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Is the a level entry requirements enough or do you need like loads and loads of extra curricular with a sophisticated sounding cv. Also say you do have the a level entry requirement's for a good uni and a decent cv do they still look at the gcse grades.
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Each uni has their own admissions requirements that usually vary according to the course and sometimes the applicants age.
Some uni's do ask for specific grades or passes at gcse as part of their entrance requirements.
Almost all uni's want a positive reference, strong personal statement and some extra-curricular activities in addition to meeting formal academic criteria.
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Is the a level entry requirements enough or do you need like loads and loads of extra curricular with a sophisticated sounding cv. Also say you do have the a level entry requirement's for a good uni and a decent cv do they still look at the gcse grades.
I would say the entry requirements and a good personal statement is usually enough to get into a university. A high end university may expect more or look at other things as desirable but it's good to check with the uni or current students at the uni you want to attend.
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Is the a level entry requirements enough or do you need like loads and loads of extra curricular with a sophisticated sounding cv. Also say you do have the a level entry requirement's for a good uni and a decent cv do they still look at the gcse grades.
what course do you want to do? most unis are looking at supercurriculars more than extracurriculars. e.g. what are you doing to go out of your way to learn more about your subject that you want to do at uni? it could be reading a book, work experience, running a society related to that subject but definitely dash a few extra curricular activities.
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but say you got the a level entry requirements for a good uni are you then guaranteed a place in the uni or not

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how long does it take to make a good personal statement also do you need loads of extra curricular things on a personal statement to make it good. Like what makes a personal statement good what do you have to put in it.
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but say you got the a level entry requirements for a good uni are you then guaranteed a place in the uni or not
it depends where you want to go
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but say you got the a level entry requirements for a good uni are you then guaranteed a place in the uni or not
not necessarily it totally depends on the competition of that course. unis look at your personal statement and gcses grades and contextual information so not really.
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i am not looking into competitive medicine or law courses or oxbridge but like maybe engineering or computer science or maybe even a physics course so would i still need overall good gcses or just the entry a levels and a good personal statement
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but say you got the a level entry requirements for a good uni are you then guaranteed a place in the uni or not

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how long does it take to make a good personal statement also do you need loads of extra curricular things on a personal statement to make it good. Like what makes a personal statement good what do you have to put in it.
do you have an idea what course and unis you want to do? If you do, I can help you specifically for that course and unis cos your personal statement needs to be tailored to that course(s)
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i am not looking into competitive medicine or law courses or oxbridge but like maybe engineering or computer science or maybe even a physics course so what about now
Have you done any work experience? Have you attended any lectures or watched any seminars that interest you? What are the reasons you want to get into the STEM field?

You shouldn't include a lot about extra curricular but try to link those activities to skills that will make you suitable for that course.
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Have you done any work experience? Have you attended any lectures or watched any seminars that interest you? What are the reasons you want to get into the STEM field?

You shouldn't include a lot about extra curricular but try to link those activities to skills that will make you suitable for that course.
ok thx also i dont really know yet what i want to do at uni but i took maths physics and chem a levels.
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ok thx also i dont really know yet what i want to do at uni but i took maths physics and chem a levels.
You have a lot of time to decide. In my opinion you should have a good idea by November so you have a good amount of time to write your personal statement.
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You have a lot of time to decide. In my opinion you should have a good idea by November so you have a good amount of time to write your personal statement.
oh but im in year 12 so do i need that long to write it
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oh but im in year 12 so do i need that long to write it
oh sorry i assumed you were in year 13. if you're not applying to oxbridge, you should have a good idea by next november. i would focus on getting the best predicted grades as you can at the moment and worry about all of this this time next year.
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oh sorry i assumed you were in year 13. if you're not applying to oxbridge, you should have a good idea by next november. i would focus on getting the best predicted grades as you can at the moment and worry about all of this this time next year.
ok thanks
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