Do reputable Universities care about my piano skills?

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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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