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    I've just completed NCS, I'm currently doing volunteering work and have my first ever job interview next month... I'm also waiting to receive my GCSE results at the end of the month and my hope is to get into a top Russel Group university after my A levels. Obviously these universities value your grades and UCAs points but I'm slightly stuck on how to get them. Whilst NCS, volunteering and clubs such as Girlguiding look great on the application form, they don't get you any points! Any suggestions on how to get them in ways other than your grades?
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    (Original post by immie.123)
    I've just completed NCS, I'm currently doing volunteering work and have my first ever job interview next month... I'm also waiting to receive my GCSE results at the end of the month and my hope is to get into a top Russel Group university after my A levels. Obviously these universities value your grades and UCAs points but I'm slightly stuck on how to get them. Whilst NCS, volunteering and clubs such as Girlguiding look great on the application form, they don't get you any points! Any suggestions on how to get them in ways other than your grades?
    I think you can get them for playing an instrument and sitting an exam for it, grade 1, grade 2 etc
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    (Original post by immie.123)
    I've just completed NCS, I'm currently doing volunteering work and have my first ever job interview next month... I'm also waiting to receive my GCSE results at the end of the month and my hope is to get into a top Russel Group university after my A levels. Obviously these universities value your grades and UCAs points but I'm slightly stuck on how to get them. Whilst NCS, volunteering and clubs such as Girlguiding look great on the application form, they don't get you any points! Any suggestions on how to get them in ways other than your grades?
    You can get UCAS points by completing musical instrument grades, but in the vast majority of circumstances, universities will only care about UCAS points gained from A levels/BTEC/IB etc. At my school, we were forced to do the 'progression module', which technically led to extra UCAS points... but even that was only counted by some local universities, so was irrelevant for most people. Basically, unless you're already happening to be sitting a musical instrument grade, just focus on academics, as that's all unis will look for. The other stuff you've listed is very valuable for your personal statement though!
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    Universities don't really care about UCAS points anymore, they mostly care about extra curricular things you do which relate to your subject, so summer schools, societies, extra reading, lectures, museum visits etc. You can get UCAS points for music exams, drama exams, the gold Arts Award and dance exams, but they are only awarded at a very high grade.
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    (Original post by immie.123)
    I've just completed NCS, I'm currently doing volunteering work and have my first ever job interview next month... I'm also waiting to receive my GCSE results at the end of the month and my hope is to get into a top Russel Group university after my A levels. Obviously these universities value your grades and UCAs points but I'm slightly stuck on how to get them. Whilst NCS, volunteering and clubs such as Girlguiding look great on the application form, they don't get you any points! Any suggestions on how to get them in ways other than your grades?

    You have several options:
    1. playing an instrument- however you only begin to get UCAS points at around grade 6 as far as I know.
    2. Ballet or horse riding - exams get you UCAS point but again most likely in higher grades.
    3. EPQ- the extended project qualification is basically your own research project into a topic of interest to you; you can do 5000 words or 1000 with a product etc. It isn't just research though, it is a demonstration of progress through a diary and evaluation.
    4. Volunteering- there is the ASDAN volunteering qualification where you have to prove you have done 50, 80 or 150 hours of volunteering or something like work experience whilst developing 'personal effectiveness' like teamwork etc. The more hours, the more points.
    5. Maths- if you are not already going to do it as an a level, there are certain qualifications you can do to get more points which are equivalent to extending your gcse.
    Hope this helps !
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    It really doesn't matter if you don't get UCAS points from anything that isn't an A-level grade as far as I am aware, even for a 'top Russel group uni' which isn't the be-all-and-end-all.
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    (Original post by immie.123)
    I've just completed NCS, I'm currently doing volunteering work and have my first ever job interview next month... I'm also waiting to receive my GCSE results at the end of the month and my hope is to get into a top Russel Group university after my A levels. Obviously these universities value your grades and UCAs points but I'm slightly stuck on how to get them. Whilst NCS, volunteering and clubs such as Girlguiding look great on the application form, they don't get you any points! Any suggestions on how to get them in ways other than your grades?
    You should do these things because you enjoy them. Not to get UCAS points which, even if they were awarded, are not applicable for entry to most courses at most universities.

    Your A-levels are what counts towards meeting entry requirements.

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