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Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
London

LSE decision appeal

Hello everyone so I just got an email giving me feedback on my unsuccessful application and the only reason it stated was that the feedback received from the Admissions Selector indicates that my application was unsuccessful as a consequence of my A-Level subject combination. However all 4 of my A-level subjects are listed on their website as traditionally academic preferred subjects. What should I do in this situation and how do I appeal the decision? This really means a lot to me so please please help I would be greatly obliged
Original post by rameenzaman9
Hello everyone so I just got an email giving me feedback on my unsuccessful application and the only reason it stated was that the feedback received from the Admissions Selector indicates that my application was unsuccessful as a consequence of my A-Level subject combination. However all 4 of my A-level subjects are listed on their website as traditionally academic preferred subjects. What should I do in this situation and how do I appeal the decision? This really means a lot to me so please please help I would be greatly obliged

It's really very difficult to help without at least an indication of the course you applied for and the subjects you are taking for A Level.
Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
London
Original post by SilverPebble
It's really very difficult to help without at least an indication of the course you applied for and the subjects you are taking for A Level.

Oh I applied for Bsc Politics and International Relations and my A-level subjects are Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Maths
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Original post by rameenzaman9
Oh I applied for Bsc Politics and International Relations and my A-level subjects are Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Maths

It could be your lack of an essay based subject.
Original post by rameenzaman9
Oh I applied for Bsc Politics and International Relations and my A-level subjects are Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Maths

I think it's most likely to be your lack of an essay-based subject, as @ageshallnot said.

LSE says: "The combination of subjects studied, in conjunction with the level of competition for the programme, may sometimes result in those offering three (or more) preferred subjects being deemed as less competitive by the Academic Selector on the basis of their subject combination."

https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/Prospective-Students/How-to-Apply/Admissions-Information

Your course page also says: "We consider your combination of subjects as well as your grades ..... There is no set subject combination, but typical subject choices include Government and Politics, History, English, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, languages and Mathematics .... a broad mix of quantitative and qualitative subjects [is most competitive]"

https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/undergraduate/bsc-politics-and-international-relations
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I would echo that too. Whilst your a-levels are a good selection of traditional subjects, you lack the textbook heavy/essay type of subject for your applied degree. It is the combo of the degree and your a-levels that led to this decision, most probably. Essay writing just requires a different skill.
Original post by SilverPebble
I think it's most likely to be your lack of an essay-based subject, as @ageshallnot said.
LSE says: "The combination of subjects studied, in conjunction with the level of competition for the programme, may sometimes result in those offering three (or more) preferred subjects being deemed as less competitive by the Academic Selector on the basis of their subject combination."
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/Prospective-Students/How-to-Apply/Admissions-Information
Your course page also says: "We consider your combination of subjects as well as your grades ..... There is no set subject combination, but typical subject choices include Government and Politics, History, English, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, languages and Mathematics .... a broad mix of quantitative and qualitative subjects [is most competitive]"
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/undergraduate/bsc-politics-and-international-relations

Oh okay but in this situation do you think I should appeal the rejection because they don’t really have a set subject requirement
Original post by rameenzaman9
Oh okay but in this situation do you think I should appeal the rejection because they don’t really have a set subject requirement

I honestly don't think there's anything to be gained by appealing. They will have had x number more candidates than you who did show a broad mix of essay-based and quantative A Level subjects, and who were at least equally as matched as you on all other metrics (predicted/achieved grades, personal statement, references etc). They simply will have filled their course places with those candidates, and there won't be any room left for them to admit candidates who didn't rank as highly across all areas of their application.
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Original post by SilverPebble
I honestly don't think there's anything to be gained by appealing. They will have had x number more candidates than you who did show a broad mix of essay-based and quantative A Level subjects, and who were at least equally as matched as you on all other metrics (predicted/achieved grades, personal statement, references etc). They simply will have filled their course places with those candidates, and there won't be any room left for them to admit candidates who didn't rank as highly across all areas of their application.

yeah makes sense it’s just really sad knowing that even though my ps and grades were good enough to get my application accepted I just have to give up on this dream because I didn’t know having essay based subject would mean so much in the process overall. I thought a stem combination is the most academically challenging and so that’s what I did. But I guess it is what it is thankyou for the help mate.There’s some solace in knowing that I did get into ucl and soas for the same course and kings for politics, do u know what they are like and which one I should consider firming now?
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Original post by student_london
I would echo that too. Whilst your a-levels are a good selection of traditional subjects, you lack the textbook heavy/essay type of subject for your applied degree. It is the combo of the degree and your a-levels that led to this decision, most probably. Essay writing just requires a different skill.

yeah makes sense it’s just really sad knowing thateven though my ps and grades were good enough to get my application accepted I just have to give up on this dream because I didn’t know having essay based subject would mean so much in the process overall. I thought a stem combination is the most academically challenging and so that’s what I did. But I guess it is what it is thankyou for the help mate.There’s some solace in knowing that I did get into ucl and soas forthe same course and kings for politics, do u know what they are like and which one I should consider firming now?
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You cannot appeal and you have an offer from UCL. Stop complaining about LSE.
Original post by SilverPebble
I think it's most likely to be your lack of an essay-based subject, as @ageshallnot said.
LSE says: "The combination of subjects studied, in conjunction with the level of competition for the programme, may sometimes result in those offering three (or more) preferred subjects being deemed as less competitive by the Academic Selector on the basis of their subject combination."
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/Prospective-Students/How-to-Apply/Admissions-Information
Your course page also says: "We consider your combination of subjects as well as your grades ..... There is no set subject combination, but typical subject choices include Government and Politics, History, English, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, languages and Mathematics .... a broad mix of quantitative and qualitative subjects [is most competitive]"
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/undergraduate/bsc-politics-and-international-relations

i thought biology was considered an essay based subject. i do aqa biology and we have 25 markers
Original post by rameenzaman9
yeah makes sense it’s just really sad knowing that even though my ps and grades were good enough to get my application accepted I just have to give up on this dream because I didn’t know having essay based subject would mean so much in the process overall. I thought a stem combination is the most academically challenging and so that’s what I did. But I guess it is what it is thankyou for the help mate.There’s some solace in knowing that I did get into ucl and soas for the same course and kings for politics, do u know what they are like and which one I should consider firming now?

Firstly, ignore the 'tough love' that's liberally doled out from some. I have no idea why they think that asking legitimate questions about a disappointment warrants that response. I haven't seen you complaining about LSE here - more asking for help to understand the discrepancies in your results.

I hope being able to see why LSE may have responded the way they have to your application helps mitigate some of the disappointment. If they place so much emphasis on prior evidence of secure essay-writing skills, then it's probably something that they either don't teach especially well or want all their students to require as little support as possible with, which means that the course there most likely isn't the best fit for you anyway. I don't know about Kings or SOAS, but UCL have excellent library services and study/writing skills support, so that would probably be an excellent choice for you. Apart from that, which course looks the most interesting ... which one has the modules you like the most ...?
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