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    Hi, I'm wondering if anyone else this year or in the past has applied to university with just highers and got in successfully?
    I was living abroad up until a few months ago but I had to leave before my AS exams and some of my teachers recommended that when I moved back to Scotland I took up highers as I would get into Uni the same time as my friends instead of stressing over the exams and potentially getting bad grades that I would have to put in my application.
    My UCAS application has gone in and I'm waiting for offers to come in (got one at the moment) but I'm wondering how different it might be for people applying with just highers? Are universities going to dismiss you in comparison to someone with Advanced Highers?
    I've got general expected grades - AAAAB, but I don't think that's enough compared to someone with the full grades already.
    Any help would be appreciated! ^^

    ***By the way, this advice is only really applicable if you're applying to a Scottish uni - The majority of English unis tend to ask for Adv Highers***

    Highers and A Levels are COMPLETELY different. A Higher is not equivalent to an AS, and an Advanced Higher is not equivalent to a full A Level. They're completely different qualifications.

    Highers make up the BASIS of 99% of Scottish uni applicants qualifications. IE - 99% of courses will only ask for highers. Advanced Highers are not manditory for acceptance to the majority of courses - The only real exception to this is medicine.You therefore shouldn't be worried, you're in the same boat as 99% of the other applicants to your course.

    The majority of people don't have advanced highers either, out of my entire year there were only a handful completing Adv Highers. Of course, those with Advanced Highers will be seen as more academically able to universities, but that won't necessarily put them in a better stead than you, and certainly would not cause a uni to dismiss you from selection.
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