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    ok situation:
    6a* 5a's at gcse - including 4 of them being igcses
    As level AAAB - had a complete shocker on one paper but did not declare my results through ucas anyway... my predictions : A*A*AA
    subjects: maths, further maths, economics, theatre studies

    my reference was near perfect and i think i had a pretty good personal statement

    i applied for straight economics to: LSE, UCL, Cambridge, Nottingham and Manchester

    Without an interview i got rejected on cambridge based on my B at as level (cambridge ask you to declare all module scores) - despite people with much worse as's getting interviews for the same course at the same college

    UCL rejected me on the basis that my - academic record to date was not strong enough - i emailed them and they said my gcses were not good enough

    Manchester i got an offer of AB (because i already have an A in maths) with one of those being in economics

    LSE i heard from today - rejected... no reason given

    Nottingham - they rejected me for my course of economics and instead asked if i would consider maths with engineering or maths with computer science - neither of which have any economics involved at all - i rang them up immediately and they said it was simply a numbers game - i happened to get unlucky

    I dont particularly want to go to manchester - it doesnt have the reputation of the universitys i was hoping to get in to - i definitely dont want to do a maths based course (they said i couldnt change to an economics based one afterwards) - and i am so adamant against a gap year- simply because i dont want to travel - and i think that if i work i definitely wont want to go back into education.

    I got told by the admissions tutor at nottingham and the university specialist at my school that i have a chance on clearance - where universities have spare places and if i get the required places i could get in but im really stuck and very frustrated as it seems to me like im a reasonable applicant and from what ive been told - got pretty unlucky on my application
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    LSE, UCL and Cambridge are all really competitive. I wouldn't have expected you to have got in to LSE or Cambridge. You didn't get an A* in maths, yet iirc UCL demand one. Nottingham is also very competitive and i think they took to many people a few years ago so they are being more strict now. I don't think theatre studies really made you stand out either.
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    To be honest you didn't achieve the minimum when thats what they need. Perhaps resit get all A*'s take a gap year?

    Otherwise you clearly won't get in anywhere you want.

    UCL and Oxbridge will DEFINITELY not be on clearence for economics.


    And LSE well. You probably shouldn't bother reapplying if you think they'll be on it.

    Perhaps your personal statement let you down??
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    Why did you apply to Manchester in first place if you don't want to go there? Your choices were very aggressive apart from UoM and your A2 subjects don't show that much of breadth (some universities consider Maths + Further Maths as only 1.5 A2, Economics is fine, but Theatre Studies, well, so may consider it being a soft subject). There's not much you can do at the moment. Manchester, clearing (doubt you will get anything considerably better than UoM though) or gap year. Hope it sorts out well for you.
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    I don't think Clearing would be for you, as most decent competitive courses are already full anyway. Take a gap year, the fact that you already will have your A-levels will make you a stronger applicant. If you're totally against a gap year, Manchester or Clearing... :/
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    (Original post by busbybabe)
    maths, further maths, economics, theatre studies
    It's probably because you did boring subjects tbh. AAAB at AS level is pretty poor considering your subjects, what did you get your B in?

    Bear in mind there will be applicants with a much broader subject base that you - all your application says you can do is maths (tbh ALevel econ isn't very challenging) - you'd have stood a better chance if you had done Maths/Further Maths/Hist/Geog/Econ - then you don't look like a one trick pony

    LSe and Cambridge are arguably the two best universities for undergrad economics in the world - your subjects don't really show the depth or breadth of a top applicant.
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    Suck it up and go to Manchester or at least have a look round the place, you might find you like it.
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    (Original post by busbybabe)
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    6a* 5a's at gcse - including 4 of them being igcses
    Not bad, but for economics and the courses you applied for... average.

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    As level AAAB - had a complete shocker on one paper but did not declare my results through ucas anyway... my predictions : A*A*AA
    subjects: maths, further maths, economics, theatre studies
    - Maths and further maths are sometimes considered 1.5 A-levels.
    - Theatre Studies isn't regarded and one of your As was in that rather that something "proper"

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    my reference was near perfect and i think i had a pretty good personal statement
    Only pretty good? Not fantastic? Maybe it wasn't good as you thought?

