Durham - English Applicants 2007 Watch

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Post what you got for:

GCSE's

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A2 Predictions

If you got an offer: Whether you got Conditional or Unconditional

What grades needed.
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Oh dear, you are a bit fidgety on the offer front, aren't you? Well, I applied for entry waaaaay back in 2004, so am now an ancient 3rd year. I got:

*********AAAA

AAAAA

AAAB

And a conditional offer of AAB, given in mid-November.

That's almost certainly no use whatsoever, but at least now you've not got an empty thread.

Got any questions about the course itself?
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I have a friend applying post-A Level, she got

9 A*s
AAAA
AAA
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Well I'm applying this year:

GCSES: **********a

AS: aaaaa

A2 predictions: AAAA

I've applied to van mildert
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7 A*s, 2 As, 1 B

AAAAA

AAAA incl General Studies. I'm also doing AEAs in English and History.

St. Mary's College

Applied for deferred 2008, which perhaps wasn't a wise idea because Durham say they are 'cautious' and 'reluctant' to offer such places.

Got my confirmation letter about a week ago, so now the waiting game begins
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It's all joke really. Absoloutely 100% pot luck with English.

I applied for 2006 entry with 5A*, 4A and a B in Maths.

AS- AAAAA

A2- AAAA

...and I got rejected without a reasonable explanation.

So don't worry if you don't get a place, it's quite blatantly not a reflection on your grade profile (unless you really are ****e and applied for a laugh)

And for those who got a place- be bloody grateful. They probably liked the sound of your name or something.
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(Original post by Affectation)
It's all joke really. Absoloutely 100% pot luck with English.

I applied for 2006 entry with 5A*, 4A and a B in Maths.

AS- AAAAA

A2- AAAA

...and I got rejected without a reasonable explanation.

So don't worry if you don't get a place, it's quite blatantly not a reflection on your grade profile (unless you really are ****e and applied for a laugh)

And for those who got a place- be bloody grateful. They probably liked the sound of your name or something.
Well it's not just about grades, the PS and reference play a big part too. They want people who have outstanding extra curriculars, a positive attitude and a keen interest in the course, not just those with straight As. Certainly not "pot luck".

Anyway,

GCSEs: 8A*3A, 1B
AS: AAAA
Predicted A2: AAAA

Applied to St Chad's on 4th October, got an offer on 6th November!
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(Original post by jl7)
Well it's not just about grades, the PS and reference play a big part too. They want people who have outstanding extra curriculars, a positive attitude and a keen interest in the course, not just those with straight As. Certainly not "pot luck".

Anyway,

GCSEs: 8A*3A, 1B
AS: AAAA
Predicted A2: AAAA

Applied to St Chad's on 4th October, got an offer on 6th November!
Yes, and since nearly all of the people who apply to do English at Durham will undoubtedly have at last a prediciton of 3 As at A level and a lot of other awesome exam results, then they have to choose somehow. And saying that Durham didn't give you a "a reasonable explaination" (@ Affectation), well do you really think admissions have time to reject people and explain why?
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(Original post by Affectation)
It's all joke really. Absoloutely 100% pot luck with English.

I applied for 2006 entry with 5A*, 4A and a B in Maths.

AS- AAAAA

A2- AAAA

...and I got rejected without a reasonable explanation.

So don't worry if you don't get a place, it's quite blatantly not a reflection on your grade profile (unless you really are ****e and applied for a laugh)

And for those who got a place- be bloody grateful. They probably liked the sound of your name or something.
Maybe they just didn't like you??? You can't say that it's just pot luck, there must be some logic behind it, perhaps your personal statement just wasn't what Durham were looking for...
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lyrical_maze
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I see, I'm jus really frustrated at myself because I'm predicted AAAB. But I didn't touch a book at GCSE and I hope I dont suffer the consequences now
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I hate to be the harbinger of doom, but I thought Durham had a minimum A* and A grade requirement at GCSE for some subjects - I'd heard History and English...sure it's in the prospectus...
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...and I got rejected without a reasonable explanation.
Miaow! Maybe your application just wasn't as good as others?
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I'm at Durham doing English now and i got:

9A*s and 2 A - in Welsh 1st language, yuck

4A's at As and A level as predicted

My offer was 3As and i didn't hear back until stupidly late, can't remember when, but it was way after all the others, after X-mas definitely.
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Miaow! Maybe your application just wasn't as good as others?
Or maybe politics and statistics played a large part in the game...
My friend got rejected last year and after getting his A levels and re-applying with pretty much the same personal statement, he got in.
Hmm.
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Politics?
It is pot luck with some of the more competitive departments, but there is probably a reason you weren't accepted.
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Yeah, I will say that there is a LOT of luck involved with admissions. But obviously those with stronger personl statements will get accepted first. Anyway, whose fault is it? It's not the uni's fault they can't distinguish between top candidates. Even interviews can only tell you so much.
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I got into University College, Durham for English this year I think I found out about a week ago now.
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Good one!

P.S. Oxford will give you lots of work. Come to Durham.
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(Original post by Affectation)
It's all joke really. Absoloutely 100% pot luck with English.

I applied for 2006 entry with 5A*, 4A and a B in Maths.

AS- AAAAA

A2- AAAA

...and I got rejected without a reasonable explanation.

So don't worry if you don't get a place, it's quite blatantly not a reflection on your grade profile (unless you really are ****e and applied for a laugh)

And for those who got a place- be bloody grateful. They probably liked the sound of your name or something.
Of course luck has something to do with the process, but it's the same for every competitive subject at every competitive university - it's in their interests to get who they deem to be the best people for their course and university, in both the context of the uni and in the context of the individual, i.e. school, general background covered in PS. Their criteria obviously work since Durham English remains to be extremely good! Surely that means they have even more of a valid reason for rejecting you: you just weren't right for them, you weren't rejected at random... and surely that means it was far from a 'joke'?
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(Original post by Jelkin)
Good one!

P.S. Oxford will give you lots of work. Come to Durham.
Are you implying that Durham is a doss then? :P
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