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    Hi,

    I currently take four AS Levels, two of which are under the same previous modular system (ie. I have to take the AS this year), but two are under the new linear system, whereby my AS this year will not count for anything next year.

    I'm very confused whether or not I should take the AS in the two which are linear as I am planning to apply for Cambridge next year. I was under the impression Cambridge wanted candidates to have AS levels, but my school are now telling me to concentrate on the two modular exams and are saying Cambridge are backing down from their position of requiring AS levels.

    Very confused as to whether I should take all four AS Levels or not.

    Thanks.
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    Have you tried contacting them directly? Like sending an email or phoning to speak to the admissions officer? I'm sure that if you enquired they'd be more than happy to answer questions you have
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    Current Cambridge student here!

    The university will still look at AS grades where available, and you'll have to do them in the two subjects where they count anyway. Good scores in those are only going to help your application. With the other two new version ones, those who won't be doing any AS levels this year are certainly not going to be penalised for it, so it's not going to be detrimental if you don't do those exams.

    Essentially, do the AS exams in the two subjects you're going to have to anyway, and in the other two only if you really want to - you don't have to though. They're only one part of your application and lots of other things are also taken into account, and there are students doing other exam systems who cannot provide exam results for Y12 e.g. if doing the IB, so it's not like the uni isn't used to dealing with such applicants.
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    Not to worry! Your school will have internal exams for those that don't have an AS and that will substitute it in terms of grades. Just ask your HoY when they'll take place and further details.
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    (Original post by aamirac)
    Not to worry! Your school will have internal exams for those that don't have an AS and that will substitute it in terms of grades. Just ask your HoY when they'll take place and further details.
    Thanks for the reply. I have been told this, but my thought process is surely that an 'official' AS Level would have more weight to it than just a teacher's predicted grade?


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    (Original post by spurs9393)
    Thanks for the reply. I have been told this, but my thought process is surely that an 'official' AS Level would have more weight to it than just a teacher's predicted grade?


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    Cambridge are adding admissions tests for entry next year so that candidates that haven't done AS under the new system won't be disadvantaged. If you think you'd do really well in the AS exams for your new style A Levels, it might be worth doing, but you don't need them. It isn't in schools' interests to lie and Cambridge will be able to tell if they're inflating predicted grades based on the rest of the application. I wouldn't worry about it, there's plenty of other people who won't be taking the new AS qualification either.
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    (Original post by spurs9393)
    Thanks for the reply. I have been told this, but my thought process is surely that an 'official' AS Level would have more weight to it than just a teacher's predicted grade?


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    Under these circumstances, they would be equal. Since there is no AS for the linear course. Plus your teachers will give a grade despite your AS grade anyways.
 
 
 

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