I did my A levels centuries ago, so when I went back to uni they were kind of irrelevant! As I didn’t have any science in my background I had to do a Science Foundation at uni before I could start a science degree – it was a year, a sort of crash course in biology, chemistry, physics & maths; I had to get a good mark in this before I did my BSc
I don’t think I did my A-levels quite as long as Alex ❗ , but earlier than Ollie and Amy. When I applied to study biochemistry at Oxford, it was one of the few universities that still had entrance exams, which I sat just before Christmas in my final year of A-levels. I must have done quite well because they gave me an unconditional offer.
I did A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, and Chemistry was the only subject you HAD to have at A-level to be considered for biochemistry, but Biology and Maths did help me a lot. I also studied AS Classics, which was the study of the ancient greeks, which didn’t help me all that much, but was still interesting.
I got an offer of ABB for Newcastle, but got 4 A’s so was very pleased not to have to worry about whether I’d get in or not!
I know quite a few people that didn’t quite hit the conditional grades for their course, but still managed to go to the university they wanted though. I guess Universities probably take into account how well applicants did on average at certain courses, and how well you interveiwed and your personal experience too – grades aren’t everything!