I'm applying for maths and currently have predictions of 3A*s and 1A (chem) (perhaps a little harsh, I got top third in the year at chemistry and my target is a*) doing the a2 subjects chem physics maths and fm. I have a feeling my reference is pretty flattering in some respects. my maths ums scores are average to good with some problems - 98 fp1, 94 s1, 93 m1&c2, 87 c1 and 85 c3 (why oh why) and 82 d1.
My personal statement shows a lot of independent self directed study and reading and hopefully passion for maths. But it is lacking in actually valuable extra-curricular activities. They are 'super-curricular' but kind of lame. I'm not all that articulate but I hope don't sound too bad in it. lastly my GCSE grades are 8A*s 3As (2 in english subjects and one in geography) and a C in economics (will haunt me forever) missed A* in eng lit by 1 ums.
Anyway i'm not sure whether i should replace bristol with durham as a choice, though it would be awesome if i could get into durham - i don't want to risk it. my other options are bath, warwick, nottingham and cambridge (yes, cambridge.. i hope to do really well in the interview if i get one). honestly should i get an offer from bath i'd reject bristol but bath is less competitive for offers than bristol (or so i've read). Should i get durham i may reject bath and even warwick.
So the only factor really stopping me from applying to durham is the competition. Do you think I should hedge my bets?
How do unis decide who goes where?