Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I finally got my UCAS form sent away on Friday and I heard back tonight from one of my choices - English and Journalism & Creative Writing at Strathclyde - to find that I'd received a rejection outright. Upon viewing the details of the rejection it said "your personal statement does not adequately explain your academic history." I am confused as to what they mean by this, considering I am only one grade short of the entry requirements. I perceive it as saying I didn't talk about the subjects I'm currently studying within my personal statement, however, I have revised my personal statement again and that is not the case. I am studying advanced higher english and drama this year, as well as higher psychology and my personal statement mentions all of these, with particular focus on my love for english. It also appears to suggest that I should've listed my qualifications within the personal statement, which every site tells you explicitly not to do as it is a waste of characters and the information is already available for universities to see in the education section of the application. My mum, is a teacher herself who has handled UCAS applications for years in her own school and has never heard of this response, nor has anyone else she's asked. I am confused to what they mean by it and will be phoning the Strathclyde admissions office first thing tomorrow morning, but I would like to know if anyone else has any experience of receiving a reason like this as an excuse for rejection and how they handled the situation?

    Thanks,

    Lois
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    Have you contacted them to query it?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    My friend had a similar issue from Liverpool John Moores. She was initially rejected for not having written about her work experience which clearly wasn't true when you read her statement. She rang them up and appealed it and has now got an interview for paramedic practice. Sometimes they just don't read it properly so it's always worth ringing up and appealing it. Hope that helps
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Dusky Mauve)
    Have you contacted them to query it?
    I only got the rejection tonight and the admissions office had already closed for the day at the time so I'm phoning them up first thing tomorrow.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Hannah1099)
    My friend had a similar issue from Liverpool John Moores. She was initially rejected for not having written about her work experience which clearly wasn't true when you read her statement. She rang them up and appealed it and has now got an interview for paramedic practice. Sometimes they just don't read it properly so it's always worth ringing up and appealing it. Hope that helps
    Thank you! It makes me feel a bit better knowing that this has happened to someone else and it's been sorted out. I'm going to phone them up tomorrow and hopefully get it resolved, or at least explained.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by loismcgougan)
    I finally got my UCAS form sent away on Friday and I heard back tonight from one of my choices - English and Journalism & Creative Writing at Strathclyde - to find that I'd received a rejection outright. Upon viewing the details of the rejection it said "your personal statement does not adequately explain your academic history." I am confused as to what they mean by this, considering I am only one grade short of the entry requirements. I perceive it as saying I didn't talk about the subjects I'm currently studying within my personal statement, however, I have revised my personal statement again and that is not the case. I am studying advanced higher english and drama this year, as well as higher psychology and my personal statement mentions all of these, with particular focus on my love for english. It also appears to suggest that I should've listed my qualifications within the personal statement, which every site tells you explicitly not to do as it is a waste of characters and the information is already available for universities to see in the education section of the application. My mum, is a teacher herself who has handled UCAS applications for years in her own school and has never heard of this response, nor has anyone else she's asked. I am confused to what they mean by it and will be phoning the Strathclyde admissions office first thing tomorrow morning, but I would like to know if anyone else has any experience of receiving a reason like this as an excuse for rejection and how they handled the situation?

    Thanks,

    Lois
    Probably because you didn't meet the requirements - and you didn't mention in your statement why you didn't. It's always a risky move applying to unis with higher requirements than your predicted grades.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Probably because you didn't meet the requirements - and you didn't mention in your statement why you didn't. It's always a risky move applying to unis with higher requirements than your predicted grades.
    But I am predicted to gain two advanced highers this year at an A and a B at least, plus another higher at an A so I would more than meet the conditions. I wasn't necessarily expecting an unconditional offer, but I was expecting at least a conditional. I know other people applying to similar courses who have lower grades than me, yet have still received offers.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by loismcgougan)
    But I am predicted to gain two advanced highers this year at an A and a B at least, plus another higher at an A so I would more than meet the conditions. I wasn't necessarily expecting an unconditional offer, but I was expecting at least a conditional. I know other people applying to similar courses who have lower grades than me, yet have still received offers.
    If they weren't at the same university for the same, I wouldn't read too much in to it.
    you said you were one grade short of the requirements for something? If it's a GCSE or something, it doesn't matter if you'd meet the offer, you'd still get rejected.

