Grades/Offers for Politics at Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Strathclyde and Sterling Watch

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I've just sent off a UCAS application for politics to Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Strathclyde and Sterling. Just wondering if anyone here is doing politics at any of these unis and if so what grades did you have to get in? Or if anyone has heard anything about the typical (or lowest) grades that people have gotten into these universities with? Would love to know! Thanks!
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I've just sent off a UCAS application for politics to Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Strathclyde and Sterling. Just wondering if anyone here is doing politics at any of these unis and if so what grades did you have to get in? Or if anyone has heard anything about the typical (or lowest) grades that people have gotten into these universities with? Would love to know! Thanks!
Are you Scottish by any chance?
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I do Politics at Glasgow and had 41 points at the International Baccalaureate. On average I'd say it's a good course, it's gotten a lot of interesting International Relations and International Security people in lately, if that's your thing.

Don't remember the exact requirements for A-levels or Highers, but don't imagine they're too insane for either of the unis you listed (Glasgow should have the highest). In my highly subjective opinion, your priority order should be Glasgow, Strathclyde, Aberdeen and Dundee. Avoid Stirling, it's an absolute dump.

Edit: Actually, dug up the prospectus as procrastrination. It says the requirements are AAB for A-levels and 34 points for IB. For Highers, AAAAB in one sitting gives you an unconditional, and AAAA or AAABB will receive offers, and AABBB, AAAB or AABB may receive offers. Hope that answers your question on the Glasgow front, at least.
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Are you Scottish by any chance?

Yep haha!
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I do Politics at Glasgow and had 41 points at the International Baccalaureate. On average I'd say it's a good course, it's gotten a lot of interesting International Relations and International Security people in lately, if that's your thing.

Don't remember the exact requirements for A-levels or Highers, but don't imagine they're too insane for either of the unis you listed (Glasgow should have the highest). In my highly subjective opinion, your priority order should be Glasgow, Strathclyde, Aberdeen and Dundee. Avoid Stirling, it's an absolute dump.

Edit: Actually, dug up the prospectus as procrastrination. It says the requirements are AAB for A-levels and 34 points for IB. For Highers, AAAAB in one sitting gives you an unconditional, and AAAA or AAABB will receive offers, and AABBB, AAAB or AABB may receive offers. Hope that answers your question on the Glasgow front, at least.

Thanks, yeah Glasgow does sound great but also hardest to get into. I heard though about someone getting in with like Bs and Cs but don't know if that's true?
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Thanks, yeah Glasgow does sound great but also hardest to get into. I heard though about someone getting in with like Bs and Cs but don't know if that's true?
No clue. Rest assured though, if you don't get into Glasgow you've probably still a good shot at Strathy, which can definitely hold its own. I'd say Strathclyde is among the more under-rated unis around here.
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I'm in my 3rd year at Strathclyde and they're giving offers to people with AAABB or more this year (same as when I applied). The first year was great, and I'm really enjoying the 3rd year but 2nd year was hard going because it was very theory based. But, you only need 40% to get from second to third year so if you can get through a bit of hard work then you'll be fine.

Also the lecturers and staff are great!
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In my highly subjective opinion, your priority order should be Glasgow, Strathclyde, Aberdeen and Dundee. Avoid Stirling, it's an absolute dump.
I'm applying to all mentioned except for Strathclyde (they don't have IR ).


Can you elaborate the Stirling statement? I'm worried I don't have a lot of chance to get into Glasgow, Edinburgh or the others, so it might be my only option. Is the school itself bad? Or is it because of the small city?
I'm not from the UK, so I have no chance to visit the schools and I don't get to hear any opinions (only what the school provides in those optimistic booklets of theirs).
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I'm applying to all mentioned except for Strathclyde (they don't have IR ).


Can you elaborate the Stirling statement? I'm worried I don't have a lot of chance to get into Glasgow, Edinburgh or the others, so it might be my only option. Is the school itself bad? Or is it because of the small city?
I'm not from the UK, so I have no chance to visit the schools and I don't get to hear any opinions (only what the school provides in those optimistic booklets of theirs).
Well, I've never gone to the university so take what I say with a grain of salt. Stirling is quite generally a fairly boring town when it comes to university though; they're good at sports, but that's about it. The nature around the town is beautiful, but I don't think four years there would be particularly enjoyable.

Also, note that even if Strathclyde doesn't have a clear-cut IR course, I'm fairly certain they allow for specialisation into IR in third and fourth year. I do a Politics degree at Glasgow, but more or less all my honours modules (i.e. third and fourth year) are IR.
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