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    First post on here, so apologies if this is in the wrong section or what not!

    I was looking for ways to gain extra UCAS points as a private candidate, as unfortunately I have been told I am unable to do things such as the extended project as a private candidate.

    I have been made a UCAS point based offer that I should comfortably achieve but I would like to ensure that I do for my own peace of mind by gaining some extra UCAS points as a buffer.

    Has anyone else been in this situation, what ways did you find?

    I am aware the obvious route would be to take an additional AS or A2, I am doing two fast-track A2's (AS and A2 in one year) as well as just an A2 exam, so do not think this will be possible.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
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    Any extra qualifications such as dance/music hold UCAS points so if you do any of that it should help
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    I know guitar grades 5 and above with distinction give ucas points.
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    (Original post by student2734)
    Any extra qualifications such as dance/music hold UCAS points so if you do any of that it should help
    Thanks for that! I am a guitarist, so I will look at doing some grades.

    Anything else?
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    Musics grades 6 - 8 count and, if you live in Wales and can convince a college to let you do it, the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma counts as 120 UCAS points -- the same as an A in a full A Level. It's very time-consuming but nowhere near as hard as getting an A in a real A Level.

    I'm not sure if care qualifications like the NVQ count but I wanna say they do... :lol:
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    (Original post by Hydeman)
    Musics grades 6 - 8 count and, if you live in Wales and can convince a college to let you do it, the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma counts as 120 UCAS points -- the same as an A in a full A Level. It's very time-consuming but nowhere near as hard as getting an A in a real A Level.

    I'm not sure if care qualifications like the NVQ count but I wanna say they do... :lol:
    Thanks for that! I don't live in Wales unfortunately, so that may be out of the question.

    Does anyone reckon it's worth a try asking a local school or college to let me do my Extended Project there, somehow? Just seems the easiest way to pick up a few extra points
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    (Original post by mrh_66)
    Thanks for that! I don't live in Wales unfortunately, so that may be out of the question.

    Does anyone reckon it's worth a try asking a local school or college to let me do my Extended Project there, somehow? Just seems the easiest way to pick up a few extra points
    It won't hurt to ask. The worst that'll happen is they'll say no. Considering that the EPQ is something that requires a lot of independent work anyway, I can't why they might see it as a liability to take on a private candidate.
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    (Original post by Hydeman)
    It won't hurt to ask. The worst that'll happen is they'll say no. Considering that the EPQ is something that requires a lot of independent work anyway, I can't why they might see it as a liability to take on a private candidate.
    Nothing ventured, nothing gained .

    You've all been very helpful, thanks guys!
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    (Original post by mrh_66)
    Thanks for that! I am a guitarist, so I will look at doing some grades.

    Anything else?
    You could consider doing music theory as well.

    https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...ff-tables/1086
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    (Original post by mrh_66)
    Thanks for that! I don't live in Wales unfortunately, so that may be out of the question.

    Does anyone reckon it's worth a try asking a local school or college to let me do my Extended Project there, somehow? Just seems the easiest way to pick up a few extra points
    Yeah that's not a bad idea!! EPQs are great and if you have the opportunity and passion for something in particular its defo worth trying
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    Taking an extra qualification will more likely hinder rather than help.

    There's no need to go way above the offer, especially since you're fast-tracking, which requires nearly all your 'thinking' time. Focus on the A Levels.
 
 
 
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