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    I have two questions just to get a clear idea on this 'competition' aspect when applying to Universities. Although predicted grades are not the base of decision, it does have some significant weight.

    Question 1. How many people do you know has got a 4 A* prediction (with A* EPQ if applicable)?
    Question 2. How many people in this country do you think have a 4A* prediction?

    I feel as though by answering these questions, students, including myself, may be either more comfortable or enlightened by the fact that there is indeed a lot of competition.

    I felt the need to ask this as its own question from the reply I did on another page.
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    1. I am the only person I know who got predicted 4A* (I achieved this).
    2. I know 2% of people nationally achieve A*A*A* every year (300,000 take A levels per year so 6000 get this), and I'd imagine A*A*A*A* is about 1%-1.5%. But people's results are usually over-optimistically predicted, there's no formal data on predicted grades and most people do 3, not 4 A Levels, and people doing 4 are probably going to do well in them. so I'd be inclined to say around 2-3% of people would be precited 4A*, with 1-1.5% actually achieving it.

    Just FYI, if you're predicted 4A* I wouldn't be worried about competition. The only places you might not get an offer from are: Oxbridge, Imperial, LSE and maybe UCL/Durham for a couple subjects, and everywhere if its medicine. I'd say its extremely rare to be rejected from anywhere else.
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    (Original post by PoliticsandP)
    1. I am the only person I know who got predicted 4A* (I achieved this).
    2. I know 2% of people nationally achieve A*A*A* every year (300,000 take A levels per year so 6000 get this), and I'd imagine A*A*A*A* is about 1%-1.5%. But people's results are usually over-optimistically predicted, there's no formal data on predicted grades and most people do 3, not 4 A Levels, and people doing 4 are probably going to do well in them. so I'd be inclined to say around 2-3% of people would be precited 4A*, with 1-1.5% actually achieving it.

    Just FYI, if you're predicted 4A* I wouldn't be worried about competition. The only places you might not get an offer from are: Oxbridge, Imperial, LSE and maybe UCL/Durham for a couple subjects, and everywhere if its medicine. I'd say its extremely rare to be rejected from anywhere else.
    The only competition is getting into one of the Universities you've mentioned
    But anyway, thank you so much for the response! Extremely informative!
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    I have been predicted 4 A*'s and to the best of my knowledge, so have almost all the people doing 4 A-Levels, especially those applying for Oxbridge. In honesty, to continue with 4 A-Levels in the first place indicates high academic capability so this isn't too surprising. I do go to a school with a very high academic rating though, so I doubt this is as normal in most schools.
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    Loads, but most don't end up getting it at my school
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    There are three people at my sixth form currently taking 4 A-Levels, of those three I know that I have a 4 A* prediction, my friend has either 4A* or 3A*&A and the other has a 1A* 3A prediction if that helps at all

    Just for the record there are also a few predicted 3A*s
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    I was predicted A*A*A*A*A, with one of the A*s in the Welsh Bacc. I just didn't complete the Welsh Bacc and ended up with 4A*s. In my school, I think there was one other person predicted A*A*A*A*, who also ended up dropping something, getting A*A*A*. It wasn't a very big sixth form (I guess there were around 100-150 of us in Year 13) or a particularly good one.
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    I have A*A*A*A + A* EPQ
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    I knew several people who were predicted 4A* (including myself). It was only a matter of doing well in all four of your AS levels. Got around or above 90 UMS in each subject? That's an A* prediction for you. (All of these 4A* people applied to Oxbridge, as you would imagine).

    Most people I know also didn't go on to actually achieve the 4A*, particularly those doing humanities (I ended up getting 2A*2A, others got even lower than that).
 
 
 
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