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Hi I am from Pakistan and I am considering to study Alevels as a private candidate as I took IGCSE as a regular candidate. Does universities discourage private candidates and prefer regular over private candidates?
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Hi I am from Pakistan and I am considering to study Alevels as a private candidate as I took IGCSE as a regular candidate. Does universities discourage private candidates and prefer regular over private candidates?
In general, the top unis tend to prefer private schooled candidates, with the lower rank unis preferring public schooled candidates - this does vary though. There is usually no preference by unis for private candidates over schooled candidates. If your academic achievements are great enough and you have the references, it shouldn't make a difference.
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In general, the top unis tend to prefer private candidates, with the lower rank unis preferring public candidates - this does vary though. If your academic achievements are great enough, it shouldn't make a difference.
Where did you get that from?
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As long as you can get a referee for your ucas application it wont make a difference

(Original post by mobeen25)
Hi I am from Pakistan and I am considering to study Alevels as a private candidate as I took IGCSE as a regular candidate. Does universities discourage private candidates and prefer regular over private candidates?
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Where did you get that from?
Some fairly simple research.
In general, as long as the Uni like you and you have the grades, it shouldn't make a difference either way.
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Some fairly simple research.
In general, as long as the Uni like you and you have the grades, it shouldn't make a difference either way.
Where? I've never heard of any university saying they prefer a private candidate over a public candidate.
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Where? I've never heard of any university saying they prefer a private candidate over a public candidate.
Ah, my apologies, I slightly misread the original question. I'll correct this now.
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Not at all. I'e known plenty of students who studied their A levels privately go to university - including for competitive courses such as medicine. If anything, I'd argue that taking exams as a private candidate argues a greater level of commitment and organisation compared to a student who takes exams having attended lessons.
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Hi I am from Pakistan and I am considering to study Alevels as a private candidate as I took IGCSE as a regular candidate. Does universities discourage private candidates and prefer regular over private candidates?
I think on of the things the universities are worried about when it comes to private candidates is how they're studying ie. are they doing it through a centre or completely on their own. When I went to visit an open day and tried to explain my situation to the head of biology he seemed concerned about my predicated grades coming from me, but then I explained that I'm doing it through N.E.C so my grades will come from an outside tutor. I think studying as a private candidate also shows a lot of determination, independence, motivation and passion, all of which universities want to see. Also work hard on getting work experience and other bits to add to your application which they'll love.
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