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    (In advance, if I come off arrogant at all during the post - it's not intended)
    Ok, so,
    I messed around way too much during the first year of college (and gcse's for that matter - only got 3 a's, 5 b's and a C).
    I'm on course for getting really bad results this August in my AS's, and i've accepted that and i'm fine with it.
    Now, all the courses I want to do are pretty much AAA or AAB (bare with me, i'm not crazy I promise). I'm confident I can get those grades next year with the right work ethic (the three courses i'll be carrying on with to A2 are all linear so my results this year won't be an issue). I'm aware that my offers to university are based on predictions for A2 results, which will be very low due to terrible (probably) AS results.

    So my plan was this:
    1) Get my crap AS results
    2) Get given my crap predicted grades
    3) Apply to my courses anyway (In a very slim hope xD)
    (Here's where it goes two ways)
    Then, either:
    1) Get given an offer (shock horror, but it can happen sometimes) and have got in (because my motivation is through the roof right now, and i'm relatively smart)

    OR

    1) Get rejected
    2) Get my A2 Results next year and have done really well
    3) Take a gap year
    4) Apply to Uni the year later, during my gap year (which should put me at an advantage to other candidates considering i'll already have the grades the uni is looking for instead of predicted grades)
    5) Get experience in my chosen field during the gap year and also get a job.

    I've spoken to some friends who took gap years before uni and they all told me the uni's look at them as completely positive as long as you use them productively.

    tl;dr: I'm going to get crap AS results, Good A2 results, take a gap year and apply a year later with my good A2 results.

    Is this plan viable??

    Any thoughts and input is appreciated - especially from anyone that actually took a gap year, for whatever reasons, be they similar to mine or completely different.

    Thanks in advance
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    (In advance, if I come off arrogant at all during the post - it's not intended)
    Ok, so,
    I messed around way too much during the first year of college (and gcse's for that matter - only got 3 a's, 5 b's and a C).
    I'm on course for getting really bad results this August in my AS's, and i've accepted that and i'm fine with it.
    Now, all the courses I want to do are pretty much AAA or AAB (bare with me, i'm not crazy I promise). I'm confident I can get those grades next year with the right work ethic (the three courses i'll be carrying on with to A2 are all linear so my results this year won't be an issue). I'm aware that my offers to university are based on predictions for A2 results, which will be very low due to terrible (probably) AS results.

    So my plan was this:
    1) Get my crap AS results
    2) Get given my crap predicted grades
    3) Apply to my courses anyway (In a very slim hope xD)
    (Here's where it goes two ways)
    Then, either:
    1) Get given an offer (shock horror, but it can happen sometimes) and have got in (because my motivation is through the roof right now, and i'm relatively smart)

    OR

    1) Get rejected
    2) Get my A2 Results next year and have done really well
    3) Take a gap year
    4) Apply to Uni the year later, during my gap year (which should put me at an advantage to other candidates considering i'll already have the grades the uni is looking for instead of predicted grades)
    5) Get experience in my chosen field during the gap year and also get a job.

    I've spoken to some friends who took gap years before uni and they all told me the uni's look at them as completely positive as long as you use them productively.

    tl;dr: I'm going to get crap AS results, Good A2 results, take a gap year and apply a year later with my good A2 results.

    Is this plan viable??

    Any thoughts and input is appreciated - especially from anyone that actually took a gap year, for whatever reasons, be they similar to mine or completely different.

    Thanks in advance
    Yes, perfectly viable.

    Just to add a variant of Option 1... One of your 5 uni choices doesn't have quite such high requirements, perhaps because it isn't the greatest at your course. They give you an offer an you firm it. On results day you exceed your firm offer and therefore use Adjustment to secure a place at a 'better' uni.

    Your main issue will probably be sustaining your new-found motivation.
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    (Original post by MaxM1999)
    (In advance, if I come off arrogant at all during the post - it's not intended)
    Ok, so,
    I messed around way too much during the first year of college (and gcse's for that matter - only got 3 a's, 5 b's and a C).
    I'm on course for getting really bad results this August in my AS's, and i've accepted that and i'm fine with it.
    Now, all the courses I want to do are pretty much AAA or AAB (bare with me, i'm not crazy I promise). I'm confident I can get those grades next year with the right work ethic (the three courses i'll be carrying on with to A2 are all linear so my results this year won't be an issue). I'm aware that my offers to university are based on predictions for A2 results, which will be very low due to terrible (probably) AS results.

    So my plan was this:
    1) Get my crap AS results
    2) Get given my crap predicted grades
    3) Apply to my courses anyway (In a very slim hope xD)
    (Here's where it goes two ways)
    Then, either:
    1) Get given an offer (shock horror, but it can happen sometimes) and have got in (because my motivation is through the roof right now, and i'm relatively smart)

    OR

    1) Get rejected
    2) Get my A2 Results next year and have done really well
    3) Take a gap year
    4) Apply to Uni the year later, during my gap year (which should put me at an advantage to other candidates considering i'll already have the grades the uni is looking for instead of predicted grades)
    5) Get experience in my chosen field during the gap year and also get a job.

    I've spoken to some friends who took gap years before uni and they all told me the uni's look at them as completely positive as long as you use them productively.

    tl;dr: I'm going to get crap AS results, Good A2 results, take a gap year and apply a year later with my good A2 results.

    Is this plan viable??

    Any thoughts and input is appreciated - especially from anyone that actually took a gap year, for whatever reasons, be they similar to mine or completely different.

    Thanks in advance
    Your plan is spot on - even if your chances are really slim for getting a place straight after Yr 13 - applying through your school/college and with that support will make it a LOT easier if you do take a gap year and need to reapply - the same goes for applying for finance (if you don't take it up then you reapply the following year - starting from scratch without help from college can be difficult).

    Remember though that getting rejected straight away isn't the end of the application cycle - there's Extra (where you can apply for other courses that you might not have considered) or Clearing (where outperforming your predictions can put you in a very strong position)...so even on your first go round you'll have a few shots at goal before you're committed to the gap year route.

    There are some subjects where a gap year can be a problem (the main one is maths - some universities think that if you stop doing maths regularly then you'll struggle to get back into the swing of things) so check for any information from universities about whether a gap year is an issue. In almost all cases it wont be.
 
 
 
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