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    (Original post by *River)
    For History, GCSEs do matter, but they aren't the only factor that admissions tutors look for. 8 A*s does seem a bit silly though.
    But they can be quite lenient. My friend had a Durham history offer with 5A*s, 3As, or similar, and AAA predicted.

    So don't be put off.
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    (Original post by Murr)
    But they can be quite lenient. My friend had a Durham history offer with 5A*s, 3As, or similar, and AAA predicted.

    So don't be put off.
    Its a different story if you go to a nice posh public school I guess, some academics seem to favour them here...
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    (Original post by Hopping Mad Kangaroo)
    Its a different story if you go to a nice posh public school I guess, some academics seem to favour them here...
    No, as the TSR phrase goes, I'm at a 'bog-standard comp.', 30% GCSE pass rate etc.
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    I was unaware of this until recently, when I heard of this however when it was explained it made it appear like people have been interpreting this 'rule' wrongly. The way that I was to understand it was that it was not used as a fixed indicator that you must have X number of A*'s for Y course, instead they appeared to use it to filter candidates in the sense that they would look through the ones say with 8 or more first which would then almost have that edge, however they would still look through all applications. It would be inevitable that more offers would go to these people in these higher numbers of A*'s...and if they have lots of applicants, enough to fill all their places who are all very good with lots of *'s then the places will be filled by these people over those that maybe underachieved at GCSE.

    Remember there will nearly always be a high correlation between the number of A*'s at GCSE to getting offered a place, as often is the case that someone with better GCSE's will often have better AS Grades, predicted grades etc as they are often more academic than someone with no A*'s (though obviously not in every case).

    Sorry this is poorly phrased and explained...2AM!!
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    (Original post by Murr)
    No, as the TSR phrase goes, I'm at a 'bog-standard comp.', 30% GCSE pass rate etc.
    :rofl: Owned.
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    (Original post by Murr)
    No, as the TSR phrase goes, I'm at a 'bog-standard comp.', 30% GCSE pass rate etc.
    It will be fun to see if your friend actually makes the grades, and if they come here, last. There is total disdain towards state school pupils in parts of the uni
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    (Original post by Hopping Mad Kangaroo)
    It will be fun to see if your friend actually makes the grades, and if they come here, last. There is total disdain towards state school pupils in parts of the uni
    really?
    I've never noticed anything like that, so I guess those parts of the uni must be fairly small...
    Whilst the proportion of people who come here from private schools is quite possibly higher than that of the general population (I don't know figures), the majority of students here did in fact go to state school.

    I agree with Prudy
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    (Original post by Aula)
    really?
    I've never noticed anything like that, so I guess those parts of the uni must be fairly small...
    Whilst the proportion of people who come here from private schools is quite possibly higher than that of the general population (I don't know figures), the majority of students here did in fact go to state school.

    I agree with Prudy
    Sorry I mean real state school (i count grammars as privates), of which very few here went to.

    There is more than a certain cliquishness here in parts, and some lecturers here are very old school to put it nicely.
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    Figures please.
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    (Original post by Reblet)
    DO NOT BE PUT OFF APPLYING TO DURHAM! At least they're honest! They say they need a reasonable number of A*s... Well so do UCL, Edinburgh, KCL, Nottingham, Bristol etc. etc. for competitive courses! They just don't state it so plainly
    I'm quite certain Edinburgh really don't give a toss about GCSEs or Standard Grades. I know around 40 people at Edinburgh and their exam results varied.
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    (Original post by Aula)
    Figures please.
    They are on the Durham website, on the SPA bit. I cant really dig them out as I am so mashed I can barely use the computer atm, its taken me about an hour to figure out how to sort out travel plans... Grrr...
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    (Original post by foxo)
    I'm quite certain Edinburgh really don't give a toss about GCSEs or Standard Grades. I know around 40 people at Edinburgh and their exam results varied.
    Edinburgh have really low offers for a top uni too, I got ABB back within a week of applying...
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    (Original post by Hopping Mad Kangaroo)
    It will be fun to see if your friend actually makes the grades, and if they come here, last. There is total disdain towards state school pupils in parts of the uni
    No, she won't be going to Durham. She rejected Durham.
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    (Original post by Eden01)
    That would be crazy if they wanted 8 A*s. Because I know people with 3 odd A*s and a load of As who got into Oxbridge!
    Oxbrdige doesn't have to be told holy grail. If we are looking at league table rankings alone then there are a number of Durham, UCL, LSE etc departments that outrank some of Oxford and Camridge's. Also as for getting into Oxbridge with only a few A*s, that's because Oxbridge don't look at them in most courses.


