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    I'm applying for Mechanical engineering degree. But I also have taken some serious music exams such as ATCL which is much hader than grade 8 exam. but it is not as popular among UCAS applicants as Grade 8. My question is do they care about that? If they do, which one would they prefer? I don't have grade 8 certificate, just ATCL. But in case they prefer grade8, I will go back and take grade 8 exam. That is why I'm asking this question. Thank you.
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    (Original post by Ponpoungpet)
    I'm applying for Mechanical engineering degree. But I also have taken some serious music exams such as ATCL which is much hader than grade 8 exam. but it is not as popular among UCAS applicants as Grade 8. My question is do they care about that? If they do, which one would they prefer? I don't have grade 8 certificate, just ATCL. But in case they prefer grade8, I will go back and take grade 8 exam. That is why I'm asking this question. Thank you.
    You should include your music qualifications on your application but they aren't likely to affect your chances of success
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    Althought they aren't that important, they're definitely something you should include because it makes you stand out from others. They won't be bothered about which exams you have taken so theres not really a need to take Grade 8 unless you really want to

    Likewise, I put guitar qualifications on my application (Grade 5 - pass and Grade 6 - pending)

    So yeah, definitely put them on your application
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    ATCL is def more impressive and should be listed, though non-music departments are not gonna know what it is/what it means.

    In any case, there's no point going back and doing a Grade 8 exam if you've already done and got an ATCL - it's a waste of your time and skills! As PQ says, whilst you should list it, it is not going to impact upon your admission to a mechanical engineering dept :nah:
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    (Original post by Ponpoungpet)
    I'm applying for Mechanical engineering degree. But I also have taken some serious music exams such as ATCL which is much hader than grade 8 exam. but it is not as popular among UCAS applicants as Grade 8. My question is do they care about that? If they do, which one would they prefer? I don't have grade 8 certificate, just ATCL. But in case they prefer grade8, I will go back and take grade 8 exam. That is why I'm asking this question. Thank you.
    I looked it up and apparently, a Grade 8 in music is equivalent to a Level 3 certificate, which means it qualifies for UCAS which only looks at Level 3 certificates. But an ATCL is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate music degree (or at least the performance part) which means it's a level 4 certificate, which is why it's not listed when you try to look for it on the UCAS website, so an ATCL or above won't count towards your UCAS points. But @The_Lonely_Goatherd is right tho, there's no point going back to do Grade 8 when you already have a diploma, which is much more impressive AND you're applying to a mechanical engineering dept which probably won't care so much about your musical career...

    By the way, this answer is a bit late, isn't it? :P
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    Yes, of course. Piano playing is very relevant preparation for a mechanical engineering degree
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    Absolutely not unless you can be an organ player at their chapel if they have it

    Don't waste your time on the grade. Learning music shouldnt be done for ucas tariffs but for your own personal development.
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    (Original post by YaliaV)
    Yes, of course. Piano playing is very relevant preparation for a mechanical engineering degree
    Well, it does show commitment, so unis could be looking at that?
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    It's irrelevant to your course, so no. Being a piano wiz won't make you more likely to get a place at a good uni, they care about what you do in relation to your subject.
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    It can only be a plus, so I'd add it in your personal statement to show you can sometimes think about something else than academia. For example Imperial College is located near the Royal College of Music and you can be eligible (you just need to check the required marks at the music exam) to play there for extra-curriculum. Would be a shame to stop music!
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