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    Like many other here, I'll be applying to read History starting 2008. I know where I would really want to go, which is Cambridge (either Peterhouse or Gonville & Caius). The other universities I've looked at which I really liked as well are St. Andrews and Durham.

    I'm predicted very good grades - 85 to 90%. Several admissions tutors at Cambridge told me that is more than enough for them, so I am quite confident I can get in anywhere.

    Now I still need to find two other universities to apply to, but I can't really choose between Exeter, Aberdeen, Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Newcastle and . As one might have noticed, I prefer smaller 'college' towns which are close to the sea (the exception being Cambridge). I could also consider Edinburgh and Bristol, but they seem a little too big for me to live comfortably.
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    IMO, apply for the following:

    Cambridge
    Durham
    St. Andrews
    Exeter
    Newcastle
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    If you're convinced you're gonna get into Cambridge, St. Andrews and Durham, why bother applying elsewhere? Of course I'm taking the piss slightly, whether you get offers from those places really is a question of luck...

    Have you been to see the other places?
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    Durham Warwick Bristol LSE University College are all good.

    For some reason percentages and grades don't always do it so don't get *too* cocky and assume you will :P (dw not having a go).

    I know people who got 6 As in 6 ASs (not incl. gen studs or critical thinking)and still get rejected from history places in warwick/durham etc even when they get into Cambridge so it's not always as easy as you might think :P

    But by all means good luck. If you stand a good chance at Cambridge then I guess there's not much more you could do to get into the others.

    Of the unis you actually mentioned, all are pretty good, though possibly Aberystwyth less so. Still a good uni though
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    I forgot to mention I'm doing the European Baccalaureate, where only 0.2% gets over 95%. But I mentioned the grades only to prove I stand a chance everywhere, but couldn't choose.

    I like UCL, LSE, KCL and Queen Mary, but would hate to live in London as it is too busy. And I don't think there are any Halls of Residence in the quieter parts of Knightsbridge, Notting Hill etc.

    I'm not really keen on Bristol and Edinburgh because they're too big. I like Warwick, but it's got this New Labour reputation and is quite new compared to the others.
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    York, Nottingham?

    Oh and even though you have great grades, don't count your chickens. Many people with great grades apply and still nearly 75% are rejected for History at Cambridge. It depends on much more than grades.
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    History is competitive, and you need more than just good grades to get in, as said. I don't think you need to worry about Warwick being 'new'; it has a fantastic reputation, and I don't think it's so left wing that you can't go there with other political beliefs (that was my impression at the least).
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    If I hadn't mentioned my grades, I'm sure someone would have said that you need to get good grades to get into Cambridge and that Durham has an unwritten rule which says you need 6A*s. I only mentioned them to show that I have a chance to get in everywhere and that I thus could realistically apply to top unis.

    Yes, I do know that it is about more than grades, but I see the wording of my original post was wrong.

    York and Nottingham are a bit too much inland for me. But is their History faculty really good?
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    I know of somewhere which is in a big town/small city (only city status due to the cathedral) and is less than 20mins from the sea/very nice beach. Campus has been described as having an "Oxford college" feel to it.

    However, it has much lower entry requirements than the unis you're looking at so might not be what you want. Just a thought though
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    As a university student you will not find Bristol big as you'll be consigning yourself to only a few very attractive areas. I doubt that the majority of Bristol students even see the South or East of the city. So while, Bristol is a fairly big city the area around the university is extremely beautiful as are all of the 'student' areas. It also has an excellent reputation and history department but wouldn't do as a back-up with typical offer AAB-AAA. Just thought I'd plug my home university for once - although I never even thought of applying there myself
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    (Original post by Vehendi)
    I like Warwick, but it's got this New Labour reputation and is quite new compared to the others.
    Why does that matter? Warwick is full of tories, as well as Labourites, and the odd socialist/green/libdem. Kind of like everywhere else mate. And of course there's the load of people who don't give a feck about politics.
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    (Original post by vickytoria77)
    I know of somewhere which is in a big town/small city (only city status due to the cathedral) and is less than 20mins from the sea/very nice beach. Campus has been described as having an "Oxford college" feel to it.

    However, it has much lower entry requirements than the unis you're looking at so might not be what you want. Just a thought though
    You mean Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg?

    Warwick having such a reputation does matter, as my parents know it and do not approve of that. I am financially dependent on them and if they decide that they are not going to give me money to go to the 'wrong' university, it really isn't such a good choice.

    I'll look a bit more into Bristol.
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    Why is it I don't believe Vehendi will have even a small chance of gaining acceptance into Cambridge University. Does cambridge accept arrogant individuals? Since Vehendi is going to do history at CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, shouldn't he implement better grammar when typing? Maybe he's just typing quickly and lazily...

    Nevermind i'm just a fifteen year old. Good luck in getting into Cambridge University Vehendi... you'll need it!
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    Yes, Cambridge does accept some arrogant individuals.
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    Why is it I don't believe Vehendi will have even a small chance of gaining acceptance into Cambridge University. Does cambridge accept arrogant individuals?
    Knowing some other arrogant individuals personally, I'd say they do.

    Since Vehendi is going to do history at CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, shouldn't he implement better grammar when typing? Maybe he's just typing quickly and lazily...
    Mind you, it refers to itself as the University of Cambridge (source: their website). Making small typing errors in my third language on a forum certainly is a very important factor in the Cambridge admissions process.

    Nevermind i'm just a fifteen year old.
    So am I.

    Good luck in getting into Cambridge University Vehendi... you'll need it!
    Thank you, everyone needs it.
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    Apply to Cambridge (but accept that you probably won't get in. It doesn't matter how academically good you are, your chances are never 'good') Durham and St Andrews are also good. I'd suggest your other two should be something like Sheffield and Leicester. Don't push your luck with 5 super-unis. Have one that is just 'good' and one which is 'above average'.
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    (Original post by Vehendi)
    Knowing some other arrogant individuals personally, I'd say they do.



    Mind you, it refers to itself as the University of Cambridge (source: their website). Making small typing errors in my third language on a forum certainly is a very important factor in the Cambridge admissions process.



    So am I.



    Thank you, everyone needs it.
    You especially need it :rolleyes:
    So good luck. You especially need it.
    I don't believe you are a 15 year old. I've seen 15 year old applicants who also have english as their third language yet still have similar english capabilities to an A2 level A grade student in English literature. Prove that you are a 15 year old, then I shall bow down to you.

    Sorry... I aspire to do law and become a barrister. I love to argue! (can't help it )
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    I can understand the law -> barrister thing as I have several friends who have the same aspirations and also constantly argue, which does get annoying at times.

    Proving that I am 15 is quite difficult. A picture won't help because I, by general consensus, do look quite older and there actually aren't nearly any online. You will have to take it by my word.
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    (Original post by Vehendi)
    I can understand the law -> barrister thing as I have several friends who have the same aspirations and also constantly argue, which does get annoying at times.

    Proving that I am 15 is quite difficult. A picture won't help because I, by general consensus, do look quite older and there actually aren't nearly any online. You will have to take it by my word.
    That quote further disapproves of your previous statement: that you are 15 years old. Trust me, I know a 15 year old when I see one
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    This delightful rivalry has frighteningly little to do with the original topic of this post.
 
 
 
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