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    So my results were bad, but slightly worse than I expected
    I came out with a D and two Es with a mock grade at around a D.
    Breakdown:
    Philosophy and Ethics: D (E in philosophy, C in ethics) - modular so I can resit the exams.
    Applied Science: E ( E in unit 1, U in unit 2 (exam), C in unit 3) - again modular so I can resit but only unit 2.
    History (dropped) : E
    English literature : mock grade D - linear so my grade can be improved and it doesn't affect my A2
    I hope to study Criminology at hopefully Manchester met or Greenwich but I feel my AS grades will pull me down and I will not get the grades I should, even with the hard work ...
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    Unfortunately, I don't think I can give you excellent news, but it's not totally negative in my opinion! Firstly, a friend of mine got similar grades to you in her AS (I think DDEU or something like that) and she had to retake all of her subjects, none of which were related to her course because she only decided to apply for this at the end of year 12. She also applied to a criminology course (or something very similar - I remember her going into great detail about blood splatters in her personal statement), and got into her university of choice, which I think asked for a BBC. Additionally, while the Manchester and Greenwich entry requirements seem unattainable, grade boundaries change every year based on the number of As achieved versus those that were expected. For example, I got an offer from King's, which asked for AAA with A in a required subject, even though I only got ABB with a B in my required subject. With this in mind and the fact that exam boards and government legislation are actively trying to make exams harder, universities are more likely than ever to make offers even if predicted grades are lower than entry requirements. Therefore, I think it's worthwhile to retake the modules you got low grades in. If I were in your position however, I would be prepared to work hard next year and constantly take advantage of the support you have by asking teachers how you can improve.

    Other things that are really, really important are your references and your personal statement. The three things that get you into university are your grades, your personal statement and your references. That's why if you have a slight dip in your grades, your teacher references will tell the university that this is not due to lack of commitment or enthusiasm for your subject, which will help your application - universities are not just asking for your success, but they want to make sure they are admitting students who will not drop out or slack off. Additionally, if your AS grades do not reflect your passion for criminology or learning, then relevant vocational work experience, online courses, visits, books, etc. will make you look like a worthwhile candidate to consider regardless of grades. If your personal statement and references are really good, then I believe you still have a chance at getting an offer from ABB-BBB universities such as Greenwich and Manchester, however of course pushing up your grades would still give you a much better chance.

    Hope this helps!
 
 
 
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