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    So I'll be applying to uni this year, but I'm sitting A2 exams in June so I'll have actual grades to apply with. I want to apply to Cambridge for natural sciences, but they want A*A*A and I think I'll only get A*AA, and next year I'll be doing further maths which I'm confident I'll get an A* in.

    Is there much point in me applying? I mean I'll probably have the grades they want, and even though they're technically over three years I've still done three A levels in one sitting so I can show that I can handle the work load.

    Also, if I was successful would I be looking at conditional offers or unconditional? Or is there no way to know?
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    (Original post by ConicalFlask)
    So I'll be applying to uni this year, but I'm sitting A2 exams in June so I'll have actual grades to apply with. I want to apply to Cambridge for natural sciences, but they want A*A*A and I think I'll only get A*AA, and next year I'll be doing further maths which I'm confident I'll get an A* in.

    Is there much point in me applying? I mean I'll probably have the grades they want, and even though they're technically over three years I've still done three A levels in one sitting so I can show that I can handle the work load.

    Also, if I was successful would I be looking at conditional offers or unconditional? Or is there no way to know?
    Cambridge for Natural Sciences is obviously a very competitive course, so no-one can give you any guarantees. If you're applying with A*AA and a predicted A* in Further Maths, you should be in a relatively strong position in terms of grades, but grades aren't the only thing universities (especially universities like Cambridge) are interested in.

    If you apply to Cambridge, you have to accept there's a good chance of getting a rejection, because they reject really good candidates every year. However, that doesn't mean there's no point applying- you have four other choices, which, if you have A*AA in relevant subjects you should be able to get some unconditional offers from.

    I would think your chances of getting an unconditional offer would depend at least partly on your performance at interview.
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    Thank you for reassuring me!

    I absolutely realise that grades aren't everything, and even then I might get a lot worse (or better ) this year.
    My original plan was to apply to Oxford for biomedical science if I didn't get 2A*s, but they also want the BMAT which sounds absolutely horrific, and the Cambridge course sounds much better to me.
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    (Original post by ConicalFlask)
    So I'll be applying to uni this year, but I'm sitting A2 exams in June so I'll have actual grades to apply with. I want to apply to Cambridge for natural sciences, but they want A*A*A and I think I'll only get A*AA, and next year I'll be doing further maths which I'm confident I'll get an A* in.

    Is there much point in me applying? I mean I'll probably have the grades they want, and even though they're technically over three years I've still done three A levels in one sitting so I can show that I can handle the work load.

    Also, if I was successful would I be looking at conditional offers or unconditional? Or is there no way to know?
    You have nothing to lose by applying. But you would be in a stronger position with A*A*A obviously.

    And be aware that most post A2 applicants to Cambridge will have results that exceed the typical offer...

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