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I firmed Durham Uni for psychology (C800), and they required 37 overall IB score and three 6s at HL.
Today I got my results, and got 40 points overall, but 7,6,5 at HL.
I called the university and while they assured me that it was a good score, it does still count as a near miss, and I'll have to wait for A level results to be released in August before they'll make their decision whether to accept or reject me.
I was just wondering, do you think it's likely that I'll still be accepted? With 3 points more than I needed for my overall score, and still getting 18 points at HL, have you had any experiences (or do you know anyone that has) where they nearly missed and still got accepted or even rejected? If it's specifically Durham that would also be great to know!!
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I firmed Durham Uni for psychology (C800), and they required 37 overall IB score and three 6s at HL.
Today I got my results, and got 40 points overall, but 7,6,5 at HL.
I called the university and while they assured me that it was a good score, it does still count as a near miss, and I'll have to wait for A level results to be released in August before they'll make their decision whether to accept or reject me.
I was just wondering, do you think it's likely that I'll still be accepted? With 3 points more than I needed for my overall score, and still getting 18 points at HL, have you had any experiences (or do you know anyone that has) where they nearly missed and still got accepted or even rejected? If it's specifically Durham that would also be great to know!!
Thanks(:
Durham are notorious for stringing near-miss offer holders along, and then rejecting them... Is your insurance somewhere you are still happy to go to?
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Durham are notorious for stringing near-miss offer holders along, and then rejecting them... Is your insurance somewhere you are still happy to go to?
Yeah, it's Exeter which is still beautiful and student life is supposed to be great - I just know that Durham is better for psych ):
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Yeah, it's Exeter which is still beautiful and student life is supposed to be great - I just know that Durham is better for psych ):
The risk you take waiting for Durham is that you'll miss out on accommodation choices at Exeter.

So you have the option of rejecting your firm now (or at least well before 31st July, Exeter's deadline) and going to your insurance safe in the knowledge you like Exeter AND you can get good accommodation there...

Having seen what Durham have done in the past I'd encourage you to seriously consider acting sooner rather than hanging on for Results Day disappointment. (And in reality, Durham won't actually do anything until a few days after Results Day... they won't treat you as a priority.)

Of course I could be wrong and Durham take you... that's the slightly long shot risk you have to consider.
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I feel like I'm willing to take the risk even if there's a only slight chance - I would hate to not know what I missed out on! Have there ever been successful near misses? Like an acceptance with A*AB rather than AAA for example?
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I firmed Durham Uni for psychology (C800), and they required 37 overall IB score and three 6s at HL.
Today I got my results, and got 40 points overall, but 7,6,5 at HL.
I called the university and while they assured me that it was a good score, it does still count as a near miss, and I'll have to wait for A level results to be released in August before they'll make their decision whether to accept or reject me.
I was just wondering, do you think it's likely that I'll still be accepted? With 3 points more than I needed for my overall score, and still getting 18 points at HL, have you had any experiences (or do you know anyone that has) where they nearly missed and still got accepted or even rejected? If it's specifically Durham that would also be great to know!!
Thanks(:

I missed my KCL psychology offer for 35 666 I got 34 665, I am wondering the same thing!
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I feel like I'm willing to take the risk even if there's a only slight chance - I would hate to not know what I missed out on! Have there ever been successful near misses? Like an acceptance with A*AB rather than AAA for example?
I suggest you ask Durham exactly that, or rather ask them how many they've accepted previously with your marks.

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I suggest you ask Durham exactly that, or rather ask them how many they've accepted previously with your marks.

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Isn’t there some sort of FOI request someone has done before?

It’s sad when people miss their offers, but wouldn’t you argue if there are other more qualified candidates they “deserve” the place over someone who didn’t meet the criteria?
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Wish you all the best by the way for your university, but as Doonesbury said you run the risk of getting nothing at a university you’re happy at. Wouldn’t it make more sense to go to Exeter as a “guarantee” as if Durham reject you that could be extra stressful.
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Isn’t there some sort of FOI request someone has done before?

