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    Hey,

    I'm currently studying International Politics at a uni that I really dislike and I'm a first year, and I wanted to transfer to SOAS for second year on the same course, however my a-level grades were BDD, if I get a first this year would it be possible to transfer there to second year as I know their a-level grade boundaries were around ABB/AAB
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    Hey,

    I'm currently studying International Politics at a uni that I really dislike and I'm a first year, and I wanted to transfer to SOAS for second year on the same course, however my a-level grades were BDD, if I get a first this year would it be possible to transfer there to second year as I know their a-level grade boundaries were around ABB/AAB
    I highly doubt it.

    They will expect you to have met or exceeded their original entry requirements. In other words, if your A Levels weren't good enough to get in through UCAS: you won't be able to transfer. Which is fair enough: trading 'up' Universities isn't fair and basically undermines the UCAS system.

    Only certain Universities permit transfers as well. Generalising a bit but it's usually the lower-ranked Unis that allow this. It's very, very unusual to see someone transfer in and out of the top ten Unis. I'd say it'd be impossible to transfer into a top ten from a low-end institution during a degree (between first/second/third year).

    Transfers would only between courses with similar content too. You would need to have done similar core modules at University A in first year to those offered at University B in first year. Otherwise, they might offer the chance to transfer into first year again on another course so you can do their core modules for progression.

    To get into SOAS, realistically, you would have to either:

    a) Drop out to re-sit some A Levels/modules to try and meet their entry requirements and reapply through UCAS.

    b) Continue where you are, get a good degree and perhaps apply for a second BA or graduate study.
 
 
 

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