Poor A-level grades for Masters application

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    Hi guys! I'm hoping to apply for a MSc course starting next September. The applications all require 'strong A-level's' and either a 2:1 or a 1st. I'm on course for a first class degree but I have substandard A-level grades (BCD). Does anyone know whether this will dent my chances of an offer? Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by MrBean1994)
    Hi guys! I'm hoping to apply for a MSc course starting next September. The applications all require 'strong A-level's' and either a 2:1 or a 1st. I'm on course for a first class degree but I have substandard A-level grades (BCD). Does anyone know whether this will dent my chances of an offer? Thanks in advance!
    I'd urge you to apply anyway. In my experience, universities are keen to look at your strong points with regards to masters applications (I've had offers for psychology and I have a 2:2). Just be sure to do a strong personal statement stating how you'll be well suited to the course and what enthuses you to do it.
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    Depends on the quality and quantity of the other applicants. If they can fill the course with people who are both on track for a 1st/2:1 and have good A-levels, then it'd likely be a no.

    It'll also depend on where you're applying, as with just BCD I can't imagine you're at that highly ranked a university at the moment.
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    Its rare for Unis to specify A levels for a Masters level course. This may be because they want high level skills and in their experience only those with high score A levels have this. The other possibility is that it is just University snobbery - they know that only those with high A level score will have gone to 'top' Unis.

    If I were you I'd question the need for these A level grades. What skills are they looking for that you wouldn't have developed via a First class degree in a relevant subject? If you dont get a satisfactory answer from the PhD contact then find that University's Equality and Diversity policy and email the relevant person. Academics who devise these sort of ads can be seriously leant on by the policy makers.
 
 
 
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