how do you know what people's cv's are like? Perhaps your friends get better grades, it is entirely possible, but that doesn't necessarily mean they've got better cv's. Maybe these applicants have better work experience, maybe they've shown more commitment to the degree subject, perhaps they just have better personal statements. I'm sure according to grades, and what you can see of me on here, there are far better students than me. However, fact remains, I had a damn good personal statement and had done a lot of work experience. Okay, so archaeology is not the hardest subject to get into, but I think the fact that I got 6 offers and Bristol offered me a scholarship as well as sending me a really nice letter counts for something.