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    I'm not really sure which exact forum this should go in, but since I'm asking mainly in the interest of uni applications, I guessed here.

    I was looking around at uni entry requirements and noticed that some did not accept a native language at A-level (or equivalent) as part of their offers. I'm doing the IB (started this semester) and have to do two languages, English A (higher level compulsory) and Swedish A (higher or standard). I chose higher level Swedish because I thought I could do better in it than the only other option, which was business. I do believe the general rule is that A-level = IB HL equivalent, which means that I will apply to uni with two languages at higher level.

    My question is, to what extent is it a general rule that British unis won't take a native language at A-level/equivalent? I might still be able to change Swedish to SL but I'm not sure. I know it's possible to contact the universities and ask, but at this point I don't really have a shortlist. Anyone have experience in applying to university with a native language? Any help would be appreciated.
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    (Original post by emmlag)
    I'm not really sure which exact forum this should go in, but since I'm asking mainly in the interest of uni applications, I guessed here.

    I was looking around at uni entry requirements and noticed that some did not accept a native language at A-level (or equivalent) as part of their offers. I'm doing the IB (started this semester) and have to do two languages, English A (higher level compulsory) and Swedish A (higher or standard). I chose higher level Swedish because I thought I could do better in it than the only other option, which was business. I do believe the general rule is that A-level = IB HL equivalent, which means that I will apply to uni with two languages at higher level.

    My question is, to what extent is it a general rule that British unis won't take a native language at A-level/equivalent? I might still be able to change Swedish to SL but I'm not sure. I know it's possible to contact the universities and ask, but at this point I don't really have a shortlist. Anyone have experience in applying to university with a native language? Any help would be appreciated.
    Depends on the Uni really...

    Durham, Manchester, Southampton, Cardiff etc will accept it as an equal.

    LSE, UCL, Exeter and some will not consider it.

    (This info is either from their websites or from some emails I've received!)

    Best bet is to email the university you're interested in.
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    Oh, all right, thank you very much!
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    when i applied for hull they accepted mine as a full a level. some universities don't count it, and some count it as half an a level
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    Is your Swedish course intended for native speakers of Swedish (if so, the unis will be fine with it), or is it intended for people who are learning it as a second language?

    If it's the latter, then I would suggest that you email some unis that you're interested in going to, to see what they say about it - given that you're doing IB, they may be more lenient.
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    Is your Swedish course intended for native speakers of Swedish (if so, the unis will be fine with it), or is it intended for people who are learning it as a second language?

    If it's the latter, then I would suggest that you email some unis that you're interested in going to, to see what they say about it - given that you're doing IB, they may be more lenient.
    It's a language and literature course for native speakers. I ended up changing it to standard level, though, because two languages at higher seemed a bit redundant. Nevertheless, thank you for the information!
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    (Original post by emmlag)
    It's a language and literature course for native speakers. I ended up changing it to standard level, though, because two languages at higher seemed a bit redundant. Nevertheless, thank you for the information!
    If it's for native speakers, then having it at higher level wouldn't have caused you any problems at all.

    The only time that problems arise is when native speakers do exams intended for language learners, because then it's not the same level of difficulty at all.
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    Hello, Does Southampton still accept this as I can't find anything on their websites, thank you!
 
 
 

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