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    Greetings! I come from Hong Kong and I really fancy studying in UCL (most likely Planning and related) after finishing secondary school. Right now, I am studying for the Hong Kong DSE, of the following subjects:
    Core: Chinese, English, Core Mathematics and Liberal Studies
    Electives: Geography, Economics and Chemistry
    However, after looking at the entry requirement, I have found that the unfair tariff hinder my chance of studying there. It require a 3 in Chinese and Liberal Studies and 5 in the other five subjects. I mean it is really harsh that looking at the fact that most students would only study 6 subjects, but UCL requested for 7 subjects all in good grades. Luckily, as an able student, i manage to study 7 subjects. However, getting a 5 in the fives subjects is really hard. Any careless mistakes in those exam or coursework would drag me to the level of 4!
    After checking the grade distribution of last year, i found that only 9-17% of students are able to score 5+ in English, Core Mathematics, Liberal Studies, Geography and Economics, 25% to score 5+ in Chemistry. I am further disappointed.
    I tried to find out if i can take IAL, but it seems does not really fit me as i have already been studying in the 6-years system.
    Recently, I have checked AP out, and I found that I am able to take English, Human Geography, Chinese, Environmental Science, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics. And the entry requirement is 54444, and im only required to take 5 subjects! Looking at the grade distribution at AP, in most subjects, 30% of students can get 4+, while 60% can get a 5. It is much better than DSE. This give me an idea of self-studying AP.
    Guys, how do you feel? I really want to get into the good universities in UK to study planning. I desperately need your help. Is AP suitable, and should I take DSE or IAL or AP or two of them or all(this seems crazy...)?
    p.s. Concerning about my English proficiency, I have done a online Reading and Listening practice paper, and I got 7.5 in both paper (this is the first time i try out IELTS), so I think I am able to score at least 7 in the real IELTS.
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    (Original post by macbook86000)
    However, after looking at the entry requirement, I have found that the unfair tariff hinder my chance of studying there.
    UCL is one of the top unis in the UK. "Unfair" doesn't really enter into it. They set the entry requirements which will get them the best applicants. Any course at UCL will be highly competitive and they won't have trouble filling them.

    Guys, how do you feel? I really want to get into the good universities in UK to study planning. I desperately need your help.
    I don't think we can help. If you want to apply for that course, then you need to have a realistic prospect of getting the stated entry grades. Bear in mind that even if you meet or exceed the requirements, you still aren't guaranteed to get an offer. This is a global marketplace and UCL can afford to look for the best candidates in the world.

    Is AP suitable, and should I take DSE or IAL or AP or two of them or all(this seems crazy...)?
    The only people who can answer this with any credibility, is the UCL Admissions Office.
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    (Original post by Klix88)
    UCL is one of the top unis in the UK. "Unfair" doesn't really enter into it. They set the entry requirements which will get them the best applicants. Any course at UCL will be highly competitive and they won't have trouble filling them.


    I don't think we can help. If you want to apply for that course, then you need to have a realistic prospect of getting the stated entry grades. Bear in mind that even if you meet or exceed the requirements, you still aren't guaranteed to get an offer. This is a global marketplace and UCL can afford to look for the best candidates in the world.


    The only people who can answer this with any credibility, is the UCL Admissions Office.
    Thank you very much for your reply. Firstly, I've found that I've used the wrong wording, the thing i think is unfair is the marks transition of different exams, but not the tariff. I really do understand that UCL is one of the top unis, my brother study there only because he could not get into Oxbridge. I also agree that even if i meet the requirement doesn't mean that I can get the offer, the applications per place of 2015 entry is 6! It seems to be really competitive. Therefore, I will be working really and know more about the subject. (I mean I would do anything for it :P) Right now, I'm writing to the UCL admission Office for the AP/DSE admission matter.
    Anyway, your reply really helped me so much, thank you very much.
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    Hello,

    I am also applying to UCL urban planning design & management course for 2018 intake. I think your situation is the same with mine. I did IB for one and a half year before I realized that the entry requirement for IB is not what I could achieve. I had to take 6 subjects which 3 of them are higher level and I was not interested in the subjects such as Physics and Japanese. Thus, I changed to IAL and take Economics as the new subject. Anyway, I am not familiar with Hong Kong system, so I cannot really suggest you on the difficulty of your exams. However, I really think that education systems do not really matter if you are studying what you are interested. Actually, I did pretty impressive on English, Maths, Chemistry and Business Management in IB though other two were in probability of half to pass. So, good luck!
 
 
 
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