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On the website it says that History GCSE is preferred but what if you apply with A level History and no GCSE? Would that be considered or would you be at a disadvantage to other candidates with both?
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You would need the required (A) grade in A Level history/prediction, with a good HAT score. I see no reason why they would reject you on the basis of 1 GCSE if you had those . Anyways it says preferred not required so don't worry, if you like the course,city etc... then apply
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Can you even do a level history without gcse history?
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Can you even do a level history without gcse history?
at some colleges/6th forms yes ,
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You would need the required (A) grade in A Level history/prediction, with a good HAT score. I see no reason why they would reject you on the basis of 1 GCSE if you had those . Anyways it says preferred not required so don't worry, if you like the course,city etc... then apply
Thank you!
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On the website it says that History GCSE is preferred but what if you apply with A level History and no GCSE? Would that be considered or would you be at a disadvantage to other candidates with both?
History A-level is recommended and most applicants have it. Those that don't would need to demonstrate aptitude for historical study in some other way. There is no GCSE requirement - its just that most applicants tend to have also studied it at GCSE or similar.
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History A-level is recommended and most applicants have it. Those that don't would need to demonstrate aptitude for historical study in some other way. There is no GCSE requirement - its just that most applicants tend to have also studied it at GCSE or similar.
Thanks for that clarification- so History A level alone would be sufficient- there would be no advantage in e.g taking GCSE in one year in L6 alongside A level ( no AS)?
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Thanks for that clarification- so History A level alone would be sufficient- there would be no advantage in e.g taking GCSE in one year in L6 alongside A level ( no AS)?
You would not be rejected for not having taken GCSE History because this is not a requirement. Did you take a GCSE in a related subject? For example GCSE Classical Civilisation. If not, taking GCSE History would do no harm but it is not essential and the gains appear to be fairly modest if you are taking A-level History.
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You would not be rejected for not having taken GCSE History because this is not a requirement. Did you take a GCSE in a related subject? For example GCSE Classical Civilisation. If not, taking GCSE History would do no harm but it is not essential and the gains appear to be fairly modest if you are taking A-level History.
Thanks very much for your comments. This has been very helpful especially as it looks like the option to do GCSE in L6 will be withdrawn by school
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