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    I am currently on a gap year after completing my A levels in which I acheived:
    B- sociology
    C- biology
    C-chemistry
    B- extended project
    I also got a D in AS maths. I've just started a gap year job as a healthcare assistant and volunteer with the st. john ambulance as a first aider and a youth leader. I also volunteer with another youth organisation. Despite this, I find (upon calling) prospective universities I am flatly rejected even after explaining that I am a carer and went to an under performing school. Does anyone (who has made a successful application under similar circumstances), have any advice?
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    Your qualifications do matter, so you will need gcse's grade a-c in your core subjects. Your a level grades are good enough and you will also need to apply via ucas for nursing.
    You will need to do a personal statement and attend an interview if invited for one.
    Universities can not really reject you straight away unless you're not meeting academic requirements when you're ringing and they can advise you on this.
    Nursing is competitive and requires some work just to be accepted.
    It's not really to do with where you attended school but how you portray yourself, your qualifications and your performance at interview.

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