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    Are home schoolers preferred by UK universities in general? Specifically top universities such as Cambridge and LSE. I came across an article about universities and colleges in the US preferring home-schooled kids that students who are part of the institutionalised education system. I'm well aware that it has always been traditional for kids to go to school, but home-schoolers are always discredited, given the fact that they are independent enough to study and sit for exams. How much do you know about the eligibility of home-schooled students who are preparing for CIE A/AS Level examinations? Are they preferred in universities, and maybe give some examples, it would really help, thanks!

    No they are not preferred. In the UK they are viewed as rather odd. Their biggest problem is overcoming the social backwardness most suffer from having missed out on the socialisation that mixing with other kids day in day out brings.
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    So they are in a sense discriminated by universities? Do you have any references because it seems very unethical for universities to do that.

    On a separate note, let's say a student is attending a school that offers an IB course, the student decides not to sit for the IB exam, instead he signs up for CIE A/AS Level Exams during his final year, and uses the results he's gotten for the latter examination to apply for a university. Would his application be, in any way, less preferred by universities like LSE or Oxbridge?

    UK units generally only care about your grades. If you get the grades then it's all well and good, but it can be harder to get the grades if you are homeschooled because you lack specialist teachers.

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    I would imagine that they prefer non home schooled students. Not only are non home schooled students more likely to have social skills but they are more likely to have had a better education in general due to the various trained teachers and support staff which they have been helped by for years instead of somebody who does not necessarily have the same skills.

    However, if the student was able to get the grades required for the course, I would not imagine any university turning them down because of their educational background beyond this.
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