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    I'm a Spanish student in Year 11 and my dream is to study Ancient and Medieval History at Edinburgh. So far I'm getting A*s and As and I'm taking the Cambridge C1 English exam in June.
    I've read on the Internet that some people who got straight A*s didn't get in, but I've also read that people who got Bs and Cs did get an offer.
    What are the chances of getting in?
    If someone has any piece of advice or wants to share their experience I'd be very grateful
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    its hard to tell because it depends on so many different factors including course, a-level predictions, possible entrance exams, personal statement and interview performance.
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    It's not just the grades they take into consideration. It's also the PS and what you've done to show interest in the course
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    (Original post by anamp02)
    I'm a Spanish student in Year 11 and my dream is to study Ancient and Medieval History at Edinburgh. So far I'm getting A*s and As and I'm taking the Cambridge C1 English exam in June.
    I've read on the Internet that some people who got straight A*s didn't get in, but I've also read that people who got Bs and Cs did get an offer.
    What are the chances of getting in?
    If someone has any piece of advice or wants to share their experience I'd be very grateful
    You'll probably find those getting Bs and Cs were Overseas fee-status holders or applying to more creative portfolio-based entry courses in the ECA.

    Unfortunatley it is much more difficult for Scots & EU students to get a place at Edinburgh because of our fee-status. Some courses accpetance rate are literally more than doubled for RUK and Overseas applicants.
    For eg. For a Joint History Degree over the past three years acceptance rates have been on average as follows:
    Scots&EU: 25%
    RUK: 70%
    Overseas: 76%

    EU students as a whole only make up about 12% of the student body while Scottish students take up roughly 34%. So it the split between Scot/EU acceptance rate clearly isn't 50/50 in addition to that.

    But your grades are very competitive and I think in addition to a strong statement and refernces I think you've got a fighting chance
    Do as much as you can to make it impossible for them to want to reject you.

    I'd reccommend reading over the published course structures (2017/18: http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/17-18/dpt/utanmeh.htm 2018/19: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/underg...19/utanmeh.htm ) If you find an area of interest you are particularly interested in or have read a bit about, expand upoon it in your statement. Don't explicitly draw comparisons of that area of interest with the modules or faculty specialisms at the university -- implicitly will do just fine.
    I'm an offer holder for Edinburgh's BMus Music degree and while I didn't realise this until after I'd received my offer, some of the areas of interest I pointed out in my statement directly corellated with some faculty's specialisms. Another aspect of my statement I realised later may have helped in my application was my mention of language and music and how I found this correllation of subjects fascinating. I didn't know Edinburgh had quite a renowned Linguistics department at this point either and with the possibility in Scottish degrees to take modules in extra subjects -- this probably helped too.

    I'm no history buff so idk specificities on what might help your application but I wish you the best of luck

    P.S Have you also considered St Andrews University? They're also quite renowned for History but I think they're even tougher to get into. St Andrews don't offer a Music course so idk much more about the uni than that I'm afraid
 
 
 
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