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    I've seen this on a few uni websites next to their typical offers and I just wanted to clarify what it means.

    If I take A-level subjects which are all very relevant to the degree I want to do, would this mean that a) my offer will be higher, because they want to know that I am good at the skills related to the course, or b) my offer will be lower, because even if I don't do amazingly then they'll still know that I have some previous experience which might be useful?
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    I've seen this on a few uni websites next to their typical offers and I just wanted to clarify what it means.

    If I take A-level subjects which are all very relevant to the degree I want to do, would this mean that a) my offer will be higher, because they want to know that I am good at the skills related to the course, or b) my offer will be lower, because even if I don't do amazingly then they'll still know that I have some previous experience which might be useful?
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    It varies considerably between universities - Southampton, for example, tend to set lower offers for e.g. Chemistry, where applicants have 2 or more sciences (this is clearly stated in the entry requirements for those courses). Cambridge, conversely, gets many qualified applicants with all "relevant" subjects to their courses, and after interview may set higher or more specific offers if they felt the candidate was borderline and want to see if they can stretch themselves to that target (e.g., requiring an A* in a specific subject). Many also make lower offers for candidates with Maths and Further Maths for some STEM subjects. They are fairly transparent about this usually however.
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    (Original post by Sint)
    I've seen this on a few uni websites next to their typical offers and I just wanted to clarify what it means.

    If I take A-level subjects which are all very relevant to the degree I want to do, would this mean that a) my offer will be higher, because they want to know that I am good at the skills related to the course, or b) my offer will be lower, because even if I don't do amazingly then they'll still know that I have some previous experience which might be useful?
    As above, and also some will give you a slightly lower offer if you have a good grade in an EPQ.

    edit to add: e.g. Southampton https://www.southampton.ac.uk/learnw...ns-policy.page

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