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    I really want to get into Exeter for a FCH degree. I want to study International Relations and Strategy and International Security with Japanese, to be more specific. However, I am worrying a lot about whether I even stand a chance.

    My AS-levels:
    Government and Politics: A (85 UMS)
    Psychology: A (over 85% raw marks and UMS)
    Sociology: A
    English Literature: B

    (Note: My college is quite good, with 46% getting A*-B at A-level.)

    Relevant things that prove my suitability for the course:
    - bilingualism
    - living and studying in two different countries (bicultural experience)
    - reading many books
    - student Ambassador
    - editor of the student newspaper
    - in the writing club
    - going to a university's Model United Nations
    - work experience with an MP
    - member of a political party
    - visiting two Parliaments (the UK Parliament and my native country's)
    - learning hiragana, katakana, and some Kanji
    - a lot of miscellaneous things related to Japan (watching anime and TV shows, reading books by Japanese authors and manga, attending festivals and concerts of Japanese bands, etc)

    Yes, my AS-levels and the things I did can probably prove my enthusiasm for the course with little or no problems. My GCSEs and situation are the problem...

    My GCSEs:
    English Literature: A
    English Language: B
    Business Studies: B
    Biology; B
    Chemistry: C
    Physics: C
    Higher Mathematics: C
    Psychology: C
    History: C
    Religious Studies: C

    As you can see, my GCSEs are average. I have good reasons for that, though. I immigrated to the UK in year 11 and had to do all of my GCSEs in a single year, not to mention that three of my GCSE teachers left in the middle of the year. In addition, the latest data I have about my school's GCSE results shows that only 44% of students achieved five grades A*-C, which is quite bad and below the average for the county.

    Also, before my AS exams, my mother was hospitalised for a pre-stroke or something like that, then had to have an emergency heart surgery and my grandmother died, so naturally, I had less time to revise and more stress that affected my study time and its effectiveness.

    To make everything worse, I just moved to another country and will do a completely different qualification for which I need to catch up on three years' worth of study material by myself, meaning that I am less likely to do well because of all the material I have to self-teach. (At least I will volunteer and will most likely get a job meanwhile.)

    So, with these in mind, do you think I stand a chance or that I should not even bother to apply?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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    (Original post by Michiyo)
    I really want to get into Exeter for a FCH degree. I want to study International Relations and Strategy and International Security with Japanese, to be more specific. However, I am worrying a lot about whether I even stand a chance.

    My AS-levels:
    Government and Politics: A (85 UMS)
    Psychology: A (over 85% raw marks and UMS)
    Sociology: A
    English Literature: B

    (Note: My college is quite good, with 46% getting A*-B at A-level.)

    Relevant things that prove my suitability for the course:
    - bilingualism
    - living and studying in two different countries (bicultural experience)
    - reading many books
    - student Ambassador
    - editor of the student newspaper
    - in the writing club
    - going to a university's Model United Nations
    - work experience with an MP
    - member of a political party
    - visiting two Parliaments (the UK Parliament and my native country's)
    - learning hiragana, katakana, and some Kanji
    - a lot of miscellaneous things related to Japan (watching anime and TV shows, reading books by Japanese authors and manga, attending festivals and concerts of Japanese bands, etc)

    Yes, my AS-levels and the things I did can probably prove my enthusiasm for the course with little or no problems. My GCSEs and situation are the problem...

    My GCSEs:
    English Literature: A
    English Language: B
    Business Studies: B
    Biology; B
    Chemistry: C
    Physics: C
    Higher Mathematics: C
    Psychology: C
    History: C
    Religious Studies: C

    As you can see, my GCSEs are average. I have good reasons for that, though. I immigrated to the UK in year 11 and had to do all of my GCSEs in a single year, not to mention that three of my GCSE teachers left in the middle of the year. In addition, the latest data I have about my school's GCSE results shows that only 44% of students achieved five grades A*-C, which is quite bad and below the average for the county.

    Also, before my AS exams, my mother was hospitalised for a pre-stroke or something like that, then had to have an emergency heart surgery and my grandmother died, so naturally, I had less time to revise and more stress that affected my study time and its effectiveness.

    To make everything worse, I just moved to another country and will do a completely different qualification for which I need to catch up on three years' worth of study material by myself, meaning that I am less likely to do well because of all the material I have to self-teach. (At least I will volunteer and will most likely get a job meanwhile.)

    So, with these in mind, do you think I stand a chance or that I should not even bother to apply?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.
    You definitely have a great chance to get in. Your AS levels and experience in other areas is quite great/above average.

    Don't worry about your GCSEs. Ask your school to talk about your mom's hospitalization/grandmother's passing away and you having to do GCSEs in 1 year. Exeter should take these into account. Plus you have proven you are capable of achieving highly based on your AS results.

    I wouldn't worry too much if I were you.
 
 
 
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