    (Original post by Rob801)
    Rumours like that are normally started by someone who didn't get in and wants a reason. They consider everyone separately and don't chuck applications in the bin just because someone missed out on a few A*s at GCSE. If they did do that then they'd miss out on a lot of good applicants.
    Remember, this is just for history. It is true that they do ask for a "high number" of A*s. As has already been said this is vague and can vary from year to year (5-8 maybe?)

    As for UMS scores I don't think Durham ask for them. They do advise schools to provide them for English, maybe for history also.

    (Original post by Murr)
    No, as the TSR phrase goes, I'm at a 'bog-standard comp.', 30% GCSE pass rate etc.
    :eek: 30%? I think that's a fair bit worse than your average comp. My old school has a 100% Unfortunately this is also not typical of your average, bog standard, comp.

    (Original post by Hopping Mad Kangaroo)
    Edinburgh have really low offers for a top uni too, I got ABB back within a week of applying...
    I was suprised when I started looking around and saw just how low Edinburgh's offers can be.

    I got an offer from Glasgow after less than a day! BBC for philosophy :eek: I will always remember them for that and be grateful too.

    (Original post by Hopping Mad Kangaroo)
    Sorry I mean real state school (i count grammars as privates), of which very few here went to.
    So if you think state grammars are private schools what about faith schools and acadamies (which are techinically independent)? Faith schools tend to get better results, those that have specialist status are allowed to select a small number of their intake by ability (in that subject). Very few do, however.
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    (Original post by River85)
    Remember, this is just for history. It is true that they do ask for a "high number" of A*s. As has already been said this is vague and can vary from year to year (5-8 maybe?)
    They do want a high number of A*s, but I think it's important to remember they're probably more interested in whether you got A*s in certain subjects, rather than just 6 or 8 A*s. If you got A*s in English, History, RS, etc. they won't mind if you didn't get an A* in Maths or Science when you're applying for History. And as you say, they can't really say "we only take 8A*s or above" when one year they could have hundreds with 8A*s, the next they may only have a few. There's too many different things to consider, which makes worrying about not having "enough A*s" pointless.
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    I can and can't believe, both at the same time, that this thread has already reached 3 pages, while the DSU one is still on its first.

    [despair].
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    (Original post by Hopping Mad Kangaroo)
    May I just announce that the 8A* theory is indeed incorrect. I am reliably informed that they accept nothing less than 9A*'s, so if you do not have them, please do not apply.
    Unusually high for a rather unheard-of place out of the UK....
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    (Original post by The Edwinnator)
    Unusually high for a rather unheard-of place out of the UK....
    He may not have been entirely serious...
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    (Original post by Rob801)
    They do want a high number of A*s, but I think it's important to remember they're probably more interested in whether you got A*s in certain subjects, rather than just 6 or 8 A*s. If you got A*s in English, History, RS, etc. they won't mind if you didn't get an A* in Maths or Science when you're applying for History. And as you say, they can't really say "we only take 8A*s or above" when one year they could have hundreds with 8A*s, the next they may only have a few. There's too many different things to consider, which makes worrying about not having "enough A*s" pointless.
    In all likelihood you'll need a "high number". It's unlikely that they will see the quality of applicants falling from one year to another so significantly. It's true that one year's intake may have an average of 8 A*s and the next five A*s. A person would still find it very, very difficult to succesfully apply with less than five or four.

    Of course they prefer them in certain subjects. That's why they specify one of those A*s needs to be in history. They probably would think more of an applicant with A*s in maths and sciences than, say, RS and DT. I don't really see the signifiance of an A* in RE. The syllabus I took had no real relevance to history. The transferable skills developed during the study of it were non-existant. This wasn't the case in GCSE maths, or, for that matter, A-level relgious studies (which invariably isn't really religious studies or Theology).

    This doesn't mean that just because you've only got three of four A*s then you shouldn't bother applying (maybe only if you didn't get an A* in history). That's just crap. It shouldn't put anyone off but then they need to be realistic in their outlook.
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    (Original post by The Edwinnator)
    Unusually high for a rather unheard-of place out of the UK....
    What's the relevance of how famous the city is?

    It is well known, for those in the know. Even if it's just for its pretty cathedral It has a World Heritage Site!
 
 
 
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