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I think they'll be a bit higher, but worst case, I think my A level grades are going to be A*AAA in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Computing respectively and then A in EPQ. This meets my firm choice A level requirements but I'll have to see whether I've met my STEP requirement and the STEP wasn't nice this year so not too sure what's gonna happen there.

If I am going to reapply, I've seen a lot of minimum entry requirements being 2 A* A at the top unis. Would I not be able to apply to these places because if I achieve my worst case, I've not met these grades? Would they even bother looking into my application at this point?

What do the top unis think about resits? I'm aware that Oxbridge will be out of the question, and perhaps Imperial, but what about other places? I'm a non-contextual applicant btw.

Generally speaking, what top unis have places in Clearing for Computer Science every year, if not most, and have been cropping up a decent amount in the past few years with these "worst case" grades?

I'm super stressed out right now, so I'm hoping and praying that I've achieved higher.
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You would need to ask each university directly about whether they would consider you with achieved grades below their standard offer or whether they would expect you to resit.
Just be aware that just meeting, or even exceeding, the entry requirements for any CS course asking for A* grades does not guarantee you an offer. Comp Sci is mega-competitive at top Unis - at Bath, where the standard entry requirement is A*A*A, only 20% of all UK applicants for CS were made offers this year. You do have to think about what you think going to 'another Uni' is going to achieve.
Original post by vnayak
I think they'll be a bit higher, but worst case, I think my A level grades are going to be A*AAA in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Computing respectively and then A in EPQ. This meets my firm choice A level requirements but I'll have to see whether I've met my STEP requirement and the STEP wasn't nice this year so not too sure what's gonna happen there.
If I am going to reapply, I've seen a lot of minimum entry requirements being 2 A* A at the top unis. Would I not be able to apply to these places because if I achieve my worst case, I've not met these grades? Would they even bother looking into my application at this point?
What do the top unis think about resits? I'm aware that Oxbridge will be out of the question, and perhaps Imperial, but what about other places? I'm a non-contextual applicant btw.
Generally speaking, what top unis have places in Clearing for Computer Science every year, if not most, and have been cropping up a decent amount in the past few years with these "worst case" grades?
I'm super stressed out right now, so I'm hoping and praying that I've achieved higher.

Years ago my son was in college and a girl applied to Cambridge to study Maths. She was made an offer to get A*AA and the top level in STEP.. She actually achieved A*A*A*A* in Maths, Further Maths and I believe the others were Physics and Chemistry. She missed the grade in STEP and got rejected. This is what you are faced with.

Currently Computer Science is a very hot subject and Imperial makes offers to 1 in 20 of those applying. They expect everyone to meet their offer and will have enough applicants who do not to need somebody who doesnt. It is highly likely you will get rejected.

Generally top universities will not be offering CS in clearing. Some lower graded RG and places lie Lancaster might but the top universities wont. Your best option will be to check ucas course search and filter on show universities with vacancies. If a university doesnt have vacancies now it isnt gong to in clearing. They are confident they will fill their spaces either with students who meet their offers or maybe for near misses.

This is the reason why we advise students to have sensible insurance choices.
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Original post by swanseajack1
Years ago my son was in college and a girl applied to Cambridge to study Maths. She was made an offer to get A*AA and the top level in STEP.. She actually achieved A*A*A*A* in Maths, Further Maths and I believe the others were Physics and Chemistry. She missed the grade in STEP and got rejected. This is what you are faced with.
Currently Computer Science is a very hot subject and Imperial makes offers to 1 in 20 of those applying. They expect everyone to meet their offer and will have enough applicants who do not to need somebody who doesnt. It is highly likely you will get rejected.
Generally top universities will not be offering CS in clearing. Some lower graded RG and places lie Lancaster might but the top universities wont. Your best option will be to check ucas course search and filter on show universities with vacancies. If a university doesnt have vacancies now it isnt gong to in clearing. They are confident they will fill their spaces either with students who meet their offers or maybe for near misses.
This is the reason why we advise students to have sensible insurance choices.

I made a couple of mistakes along the way during the application process. The Edinburgh website said AAB to 3 A* so I thought that I would be offered lower requirements than 3 A*s but I later found that the AAB is reserved for contextual applicants and they tend to offer 3 A*s to non-contextual applicants or A*AA at best.

I also applied to Durham and hoped that I would get the offer but got rejected from them, so it put me in a really tough position.
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Original post by swanseajack1
Years ago my son was in college and a girl applied to Cambridge to study Maths. She was made an offer to get A*AA and the top level in STEP.. She actually achieved A*A*A*A* in Maths, Further Maths and I believe the others were Physics and Chemistry. She missed the grade in STEP and got rejected. This is what you are faced with.
Currently Computer Science is a very hot subject and Imperial makes offers to 1 in 20 of those applying. They expect everyone to meet their offer and will have enough applicants who do not to need somebody who doesnt. It is highly likely you will get rejected.
Generally top universities will not be offering CS in clearing. Some lower graded RG and places lie Lancaster might but the top universities wont. Your best option will be to check ucas course search and filter on show universities with vacancies. If a university doesnt have vacancies now it isnt gong to in clearing. They are confident they will fill their spaces either with students who meet their offers or maybe for near misses.
This is the reason why we advise students to have sensible insurance choices.

