Been rejected from Durham? I'm SO ANGRY. Watch
She said that, my application had been in one of the first batch of applications which had been sent through to the politics department (as these things are done at Durham, each department looks at it before passing the 'ok'ed ones onto the next)
Well, the politics department rejected the whole bunch (good applications... mostly 'also applied to Oxbridge', I'd assume) and sent them back. Admissions assumed a mistake, returned them, just to have them rejected a second time.
The lady on the end of the phone, I'm told, was actually EMBARRASSED to admit the real reason why these were rejected. It's because Durham accepted too many applicants last year and got a financial slap on the wrist... so this year, in order to keep the numbers down, they have automatically rejected anyone who didn't get an A* in GCSE history. That's GCSE history. Seem a bit unfair to you? I'm INSANELY angry with this... you wouldn't even believe.
So, fair enough, my head of sixth form mentioned that she wouldn't bother letting anyone who didn't get an A* in their chosen subject at GCSE level apply next year, to which she was told "Oh, no, don't do that. It'll probably be different next year".
Fantastic. Anyone else been caught out by this IDIOTIC screening system? Does it just apply to history, or to any other subjects too?
Such grading systems are silly... I wouldn't be in Cambridge if they paid any attention to that.
My parents knew someone who didn't get a reply from a job he applied for in teaching, phonedup to ask why adn it was because Durham hadn't even bothered to write his reference, even though he'd asked them a number of times to do so.
B00kworm... I don't THINK they're doing it for straight history. Although History at Durham is an AAA offer, and History and Politics is an AAB offer, only History and Politics to my knowledge have done the A*-at-GCSE thing.
Oh, good. Cheers.
One of my friends was initially rejected for NatSci at Durham because she doesn't have A-Level Maths, so they really are doing that this year. I think they're being extra careful because whatever formula they used to predict the numbers of acceptances failed semi-catostrohically last year - Greys got it so wrong that for the first time ever, some Freshers had to live out.
where is durham exactly, is it near scotland?