Chances of going to Durham for law? Watch

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My GCSE’s are average. I got: 5 A*s, 4 As and 1 B. (This includes a few 9s)
(My schools average was 50% A*)

My extracurriculars are strong and I’m sure I can get work experience

If I get A* A* A* predicted grades and a strong score in my LNAT what are the chances of me getting in?

I’m not sure bc online the application success rate seems to be above 60% which is reassuring, but I’ve heard that 8 A*s is the cutoff point and the cause for a lot of rejections
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Did you sit new style GCSEs or old style ones? Your post is a bit unclear. It's very likely next year unis will have to look at GCSEs differently as less people will have the very top grades.

Durham don't have any official GCSE requirements beyond a pass in English language, but obviously they will compare your academic profile with other applicants.

It may also be, depending on your actual grades, that predictions of A*A*A* would look unrealistic to universities, and wouldn't help you that much. A strong score in the LNAT would definitely help.

Ultimately, I'm sure you would have a chance and having one or two risky choices on your application is ok.
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I sat a mix of the old and new, so i got a mix of numbers and letters. I just translated them all to letters so it wouldn’t look messy
The two 9s I got may make my application look a bit better (by the way do unis only look at your top 8 gcses, English and maths included?)
Also it’s a shame about the predicted grades, the UCAS’ offer rate calculator gave me the wrong impression
But I’m glad that I may be able to partly redeem myself with the LNAT!
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(Original post by evabellarose)
I sat a mix of the old and new, so i got a mix of numbers and letters. I just translated them all to letters so it wouldn’t look messy
The two 9s I got may make my application look a bit better (by the way do unis only look at your top 8 gcses, English and maths included?)
Also it’s a shame about the predicted grades, the UCAS’ offer rate calculator gave me the wrong impression
But I’m glad that I may be able to partly redeem myself with the LNAT!
Universities look at your entire academic profile, so all your GCSEs.

UCAS' calculator is a very blunt tool, don't forget that offer decisions are made by real people with real thoughts and biases. To know if your predicted grades look realistic, people would need to see your grades by subject and the subjects you're sitting.

If you're doing A-levels in the subjects where you got 9s, then A* predictions would be expected. If you got lower grades then an A* prediction may look less realistic.

The personal statement and your reference will also factor into any decisions the uni makes.
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You have a chance. Your GCSEs won't be a huge problem, your predictions would be good and if your LNAT MCQ and essay is good, then definitely.
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Thank you for being straightforward and realistic with me

I got a 9 and a 7 at GCSE for two of my a level subjects (the third being economics, which I didn’t take a gcse in, but I got a 7 in maths and 9 in English, which are subjects i feel make up the skill set for economics)

I know u can’t really say for sure, but if u could guess a % chance of my application being successful, what would it be?
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You have a chance. Your GCSEs won't be a huge problem, your predictions would be good and if your LNAT MCQ and essay is good, then definitely.
That’s good to hear thank youu
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