    (I'm not an expert on Scottish grades, but it works the same at English universities).
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    If they weren't at the same university for the same, I wouldn't read too much in to it.
    you said you were one grade short of the requirements for something? If it's a GCSE or something, it doesn't matter if you'd meet the offer, you'd still get rejected.

    (I'm not an expert on Scottish grades, but it works the same at English universities).
    They got in to Strathclyde for the English course, I was applying to a joint degree of English and Journalism & Creative Writing. The entry requirements for both subjects are the same because it is in the same faculty and they received an unconditional offer which makes no sense?
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by loismcgougan)
    They got in to Strathclyde for the English course, I was applying to a joint degree of English and Journalism & Creative Writing. The entry requirements for both subjects are the same because it is in the same faculty and they received an unconditional offer which makes no sense?
    Did they meet the entry requirements though
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Did they meet the entry requirements though
    nope, they had a grade below what I had, so two grades below entry requirements.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by loismcgougan)
    nope, they had a grade below what I had, so two grades below entry requirements.
    Complain
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Complain
    I'm going to call up tomorrow and inquire about it with the admissions office.
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by loismcgougan)
    Upon viewing the details of the rejection it said "your personal statement does not adequately explain your academic history."
    Hmm, did you previously have "poor" grades at Standard or Higher level? Resits? Something like that...? Although really those things would be expected to be covered by your reference not your PS.

    It's definitely worth following it up with them, as you already plan to do.

    Good luck!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jneill)
    Hmm, did you previously have "poor" grades at Standard or Higher level? Resits? Something like that...? Although really those things would be expected to be covered by your reference not your PS.

    It's definitely worth following it up with them, as you already plan to do.

    Good luck!
    I've never failed anything, with the majority of my highers being A's and my National 5's being a mixture of A's and B's. I got one C in modern studies at higher and in biology at national 5 in fourth year. I've never had to take any resits, so it didn't make much sense to me. I phoned up Strathclyde admissions the other day and the reason they gave for the rejection was completely different from what is on UCAS track as the reason, although still seems totally bizarre
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Thanks to everyone for the advice, I phoned up Strathclyde the other day and the woman I spoke to said that it was because I can't be considered for two courses at Strathclyde (something that is apparently both on their website and in the prospectus- I've checked and couldn't find it anywhere, plus it was asked during an english lecture at the most recent open day if we could apply for more than one course within the uni and we were told there would be no issues with that), so the decision panel chose the course out of the two they felt my personal statement was more fitted for to consider (english and psychology). I still don't understand how it links up to the apparent reason for rejection but my school are going to inquire with UCAS about it so hopefully I'll get a proper explanation soon.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by loismcgougan)
    Thanks to everyone for the advice, I phoned up Strathclyde the other day and the woman I spoke to said that it was because I can't be considered for two courses at Strathclyde (something that is apparently both on their website and in the prospectus- I've checked and couldn't find it anywhere, plus it was asked during an english lecture at the most recent open day if we could apply for more than one course within the uni and we were told there would be no issues with that), so the decision panel chose the course out of the two they felt my personal statement was more fitted for to consider (english and psychology). I still don't understand how it links up to the apparent reason for rejection but my school are going to inquire with UCAS about it so hopefully I'll get a proper explanation soon.
    Did you get an offer for the other course at strathclyde then?
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
    Applying to uni

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni

    Graduates celebrate

    How to write a good personal statement

    Expert PS advice from the people who will read it

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Can't decide where to apply? Our tool will help you find the perfect course

    Two students working together

    A-Z of universities

    Read our guides to unis and colleges from around the UK

    A student working on a computer

    Personal statement help

    Use our tool to get your ideal PS quickly!

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student looking down a microscope

    Planning open days

    Find upcoming open days and get advice on preparing.

    Help out other students

    These questions still need an answer

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.