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    Hi guys,

    At the moment I'm still reflecting on the AS-Level grades that I got this year. I managed to get ABBCC, and I know that even though those are very good grades, I'm worried that they won't be good enough to get me into my ideal university, Cambridge. I want to study either history or law, and the fact that I got a C in history, even when my teachers knew I could've gotten an A really got me down.

    I'm just not really sure what to do now. To say goodbye to the option of Cambridge would break my heart, so should I retake some of my AS levels? Or should I go on and see if I can redeem myself in A2?

    If anyone was interested, here were the grades that I got overall:

    Philosophy and Ethics:A
    English Literature:B
    Drama:B
    Maths:C
    History:C

    Thanks!
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    you can potentially get : A* A* A* A A without resitting, and for Cambridge you only need A*A*A for most courses if you work hard enough its possible also your application on UCAS is as important so think about that aswell.
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    (Original post by Abb97)
    you can potentially get : A* A* A* A A without resitting, and for Cambridge you only need A*A*A for most courses if you work hard enough its possible also your application on UCAS is as important so think about that aswell.
    I wouldnt be taking all 5 subjects to A2, i would be dropping drama and possibly maths as well.
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    Cambridge definitely won't like you if you retake. They specifically say they don't want students who take three years to complete a typical two year A-Level course. They won't make an offer based on that, either.
    Your situation is more dire than mine, only option if it has to be Cambridge for undergraduate is to take three years, and get something like 4 A* this year to reapply with. Assuming you have no ridiculous extenuating circumstances, like having fought some terrible disease. Look up UCSAS. I know it's easy to say, but I'd be realistic. See what everyone else says, anyway. Others know far better than I. Best of luck.
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    (Original post by Ronald Baegan)
    Hi guys,

    At the moment I'm still reflecting on the AS-Level grades that I got this year. I managed to get ABBCC, and I know that even though those are very good grades, I'm worried that they won't be good enough to get me into my ideal university, Cambridge. I want to study either history or law, and the fact that I got a C in history, even when my teachers knew I could've gotten an A really got me down.

    I'm just not really sure what to do now. To say goodbye to the option of Cambridge would break my heart, so should I retake some of my AS levels? Or should I go on and see if I can redeem myself in A2?

    If anyone was interested, here were the grades that I got overall:

    Philosophy and Ethics:A
    English Literature:B
    Drama:B
    Maths:C
    History:C

    Thanks!
    If you're doing the New a levels, these AS grades won't count towards A2, so I wouldn't bother resitting. It would mean you would be left with C grades in a couple subjects at AS though. Honestly, just try and get A*AA to meet the standard requirement, if they reject you, suck it up and go to UCL, Warwick or some other place for History. Cambridge isn't the be all and end all.
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    Why have you done five AS levels? If it was me, to give myself a chance at Cambridge in your position, I would definitely drop two of those, probably maths and history. But if you want to do history then your only chance is getting over 90% in History at A2 because it would give you an A* overall regardless of that C or retake some/all of the modules, It isn't impossible however, I got a B in Spanish at AS level and was told by my teacher that was all I would get, but I worked really hard and got an A* this year. I really wanted to go to Cambridge/Oxford at first, and I would probably have gotten in had I applied with my actual grades rather than my predicted ones (A*AAB) but I realised in early year 13 that I didn't want to. i wanted to go to Uni in Manchester, because I needed the bustling city and the culture and diversity. Then on results day I withdrew my place even though I got in because I realised I could go to University in Iceland (my home country) and I wanted to try that. The point is that what was important to me when I first applied has changed a lot, as I have changed over the past year. You may find that when you really start to look at Universities that you love a course at York or wherever. It might be better than Cambridge because it might be better for you.

    All I would say is that retakes can make your life a lot harder and I would examine the reasons why you want to go to Cambridge so much. The truth is that while is a good University, it doesn't mean that going there will change your life. It has a good reputation but so does Taco Bell and when I went there I was incredibly disappointed. Terrible humour aside, the point is that there are other Unis out there which would gladly take you with those grades and probably give you a high acheivers scholarship instead of throwing you out into the cold if you miss your entry requirements (typically A*AA for a BA) or if you fail the test/interview.

    Whatever you choose, I wish you all the luck in the world, having recently been in your position.
 
 
 
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