Hello! I'm hoping to apply to Edinburgh next year. I go to a state (i.e. not private) sixth form which is fairly high-average achieving. During my GCSE's, a series of personal circumstances resulting in me finishing with only 7 GCSE's (2 A's, 1 B, 1 B-C, 3C's). None of these were in a language. While my circumstances impacted, there is no way I can get any official letter to prove this as Social Services or an organisation of its kin were never officially involved. I am aiming to get 3 A's at A-Level and apply for History MA (or History and Politics - whichever is less competitive, tbh). While friends tell me I should, I have strong doubt of my chances of getting in, as my GCSE's are nowhere near those of the average competitive university applicant and I read on the official FAQ page that failure to have a foreign language at GCSE results in immediate rejection.
Is there really any point in me applying? Do I realistically have a chance?
tl;dr - Does a state school girl with average-ish GCSE's and decent predicted A Level grades have a realistic shot at getting in?
Are unis responsible for your grades?