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    Hiya guys!I was wondering whether my grades would be sufficient to getting me to a top college/university(I am looking for a degree in Economics).My AS levels were:
    A in Economics,B in Mathematics,B in Physics and B in ICT.
    My IGCSES were horrible.Some A's,B's and a D.They'll surely let me down!My teachers for all subjects were expecting me to get A's in AS levels.
    Should I retake to increase my chances of getting into for instance LSE?
    Any help would be appreciated?What colleges/universities can I apply to?My friends imply I should apply to Warwick or UCL

    First thing, your IGCSEs look fine to me.

    When you're looking around for Universities, I took the following steps which worked for me:
    - Look around the league tables for your subject. It gives you a start towards the idea of which Universities rate highest for your course, and for me gave me an idea of where I am looking at for my choices.
    - Look on the Universities' websites and order prospectuses, and have a read of them. Do the courses sound right for you?
    - UNISTATS is a good website to have a look round.
    - Most importantly, visit all the Universities you are interested in. For me, the most important thing was to match my personality and interests to a university, and the only way to do it is to look round them. You can then look round the surrounding areas and the City, and for me - you get a gut feeling of "can I see myself here" after visiting. And ensure to tour the accommodation.
    - Then there's location, accessibility etc - can you get there and back by yourself (if applicable) when you're coming home for the weekend? And London is more expensive, etc.

    Some universities will change your opinions upon visiting, quite a lot - for example, I had Durham in mind but after a visit and a tour round the Colleges, I knew I could never see myself there and it wasn't right for me.

    And when you're looking around, don't be afraid to go for a good university even if your grades don't quite match the offer. Many students achieve a place anyway thanks to good interview performance and application.

    One more bit of advice - get your application in early. Start on your statement during the summer, and you can have it all sent off when it opens in mid-September. I did, and just one week later got myself an interview at my favourite one! My Sixth Form manager said it was a record and it makes you look keen and someone who's well organised.
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