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    I have 10 A grades at GCSE due to stupidly procrastinating away my time and leaving revision to the night before for my exams. I know in comparison to the national average, these grades are ok but I am concerned about university applications and extremely regret not trying hard enough and know they will hinder me.

    I am hoping to get AAAB or worst case AABB in biology, psychology, mathematics and chemistry respectively at AS this year. if I perform as well as I did in my mock examinations and class tests, then I should be on track to to do well. Hypothetically if I were to receive these grades would a good russell group university (such as Imperial) to study biology be out of reach? Would I be hindered too much, when applying to a university, please be extremely honest.

    Sorry my spelling and grammar mistakes, I am extremely tired.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    I have 10 A grades at GCSE due to stupidly procrastinating away my time and leaving revision to the night before for my exams. I know in comparison to the national average, these grades are ok but I am concerned about university applications and extremely regret not trying hard enough and know they will hinder me.

    I am hoping to get AAAB or worst case AABB in biology, psychology, mathematics and chemistry respectively at AS this year. if I perform as well as I did in my mock examinations and class tests, then I should be on track to to do well. Hypothetically if I were to receive these grades would a good russell group university (such as Imperial) to study biology be out of reach? Would I be hindered too much, when applying to a university, please be extremely honest.

    Sorry my spelling and grammar mistakes, I am extremely tired.
    Yeah I got offers from Russell Group universities (for Chemistry) with the same GCSEs but much worse AS grades than AAAB/AABB. Having AAAB will mean you can apply pretty much anywhere.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    I have 10 A grades at GCSE due to stupidly procrastinating away my time and leaving revision to the night before for my exams. I know in comparison to the national average, these grades are ok but I am concerned about university applications and extremely regret not trying hard enough and know they will hinder me.

    I am hoping to get AAAB or worst case AABB in biology, psychology, mathematics and chemistry respectively at AS this year. if I perform as well as I did in my mock examinations and class tests, then I should be on track to to do well. Hypothetically if I were to receive these grades would a good russell group university (such as Imperial) to study biology be out of reach? Would I be hindered too much, when applying to a university, please be extremely honest.

    Sorry my spelling and grammar mistakes, I am extremely tired.
    I know a friend who got B D E in his AS levels, Chem, Maths, Physics (respectively), and he just got an offer of AAA for Chem Eng at University of Nottingham! Do some extra curricular activities, stand out, make a solid personal statement! It's not always just about the grades
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    (Original post by Incubator)
    I know a friend who got B D E in his AS levels, Chem, Maths, Physics (respectively), and he just got an offer of AAA for Chem Eng at University of Nottingham! Do some extra curricular activities, stand out, make a solid personal statement! It's not always just about the grades
    Woah, that's fantastic for your friend, congratulations to him! I understand it's not always about grades and have done a lot of things outside of school, such as work experience, but I am working on that aspect of my application.

    (Original post by TajwarC)
    Yeah I got offers from Russell Group universities (for Chemistry) with the same GCSEs but much worse AS grades than AAAB/AABB. Having AAAB will mean you can apply pretty much anywhere.
    Thank-you for the response, I was feeling quite demotivated thinking I have completely ruled off the chance of applying to RG universities.
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    Have I put this thread in the wrong category / subcategory. I am new so I find it hard to navigate the website.
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    (Original post by Incubator)
    I know a friend who got B D E in his AS levels, Chem, Maths, Physics (respectively), and he just got an offer of AAA for Chem Eng at University of Nottingham! Do some extra curricular activities, stand out, make a solid personal statement! It's not always just about the grades
    Unless he had extenuating circumstances and predicted grades of AAA/AAB I kinda doubt that. And unless you're applying for med/vet/dent, they don't really look outside of grades, at most, having a good PS and standing out will only make a difference when you miss an offer by a lot (2-3 grades by a good margin) and they have to decide if it's worth admitting you despite that.
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    (Original post by Helloworld_95)
    Unless he had extenuating circumstances and predicted grades of AAA/AAB I kinda doubt that. And unless you're applying for med/vet/dent, they don't really look outside of grades, at most, having a good PS and standing out will only make a difference when you miss an offer by a lot (2-3 grades by a good margin and they have to decide if it's worth admitting you despite that.
    So in your opinion do good extra curricular activities and PS for example not really make much difference when applying for a degree like biology/chemistry?

    Another question: What is the difference between a biological sciences and biology degree?
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    I'm in AS so haven't started looking yet but I thought most of them just wanted AAB, like Bath for zoology which I might want to do
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    (Original post by Gott)
    I'm in AS so haven't started looking yet but I thought most of them just wanted AAB, like Bath for zoology which I might want to do
    It varies from A*AA to AAB/ABB for good universities and I think BBB or something like BBC for other universities.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    So in your opinion do good extra curricular activities and PS for example not really make much difference when applying for a degree like biology/chemistry?

    Another question: What is the difference between a biological sciences and biology degree?
    They make basically no difference.

