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Why, oh why do most uni's seem to prefer A*AA to A*A*B?! watch

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    A few of the most selective uni's seem to prefer A*AA to A*A*B for subjects such as Maths or Chemisty.

    Does anyone who why this is?
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    (Original post by ComebackKing7)
    A few of the most selective uni's seem to prefer A*AA to A*A*B for subjects such as Maths or Chemisty.

    Does anyone who why this is?
    Because it shows that you are academically strong across 3 subjects rather than just two
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    I think it's because it shows that you are exceptional at EVERYTHING.
    Not to say a B isn't a good grade, but it would be a disappointment if you got A*s in your other subjects. An A is still a very good grade, regardless of your other grades. Universities want to see that you're an all-rounder and can be good at anything you set your mind to, rather than, "Oh s/he's obviously really good at maths and physics, but s/he's poor at, say, English Lit."
    Really badly phrased, but I hope I got my point across.
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    (Original post by ComebackKing7)
    A few of the most selective uni's seem to prefer A*AA to A*A*B for subjects such as Maths or Chemisty.

    Does anyone who why this is?
    I doubt they would if the B was irrelevant to the subject.

    e.g. A* in Chemistry, A* in Biology, B in German for a Biochemistry degree
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    (Original post by DarkEnergy)
    I doubt they would if the B was irrelevant to the subject.

    e.g. A* in Chemistry, A* in Biology, B in German for a Biochemistry degree
    The B is a related subject sadly- Further Maths in this case
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    (Original post by ComebackKing7)
    The B is a related subject sadly- Further Maths in this case
    Imo to show consistency across subjects, instead of just being able to achieve in subjects you are naturally more capable in- you almost definitely won't be comfortable studying everything they hand you at uni, so they probs want your A2 grades to reflect the discipline & management.

    Idk though, A*A*B looks great too
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    (Original post by wolfmoon88)
    Because it shows that you are academically strong across 3 subjects rather than just two
    So better a champion of one subject over champion of two, surely that doesn't follow?
 
 
 
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