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    GCSE: A*A*A*A*AAAACCD
    A level predicted: A*AA
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    GCSE's are kinda weak, what are the 2 C's and the D's in?
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    (Original post by eudokias)
    GCSE: A*A*A*A*AAAACCD
    A level predicted: A*AA
    Sure, just don't expect an offer unless the other aspects of your application are able to mitigate the grades.
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    (Original post by Wikia)
    GCSE's are kinda weak, what are the 2 C's and the D's in?
    Cs were in double award science, D was in geography
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    LSE focuses heavily on your personal statement. I don't think they'll pay much attention to your GCSE tbh, I didn't have any GCSE as I was an international student and I got accepted. not saying that you're getting an offer but give it a go!
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    Don't listen to the people who are saying your GCSE grades are weak, they aren't. Those grades are good enough to get into LSE.

    LSE is extremely competitive so your personal statement needs to be banging.

    You have 5 university choices, may as well apply.

    Basically what May-o2q said.
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    (Original post by humanteaparty)
    Don't listen to the people who are saying your GCSE grades are weak, they aren't. Those grades are good enough to get into LSE.

    LSE is extremely competitive so your personal statement needs to be banging.

    You have 5 university choices, may as well apply.

    Basically what May-o2q said.
    Do you know what I could do to make my personal statement pop? I already attend lectures and further read, as well as being a part of Model UN, what else?
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    (Original post by eudokias)
    Do you know what I could do to make my personal statement pop? I already attend lectures and further read, as well as being a part of Model UN, what else?
    Model UN, attending lectures and further reading is great. Make sure you put in your personal statement what was the part that interested you most.

    Personal statement should be 80% about the subject you want to read. I'd say model UN is perfect for international relations and would help you stand out. Talk about your role in it etc.

    Look at modules studied at LSE and talk about how your favourite one (for mine I talked about development economics for my economics personal statement in a book I read).

    Your opening paragraph is the most important one! If I were you I'd be tempted to talk about your experiences in the Model UN and thats what convinced you to take international relations and politics in potentially your first paragraph.

    To be honest I'd ask may-o2q as she actually attends LSE lol.
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    (Original post by humanteaparty)
    Don't listen to the people who are saying your GCSE grades are weak, they aren't. Those grades are good enough to get into LSE.

    LSE is extremely competitive so your personal statement needs to be banging.

    You have 5 university choices, may as well apply.

    Basically what May-o2q said.
    The GCSEs are alright. 4A* 4A 2C 1D is above average in terms of the total number of subjects taken (most people will take 9 or 10), but the grades themselves are inconsistent (and three of them outright mediocre, particularly for a subject like IR).

    OP's predicted grades are good, but, then again, are most applicants only going to scrape the AAA offer? No.

    (Original post by May-o2q)
    LSE focuses heavily on your personal statement. I don't think they'll pay much attention to your GCSE tbh, I didn't have any GCSE as I was an international student and I got accepted. not saying that you're getting an offer but give it a go!
    A lack of GCSEs doesn't weigh against you. Bad (or substandard) GCSEs do. There's a difference between passively missing a chance to prove that you're good, and actively proving that you're not.

    (Original post by humanteaparty)
    To be honest I'd ask may-o2q as she actually attends LSE lol.
    What does that have to do with anything?
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    The GCSEs are alright. 4A* 4A 2C 1D is above average in terms of the total number of subjects taken (most people will take 9 or 10), but the grades themselves are inconsistent (and three of them outright mediocre, particularly for a subject like IR).

    OP's predicted grades are good, but, then again, are most applicants only going to scrape the AAA offer? No.


    A lack of GCSEs doesn't weigh against you. Bad (or substandard) GCSEs do. There's a difference between passively missing a chance to prove that you're good, and actively proving that you're not.


    What does that have to do with anything?
    "What does that have to do with anything?"
    She was asking for personal statement help so I suggested messaging that person as that person actually attends LSE...
    The grades she did worse on are largely irrelevent to what OP wants to do. 8/11 GCSEs being A*/A is definitely good enough.
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    (Original post by humanteaparty)
    "What does that have to do with anything?"
    She was asking for personal statement help so I suggested messaging that person as that person actually attends LSE...
    The grades she did worse on are largely irrelevent to what OP wants to do. 8/11 GCSEs being A*/A is definitely good enough.
    Again, why are only LSE offerholders or students uniquely qualified for personal statement advice? This odd "X went to Uni Y hence we might as well take their words as gospel" needs to stop. It's very difficult for anyone to advise anyone else on what might be subjectively deemed as 'good' or 'bad' in a personal statement on the basis of their own successful application. To put it simply, the fact that activities A, B and C got me into whatever university does not mean that they are, by virtue of me 'getting in', favoured. You need to appeal to an objective point of reference, not to one's status as an offerholder/rejectee/whatever. I'm not challenging the substance of your advice, just the last sentence.

    The GCSE grades are more than relevant, given that they're they only grades OP has achieved thus far. And they're far from stellar. Too much inconsistency. Only barely exceeding the formal 'hard' requirements set by LSE (majority of A* and A at GCSE, AAA at A-level). No sign of mitigating circumstances. And all being used in applying to a course with a 12% offer rate that has an entry tariff that corresponds to the average candidate having achieved around A*A*A*B at A-level (keeping in mind of course that most applicants miss their offer). I think my advice stands true.
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    (Original post by eudokias)
    GCSE: A*A*A*A*AAAACCD
    A level predicted: A*AA
    Just some info worth knowing...
    BSc Government (just politics) - offer rate 35%
    BSc Politics & IR -offer rate 11%

    With the Government course, you have 2 outside options in first year, 1 in second year and the possibility to do 1 in third year if you want to. So you could still do IR options all 3 years.

    Given that your GCSEs and predicted grades are good, but not the best (lots of people will be applying with a majority of A* at GCSE and 3A* predictions, because their schools like to predict high), perhaps you should consider playing the system and applying for Government instead of the ridiculously competitive PolIR course.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    Again, why are only LSE offerholders or students uniquely qualified for personal statement advice? This odd "X went to Uni Y hence we might as well take their words as gospel" needs to stop. It's very difficult for anyone to advise anyone else on what might be subjectively deemed as 'good' or 'bad' in a personal statement on the basis of their own successful application. To put it simply, the fact that activities A, B and C got me into whatever university does not mean that they are, by virtue of me 'getting in', favoured. You need to appeal to an objective point of reference, not to one's status as an offerholder/rejectee/whatever. I'm not challenging the substance of your advice, just the last sentence.

    The GCSE grades are more than relevant, given that they're they only grades OP has achieved thus far. And they're far from stellar. Too much inconsistency. Only barely exceeding the formal 'hard' requirements set by LSE (majority of A* and A at GCSE, AAA at A-level). No sign of mitigating circumstances. And all being used in applying to a course with a 12% offer rate that has an entry tariff that corresponds to the average candidate having achieved around A*A*A*B at A-level (keeping in mind of course that most applicants miss their offer). I think my advice stands true.
    Fair enough... do you have any advice on where I should apply?
 
 
 
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