It’s sad when people miss their offers, but wouldn’t you argue if there are other more qualified candidates they “deserve” the place over someone who didn’t meet the criteria?
It depends how many miss the offer, and by how much.

There could well be an FOI. You could link it if you find it

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It depends how many miss the offer, and by how much.

There could well be an FOI. You could link it if you find it

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Ah got muddled, it was LSE
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Ah got muddled, it was LSE
Interesting. Do they allow near misses?

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Interesting. Do they allow near misses?

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^^ I'd be interested to hear how Durham compares to other unis. I have a friend who needed 35 and 7,6,6 at King's and got 41 but 6,6,6 - so we're kind of in the same boat, but I don't know if they'll be more willing to accept near misses. From what I've heard, Durham is a hard one when you don't get your requirement
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I firmed Durham Uni for psychology (C800), and they required 37 overall IB score and three 6s at HL.
Today I got my results, and got 40 points overall, but 7,6,5 at HL.
I called the university and while they assured me that it was a good score, it does still count as a near miss, and I'll have to wait for A level results to be released in August before they'll make their decision whether to accept or reject me.
I was just wondering, do you think it's likely that I'll still be accepted? With 3 points more than I needed for my overall score, and still getting 18 points at HL, have you had any experiences (or do you know anyone that has) where they nearly missed and still got accepted or even rejected? If it's specifically Durham that would also be great to know!!
Thanks(:

Considering it's only 1 point I'd say there is a really good chance they'll still accept you! I have several friends who were still accepted to Durham despite missing their offers by 1/2 points. I'd say considering Durham is much better for psych (I have just finished my first year psych undergrad), it is worth sticking it out, you don't want to have any regrets!
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Considering it's only 1 point I'd say there is a really good chance they'll still accept you! I have several friends who were still accepted to Durham despite missing their offers by 1/2 points. I'd say considering Durham is much better for psych (I have just finished my first year psych undergrad), it is worth sticking it out, you don't want to have any regrets!
That's so nice to hear! Yeah, definitely not ready to give up on Durham just yet. How are you liking it so far?
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That's so nice to hear! Yeah, definitely not ready to give up on Durham just yet. How are you liking it so far?

I'm actually at Bristol doing psych lol I turned down Durham because I didn't like the vibe.
I love psych as a course though and my mates at Durham are having the best time so I'm sure you'll have fun!
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^^ I'd be interested to hear how Durham compares to other unis. I have a friend who needed 35 and 7,6,6 at King's and got 41 but 6,6,6 - so we're kind of in the same boat, but I don't know if they'll be more willing to accept near misses. From what I've heard, Durham is a hard one when you don't get your requirement
So I found this FOI: it's for Law at Durham and is for all applicants not just IB but you might find it interesting.

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It looks like about 20% of Lawyers accepted had missed their Firm or Insurance Durham offer... (dunno what happened in 2015 & 16 though...)

Source: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque...s_for_law_m1_6
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So I found this FOI: it's for Law at Durham and is for all applicants not just IB but you might find it interesting.

I've slightly reformatted the data for easier reading:
Name:  Durham - Law admissions & near misses.jpg
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It looks like about 20% of Lawyers accepted had missed their Firm or Insurance Durham offer... (dunno what happened in 2015 & 16 though...)

Source: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque...s_for_law_m1_6
Wow that is so helpful!! Thanks! 20% doesn't seem like too bad of a statistic, but that might just be me being hopeful(:
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Wow that is so helpful!! Thanks! 20% doesn't seem like too bad of a statistic, but that might just be me being hopeful(:
Fingers crossed eh! :crossedf:

And I *really* hope Durham don't mess you around so you miss out on decent accommodation at Exeter if it comes to that.

Good luck!
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I would take the gamble, accomodation isnt nearly as important as you think, others will miss their Exeter offer and people will lose rooms, so those people will take those sorted rooms.

Wait on Durham. Sounds like that is where you want to go.
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