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    i want to do mechanical engineering at a Russel group or similar uni but i don't think my grades are good enough and i don't think my personal statement would be amazing.

    what uni did you get into? what are your GCSE like? and do you do many extra curricular things or work experience

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    Look up the course on the university's website and it will tell you the entry requirements. GCSEs won't matter much at all and neither will extra curriculars. Unlike industry, (where experience trumps academic achievement) unis will be focusing on your a levels.
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    Look up the course on the university's website and it will tell you the entry requirements. GCSEs won't matter much at all and neither will extra curriculars. Unlike industry, (where experience trumps academic achievement) unis will be focusing on your a levels.
    Really???
    Are you speaking from personal experience?
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    (Original post by tom123h456)
    Really???
    Are you speaking from personal experience?
    Which part surprises you? They're called "entry requirements" for a reason - that's what is required for entry. There will be exceptions if the course is very popular but for the most part that's what you need.
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    (Original post by Student-95)
    Which part surprises you? They're called "entry requirements" for a reason - that's what is required for entry. There will be exceptions if the course is very popular but for the most part that's what you need.
    So if I get top grades and do nothing else I should get in
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    (Original post by tom123h456)
    So if I get top grades and do nothing else I should get in
    Yes
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    (Original post by Student-95)
    Yes
    I find this hard to believe. even for engineering?
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    (Original post by tom123h456)
    I find this hard to believe. even for engineering?
    Why? Take a look on the websites of unis you are considering and they won't say anything about extra curriculars or work experience and probably won't mention GCSEs either (maybe something basic like C/B in maths and/or English).

    Oxbridge is of course very competitive so you will need more there to stand out since most people applying will have top grades but aside from that you'll be fine with top grades alone (and a competent PS).
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    (Original post by tom123h456)
    I find this hard to believe. even for engineering?
    I think a levels and extra curriculars matter, GCSEs not so much as long as they're decent? idek
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    (Original post by tom123h456)
    I find this hard to believe. even for engineering?
    Especially for engineering. The only exceptions are Oxbridge, and to some extent Imperial and Durham (because they are a bit idiosyncratic).

    If you are realistically on target to meet or exceed a university's typical entry requirements for Engineering you will usually get an offer.

    You can check typical offer rates for every course at university.which.co.uk and you will see most engineering courses are above 70%.
    https://university.which.co.uk/courses

    You can also check your predictions using the UCAS offer rate calculator
    https://www.ucas.com/advisers/offer-rate-calculator/



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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Especially for engineering. The only exceptions are Oxbridge, and to some extent Imperial and Durham (because they are a bit idiosyncratic).

    If you are realistically on target to meet or exceed a university's typical entry requirements for Engineering you will usually get an offer.

    You can check typical offer rates for every course at university.which.co.uk and you will see most engineering courses are above 70%.
    https://university.which.co.uk/courses

    You can also check your predictions using the UCAS offer rate calculator
    https://www.ucas.com/advisers/offer-rate-calculator/



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    OK thank you for confirming. I believe you guys a bit more now.
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    I believe you guys a bit more now.
    Only a bit? :beard:

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Only a bit? :beard:

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    If one more person confirms I'll believe you a lot but one guy said it's not all about the grades
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    (Original post by tom123h456)
    If one more person confirms I'll believe you a lot but one guy said it's not all about the grades
    I don't normally pull rank, but check my posting history (and role at TSR) and also simply check the links I referenced.

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    (Original post by tom123h456)
    If one more person confirms I'll believe you a lot but one guy said it's not all about the grades
    To get into an engineering degree your grades are pretty much the only thing that matters. It's very rare to have any work experience as it's not something that companies typically offer pre-university students.
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    To get into an engineering degree your grades are pretty much the only thing that matters. It's very rare to have any work experience as it's not something that companies typically offer pre-university students.
    :five:

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    OK Ill believe you now.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    I don't normally pull rank, but check my posting history (and role at TSR) and also simply check the links I referenced.

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    Are personal statements important
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    (Original post by tom123h456)
    Are personal statements important
    Not very for Engineering at most universities.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Not very for Engineering at most universities.
    "Most" does that include Russel groups (excluding oxbridge of course)
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