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How lenient are Birmingham or York for entry?

I'm studying maths, physics, English lit and EPQ
I'm predicted AAC (C in Physics)
I'm also starting AS Further Maths in Y13.
I expressed my enthusiasm and prep pretty well in my PS
The entry requirements for Maths and Philosophy at Birmingham and York are AAB
Should I still apply or is it a waste of time?
Thanks!
The usual advice for your 5 UCAS choices is :
1 'risky' choice - just above your predicted grades
2 or 3 - at your predicted grades
1 or 2 - below your predicted grades


More advice about How to Avoid 5 Rejections here - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/university/apply/how-to-avoid-getting-five-university-rejections


Btw, getting a decent grade in Physics is worth far more than an EPQ or an additional AS.
Focus on your 3 main subjects, and forget the 'extras'.
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I've got a short list with a variety of requirements.

Liverpool ~ ABB (ABC with A in EPQ)
Royal Holloway ~ ABC
Southampton ~ ABB (BBB with A in EPQ)
Keele ~ ACC
And either Birmingham or York (can't decide which)

What do you think of me trying my luck with Birmingham or York as a 'risky' choice?

Thanks!
Reply 3
Original post by McGinger
The usual advice for your 5 UCAS choices is :
1 'risky' choice - just above your predicted grades
2 or 3 - at your predicted grades
1 or 2 - below your predicted grades


More advice about How to Avoid 5 Rejections here - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/university/apply/how-to-avoid-getting-five-university-rejections


Btw, getting a decent grade in Physics is worth far more than an EPQ or an additional AS.
Focus on your 3 main subjects, and forget the 'extras'.


I'm also gonna work my arse off to try for a B in Physics as it is one of my main subjects at the end of the day.
Hi, I’ve just finished year 13 myself and I too am doing maths and philosophy at university next year. I don’t know about Birmingham myself but I put York down and got an offer, I believe they ask for AAB if I’m not mistaken? Personally I didn’t like the place much so rejected them but the university and course itself did look pretty good tbf. If you’re predicted AAC I don’t see why you wouldn’t be given strong consideration for an offer especially if you manage to get an a or a star in epq (although it is true that EPQ’s don’t matter too much to unis), so if you want to apply I wouldn’t let that predicted C in physics stop you! Hope this helps.
Reply 5
Original post by Rex paludis
Hi, I’ve just finished year 13 myself and I too am doing maths and philosophy at university next year. I don’t know about Birmingham myself but I put York down and got an offer, I believe they ask for AAB if I’m not mistaken? Personally I didn’t like the place much so rejected them but the university and course itself did look pretty good tbf. If you’re predicted AAC I don’t see why you wouldn’t be given strong consideration for an offer especially if you manage to get an a or a star in epq (although it is true that EPQ’s don’t matter too much to unis), so if you want to apply I wouldn’t let that predicted C in physics stop you! Hope this helps.

Hi, thanks so much!!
I have a couple of questions if it's okay.

1) where will you be studying?
2) what a levels did you do?
3) what did you achieve/what are you predicted?

Thanksss
Yep no worries, happy to answer.
So once I heard back from all the uni’s I applied too I put Manchester as my first choice, essentially the fact that I liked the city so much was really the decider for me seeing as I thought the courses everywhere I applied all looked v good. For my insurance choice I kept Sheffield just because it was asking for lower entry requirements than Manchester and I also really liked the city.

For A levels I did Maths, English and Philosophy, (hence you can see where the interest in the combination of the two arose from).

And as for what I think I’ll get, I was predicted A* A A in year 12 and that’s what I need to get into Manchester, I’m not sure if I’ll get it I mean I think exams went well but you know you never know, I think if I don’t though I’ll be at least fine for getting into Sheffield which really wouldn’t be the end of the world. I also did an EPQ in year 12 and got a B in it, unfortunately I was one mark off an A ahah. But anyway hopefully that serves as reassurance that if you don’t do amazing in your EPQ it won’t hinder you too much I don’t think, it’s one of those things where if you do outstanding in it a fair few unis will lower entrance requirements but just doing average won’t hinder your application.

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