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How hard is it to get into UCL (Barlett)? I took 4 A-levels and got AABB, they ask for AAB but my teacher tells me is really hard to get in even though I got the grades. Apparently they focus more on the portfolio and personal statement which is not great news for me as My English is not perfect because it is not my first language so i dont think my personal statement is very good. At the moment im doing a foundation year in art and design specialising in architecture. I'm good at art and i hope to produce a good portfolio. what do you guys think my chances of getting into Barlett are ?
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How hard is it to get into UCL (Barlett)? I took 4 A-levels and got AABB, they ask for AAB but my teacher tells me is really hard to get in even though I got the grades. Apparently they focus more on the portfolio and personal statement which is not great news for me as My English is not perfect because it is not my first language so i dont think my personal statement is very good. At the moment im doing a foundation year in art and design specialising in architecture. I'm good at art and i hope to produce a good portfolio. what do you guys think my chances of getting into Barlett are ?
They make offers to fewer applicants than Cambridge
http://university.which.co.uk/univer...000-k100-78661 11%
http://university.which.co.uk/univer...000-k100-13227 13%

With a foundation and a good portfolio and the right grades you're in with a chance - but demand does outstrip supply of places by a long way so look into some other Architecture courses to apply to along with UCL.
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Apparently they focus more on the portfolio and personal statement which is not great news for me as My English is not perfect because it is not my first language so i dont think my personal statement is very good.
Regarding your PS, it won't be the standard of your English* per se, it will be the passion and interest in architecture you convey. Ask your referee or a friendly teacher to help you polish it

This might help: http://university.which.co.uk/advice...nning-students

https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/archi...tion_guide.pdf


*Although they do expect a certain minimum standard.
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They make offers to fewer applicants than Cambridge
http://university.which.co.uk/univer...000-k100-78661 11%
http://university.which.co.uk/univer...000-k100-13227 13%

With a foundation and a good portfolio and the right grades you're in with a chance - but demand does outstrip supply of places by a long way so look into some other Architecture courses to apply to along with UCL.
I've applied to both Cambridge and UCL, did not know these stats!! That's crazy
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[QUOTE=PQ;69459736]They make offers to fewer applicants than Cambridge
http://university.which.co.uk/univer...000-k100-78661 11%
http://university.which.co.uk/univer...000-k100-13227 13%

wow, I didn't know these stats, Thank you! I applied to 4 more unis which aren't as hard to get into as this one but hopefully, bartlett will accept me
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[QUOTE=jneill;69459894]Regarding your PS, it won't be the standard of your English* per se, it will be the passion and interest in architecture you convey. Ask your referee or a friendly teacher to help you polish it

This might help: http://university.which.co.uk/advice...nning-students

https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/archi...tion_guide.pdf

this helped a lot thank you! I started working on my portfolio already, hope they give me an interview so that they can see it
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I've applied to both Cambridge and UCL, did not know these stats!! That's crazy
I know! have you already send your application ?
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I know! have you already send your application ?
Yes! I've had my interview! You?
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Yes! I've had my interview! You?
How was the interview? What did you talk about?
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Yes! I've had my interview! You?
that's amazing ! how did it go? i send off my aplication yesterday, what task did they send you ?
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that's amazing ! how did it go? i send off my aplication yesterday, what task did they send you ?
Oh okay awesome! In terms of task do you mean the topics? I think it went quite well despite being slightly nervous at the beginning, I think I got all the points I wanted to across!!

Good luck
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Oh okay awesome! In terms of task do you mean the topics? I think it went quite well despite being slightly nervous at the beginning, I think I got all the points I wanted to across!!

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No, I thought they send you a task before they actually give you an interview, I think last year's task was to send 5 drawings, a 5 mins one, a 10 mins one etc etc . am I wrong ?
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UCL vs Cambridge is an interesting one. Of course Cambridge admit fewer than UCL in terms of absolute numbers (about half) but UCL have far more applicants.
My gut feel (not substantiated by any research) is that UCL have a more international appeal for the Architecture course.
The rumours are that UCL are more interested in "arty" types and Cambridge more "academic" types, which I suppose is borne out by the fact they have a graphic task, whereas Cambridge have a bit of drawing on the day in addition to the essay task.
I know of some who initially said that they regarded UCL as the daddy, but changed their minds once they got an offer from Cambridge!


So, I'd be interested to know of those that applied to both, what their relative success was. Perhaps we could get a rough idea by asking in the 2017 application thread?
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UCL vs Cambridge is an interesting one. Of course Cambridge admit fewer than UCL in terms of absolute numbers (about half) but UCL have far more applicants.
My gut feel (not substantiated by any research) is that UCL have a more international appeal for the Architecture course.
The rumours are that UCL are more interested in "arty" types and Cambridge more "academic" types, which I suppose is borne out by the fact they have a graphic task, whereas Cambridge have a bit of drawing on the day in addition to the essay task.
I know of some who initially said that they regarded UCL as the daddy, but changed their minds once they got an offer from Cambridge!


So, I'd be interested to know of those that applied to both, what their relative success was. Perhaps we could get a rough idea by asking in the 2017 application thread?
I applied to both a number of years ago. My view is that the Bartlett (UCL) is much much much much better as a department than the architecture department at Cambridge. The Bartlett also generally has better staff and tutors due to its location. However it still doesn't have the Cambridge factor, which is obviously pretty unique. The Cambridge factor, i.e. being part of a college, May balls etc. is the only advantage I can think of to be honest. I chose UCL.
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Yes - For those that do get offers for both, which is the more popular?

Strangely I get the impression that most on TSR that applied for both would chose Cambridge.

This could be that plenty simply aren't interested in Cambridge, and would rather have Bath/Cardiff/A.N.Other than go there.

In addition to the "better parties" aspect to Cambridge, there's also the anti-London factor - not a particularly pleasant place to be a student (maybe more so for those that live in London).
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