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    i applied for straight economics to: LSE, UCL, Cambridge, Nottingham and Manchester
    First of all... HARD HARD HARD Universities! Without even looking at your next bit I could have guessed to begin with you were in very thin water with LSE and Cambridge.

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    Without an interview i got rejected on cambridge based on my B at as level (cambridge ask you to declare all module scores) - despite people with much worse as's getting interviews for the same course at the same college
    I reckon it's because of the A-levels you took. Oh and you mention you only got an A at Maths A-Level and I thought they required A*?

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    UCL rejected me on the basis that my - academic record to date was not strong enough - i emailed them and they said my gcses were not good enough
    Bit harsh IMO butttt nothing can be done about that

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    Manchester i got an offer of AB (because i already have an A in maths) with one of those being in economics
    Well done

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    LSE i heard from today - rejected... no reason given
    I'm not surprised, but I am sad for you

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    Nottingham - they rejected me for my course of economics and instead asked if i would consider maths with engineering or maths with computer science - neither of which have any economics involved at all - i rang them up immediately and they said it was simply a numbers game - i happened to get unlucky
    Nothing you can do about that then, really.

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    I dont particularly want to go to manchester - it doesnt have the reputation of the universitys i was hoping to get in to - i definitely dont want to do a maths based course (they said i couldnt change to an economics based one afterwards) - and i am so adamant against a gap year- simply because i dont want to travel - and i think that if i work i definitely wont want to go back into education.
    Well... what are you going to do then? You've been rejected from your other universities and a university with "higher prestige" won't be on clearing for economics.

    (Original post by bubsybabe)
    I got told by the admissions tutor at nottingham and the university specialist at my school that i have a chance on clearance - where universities have spare places and if i get the required places i could get in but im really stuck and very frustrated as it seems to me like im a reasonable applicant and from what ive been told - got pretty unlucky on my application
    I doubt you'll have luck with clearing














    personally... i'd say, focus on good grades in your A-levels, and if you don't want to go to Manchester, reapply and find some sort of economic based work in your gap year or maybe sit another A-level or travel. And apply to a variety of universities.
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    In these highly competitive times you should be glad at least you got an offer!
    Maybe relative to your other choices Manchester doesn't stack up so well but economics at manchester is really good! Economics is a really competitive course as it is, coupled with the country's most competitive unis and the chances are going to be slim.

    You must realise that there are candidates with the same/better grades than you and also have all sorts of amazing work experiences and extra curriculars. Like Nottingham said though, when it gets this competitive it really is a numbers game...they have to reject somebody and most if not all are outstanding candidates by any standards.

    Do not go on clearing, you'll regret it...there will definately not be an economics course at a uni anywhere near as good as manchester!
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    shouldn't have applied to all of those top unis, in a way, you kinda brought it upon yourself especially with an "average" (relative to those you're competing against) results
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    well thanks for your posts - looks like gap year - whislt making sure i get a couple of a*'s and a's at alevel seems the most important thing - i suppose i wasnt surprised at all about LSE and Camb - ucl - more so , did not realise it was so competitive and notts i was shocked - its a pretty good uni wht a good econ department and there are people who got in without nearly as good grades as me so i really dont know
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    (Original post by busbybabe)
    ok situation:
    6a* 5a's at gcse - including 4 of them being igcses
    As level AAAB - had a complete shocker on one paper but did not declare my results through ucas anyway... my predictions : A*A*AA
    subjects: maths, further maths, economics, theatre studies

    my reference was near perfect and i think i had a pretty good personal statement

    i applied for straight economics to: LSE, UCL, Cambridge, Nottingham and Manchester

    Without an interview i got rejected on cambridge based on my B at as level (cambridge ask you to declare all module scores) - despite people with much worse as's getting interviews for the same course at the same college

    UCL rejected me on the basis that my - academic record to date was not strong enough - i emailed them and they said my gcses were not good enough

