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Urgent ucas advice

Hello everyone,

I am student at the University of Greenwich, studying Maths and Computer Science and I am in year one. However, I did not want to come here.


When I was supposed To apply to university, I did not apply because I wanted to take a gap year.


I sat my A-levels in summer 2023 and in the summer while waiting for my results, I changed my mind and wanted to go to university - wherever there was free space.

I got my results and they were not great...CCD (Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science respectively.)

Throughout my A-level Studies, I had always been a great student in class - and even in the mocks I got higher grades - something like B in the last mocks before the real exams.

There were some extenuating circumstances that affected me during my studies of year 13 and just right when the exam period started.

I am going to re-sit my exams in summer 2024 and apply to university because I am not happy with Greenwich.

I am almost sending my application to UCAS, but I want to make sure that everything is right.

My college where I did my A-levels gave me new predictions to apply to university again, which are ABB (Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science respectively.)

I want to apply to top universities and for that I need higher grades. So, I wanted to and do mock exams in a private exam centre to get higher predicted grades based on that.


However, my college advised me not to do that: firstly, because universities will look at my grades that I already got last summer and if my new predicted grades are really high - they will see something wrong and they will be suspicious about it. and they are saying that my chances are lowering this way. secondly, I cannot have two referees - because I wanted to just get a higher grade for further maths. They said I would have to unrelease myself from them and go to a private exam centre, but how is the exam centre going to write my reference if they don't know me academically? And I am happy with my reference from my college.

P.S - I am eligible for contextual offers.

I have decided to listen to them and not do that.
However, I am not sure about that.

My choices are:

1. IMPERIAL COLLEGE - MATHEMATICS
2. UCL - COMPUTER SCIENCE
3. KING'S COLLEGE LONDON - MATHEMATICS - accepts transfers
4. LSE - DATA SCIENCE - accept transfers
5. QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON - COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MATHEMATHICS - accepts transfers

Also, wherever transfers are accepted - shall I transfer to entry from year 2 or shall I just start from year 1?

I have spoken to some exam centres and they are still willing to help - I could sit an exam and get it marked before the UCAS deadline.

What should I do? What is your advice?

Thanks in advance!

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks
Reply 1
Hmmm - loads to unpack here. Unfortunate that you didn’t apply to a couple of places earlier but what is done is done.

Questions if I may:

do you live in London at present? Are you limited to universities in London? Which area of London do you live in?

Would you be happy taking a straight maths degree?

Why continue at your current course if you want to leave? Would it be better to study full time for a levels?

Reply 2
Original post by ajj2000
Hmmm - loads to unpack here. Unfortunate that you didn’t apply to a couple of places earlier but what is done is done.

Questions if I may:

do you live in London at present? Are you limited to universities in London? Which area of London do you live in?

Would you be happy taking a straight maths degree?

Why continue at your current course if you want to leave? Would it be better to study full time for a levels?


do you live in London at present? Are you limited to universities in London? Which area of London do you live in?

Yes, I live in London with my parents. My parents want me to stay in London, so I can't go elsewhere. I live in North London.


Would you be happy taking a straight maths degree?

I love both subjects and enjoy them equally.


Why continue at your current course if you want to leave? Would it be better to study full time for a levels?

I love the subject, but it is not well taught at all at Greenwich. Why would I study full time for a-levels if I already know all the content and studying a maths degree?

Reply 3
hi

I'll think and revert. How could you get a private centre to mark 3 A levels before the deadline - which is Wednesday? This doesn't sound realistic unless you already have something set up?

Did you sit MAT - if so what score? Have you been preparing for STEP exams?
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