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Missed Imperial Physics offer, what can I do?

Hi everyone,

I recently got back my results for my A levels.

I have gotten A* A* A A with the A*s in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. I got As in Physics and Chemistry. I was wondering if anyone knows how likely/unlikely it is to still get an admission into Imperial despite missing the offer condition. My offer was for Physics with a Year Abroad for A* A* A with the A*s specified in Physics and Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics. I feel kinda stupid about this given I plan to be a physicist and scored an A instead of A* in A level Physics but I can't do much now. So what exactly are my options besides waiting till August for Imperial to confirm? I have offers from UIUC, USC and UCL otherwise which are all confirmed. I also technically have University of Toronto with a full ride on hand in case...
How do you have your A-level results now? Did you do IALs in a different exam session? For the current summer session I believe results day won't be until August.

In any event, they will review it as a near-miss application and it will be at their discretion whether to accept your or not. So see what outcome you get in UCAS for it - until it's listed as unsuccessful/a rejection, you're still under consideration.

Debatably A-level Maths/FM is more indicative of degree level physics than A-level Physics anyway so I wouldn't worry overly much about missing the A* in it if your goal is to pursue physics.

Not sure if @Sinnoh has any sense how likely they may be to consider a near-miss applicant in this situation?

Note if you have a fully funded offer from UToronto I'd probably personally suggest going for that anyway unless Imperial are matching the funding levels offered by then.
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Original post by artful_lounger
How do you have your A-level results now? Did you do IALs in a different exam session? For the current summer session I believe results day won't be until August.
In any event, they will review it as a near-miss application and it will be at their discretion whether to accept your or not. So see what outcome you get in UCAS for it - until it's listed as unsuccessful/a rejection, you're still under consideration.
Debatably A-level Maths/FM is more indicative of degree level physics than A-level Physics anyway so I wouldn't worry overly much about missing the A* in it if your goal is to pursue physics.
Not sure if @Sinnoh has any sense how likely they may be to consider a near-miss applicant in this situation?
Note if you have a fully funded offer from UToronto I'd probably personally suggest going for that anyway unless Imperial are matching the funding levels offered by then.

I did CIE A levels in the Feb-March 2024 series. The results came out 2 days ago. A Level Further Mathematics being more representative of uni physics is true and I'm aware of that but I'm still somewhat worried. I personally don't want to go to UToronto and was feeling more inclined to UIUC or USC. I am enrolled there as of now but will withdraw once Imperial or some other place confirms.
It would be worth checking with admissions at Imperial whether a) they’ve received your results or need some official confirmation and b) whether they’ll be able to make a decision shortly, or if you’ll need to wait until they see the rest of this years AL results.
Original post by admit-one
It would be worth checking with admissions at Imperial whether a) they’ve received your results or need some official confirmation and b) whether they’ll be able to make a decision shortly, or if you’ll need to wait until they see the rest of this years AL results.

I emailed them and they have informed me that I can a) send it for re-evaluation and update them if it comes back positive or b) wait till August for the final decision.
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Original post by Randomboybill
I emailed them and they have informed me that I can a) send it for re-evaluation and update them if it comes back positive or b) wait till August for the final decision.

In that case not much else you can do. Have a word with your teachers as to whether a re-mark is likely to be worthwhile, otherwise it’s a wait until August.
Original post by Admit-One
In that case not much else you can do. Have a word with your teachers as to whether a re-mark is likely to be worthwhile, otherwise it’s a wait until August.

Hmm what about my offers at USC and UIUC? Do you reckon I should leave them be?
Original post by Randomboybill
Hmm what about my offers at USC and UIUC? Do you reckon I should leave them be?

I can’t really say. It’s a complete unknown how likely Imperial are to accept you, and only you know how you rank your alternative options.
Original post by Randomboybill
Hi everyone,
I recently got back my results for my A levels.
I have gotten A* A* A A with the A*s in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. I got As in Physics and Chemistry. I was wondering if anyone knows how likely/unlikely it is to still get an admission into Imperial despite missing the offer condition. My offer was for Physics with a Year Abroad for A* A* A with the A*s specified in Physics and Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics. I feel kinda stupid about this given I plan to be a physicist and scored an A instead of A* in A level Physics but I can't do much now. So what exactly are my options besides waiting till August for Imperial to confirm? I have offers from UIUC, USC and UCL otherwise which are all confirmed. I also technically have University of Toronto with a full ride on hand in case...

im not sure about the whole imperial thing but OH MY GOSH WELL DONE!! those are AMAZING grades, i am taking the same alevels and its no light work at all, really congratulations on such amazing results🥳, wherver you go im sure youll do great, but best of luck with imperial!
Original post by Anonymous
im not sure about the whole imperial thing but OH MY GOSH WELL DONE!! those are AMAZING grades, i am taking the same alevels and its no light work at all, really congratulations on such amazing results🥳, wherver you go im sure youll do great, but best of luck with imperial!

Thank you :smile:
Original post by Randomboybill
Hmm what about my offers at USC and UIUC? Do you reckon I should leave them be?


I’d personally go with USC. In terms of American universities it is consistently top ranking. I’d avoid UIUC with your grades though.
Original post by ontologicalpotat
I’d personally go with USC. In terms of American universities it is consistently top ranking. I’d avoid UIUC with your grades though.
Why would you avoid UIUC? Isn't UIUC a powerhouse for Physics in the US? Or did you mean my grades are too low for UIUC? They hadn't asked me for any specific grade conditions. They'd just requested grades be over an A.
Original post by Randomboybill
Why would you avoid UIUC? Isn't UIUC a powerhouse for Physics in the US? Or did you mean my grades are too low for UIUC? They hadn't asked me for any specific grade conditions. They'd just requested grades be over an A.


No I mean your grades are great. UIUC is good but I think that the networking opportunities that come with USC are unparalleled. Also I think the physics/science dept gets more funding but I could be wrong.
Original post by ontologicalpotat
No I mean your grades are great. UIUC is good but I think that the networking opportunities that come with USC are unparalleled. Also I think the physics/science dept gets more funding but I could be wrong.

Nope, their engineering department gets a lot more funding than their physics one. I might be taking USC since I asked a bunch of people and they seem to be suggesting it.

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