and was previously considering Royal Holloway as my firm, but I am thinking of maybe looking at some higher unis, like Durham or York. Any advice?


    On a side note, is it mostly just Oxbridge who look at GCSEs? I moved to a grammar school for sixth form and my GCSE results aren't great in comparison to the people who did their GCSEs there and I know that I couldn't apply to Oxford or Cambridge, but are they good enough for say Durham? I have a distinction* in a business studies btec and my GCSE's are:
    Math: B
    English Lang: A
    English Lit: A
    Biology: B
    Physics: A
    Chemistry: A
    History: A*
    Philosophy & Ethics: A*
    Art: B

    Thank you to any one who helps! I'm basically asking if you think I should aim a little higher (even though I like Royal Holloway)
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    (Original post by Nellie1995)
    I received my A Level results yesterday and did better than I thought I would. I have an A in AS Psychology from year 12, but for A2 I achieved an
    A in English Literature, A* in History and A* Religious Studies.

    I want to apply for history (am taking a gap year so am applying for 2015) and was previously considering Royal Holloway as my firm, but I am thinking of maybe looking at some higher unis, like Durham or York. Any advice?


    On a side note, is it mostly just Oxbridge who look at GCSEs? I moved to a grammar school for sixth form and my GCSE results aren't great in comparison to the people who did their GCSEs there and I know that I couldn't apply to Oxford or Cambridge, but are they good enough for say Durham? I have a distinction* in a business studies btec and my GCSE's are:
    Math: B
    English Lang: A
    English Lit: A
    Biology: B
    Physics: A
    Chemistry: A
    History: A*
    Philosophy & Ethics: A*
    Art: B

    Thank you to any one who helps! I'm basically asking if you think I should aim a little higher (even though I like Royal Holloway)
    While your GCSE's might not leap off the page, that doesn't exclude you from applying to Cambridge in particular. Cambridge like to see high UMS at A/AS-level. Have a look at http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2731996 in which an admissions tutor there explains what they look for, but from memory A*A*Aa would be very competitive.

    Aside from Cambridge, most good universities would be more than happy to take an A*A*Aa applicant so you would probably be best advised to look closely at individual courses and choose the ones that interest you most. History degrees can vary widely in what you study.

    EDIT: Note that UCL have a GCSE foreign language requirement which you don't have. You would therefore have to take one at UCL. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-stu...y-requirements
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    (Original post by Nellie1995)
    I received my A Level results yesterday and did better than I thought I would. I have an A in AS Psychology from year 12, but for A2 I achieved an
    A in English Literature, A* in History and A* Religious Studies.

    I want to apply for history (am taking a gap year so am applying for 2015) and was previously considering Royal Holloway as my firm, but I am thinking of maybe looking at some higher unis, like Durham or York. Any advice?


    On a side note, is it mostly just Oxbridge who look at GCSEs? I moved to a grammar school for sixth form and my GCSE results aren't great in comparison to the people who did their GCSEs there and I know that I couldn't apply to Oxford or Cambridge, but are they good enough for say Durham? I have a distinction* in a business studies btec and my GCSE's are:
    Math: B
    English Lang: A
    English Lit: A
    Biology: B
    Physics: A
    Chemistry: A
    History: A*
    Philosophy & Ethics: A*
    Art: B

    Thank you to any one who helps! I'm basically asking if you think I should aim a little higher (even though I like Royal Holloway)
    I would say that your grades would be definitely good enough for Durham. Also I think that the improvement you've shown from GCSE -> A2 would make you a competitive applicant for Cambridge- 2A*s are generally considered the benchmark to make your application competitive.

    Cambridge would look particularly at your marks at A2- so if you've done well there an application would probably be a good idea
 
 
 
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