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    I was wondering if anyone can give me advice on how to achieve the highest grades in my first year of sixth form.
    I want to do History, Sociology and English Lit.
    My AS grades will be the grades I use when I make uni applications and I hope to go to a Russle group uni, so either UCL, KCL, or LSE to study Law. The entry requirements for all three is an A*AA. Therefore I would like to achieve the highest grades for AS.
    My issue is the GCSEs I recieved;
    English Lit&Lang : BB
    Science Additional&Core : BB
    Maths: C
    History: A
    Drama: B
    Citizenship: C
    RE: B
    So overall ; 1A, 6Bs and 2Cs, I feel these grades might stop me from going to the prestigious uni's which I stated above, but I hope to prove myself wrong and achieve the highest grades in Year12 and 13.
    So I would like any advice on getting AAA for year 12.
    History; GCSE grade A, how would I achieve an A in AS as well?
    English Lit ; GCSE grade B, how can I achieve an A in AS?
    Sociology; New subject for me, how can I achieve an A for As?
    Sorry for the very long question, but I would appreciate any help which can be provided.
    Thanks 😊
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    I believe the requirements for LSE and UCL is a grade B in maths so if you applied with a C it'd be a straight rejection
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    (Original post by ScienceFantatic)
    I believe the requirements for LSE and UCL is a grade B in maths so if you applied with a C it'd be a straight rejection
    Yes I've seen, but I do not want to give up just yet.
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    I got an A in Lit AS. For Lit what you want to do is go on the website of your exam board and fully understand what markers are looking for. Understand what kinds of points you have to make by looking at example perfect answers.

    I got a B in History. Basically just memorise all the information. I'm at a bit of a loss myself because I don't know what more I could have done to make that an A.

    But for any A-level, the key to getting a good grade is doing independent work. Make sure you go through every past paper.
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    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    I got an A in Lit AS. For Lit what you want to do is go on the website of your exam board and fully understand what markers are looking for. Understand what kinds of points you have to make by looking at example perfect answers.

    I got a B in History. Basically just memorise all the information. I'm at a bit of a loss myself because I don't know what more I could have done to make that an A.

    But for any A-level, the key to getting a good grade is doing independent work. Make sure you go through every past paper.
    Thank you for the advice, and yes History has always been a game of memorisation.
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    (Original post by _Hafsa)
    Yes I've seen, but I do not want to give up just yet.
    Good luck in getting A*AA but without the B in maths it's not so much that you're giving up on going to the UNisbut so much them giving up on your application.

    You can try resit?
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    (Original post by _Hafsa)
    Yes I've seen, but I do not want to give up just yet.
    The universities you mentioned are extremely competitive, and GCSE entry requirements simply aren't negotiable. There will be more applicants than there are spaces who have 3 or 4 As at AS and lots of A*s at GCSE; regardless of how good your application actually is, if you don't meet the basic GCSE requirements you'll just get rejected as it's just so competitive.

    Simply put, you'll either need to resit GCSE Maths, or apply to other universities, otherwise you're just wasting applications.

    As for A level advice, I did both History (I got an A*) and English Lit (I got an A). For History, it's largely about memorisation, and the other skills (source and essay skills) will come naturally with practice. There's a lot to learn, and it will seem overwhelming, but if you start revising early you'll be absolutely fine. For English Lit, it largely depends on your exam board, but do a lot of practice essays, as that'll improve your skills, and make sure that you're very familiar with your texts. Unlike GCSE, A levels are mostly about independent study, so as long as you're motivated and work hard, you'll be fine. Don't be surprised if you initially get low grades at the start of AS and then A2 - it's normal, but you'll need to work harder to get your grades up to the higher levels.
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    (Original post by ScienceFantatic)
    Good luck in getting A*AA but without the B in maths it's not so much that you're giving up on going to the UNisbut so much them giving up on your application.

    You can try resit?
    Thanks.
    I can try and resit but the Gcse maths format is changing, and new topics are also being added, I was predicted a B in Maths however it has never been my strength, clearly shown by my C grade. However I do hope to achieve much more in the next two years by interesting extra curricular activities and hope to create a strong personal statement, where my C in maths is over looked. I hope this is possible.
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    (Original post by doctorwhofan98)
    The universities you mentioned are extremely competitive, and GCSE entry requirements simply aren't negotiable. There will be more applicants than there are spaces who have 3 or 4 As at AS and lots of A*s at GCSE; regardless of how good your application actually is, if you don't meet the basic GCSE requirements you'll just get rejected as it's just so competitive.

    Simply put, you'll either need to resit GCSE Maths, or apply to other universities, otherwise you're just wasting applications.

    As for A level advice, I did both History (I got an A*) and English Lit (I got an A). For History, it's largely about memorisation, and the other skills (source and essay skills) will come naturally with practice. There's a lot to learn, and it will seem overwhelming, but if you start revising early you'll be absolutely fine. For English Lit, it largely depends on your exam board, but do a lot of practice essays, as that'll improve your skills, and make sure that you're very familiar with your texts. Unlike GCSE, A levels are mostly about independent study, so as long as you're motivated and work hard, you'll be fine. Don't be surprised if you initially get low grades at the start of AS and then A2 - it's normal, but you'll need to work harder to get your grades up to the higher levels.
    Thank you for the useful advice.
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    (Original post by _Hafsa)
    Thank you for the useful advice.
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