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    Hi guys - I’m applying for courses with entry requirement ranges of AAA-ABB, but I’m predicted A*A*A. I really don’t think these are realistic after my AS grades of ACCC.
    Do uni offers go higher because of entry requirements? It’s making me nervous
    extra point - how likely are Russel group unis to offer unconditionals? I’m applying for philosophy which I’m told isn’t super competitive, I got good GCSEs (5A*, 1 L2D*, 4A &1B) and I was appointed Dep. Head Boy so I’m wondering what my chances are... due to major nerves of exams.
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    Hi guys - I’m applying for courses with entry requirement ranges of AAA-ABB, but I’m predicted A*A*A. I really don’t think these are realistic after my AS grades of ACCC.
    Do uni offers go higher because of entry requirements? It’s making me nervous
    extra point - how likely are Russel group unis to offer unconditionals? I’m applying for philosophy which I’m told isn’t super competitive, I got good GCSEs (5A*, 1 L2D*, 4A &1B) and I was appointed Dep. Head Boy so I’m wondering what my chances are... due to major nerves of exams.
    How on Earth have you been predicted an A* from a C? That's incredibly irresponsible of your school and universities will not believe this prediction. To answer your question (which has been asked hundreds of times on here), universities do not give people higher offers if their predictions are higher than the requirements. Your issue is going to be getting universities to believe you can get an A* and an A from 2 C grades, which realistically isn't going to happen.
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    These are the reasons I’m predicted -
    - A* from A, because I got full marks on the AS
    - A* from C, because that’s what I’ve been achieving in class, the whole class got disappointing results (I know that doesn’t make it right but we’ve since changed to a much better teacher)
    - A from C, because I’m resitting the AS papers (unreformed subject)
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    (Original post by Link2016)
    These are the reasons I’m predicted -
    - A* from A, because I got full marks on the AS
    - A* from C, because that’s what I’ve been achieving in class, the whole class got disappointing results (I know that doesn’t make it right but we’ve since changed to a much better teacher)
    - A from C, because I’m resitting the AS papers (unreformed subject)
    They are still overoptimistic, take a gap year or risk it as Unis won't trust those predictions.
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    (forgot to add) but yeah, you obviously understand my nervousness. I think ABB is more realistic, and covers my uni choices anyway - do you think admissions will see the predicted as a flaw in my application even if their entry requirements are ABB?
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    (Original post by Link2016)
    These are the reasons I’m predicted -
    - A* from A, because I got full marks on the AS
    - A* from C, because that’s what I’ve been achieving in class, the whole class got disappointing results (I know that doesn’t make it right but we’ve since changed to a much better teacher)
    - A from C, because I’m resitting the AS papers (unreformed subject)
    If that's what you 'achieved' in class then it's incredibly likely the teacher you had was incredibly overgenerous with marking and you have never been achieving to an A* standard at all. This is exactly what universities will think as going from a C in AS to an A* in A2 where the A2 content is much harder is not realistic at all. You said some of the courses you want to apply for ask for ABB, if you got your teachers to predict you A*BB (not an unrealistic aim) you'd be far more likely to get universities to believe those predictions and thus you'd be more likely to get offers.
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    (Original post by Link2016)
    (forgot to add) but yeah, you obviously understand my nervousness. I think ABB is more realistic, and covers my uni choices anyway - do you think admissions will see the predicted as a flaw in my application even if their entry requirements are ABB?
    Depends on what they think, but if we go off the classic one grade up, then you're covered, but it will depend on the institution. ( I'm in a similar situation but with the IBDP)
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    I had been told that admissions supposedly can’t refer to AS grades because it would be an unfair advantage, being that the minority still sit AS grades and having evidence of their progress of only some gives the majority that don’t a better chance - problem being however that I can’t find anywhere to corroborate this officially. My teachers who provided the predicted actually do believe I can reach them it’s just I don’t know if that’s enough.
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    (Original post by Link2016)
    I had been told that admissions supposedly can’t refer to AS grades because it would be an unfair advantage, being that the minority still sit AS grades and having evidence of their progress of only some gives the majority that don’t a better chance - problem being however that I can’t find anywhere to corroborate this officially. My teachers who provided the predicted actually do believe I can reach them it’s just I don’t know if that’s enough.
    What else do you expect them to do when the AS grades will be sat right there in front of them? They go off whatever they see is available to them whether they're supposed to or not. University applications have never been so competitive and they use anything they can to differentiate between applicants. It doesn't matter whether your teachers believe you can get those grades, the universities won't. The universities will look at your predictions from an objective point of view without knowing anything personal about you (which is how all university alpplications are done) and will use the facts they've been presented with, which are unrealistic predicted grades.
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    What else do you expect them to do when the AS grades will be sat right there in front of them? They go off whatever they see is available to them whether they're supposed to or not. University applications have never been so competitive and they use anything they can to differentiate between applicants. It doesn't matter whether your teachers believe you can get those grades, the universities won't. The universities will look at your predictions from an objective point of view without knowing anything personal about you (which is how all university alpplications are done) and will use the facts they've been presented with, which are unrealistic predicted grades.
    Adding to the above, AS grades, as they're public exams will be used more than the predictions
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    If you haven't sent it off, then go and see your head of sixth form about it and like the person who adds all the references on etc and see your teachers to lower your predicted.
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    No they're not going to raise your offer because of your predicted grades.
    BUT, it's concerning how they're predicting A* from a C and that's hard to justify even with your circumstances.
    A more realistic prediction would be a B/A to be honest.
    Don't let universities scrutinize you on that. They WILL use all the resources available to them (depending on your choice of course of course)
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    Ultimately you guys are probably right. I’ll speak to my teachers to get them lowered if it’s likely to benefit the offers I really want to aim for. Thanks for the help
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