Hi there! I am not applying as a contextual applicant and hence can't necessarily speak from experience. However, given you are most probably going to be considered contextual, you may want to have that A* in your pocket if you don't already have it. I'm an int student and can't speak too much on behalf of the system, but I am a PPE applicant who, besides not qualifying for contextual applications, tried my very best to get grades above the normal conditional offers. Perhaps you'd want to have, on that note, an A* so you'd feel secure about your application. However, I'm just a regular PPE applicant so you'd probably find more utility with some home students answering this questions. Cheers!