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    I've just finished my A2s with BCC in history French and politics and I want to apply to do politics and international relations. The only problem is the requirements are really high but with a good PS and a good reference, do I stand a chance at applying to unis asking for higher and being accepted? I'm really passionate about wanting to do this at uni but I'm worried about being let down by my grades Can someone give me some advice because I'm kind of stuck at the minute :s
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    You never know unless you try. Give it a shot! Well done your results are good
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    You can but try - take a look at the University of Westminster

    http://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses...onal-relations

    Whilst they are not top ranking, the NSS score on this course is very good indeed.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by pink pineapple)
    I've just finished my A2s with BCC in history French and politics and I want to apply to do politics and international relations. The only problem is the requirements are really high but with a good PS and a good reference, do I stand a chance at applying to unis asking for higher and being accepted? I'm really passionate about wanting to do this at uni but I'm worried about being let down by my grades Can someone give me some advice because I'm kind of stuck at the minute :s
    If unis have a certain grade requirement for an academic course, you are unlikely to compensate for lesser grades with a good PS etc. There are a whole range of unis offering Politics/IR courses, so you should try to find one that's appropriate for your grades.
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    If unis have a certain grade requirement for an academic course, you are unlikely to compensate for lesser grades with a good PS etc. There are a whole range of unis offering Politics/IR courses, so you should try to find one that's appropriate for your grades.
    Would I stand a chance applying for a course that's BBC?
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    (Original post by pink pineapple)
    I've just finished my A2s with BCC in history French and politics and I want to apply to do politics and international relations. The only problem is the requirements are really high but with a good PS and a good reference, do I stand a chance at applying to unis asking for higher and being accepted? I'm really passionate about wanting to do this at uni but I'm worried about being let down by my grades Can someone give me some advice because I'm kind of stuck at the minute :s
    Are you applying through clearing?

    I'll be studying Politics in September at Swansea University, the entry requirements were BBC and I got an unconditional offer. My grades are ACC. Swansea University have a number of Politics and International Relations places available in clearing that you may be interested in.

    http://www.swansea.ac.uk/clearing/va...nal-relations/

    - International Relations
    - Politics
    - International Relations with French

    They're not stating what grades they're looking for, but I think they went from asking for BBB to BBC for Politics, so I imagine you'd be in with a chance with BCC.
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    (Original post by JA1994)
    Are you applying through clearing?

    I'll be studying Politics in September at Swansea University, the entry requirements were BBC and I got an unconditional offer. My grades are ACC. Swansea University have a number of Politics and International Relations places available in clearing that you may be interested in.

    http://www.swansea.ac.uk/clearing/va...nal-relations/

    - International Relations
    - Politics
    - International Relations with French

    They're not stating what grades they're looking for, but I think they went from asking for BBB to BBC for Politics, so I imagine you'd be in with a chance with BCC.
    No, I'm going to apply in September for next year. I was thinking about Swansea as a place to apply, when I apply, would you have thought they'd accept BCC?
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    (Original post by pink pineapple)
    No, I'm going to apply in September for next year. I was thinking about Swansea as a place to apply, when I apply, would you have thought they'd accept BCC?
    I think you'd certainly be in with a chance, after all, you're only one grade below what they'll probably be asking for.

    Also, if I remember correctly, I got an unconditional offer from Westminster who were asking for BBB even though I had ACC (a grade below, like you would be applying to a course asking for BBC).

    A bit of advice. As you'll be in a position of knowing your grades - BCC - apply to one or two universities asking for, say, BBB-BBC, one or two asking for BCC, and then one or two who are asking for grades lower than what you have like CCC (these universities would then be back-up just in case you didn't get offers from the others). I think Coventry were asking for CCC, for example.

    I think you should definitely consider applying to:

    - Swansea (who asked for BBC this year)
    - Nottingham Trent (who asked for BBC this year I think)
    - Portsmouth (240-300 UCAS points I think)

    I've also heard Oxford Brookes is pretty good, and Plymouth also offer an interesting International Relations/Politics course.

