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    I am a bit of an atypical university applicant in need of some advice.
    I am 19 and have been self employed since leaving education at 16. Last year I self studied an a level in Philosophy and sat the exams as a private candidate in May/ June, achieving an A* grade overall. I have decided that I want to pursue a Philosophy degree (potentially at Cambridge) and now intend to self study two futher a levels this year in order to meet the required grades.
    Would it be advisable to submit my application in October for 2015 - considering that I will neither have predicted grades or AS results, despite having one full a level- or to wait until after I have all of my results and apply for 2016 entry instead?
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    I am a bit of an atypical university applicant in need of some advice.
    I am 19 and have been self employed since leaving education at 16. Last year I self studied an a level in Philosophy and sat the exams as a private candidate in May/ June, achieving an A* grade overall. I have decided that I want to pursue a Philosophy degree (potentially at Cambridge) and now intend to self study two futher a levels this year in order to meet the required grades.
    Would it be advisable to submit my application in October for 2015 - considering that I will neither have predicted grades or AS results, despite having one full a level- or to wait until after I have all of my results and apply for 2016 entry instead?
    thanks
    On the whole, given your circumstances, I'd suggest waiting to apply until you've got your actual grades. However, you might like to have a chat with Cambridge Admissions and see what they say. You will also need to think about who will give you a reference, as it is best if your referee can comment on your academic ability and recent achievements, as well as predict the grades for any pending qualifications. This might be tricky given you are planning to self-study the two A levels for next year - and I would also observe that if you are working as well you are setting yourself quite a challenge. I'm not saying you can't meet it - I'm sure you can - but getting some tutorial back-up may be no bad thing as well as giving you the academic reference to back up your application.
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    (Original post by 1181)
    I am a bit of an atypical university applicant in need of some advice.
    I am 19 and have been self employed since leaving education at 16. Last year I self studied an a level in Philosophy and sat the exams as a private candidate in May/ June, achieving an A* grade overall. I have decided that I want to pursue a Philosophy degree (potentially at Cambridge) and now intend to self study two futher a levels this year in order to meet the required grades.
    Would it be advisable to submit my application in October for 2015 - considering that I will neither have predicted grades or AS results, despite having one full a level- or to wait until after I have all of my results and apply for 2016 entry instead?
    thanks
    As Minerva suggests, it would be difficult to convince a university such as Cambridge that you have the requisite academic ability solely on the back of a single A* at A-level.

    If you try to contact a Cambridge admissions tutor, I would suggest the one from Christ's who answers questions on threads such as this: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2731996

    He is going to start a new one later this month so you could put your question there.
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    Thank you both for your input. I have contacted admissions for another opinion but I agree that waiting until after I have my results will make my application stronger.
 
 
 
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