Can a strong personal statement make up for grades?

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    I've had my personal statement read by my teachers and they're all really happy with it, with one saying it's the best they've seen in years.

    I've been predicted ABC, with my highest course asking for ABB. I had a significant amount of time off at AS due to a chronic illness that has fortunately been improving since the beginning of A2, which is something that my referee has mentioned in my application. Do you think I have chance? Any replies would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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    You definitely do have a chance! If you have a strong GCSE profile, that gives you, even more, chance to get into uni. Have you considered universities such as UEA or Royal Holloway? They are quite easy to access, and they offer a range of courses at ABB/BBB
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    I hope so.
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    Yeah you'll be just fine! I went to a Royal Holloway UCAS talk and the admissions tutor explained they look at 3 things; grades, reference and personal statement. If your grades are a little off but your reference and personal statement are strong you stand a good chance of getting in! I've also have heard of people who have just missed their grades but still ended up going to the university, usually a result of the personal statement and reference.
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    (Original post by ellavanderbilt)
    I've had my personal statement read by my teachers and they're all really happy with it, with one saying it's the best they've seen in years.

    I've been predicted ABC, with my highest course asking for ABB. I had a significant amount of time off at AS due to a chronic illness that has fortunately been improving since the beginning of A2, which is something that my referee has mentioned in my application. Do you think I have chance? Any replies would be much appreciated. Thanks.
    Remember that an ABB university is likely to make your offer ABB even if you're predicted lower grades.

    It's up to you to decide if you are likely to outperform your predictions when you choose your firm choice (and to pick an insurance choice you would be happy with if you miss the offer and your firm don't accept you with lower grades).
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    Email the universities you are thinking of applying to - tell them your circumstances, your predicted grades (highlight any work experience or stuff as well!) and your interest in studying in the course. Some universities will inform you that they will only consider you if you get the grades they specify, whilst others will suggest they may be more lenient if they receive a good personal statement. They may also be able to suggest some resources or aids which can definitely be a bonus! Definitely have an insurance choice with lower grades as a back up though just in case.
    Of course don't rely on your personal statement to get you in, study hard and you may be able to get higher grades than predicted, still contact the universities though and see, just to make sure. Research some courses for clearing just as a backup if you either don't make your firm and insurance offer, or decide against going for your insurance offer, as quite often a lot of universities will say they will only consider alternate/lower grades and such from an applicant who will be 21/21+ at the time of their application.
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    I had the grades ABC when I applied for my course which has the requirement of AAB-ABB. I got an unconditional offer. My personal statement had impressed the admissions tutor. This was the University of Reading, which is a bit flexible. It's all to do with the uni and the course. For example, Exeter rejected me because I was 1 grade short (I needed ABB), because that course gets so many applicants they only accept those who get the grades.
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    (Original post by ellavanderbilt)
    I've had my personal statement read by my teachers and they're all really happy with it, with one saying it's the best they've seen in years.

    I've been predicted ABC, with my highest course asking for ABB. I had a significant amount of time off at AS due to a chronic illness that has fortunately been improving since the beginning of A2, which is something that my referee has mentioned in my application. Do you think I have chance? Any replies would be much appreciated. Thanks.
    Well done on a good personal statement (some people struggle with writing them).

    You will be absolutely fine, don't worry ! I got into all five of my university choices with unconditional offers and my grades were not that good compared to yours. The uni will take into account your illness. Good Luck :-)
 
 
 
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