    Manchester i got an offer of AB (because i already have an A in maths) with one of those being in economics

    LSE i heard from today - rejected... no reason given

    Nottingham - they rejected me for my course of economics and instead asked if i would consider maths with engineering or maths with computer science - neither of which have any economics involved at all - i rang them up immediately and they said it was simply a numbers game - i happened to get unlucky

    I dont particularly want to go to manchester - it doesnt have the reputation of the universitys i was hoping to get in to - i definitely dont want to do a maths based course (they said i couldnt change to an economics based one afterwards) - and i am so adamant against a gap year- simply because i dont want to travel - and i think that if i work i definitely wont want to go back into education.

    I got told by the admissions tutor at nottingham and the university specialist at my school that i have a chance on clearance - where universities have spare places and if i get the required places i could get in but im really stuck and very frustrated as it seems to me like im a reasonable applicant and from what ive been told - got pretty unlucky on my application
    i) LSE, UCL and Cambridge are RRC. Nottingham RC.
    For TAELT top 11
    ii)You have 6A*'s which slightly below average in fariness (even taking into account IGCSE)
    iii) AAAB
    Good.
    Theartre studies however you must see as being a weakness?

    I would get your A levels again maybe do Physics A level in a year and then re-apply. Manchester really isn't that bad however.
    Economics is a hard game = competitiveness of medicine in my opinion if not greater ... due to all the monies.
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    (Original post by paella)
    It's probably because you did boring subjects tbh. AAAB at AS level is pretty poor considering your subjects, what did you get your B in?
    Are you mad?
    'pretty poor'?
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    They require more than good academic results if you're going to St Paul's mate (the burden will be on me next year). Remember Nick Simpson, 1sts in every sport, straight A*s in his GCSEs and straight As in his A levels, and still got rejected from Oxbridge?

    You have to show you really have a passion for economics - that you want to do it and that you've 'got it', as it were. But yeah, I wouldn't want to go to Manchester either... ask around for things related to a gap year, I'm sure many people at your school could help with that.
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    (Original post by funsize17)
    Are you mad?
    'pretty poor'?
    Maybe he meant 'poor' in relation to top Economics applicants.
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    i've got an interview at UCL with ABBBBCDEU GCSE's, or something like that and BBC at AS , to study Architecture btw.

    My Bs were both two and three UMS off As, if that counts for anything.. I also had to pass a drawing task to be eligible for the interview.

    I EVEN got an E in the double science award (second part), god knows how I've got this far rofl!
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    (Original post by Jfranny)
    i've got an interview at UCL with ABBBBCDEU GCSE's, or something like that and BBC at AS , to study Architecture btw.

    My Bs were both two and three UMS off As, if that counts for anything.. I also had to pass a drawing task to be eligible for the interview.

    I EVEN got an E in the double science award (second part), god knows how I've got this far rofl!
    Well, Economics is slightly more competitive than Architecture.
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    (Original post by goldsilvy)
    Well, Economics is slightly more competitive than Architecture.
    considering the Bartlett's one of the most reknown Architecture schools in the world, (2500 applicants for 90 places this year)...

    what you've got to remember is to study Architecture you can't just be bright, you've got to, more importantly, have the creative edge as well as the ability to express yourself technically.

    it doesn't matter how many A* you have at gcse, if you can't draw, you're ****** basically..

    this may be why i've got this far however it's suprising they didn't automatically decline me on the basis of me not acheiving a pass in double science - althought i'm not sure they require it.
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    (Original post by Jfranny)
    considering the Bartlett's one of the most reknown Architecture schools in the world, (2500 applicants for 90 places this year)...

    what you've got to remember is to study Architecture you can't just be bright, you've got to, more importantly, have the creative edge as well as the ability to express yourself technically.

    it doesn't matter how many A* you have at gcse, if you can't draw, you're ****** basically..

    this may be why i've got this far however it's suprising they didn't automatically decline me on the basis of me not acheiving a pass in double science - althought i'm not sure they require it.
    When Goldsilvy says slightly, he meant much more.
 
 
 
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