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So as it says in the title I wanted to know the very best unis available that accept students with straight 4s but also is pridicted 4 As at a level. I want to study law and don't know where to look. Please help.
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So as it says in the title I wanted to know the very best unis available that accept students with straight 4s but also is pridicted 4 As at a level. I want to study law and don't know where to look. Please help.
I’m in same position (well worse I only left school with 3) and I’m hoping that they’ll recognise going from very poor GCSEs to high a levels as a positive and it will defo make me stand out.

Do you think you may be eligible for a contextual offer? If so then some top unis will defo consider you.
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So as it says in the title I wanted to know the very best unis available that accept students with straight 4s but also is pridicted 4 As at a level. I want to study law and don't know where to look. Please help.
You need to look through the websites for the best 15 or so universities for law and check GCSE requirements carefully. You need to see if you need to resit maths and english. Possibly you need to do this on a year out. Good luck - you can get there. Other than minimum requirements you can get offers from great universities.
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I’m in same position (well worse I only left school with 3) and I’m hoping that they’ll recognise going from very poor GCSEs to high a levels as a positive and it will defo make me stand out.

Do you think you may be eligible for a contextual offer? If so then some top unis will defo consider you.
Yeah the college I do a levels is eligible for contextual offer but not the place I done gcses sadly.
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You need to look through the websites for the best 15 or so universities for law and check GCSE requirements carefully. You need to see if you need to resit maths and english. Possibly you need to do this on a year out. Good luck - you can get there. Other than minimum requirements you can get offers from great universities.
Thanks. I really don't want to do another year of gcses and want to continue with a levels. Hopefully universities at the top level accept the improvement I made and accept the minimum I have for gcses in exchange for very high a levels
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Thanks. I really don't want to do another year of gcses and want to continue with a levels. Hopefully universities at the top level accept the improvement I made and accept the minimum I have for gcses in exchange for very high a levels
I'd be careful about this. There are two issues:

1) How will universities assess you as a candidate with poor GCSEs

2) What are the university minimum requirements for maths and English.

For the first of these you are probably just fine if you show a huge improvement. Some universities you may chose not to apply to, but you'll still have loads of options, and could always apply again after a levels.

For the second you might have a real problem. Universities tend to be very strict on minimum requirements so you need to check carefully. Retaking one or two GCSEs will not mean another year of GCSEs. You just have to tough it out while you do A levels. For example, UCL require grade 6's in both maths and English.
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Depends what you mean by top level, most London unis and Oxbridge I’ve been told take GCSEs into consideration just because they have so many applicants, and use their minimum requirements to filter people out, or they’ll be overloaded. Other than that, they shouldn’t matter too much I think?
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Yeah the college I do a levels is eligible for contextual offer but not the place I done gcses sadly.
What unis that you looked at? Manchester?

Try loads there the criteria for contextual is different everywhere. The biggest factor normally is your home postcode
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Depends what you mean by top level, most London unis and Oxbridge I’ve been told take GCSEs into consideration just because they have so many applicants, and use their minimum requirements to filter people out, or they’ll be overloaded. Other than that, they shouldn’t matter too much I think?
I hope they consider me
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What unis that you looked at? Manchester?

Try loads there the criteria for contextual is different everywhere. The biggest factor normally is your home postcode
My contextual offer is based on my college being in the bottom 40%. I've looked at unis like Manchester maybe Birmingham, Exeter and Liverpool. But there's probably more just need to research more
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My contextual offer is based on my college being in the bottom 40%. I've looked at unis like Manchester maybe Birmingham, Exeter and Liverpool. But there's probably more just need to research more
Liverpool don’t offer contextual mate.
Manchester you won’t be eligible then for school.
Exeter do very good contextual as they give out BBB and Bristol and Durham also do contextual with low requirements.

York is RG that you may be eligible for but there is a compulsory interview for Law at York.

Leeds for Access to Leeds and Newcastle do this thing called Partners look them both up
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Liverpool don’t offer contextual mate.
Manchester you won’t be eligible then for school.
Exeter do very good contextual as they give out BBB and Bristol and Durham also do contextual with low requirements.

York is RG that you may be eligible for but there is a compulsory interview for Law at York.

Leeds for Access to Leeds and Newcastle do this thing called Partners look them both up
Thanks for recommending some unis. I just done the uni of manchester contextual offer check and I qualified without knowing. It said my contextual offer was flag plus or something like that. And my postcode and college qualified so I guess that's some good news.
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Thanks for recommending some unis. I just done the uni of manchester contextual offer check and I qualified without knowing. It said my contextual offer was flag plus or something like that. And my postcode and college qualified so I guess that's some good news.
If your postcode works for Manchester that means you’ll live in a quintile 1 area for POLAR4 so with that and your college performing below average you should be eligible pretty much everywhere.
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