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.
Government and Politics: A (85 UMS)
Psychology: A (over 85% raw marks and UMS)
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:
- 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...
English Literature: A
English Language: B
Business Studies: B
Higher Mathematics: 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.
Loughborough at number one