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I got CCDU at AS-Level, is it possible to improve it to ABB and get into a Russell Gr watch

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    My grades were:

    GCSE:
    Maths A
    English Language B
    English Literature C
    Biology B
    Chemistry B
    Physics B
    RE C
    Geography B
    Computing B
    Product Design A
    French B

    AS:
    Economics C
    Government and Politics C
    Maths D
    Geography U

    I would like to study Economics and Politics at uni.

    I'm dropping geography at A-level, will universities know that I got a U in one subject?

    I am also going to retake one unit in politics and C1 and C2 in maths. I'm really going to try hard this year (year 12 was the worst year of my life).

    Do you think it will be possible to achieve BBB or ABB at the end of my A-levels? And do you think my predicted grades will be too low? One of my teachers has already said that he will predict at least two grades higher for everyone in my class (everyone did badly).

    I really want to get into a Russell group university, if not then maybe Aston, Reading or Oxford Brookes.
    Do you think Manchester or Southampton will even look at my application because of my poor AS grades?
    I'm also doing the Extended Project.

    Thanks for any responses.




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    I know people with similar grades to you who have been offered a place at Russell Group universities. A conditional offer of course, so your place will be subject to you meeting the grade requirements at the university. Just write a really good personal statement and start revising as soon as possible. It may be boring but it will be worth it. It will be an
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    I only had one B at AS, retook that and bought it upto an A in A2 and took two full A levels, got good grades and into a decent uni-so a bad AS result "can" be turned around.
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    Thank you. Would universities such as Manchester and Cardiff who want AAB be out of my limits?
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    (Original post by Ducc)
    Thank you. Would universities such as Manchester and Cardiff who want AAB be out of my limits?
    depends what your predicted grades are/how strong your PS is/if you get good grades in your resits.
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    Hopefully I'll get predicted an A in politics


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    (Original post by Ducc)
    Thank you. Would universities such as Manchester and Cardiff who want AAB be out of my limits?
    You'll probably get into Cardiff with ABB for Economics (although they usually offer AAB), I guess it would be the same with Manchester.

    The thing is though, Cardiff are quite insistent on a minimum of a grade B in Maths.
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    I know you will never believe this, but I actually know of someone who got your exact AS levels. He retook and got AAB at AS. He then took a shot at Cambridge for English, cos why not. The teacher was nasty and said he was just wasting his time. But he submitted his essay, got an interview. Had the interview, got an offer. Missed it by one ****ing grade. Moral of the story- life goes on. Just try your best within reason and realise that you are defined by your long term efforts etc than just one stage of your life. eg I know someone that went to City uni in london, now she's 'retired' aged 27 after working with goldman sachs etc (she still works, but it's really chill and she has a massive property portfolio she's just sitting on)
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    Thanks everyone this has reassured me, as I was getting quite depressed about my AS grades


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    I went to the Cardiff open day, and although they want A level maths at grade B for economics, they don't require a level maths for combined Economics and Politics.


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    (Original post by Ducc)
    Thank you. Would universities such as Manchester and Cardiff who want AAB be out of my limits?
    No I don't think so, if your predicted grades are AAB or ABB; you should definitely apply
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    Thanks for the advice


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