    I don't think there's any difference between those 2, maybe biological sciences offers more options (I think at some unis they do common core biological sciences for the first year or two, then you decide where you want to specialise e.g. genetics, medical genetics, microbiology, zoology, etc.)
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    (Original post by Helloworld_95)
    They make basically no difference.

    I don't think there's any difference between those 2, maybe biological sciences offers more options (I think at some unis they do common core biological sciences for the first year or two, then you decide where you want to specialise e.g. genetics, medical genetics, microbiology, zoology, etc.)
    Thank-you is one regarded for highly than the other?
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    I'd say you definitely have a shot at getting into a Russell Group uni. However, I do recommend looking at some other unis as well because some of the nicest aren't in the Russell Group!!
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    Thank-you is one regarded for highly than the other?
    Not as far as I know.
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    Know someone who got BDEE or something at AS and now he has a ABB offer or something for York, bull**** if you ask me but you'll be fine
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    I have 10 A grades at GCSE due to stupidly procrastinating away my time and leaving revision to the night before for my exams. I know in comparison to the national average, these grades are ok but I am concerned about university applications and extremely regret not trying hard enough and know they will hinder me.

    I am hoping to get AAAB or worst case AABB in biology, psychology, mathematics and chemistry respectively at AS this year. if I perform as well as I did in my mock examinations and class tests, then I should be on track to to do well. Hypothetically if I were to receive these grades would a good russell group university (such as Imperial) to study biology be out of reach? Would I be hindered too much, when applying to a university, please be extremely honest.

    Sorry my spelling and grammar mistakes, I am extremely tired.
    I got 5 Russel group offers for Psychology with 4 A*s 3 As and 3 Bs at GCSE, and AAAC at AS. I'm sure yours will be fine.
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    (Original post by Gott)
    I'm in AS so haven't started looking yet but I thought most of them just wanted AAB, like Bath for zoology which I might want to do
    No, they can ask for much higher. The most they usually ask for at A-level is A*A*A, but they can add additional requirements such as STEP grades or GCSEs.
    edit: Bath isn't in the Russell group. It is one of the best universities in the UK-I applied there, but it shows that the Russell ones aren't always the best.
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    I got 5 Russel group offers for Psychology with 4 A*s 3 As and 3 Bs at GCSE, and AAAC at AS. I'm sure yours will be fine.
    I've got offers with much worse grades.I've got offers from Manchester,QMUL and Nottingham!
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    I'd say you definitely have a shot at getting into a Russell Group uni. However, I do recommend looking at some other unis as well because some of the nicest aren't in the Russell Group!!
    (Original post by Flather)
    Know someone who got BDEE or something at AS and now he has a ABB offer or something for York, bull**** if you ask me but you'll be fine
    (Original post by amberskye)
    I got 5 Russel group offers for Psychology with 4 A*s 3 As and 3 Bs at GCSE, and AAAC at AS. I'm sure yours will be fine.
    (Original post by morgan8002)
    No, they can ask for much higher. The most they usually ask for at A-level is A*A*A, but they can add additional requirements such as STEP grades or GCSEs.
    edit: Bath isn't in the Russell group. It is one of the best universities in the UK-I applied there, but it shows that the Russell ones aren't always the best.
    (Original post by Skill Twix)
    I've got offers with much worse grades.I've got offers from Manchester,QMUL and Nottingham!
    Thank-you everyone and yes I am of course considering other universities other than russell group ones such as St Andrews.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    Have I put this thread in the wrong category / subcategory. I am new so I find it hard to navigate the website.
    It'd be better suited in the Applications and UCAS forum so I've moved it over.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    I have 10 A grades at GCSE due to stupidly procrastinating away my time and leaving revision to the night before for my exams. I know in comparison to the national average, these grades are ok but I am concerned about university applications and extremely regret not trying hard enough and know they will hinder me.
    Wtf? 10 A grades is still pretty amazing compared to what most people get. Of course it's not out of reach. I'm at a Russell Group uni and I got fewer As than that.

    I think Russell Group universities are only likely to shun you if you got mainly Cs/Ds or worse at GCSE, but even then it's all about your final A-Level results. If they reject you on the basis of having poor GCSEs (which you don't) and you end up with brilliant A-Levels, take a gap-year and re-apply. It's not worth going to a crap uni under the new fees imo. And if you're capable of getting 10 As at GCSE then that's a sign you're probably Russell Group material.

    Also it's worth noting that some Russell Group universities/courses are far less competitive than others. With most courses, the focus is just on the A-Levels (AAB or sometimes less, plus a decent-enough personal statement obviously - just endlessly redraft it before submitting) which is perfectly doable if you put your mind to it and do your work. However with some courses (at certain universities) there's basically no point in even bothering unless you went to a private/grammar/'top' state school (thanks to our crappy education system), so unless you're an absolute swot I'd stay away from those. Tbf I'm not the sharpest tool in the box and I wouldn't stand a chance of being where I am had I applied for something as competitive as law/medicine, or somewhere like Oxbridge. But if I can do it you can.
 
 
 
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