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    (Original post by python38)
    Hmm, I might do that, actually... thanks for the advice (and good luck ^^)
    You're welcome I hope all goes well, forget what everyone says! I think it's a great achievement for you to be doing A levels a few years younger than everyone else. If admissions tutors know anything they should think so too. Social life is important, but I'm sure you have one as long as you convey it in your PS. Apply, you can always apply again if need be.

    (I won't say don't worry, because I'm fretting endlessly)

    And :yes: good luck to you too! =)
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    Try and take some GCSEs especially as English Language and Mathematics is mostly required by universities. I would advise you to take your GCSEs and then next year apply for university if possible
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    I imagine the social side of things would be awkward if you went to university before the age of 17/18. Not just because of the alcohol issues, but also because a lot of people might avoid you, not on purpose but because you won't 'fit in', therefore leaving you a bit lonely.
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    Email every university and ask them if you need GCSE's. Most have an englishs test you have to pass. I'm sure you could do that.
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    I thought IELTS could substitute GCSE english when applying to unis......at least that's what ive been told by my teachers. I havent done gcses either (im going to be in yr 12 doing AS this coming academic year for information's sake) which is why i was told i HAD to do the IELTS... but now whats up with this gcse-nonsense? please could someone explain whether its the gcse english or ielts you need before i have a panic attack ???? (i guess it depends on which uni but i thought ALL unis took ielts score!!!!)

    thanks
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    Apply anyway, and put in for exam entries in november, if you recieve an offer it can be conditional on GCSE results.

    I know its seems silly but I sort of feel sorry for you though. You'll graduate at nineteen and be thrown into the big wide world. I think you should go and enjoy life for a bit!
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    (Original post by wizz_kid)
    Loads.
    lol no, the vast majority of people taking A2s are 17/18, not 15.

    OP, talk to the universities you're thinking of applying to and explain your situation. If they don't take you on, you may aswell do a minimum 5 GCSEs next year - if you get 5 A* - C grades, you'll be able to apply for uni next year and you'd still be "ahead" of other students.
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    (Original post by python38)
    OK.

    P.S. I like your avatar
    Thankies :p:
    Good luck with whatever happens, hopefully things will go smoothly and not get too complicated!
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    Hi, I was also home schooled and got A-levels without GCSEs and I got offers from all the unis I applied to, although I didn't apply to Cambridge though. You should call them up and ask as they will tell you your best options.
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    I can't imagine uni before you are 18 to be much fun... Surely you are better off to do 5 GCSEs and the other things you want to do in the two years before you are 18?
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    (Original post by CityOfMyHeart)
    lol no, the vast majority of people taking A2s are 17/18, not 15.
    There was an element of sarcasm there
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    Wow, you're 15 and have got AAA? You could, essentially, just do nothing for 2 years of your life and then apply - wow!
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    You might want to check Age Limits too. I don't know about Cambridge but some Universities have minimum age requirements
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    (Original post by python38)
    Hi,

    I'm a homeschooled student applying to university this autumn; I have 3 As at A-level (Maths, Further Maths and Physics) but I never took my GCSEs - I just went straight onto my A-levels. However, I recently found out that a lot of universities, like Imperial, require a GCSE in English Language or something.

    Is it too late to take any GCSEs before 15th October (the Cambridge deadline)? And has anyone ever recieved an offer conditional on GCSE results?

    Thanks.
    I think this is a good example of being clever but lacking common sense. If you want to go to university common sense should tell you to check the entry requirements.
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    The majority of uni's have age limits. Accommodation and finance will be a problem for you too. If I were you, I'd spend the year getting a few GCSEs behind me and then travel a little.

    If a uni *will* accept you even after they know you're age, there is nothing stopping them from making the offer based on GCSEs. Quite a few uni's will add this as a condition if you're taking a GCSE part way through college
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    (Original post by A Stranger in Moscow)

    We had this guy come into college for like a UCAS application day, and he worked for either Oxford or Cambridge (I can't remember which, I wasn't interested at the time) and he gave us 2 UCAS transcripts and asked us to choose between them. There was one guy with 11 A* and 4 A and another with AAAB and 1 GCSE (he was homeschooled) and most people chose the former but the Oxbridge application guy said that no, he would give the 2nd one an interview.
    Why would he give the second one an interview? Were there other factors eg work experience or was it just because he was homeschooled?
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    (Original post by wizz_kid)
    There was an element of sarcasm there
    Oh, my bad :cool:
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    Do you even know what you want to do at university yet? You haven't had a chance to study other subjects at GCSE so I'm just wondering if you might be missing out on seeing what really interests you?

    I don't think you should have to compromise on University choices because you haven't done the required GCSEs- a year out to do some might be a good idea, as in later life many employers will also look for GCSE Maths and English as standard. Also, as other people have said, are you sure you want to go to uni at such a young age? You could end up feeling very isolated because of it
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    you could ask them to waiver them but I don't think they'd waiver them all. You'd have to do some I think
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    Look, nobody's really pointed out that going to university under 18 isn't just difficult because of the socialising aspect, but also because you're not actually old enough to obtain your loans, or to sign your accommodation contracts, and most unis won't actually let you live in their accommodation under 18.

    Spend the next couple of years taking some more qualifications and see what you want to do later on.
 
 
 

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