Okay so I applied to a prestigous university to study BA International Development. I really liked the course, and the uni gave me their standard offer, AAB.
I did not achieve these grades...
A2 Maths is very hard for a lot of people, BUT if you learn the methods through and through A2 Maths will carry you to uni. To get an A* in in Maths you need (ums marks are always out of 100) 90+ in C3, 90+ in C4 and a total of 480+ overall. So you need at least 300 in your other four maths exams 3 AS + 1 A2. Just standard B's in each. So if you meet the A* requirement in C3 and C4, you pretty much always meet the 480 required. MAKING CORE 3 AND CORE 4 THE MOST IMPORTANT A2 EXAMS TO NAIL.
I got the A*, but my other subjects bombed a little, in Economics I got a C, and Further maths I got a B. Was hoping for A*A in maths/FM and a B in Economics.
So you think I must have been rejected?
And actually no, I wasn't.
-My personal statement was great.
-I had an A*
-FM is seen as "More than an A-Level" by a lot of unis. Maybe all.
So if you take maths, FM and a written subject, and you think you'll miss the offer by a grade, remember unis understand how hard FM is, and in most cases they'll let you in if you slip a grade.
Also, if you're looking at an A* in any subject really, you'll most likely get in if your other grades are at least decent.
About a personal statement... My advice is this. Mention that you'll do a load of reading around your subject, and any exams that you did really well in at AS (90+ums) that aren't C1 or C2 (there are a ton of people with 90+ in both and so it's not massively impressive to a prestigous uni) will look really good. Mention something that makes you seem pro active (I went to summer school, and they did a trip to the Cambridge open day) I mentioned that I went and that I took advice from a lecturer. All these types of things add up to make a strong PS. The most important thing is to make sure everything you put down is worth merit.
If you're applying for engineering, and you say "My dad was an engineer and inspired me to take up the subject" it's just filler, but if you say "My dad was an engineer and inspired me to take up the subject by teaching me *subject related stuff*" it suddenly carries a lot more weight because it shows you're interested in the subject and are eager to learn.
I'm probably very similar to you, play PS4 a lot, & like to go out with my friends and party from time to time... but you've got to pull some good stuff to write out of the bag, make a draft, make corrections, rewrite paragraphs, take entire sections out, I removed half of mine in one go at one point because the entire section read like pure filler... take time on your PS, it's important.
And good luck with A2, you'll need it!
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