    I'm pretty sure you'll get offers. Just make sure you write a good personal statement which shows your passion for the subject. If you need any more help feel free to message me!
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    (Original post by JA1994)
    I think you'd certainly be in with a chance, after all, you're only one grade below what they'll probably be asking for.

    Also, if I remember correctly, I got an unconditional offer from Westminster who were asking for BBB even though I had ACC (a grade below, like you would be applying to a course asking for BBC).

    A bit of advice. As you'll be in a position of knowing your grades - BCC - apply to one or two universities asking for, say, BBB-BBC, one or two asking for BCC, and then one or two who are asking for grades lower than what you have like CCC (these universities would then be back-up just in case you didn't get offers from the others). I think Coventry were asking for CCC, for example.

    I think you should definitely consider applying to:

    - Swansea (who asked for BBC this year)
    - Nottingham Trent (who asked for BBC this year I think)
    - Portsmouth (240-300 UCAS points I think)

    I've also heard Oxford Brookes is pretty good, and Plymouth also offer an interesting International Relations/Politics course.

    I'm pretty sure you'll get offers. Just make sure you write a good personal statement which shows your passion for the subject. If you need any more help feel free to message me!
    Thank you so much for your help! I've also been considering some of the other places you've mentioned as well. Last year, I went to see Oxford Brookes to get an idea of what the place was like and I really liked it. I'm not sure what to write in my personal statement though
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    (Original post by pink pineapple)
    Thank you so much for your help! I've also been considering some of the other places you've mentioned as well. Last year, I went to see Oxford Brookes to get an idea of what the place was like and I really liked it. I'm not sure what to write in my personal statement though
    No problem!

    The Student Room has examples of personal statements which are useful as guidelines: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...nal_Statements, but only use them as a guideline or you'll be guilty of plagiarism!

    Good things to include in a personal statement:

    - Why politics is important
    - Examples of current affairs (links with the above) - but try to avoid writing about 9/11, use more modern examples
    - How you're involved in politics (if at all - for example, being a member of a party or simply state your political views or issues you're passionate about)
    - Newspapers, political-related books that you've read, political TV shows you watch, and what you've learnt from them
    - What you've learnt from studying politics at A Level
    - Issues that you're passionate about
    - Prove that you're suited to studying at university (for example, you've studied History and Politics which are both very academic subjects which is good, and being fluent in a foreign language is also very useful)
    - Extra-curricular activities related to the subject (if possible)
    - How you think studying Politics at university will help you and what you wish to achieve

    Also, if you're taking a gap year try to do something useful with it, or something related to politics if possible. It'd look really good if you volunteered to help out a party or something like that. I regret not doing anything useful in my gap year.
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    (Original post by JA1994)
    No problem!

    The Student Room has examples of personal statements which are useful as guidelines: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...nal_Statements, but only use them as a guideline or you'll be guilty of plagiarism!

    Good things to include in a personal statement:

    - Why politics is important
    - Examples of current affairs (links with the above) - but try to avoid writing about 9/11, use more modern examples
    - How you're involved in politics (if at all - for example, being a member of a party or simply state your political views or issues you're passionate about)
    - Newspapers, political-related books that you've read, political TV shows you watch, and what you've learnt from them
    - What you've learnt from studying politics at A Level
    - Issues that you're passionate about
    - Prove that you're suited to studying at university (for example, you've studied History and Politics which are both very academic subjects which is good, and being fluent in a foreign language is also very useful)
    - Extra-curricular activities related to the subject (if possible)
    - How you think studying Politics at university will help you and what you wish to achieve

    Also, if you're taking a gap year try to do something useful with it, or something related to politics if possible. It'd look really good if you volunteered to help out a party or something like that. I regret not doing anything useful in my gap year.
    Thank you so much, that's given me a really good insight into what I should write!
 
 
 
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