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    Hi, i'm yet to sent my application off as I'm not sure whether to apply to UCL or not for Psychology.
    Assuming UCL is more competitive, if UCL accepted me then it would be probable that Durham would also. Durham would be my first choice so I'm thinking it'd be a waste of 1 apply as UCL is higher requirements (A*AA) so it couldn't be used as a logical insurance. Saying this, would people say Durham is equally as competitive/difficult to get into as UCL - in which case I would apply to both incase I didn't get in Durham and got a place at UCL(which would then be my first choice).

    I know this is pretty dependent on various factors, assuming if I got an offer from UCL I would from Durham etc but I was hoping for an inkling as to if it's worth me applying UCL or not.

    Hope this makes sense, thanks
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    (Original post by Limeey)
    Hi, i'm yet to sent my application off as I'm not sure whether to apply to UCL or not for Psychology.
    Assuming UCL is more competitive, if UCL accepted me then it would be probable that Durham would also. Durham would be my first choice so I'm thinking it'd be a waste of 1 apply as UCL is higher requirements (A*AA) so it couldn't be used as a logical insurance. Saying this, would people say Durham is equally as competitive/difficult to get into as UCL - in which case I would apply to both incase I didn't get in Durham and got a place at UCL(which would then be my first choice).

    I know this is pretty dependent on various factors, assuming if I got an offer from UCL I would from Durham etc but I was hoping for an inkling as to if it's worth me applying UCL or not.

    Hope this makes sense, thanks
    First of all...where the hell do you actually want to go?
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    Don't assume that universities make offers according to some kind of pecking order of competitiveness. With each uni it's about whether they want you for that particular course; they don't know, or care, where else you've applied, they are simply seeing if you're what they want, and that is dependent on more than just grades. You get people accepted by Oxford and rejected by UCL, or accepted by Durham and rejected by Exeter, and so on. At the 'top end' things are so competitive that you can't assume that if you are accepted or rejected by one uni, acceptance or rejection by another will follow, so it's pointless trying to apply tactically on that kind of assumption.
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    (Original post by megaduck)
    Don't assume that universities make offers according to some kind of pecking order of competitiveness. With each uni it's about whether they want you for that particular course; they don't know, or care, where else you've applied, they are simply seeing if you're what they want, and that is dependent on more than just grades. You get people accepted by Oxford and rejected by UCL, or accepted by Durham and rejected by Exeter, and so on. At the 'top end' things are so competitive that you can't assume that if you are accepted or rejected by one uni, acceptance or rejection by another will follow, so it's pointless trying to apply tactically on that kind of assumption.
    I don't think that's true at all.

    Admissions tutors are looking for people who they think will pass the course first and foremost. The best way to predict this is based on previously attained grades. More competitive universities have a slightly higher standard of student applying and can therefore be more selective with their grades. They can afford to only give offers to the very best and that's nearly always what they do, which is why the "top" universities hand much more good honours than the rest.

    Universities are academic institutions and it makes sense that they select primarily and almost solely on academic grades. Apart from interviews and perhaps the personal statement (although I've been told that these aren't really read very much) I can't see what else is relevant.

    Although I do agree with the rest of your post.
 
 
 
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