Additionally, what do the top unis think about resits? I know I can perform better than I have done in these past exams, because I've performed far better in the mocks and they were last year's A level papers so if I don't do as well as I would've liked to, I'll look into resitting the subjects I got an A in (except Computing because I'd have to do another NEA and I don't think I'll be able to manage my time with it).

If I choose to reapply, would they look at my resit prediction or would they look at my achieved grades? I understand that Oxbridge is out of the picture here and Imperial says that they'll look at people who resit but given how competitive the course is, as you say, I don't think I'd stand a chance of getting an offer/being accepted.

Additionally, how would I write my personal statement? Because I understand that universities are interested in seeing things I've done over my gap year so am I right in assuming that I'd have to make it obvious the things I've done over the gap year and the things I've done prior to the gap year?

And I looked at the UCAS course search, and there are some universities on there which I'd be interested in going to.

Furthermore, I really didn't want to mention this or say anything about this to the university because I really want to get in purely through my own merit, but there has recently been a bereavement of a close relative in my family. It's really affected me quite badly during the exam period but I really tried to keep it to myself and managed to do so. It's led to sleepless nights, which may potentially be why I haven't been able to perform as well as I would've liked to. I haven't told anyone at school, nor the university about this, but do you think it might be worth telling them about this? It happened mid to late March, but it's a family member I was really really close to and her last desire was for me to do well for myself, and I took it personally to ensure this. But I just feel like I've let them down and it's impacting me negatively.

I know it sounds like I'm making things up and things just to get accepted, but I'm being genuinely honest here. I've appeared to double exam days with literally 2 hours' sleep and written my exams.
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You would need to ask each university directly about whether they would consider you with achieved grades below their standard offer or whether they would expect you to resit.

Would these responses be legitimate? Because I thought about doing this but it hit me that they might just say yes and then just reject me straight up because of my grades being lower than their minimum entry and I'll just have wasted a space on my UCAS form.

Additionally, if I go for universities where I haven't quite met their minimum entry, but they have an admissions test, which if I were to hypothetically do really really well on, would they then consider my application and would that put me in with a good chance of getting an offer? Looking at Warwick CS here along with other places.
Original post by vnayak
Would these responses be legitimate? Because I thought about doing this but it hit me that they might just say yes and then just reject me straight up because of my grades being lower than their minimum entry and I'll just have wasted a space on my UCAS form.
Additionally, if I go for universities where I haven't quite met their minimum entry, but they have an admissions test, which if I were to hypothetically do really really well on, would they then consider my application and would that put me in with a good chance of getting an offer? Looking at Warwick CS here along with other places.

Somewhere as competitive as Warwick is really hit or miss. You might be better speaking to them but those universities wont end up in clearing. If you want to use clearing the really universities Warwick, Durham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Bath are not going to be in clearing for CS which is mega competitive in top universities. This is why we constantly advise people to apply at least one sensible choice.
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Original post by swanseajack1
Somewhere as competitive as Warwick is really hit or miss. You might be better speaking to them but those universities wont end up in clearing. If you want to use clearing the really universities Warwick, Durham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Bath are not going to be in clearing for CS which is mega competitive in top universities. This is why we constantly advise people to apply at least one sensible choice.

Yeah, I'm not looking at Clearing for those places. Those places are the ones I'm looking into for reapplying. I understand that I can't go to those places through Clearing.

I really thought that I had a good chance of getting an offer from Durham because my predicted grades exceeded their minimum entry requirements by a lot, my personal statement was decent, and my school has a decent record with getting offers from Durham over the past 5 years (think it's like 75%), but this year, despite there being about 80 applicants, only about 10 people got offers, all of whom were either contextual applicants, or international applicants.
Original post by vnayak
Would these responses be legitimate? Because I thought about doing this but it hit me that they might just say yes and then just reject me straight up because of my grades being lower than their minimum entry and I'll just have wasted a space on my UCAS form.

Additionally, if I go for universities where I haven't quite met their minimum entry, but they have an admissions test, which if I were to hypothetically do really really well on, would they then consider my application and would that put me in with a good chance of getting an offer? Looking at Warwick CS here along with other places.


Admissions staff won’t encourage you to apply if there is no chance.
We have better things to do than to make extra work for ourselves.

Have you looked at Southampton - arguably better than all the universities you’ve mentioned for CS but less popular so usually more interested in spotting potential than the fashionable universities.
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Admissions staff won’t encourage you to apply if there is no chance.
We have better things to do than to make extra work for ourselves.
Have you looked at Southampton - arguably better than all the universities you’ve mentioned for CS but less popular so usually more interested in spotting potential than the fashionable universities.

Yeah, that's one of the places I was going to reapply to if I don't get accepted into firm or insurance funnily enough. 😂🤣.

I really liked it at the Open Day, but preferred the places I went for a bit more so decided to go there instead. How does it compare with regards to grad prospects in comparison to some of the places I applied to? Any ideas?

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