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Hi guys,

I'd really like to know about your experiences with applying to university and receiving contextual offers. Having grown up in a deprived area and attended a secondary school that consistently achieves below the national average in GCSEs, and then going to a college with a low progression to university (the town I live in has low progression too) I know that I meet the criteria of most unis to be eligible. However, I'm worried that this doesn't necessarily mean I'll receive a lower offer.
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I want to study Eng Lit.
I'm hoping to apply to places like Bristol (my favourite) and Southampton etc.
GCSEs - AAABBCCCC
AS - ABD (I bombed history, I don't normally get Ds)
I'm in multiple orchestras and have taken music grades.

I know that my grades aren't really that good, but they are better than a lot of my peers. All things considered, what do you think my chances are?
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(Original post by IslaRM)
Hi guys,

I'd really like to know about your experiences with applying to university and receiving contextual offers. Having grown up in a deprived area and attended a secondary school that consistently achieves below the national average in GCSEs, and then going to a college with a low progression to university (the town I live in has low progression too) I know that I meet the criteria of most unis to be eligible. However, I'm worried that this doesn't necessarily mean I'll receive a lower offer.
Info:
I want to study Eng Lit.
I'm hoping to apply to places like Bristol (my favourite) and Southampton etc.
GCSEs - AAABBCCCC
AS - ABD (I bombed history, I don't normally get Ds)
I'm in multiple orchestras and have taken music grades.

I know that my grades aren't really that good, but they are better than a lot of my peers. All things considered, what do you think my chances are?
Bristol has a list of schools on a contextual offer of ABB at the lowest for English. You should email the university and ask, they're usually really helpful and nice about it. Exeter is another one that has contextual offers lowest AAB. You may need to re-sit History if you can't get the A/B required from A2 ( but won't matter at all if Linear A Level). You should be proud of that A! Best would be being predicted ABB+, but if you're not A*AC/A*BC or even ABC predictions with a strong personal statement could give you a shot of an aspirational offer.

RE. Music grades, some Unis care about extra curriculars more than others. Traditional ones often are not that bothered. I've never seen English offers that accept music grades.
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Bristol has a list of schools on a contextual offer of ABB at the lowest for English. You should email the university and ask, they're usually really helpful and nice about it. Exeter is another one that has contextual offers lowest AAB. You may need to re-sit History if you can't get the A/B required from A2 ( but won't matter at all if Linear A Level). You should be proud of that A! Best would be being predicted ABB+, but if you're not A*AC/A*BC or even ABC predictions with a strong personal statement could give you a shot of an aspirational offer.

RE. Music grades, some Unis care about extra curriculars more than others. Traditional ones often are not that bothered. I've never seen English offers that accept music grades.
Thanks that was really helpful! I did email Bristol, and they couldn't really say much, but I do feel as though I have slightly more information than I did before. In terms of the music grades I more meant that they will (hopefully) reflect well on me in my personal statement.

Thanks again!
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Thanks that was really helpful! I did email Bristol, and they couldn't really say much, but I do feel as though I have slightly more information than I did before. In terms of the music grades I more meant that they will (hopefully) reflect well on me in my personal statement.

Thanks again!
It might do, but link music back to English ( poetry and music work very well together )
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