RevisingHard, you've received some rather unfairly harsh responses in this thread! I certainly know what you feel like; I go to a school where there is a lot of healthy competition with my peer group and even amongst close friends, then go home to Asian parents who expect a lot! So I can empathise, especially when you say you would be disappointed with AABB which is a perfectly valid feeling if you seriously wanted better. Most people who want to apply to Cam. feel disappointed with any AS modules below 90% as that is genuinely quite important, whereas others would be over the moon with a C - there is no objective 'good' grade really.
I guess you shouldn't get your heart set on a particular course at a particular (Cambridge) university and a particular college so early!
There are plenty of good courses and good universities, and you should only be short-listing possibilities but decide after you have your AS marks and know what is realistic.
And just because your friends came out of the exams with beaming smiles doesn't mean they did well at all. Especially with subjects like English lit. and history, the marking is so subjective and you're probably just being overly critical of yourself as you know you could have done better (couldn't we all) but you are likely to have impressed the examiner with some writing you just think is normal but carries a degree of sophistication which you probably don't notice. Anyway, the moral of the story is not to compare yourself to your friends for a start, and especially not on post-exam emotions!
(Original post by david_man)
this just means you wont be able to go to no.1 university. Besides a lower ranked university means that its easier to get a 1st or a 2.1. I know a guy who got a 2.2 from Cambridge and found it quite hard to get a job because loads of companys ask for 2.1 minimum and he was annoyed because 2.2 from cambridge si amazing. Something to think about...
To be honest, that is a terribly flawed logic for not wanting to apply to top universities.