Are Target/semi target uni’s out of reach Watch

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The reason I use the word target is because I want to keep my options open for both Law careers and Investment banking. I’m yr 12 and got 2 grade 6s 4 grade 5s and 2 4s. This was due to slacking off and not revising - not the case with a levels. I’m likely going to be predicted A*AA.
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Yeah, those GCSEs grades seem a little too low, even for Warwick. Forget about the others.
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The reason I use the word target is because I want to keep my options open for both Law careers and Investment banking. I’m yr 12 and got 2 grade 6s 4 grade 5s and 2 4s. This was due to slacking off and not revising - not the case with a levels. I’m likely going to be predicted A*AA.
why would unis believe you will get your "predicted" grades with GCSEs that low? they already know predicted grades are inflated.

you'd be better off doing a post-A levels application when you actually have the grades tbh. your A levels won't necessary be much better though
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What about the likes of Bristol, Exeter, Manchester and Nottingham? CollectiveSoul JohanGRK
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What about the likes of Bristol, Exeter, Manchester and Nottingham? CollectiveSoul JohanGRK
GCSEs aren’t a deciding factor but when they’re that low I think you could be in for a problem.

How can a uni believe that someone who achieved mainly 5s and 4s, which is basically a collection of low Bs and Cs, is going to achieve top marks at A Level?

Like mentioned above, your best bet is to reapply when you’ve actually got your grades if you’re set on going to those unis. Or you could apply through adjustment.

You’re going to struggle though.
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Even using contextual data, my school was the lowest performing in the borough?
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GCSEs aren’t a deciding factor but when they’re that low I think you could be in for a problem.

How can a uni believe that someone who achieved mainly 5s and 4s, which is basically a collection of low Bs and Cs, is going to achieve top marks at A Level?

Like mentioned above, your best bet is to reapply when you’ve actually got your grades if you’re set on going to those unis. Or you could apply through adjustment.

You’re going to struggle though.
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Even using contextual data, my school was the lowest performing in the borough?
I’m not entirely sure; how were your grades in comparison to others in your school?

If you were one of the highest that may work in your favour but there are plenty of students who go to low achieving schools and perform considerably better.
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The average student got about 4 GCSEs
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I’m not entirely sure; how were your grades in comparison to others in your school?

If you were one of the highest that may work in your favour but there are plenty of students who go to low achieving schools and perform considerably better.
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Maybe that’ll play in your favour; there’s no harm in applying to them if you’re really keen but have a backup choices just in case.

Don’t put Notts, Warwick, Manchester, Kings and Bristol say as you could be rejected from all of them.

If you have a balance with a few safe options you’d be happy to go to, I don’t see any major risk.
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I’m thinking Bristol notts Leeds Manchester and Southampton
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Maybe that’ll play in your favour; there’s no harm in applying to them if you’re really keen but have a backup choices just in case.

Don’t put Notts, Warwick, Manchester, Kings and Bristol say as you could be rejected from all of them.

If you have a balance with a few safe options you’d be happy to go to, I don’t see any major risk.
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Bristol and Exeter do make contextual offers if your schools results are in the bottom 40% for A levels. I dont know about Gcse's. I suspect you will be fine with your GCSE's although they require a grade 6 for English Language. I would suggest contact the universities themselves for a more accurate advice than anyone can give on here

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-libra...2019-cycle.pdf

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-libra...2019-cycle.pdf

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Even using contextual data, my school was the lowest performing in the borough?
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I’m thinking Bristol notts Leeds Manchester and Southampton
May be a bit ambitious with your GCSEs as they’re all AAA unis or higher.

Perhaps Nottingham, Manchester, Southampton and then two slightly lower ones may be safer.
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Personally I would look at Bristol and Exeter as they use the school grading system. I would also be looking at one lower graded university as insurance. Dont gamble on all 5.
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I’m thinking Bristol notts Leeds Manchester and Southampton
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I’d rather wait a year than go to a university lower tbh.
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May be a bit ambitious with your GCSEs as they’re all AAA unis or higher.

Perhaps Nottingham, Manchester, Southampton and then two slightly lower ones may be safer.
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Bristol and Exeter do make contextual offers if your schools results are in the bottom 40% for A levels. I dont know about Gcse's. I suspect you will be fine with your GCSE's although they require a grade 6 for English Language. I would suggest contact the universities themselves for a more accurate advice than anyone can give on here

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-libra...2019-cycle.pdf

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-libra...2019-cycle.pdf

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I didn’t see an English language requirement on exeter
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Bristol and Exeter do make contextual offers if your schools results are in the bottom 40% for A levels. I dont know about Gcse's. I suspect you will be fine with your GCSE's although they require a grade 6 for English Language. I would suggest contact the universities themselves for a more accurate advice than anyone can give on here

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-libra...2019-cycle.pdf

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-libra...2019-cycle.pdf

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May be a bit ambitious with your GCSEs as they’re all AAA unis or higher.

Perhaps Nottingham, Manchester, Southampton and then two slightly lower ones may be safer.
Exeter and Bristol might be worth applying to as they make reduced offers based on low performing school. I think Southampton do but I believe Manchester base theirs on other criteria including post codes.
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Also my schools for secondary and sixth form are both listed
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I’d rather wait a year than go to a university lower tbh.
Then do that then - you can always apply through adjustment as well if you get A*AA and they don’t accept you.

You’ve already made up your mind that you want to apply to those so do it and I’m sure you’ll get a few offers.
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only the universities can tell you definitely. Ring the admissions tutors for law outline your GCSE and ask for their advice. Good luck.
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Then do that then - you can always apply through adjustment as well if you get A*AA and they don’t accept you.

You’ve already made up your mind that you want to apply to those so do it and I’m sure you’ll get a few offers.
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