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    I've noticed that one of the requirements for studying English at an undergraduate level is a GCSE pass grade C or above in a language. I didn't opt to study a language for GCSE so could I be rejected on that alone, even considering I wish to do a joint honours? I have really set my heart on Edinburgh or York, but both of these universities want this requirement... If anyone has been accepted for a course like this in the past, in a similar situation for me, any advice would be appreciated so much!

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    (Original post by RoseRequiem)
    I've noticed that one of the requirements for studying English at an undergraduate level is a GCSE pass grade C or above in a language. I didn't opt to study a language for GCSE so could I be rejected on that alone, even considering I wish to do a joint honours? I have really set my heart on Edinburgh or York, but both of these universities want this requirement... If anyone has been accepted for a course like this in the past, in a similar situation for me, any advice would be appreciated so much!

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    You will really need a language at GCSE if that's what the entry requirements say. There isn't any loophole.
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    In a word, no.

    If it is a minimum entry requirement then they have it there for a reason, its a minimum standard you must have in order to be considered for an offer.

    Edinburgh do not budge on this and there are a handful of people every year on TSR crying about the fact they've been rejected for not having a GCSE in a language. This year will be no different, I guarantee it. If it is in the entry requirements then you need to have it just like you need to have GCSE Maths and English. The only time they will consider an application without a GCSE in a language is if your school literally did not offer any language GCSEs. This needs to be included by your referee or in a separate letter when your is sent application.

    I know that York have accepted Open University language courses in lieu of a GCSE language, Edinburgh refused to accept this for the same applicant although they did have fairly extenuating circumstances as they had no GCSEs at all. Your options are either to find other universities or take up a GCSE or equivalent qualification that both universities will accept and take it in the summer alongside your A levels. I know this isn't what you want to hear, but its the truth.
 
 
 
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